The good thing about hotel privilege cards is, sometimes, it becomes cheaper to dine there (esp for 2) than eat in a normal restaurant. Like when wife and I go to Zipangu, or Shang Palace, the bill comes up to about RM100, which is VERY reasonable, considering the quality and ambience. The bad thing about having the card is, then you feel its such a waste NOT to use it, and therefore mentally limit your variety of eating places.
Yesterday, we celebrated my father's birthday, and we went to Shang Palace. Got a nice room, which is handy, when there are 6 rambunctious kids running around creating havoc.
Being a scuba diver, I have a vague conviction against eating sharks fins, so this soup is the next best thing. It has a lovely broth, much like sharks fins, but contains enoki mushroom and dried scallops only. It's always piping hot, and very substantial. One of my favourites here at the palace.
Soon Hock fish. Well, my late maternal grandmother loved this particular fish, (although my father swears its getting extinct), and somehow passed the legacy down to my mother. I am okay with it, but won't go out of my way to eat it. I find only the big ones good to eat, the flesh is firmer. But this was done quite well, the usual steamed with soya sauce way.
I'm not sure what this one was called. Spinach with crab and scallops? Something like that. It was the requisite green dish la, I guess.
The long life noodles, which come in a large claypot, full with goodies from la mer. Big prawns, scallop, sea cucumber, (though of late, their sea cucumber supply seems to be contracted from Dunlop Tayar)...I love this dish, coz I love noodles, but yesterday's was a tad salty.
The complimentary mango mousse cake. The mango mousse, though chiffony and light, reeked of fake essence. Shudder. Son no 1 took one bite and spat it out, and proclaimed, "eugh, disgusting". But it's more his aversion to mango, rather than a discerning palate.
Sigh, how to diet like this!