Must have been my lucky day. Firstly, this hot chick, ciki, sms-es me, after I responded to her dim sum post, and told me to come for lunch, and call Jackson along.
Now, getting an appointment with Jackson, (the most recognisable flogger) ......
You see, it's the 2nd time I'm watching a play with the PM in the house. The last being Emily of Emerald Hill, when he was DPM, and he was literally in the row and in the seat behind me in Actor's studio.
I couldn't find a picture of the elderly Tiara, as the place was swarming with the minions, all waiting for PM, and I wasn't going to make my way through the labyrinth of Body Odour to get to her poster... so I got him instead. The fler who plays Hang Tuah.
And that's him there again...aitelyu, for a Brit who doesn't speak Malay, he was a darn good Hang Tuah. I couldn't get close enough to get a pic of Tiara chatting with PM....wonder if he kept awake throughout the musical....
But I digress. Yeah, such a compelling write up almost spurred us into immediate action. I was dying to try out this dim sum place. I was shocked Jackson was available. He asked, "Who is Ciki?"
Siu Mais.... well, actually, in my opinion, a siu mai is a siu mai, and one can only do so much with mince meat and a wanton wrapper right.... good enough for me.
Mmmm, yong ai kwah, (Brinjal stuffed with fish paste), excellent. The fish paste was springy and fresh, and the brinjal tender, not overly oily.
The egg tarts were sublime when warm. Flaky pastry, and egg custard with just the right wobble factor. However, like all tarts, they lose their appeal when they turn old....
Pei tan sau yoke choke....(century egg and lean meat)...why does it have to be lean meat? why not fat meat? Century eggs afterall are harddddly the epitome of health food. The congee was smooth enough, no complaints there.
We take a break to introduce to you....ta dahhhhh.......
Back to the food.... ham soi cock, ..very good. The skin texture, perfect. Not too thick, and the filling inside ...a bit sparse, but adequate.
Oooh, the piece de resistance....DURIAN BUNS....fluffy mantau like texture, with pure durian puree within. Durian lovers unite!
Another mentionworthy dish is this glutinous rice.....ABSOLUTELY LOVELY. Not too oily, fluffy basmatilike grains of glutinous rice, with loads of chinese sausage, etc etc...all the stuff that makes the world go round. (as in round in the waist)
Quite forgettable, these buns, that look like cross between a Bao and a Gyoza.
We unanimously agreed, that a dim sum meal is incomplete without the ultimate test. Char siu baos.
My mango pudding, which I forgot to photograph, was nothing to shout about. The texture was all wrong. The two healthier ones had the black kwai lin gou.... tasted okay.
What a delightful way to spend lunch....thanks Ciki for the treat.
On a separate note, PUTERI GUNUNG LEDANG is EXCELLENT!!! Surpassed all my expectations, and according to Tiara, we were the best audience. I guess PM being there and all surprisingly spurred the crowd on. It ended with a huge standing ovation. Way to go!!!! So proud that its a Malaysian production!