Mandarin Palace @ Federal Hotel
November 21, 2009
Mandarin Palace has seen better days, but it's still a quaint, nostalgia-imbued place where you can almost feel the ghosts of long-dead diners hovering around.
The outlet hasn't escaped the hairy crab craze. In fact, it's trying to entice customers with recipes such as the Hairy Crab Roe Siu Mai _ seemingly the most decadent of dim sum. These morsels succeeded brilliantly, in a moist, melt-in-the-mouth way.
Alas, the other dishes failed to impress. The steamed hairy crab with glutinous rice was a letdown. The crab had only a moderate amount of roe, while the rice was dry and hardened.
General Tso's Chicken. This was the first time we've spotted this deep-fried, sweet-and-sour dish in KL. Not bad, but not unusual-tasting actually.