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.

Steamed hairy crab with ginger. Tasted like ordinary steamed hairy crab.

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.

House white wine. Thankfully, they serve it by the glass.

Mandarin Palace,
Federal Hotel.