Sunday, November 27, 2011

Kim Ma

One of the quietest Chinese restaurants ever, but well worth visiting for its wide range of both classic & contemporary recipes.

Szechuan chicken 'ravioli.' More like wonton or sui kow instead of ravioli. Still, it's deftly done & not too spicy, with flavorsome minced meat encased in delicate dough skin.

Stewed 'Shanghai' duck in claypot. A generous portion of reasonably tender fowl, with a subtle infusion of Chinese herbs.

King prawns with flat egg noodles in lobster broth. Not as stellar as hawker versions of sang har meen, but sufficient to satiate crustacean cravings.

More prawns, coated in coconut milk & cheese. Could comfort food be more cholesterol-laden?

Crispy ginseng milk with baked banana & citrus sauce. A sweet sensation; the perfect combo of light, crisp batter enveloping soft, silky cream.

Trio Conchay Toro Chardonnay (Chile). Wine is available by the glass, thankfully.

Kim Ma,
Palace of the Golden Horses.
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25 comments:

  1. Seems like all the restaurants in that hotel pretty quiet hor.

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  2. Baby sumo: yeah, I guess the location of the hotel isn't too ideal. Incidentally though, it's only a 10-minute drive from my home, and I can even see it clearly from my balcony, heh :D

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  3. the feeling must be awkward... as if you booked out the entire restaurant to yourself!

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  4. Didn't the Italians get the idea for ravioli from Chinese dumplings? (At least that is what Devil tells me all the time lah...)

    :P

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  5. wow.. the coconut milk & cheese one must be so rich!
    ooo.. the place does look quiet! they should do a promotion or something!

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  6. Michelle: heheh, ya, it can be, or it can alternatively be nice to imagine that we booked the entire restaurant for ourselves. either feeling is possible :D
    Kenny: nooooooo! the wikipedia page for ravioli insists that folks in venice were eating it since the 14th century. no mention of chinese influence. but then again, marco polo had been traveling back and forth to asia in the 13th century hor. hmmmm....
    Vien: yeah, it's one of those prawn recipes that's almost over the top! add some salted egg & it WOULD go over the top! :D i think they have some promos from time to time, but not enticing or exciting enough, heh =)

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  7. nice sharing~

    Regards,
    http://www.lonelyreload.com (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..

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  8. mr lonely: thanks for the feedback =)

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  9. My vote goes to the Chinese; they invented practically everything but the kitchen sink and the Internet. (Or did they invent those too?)

    :P

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  10. Kenny: eeeeks, i'm an under-performing chinese then. all i've ever invented is fly-swatter made of twigs. never did manage to patent it =)

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  11. Chinese restaurant? Wow! You've surprised me! LOL

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  12. Fly-swatter? Why would you ever need that? You don't even have food at Casa Sean, from what you've told us. Hehe. :P

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  13. Wow! Definitely want the prawn! Yum yum!
    Could it be the high price that makes the restaurant quiet?

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  14. it is quiet because of its price :) but the food is definitely good! the pictures are awesome too

    happy belated birthdae :) but so far, i don't know where's dann's cafe. mind sharing the exact location?

    -FiSh
    ohFISHiee.blogspot.com

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  15. Oh, it was for your birthday? Happy birthday then! :D

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  16. Sorry couldn't give you anything but a comment! :)))
    Cheapest present ever.

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  17. CK: heheh, i'm filled with surprises, right. that's one of the good things about me! :D
    Kenny: Casa Sean sometime suffers cockroaches. so i still need pest repellents! =)

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  18. Rad: yeah, the price here is a bit high, but i guess many hotels charge high prices. but oops, no, it's actually not my birthday yet (not until january 22, heheh). no worries! :D
    Fish: thanks for the feedback on the pictures =) but actually, my birthday is only in january. and dann's cafe ... i've never heard of it, sorry =)

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  19. Love to visit this hotel...a wee off from most places but nice and quiet. And it helps that food is generally good.

    I like the dessert you mentioned. I can't imagine how crispy ginseng milk with baked banana & citrus sauce would be. Ginseng...banana....citrus sauce? Can't imagine means MUST visit to try:P

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  20. For half a minute the comments made me think we missed your birthday (eeks!) then thankfully you cleared things up.

    This gives me an idea... An SMS coming your way soon! :D

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  21. Missyblurkit: i also appreciate how spacious this hotel is. lots of room to roam around the corridors. heh, the dessert was interesting, slightly bitter herbal flavors combined with fruity tangy ones, and with soft, mushy textures
    Kenny: my birthday should be easy for you to recall from now on, considering its proximity to yours! :D

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  22. are the chairs comfortable? they don't look like chairs that you can sit for too long.

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  23. eiling: heheh, i didn't really notice. but you're right, they look like they could use more cushion comfort :D

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  24. wow, food looks beautiful & delicious.

    quiet, more like you booked the whole restaurant to yourself, right?

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  25. Edmund: oh yeah, it's very well-presented, a bit different from some of the usual chinese dishes. and ya, the restaurant was so empty! :D

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