Wednesday, April 26, 2006

All You Can Eat - Tang Palace Chinese Restaurant, Dynasty Hotel, Jalan Ipoh

First of all major apologies to my (very few) loyal readers because somehow or other I've not had the time to update my blog. I've got quite a backlog to clear so let me start with those items that are time critical in nature.

A few days back I had 2 buffet meals over a span of 3 days. I know I mentioned sometime back about how I don't want to be in a buffet anytime in the near future but one was free and the one I'm going to talk about today looked very tempting when it was advertised in the papers.

Tang Palace Chinese Restaurant in Dynasty Hotel is having an all you can eat promotion this month (April... ending soon) whereby for RM32++ per person you get to have a buffet dinner with a choice of 33 dishes. Everything is cooked to order so there's no shuffling and queue cutting at the buffet spread.

Among the choices are salmon, various types of prawns, shark's fin soup, abalone, scallops, suckling pigs and much more. However there is a catch. For certain items you may only order them once. For example once you've ordered their shark's fin soup and finished it, you don't get any second helpings.

We went there for ST's birthday and brought Mr. Hong Hong along. Our (kiasu) aim was to try all 33 dishes. Seemed easy at first but was actually far more difficult than I could have imagined. We ended up trying only 25 varieties :)

Participants for the record breaking event; myself, ST and Mr. Hong Hong (who's not our son btw).

The first round was 8 dishes and the portions were really really small. Judging from the size we thought that 33 dishes was a piece of cake. After all we were already a quater way there and the food barely made any impact on our tummies.

Round 1: Something I really like to eat but ST does not; Century Eggs with Jellyfish.

Round 1: Clockwise from top; Salad Prawn with Lettuce, Fried Tiger Prawns with Cheese Sauce, Chilli Slice Abalone with Special Sauce, Fried Fresh Scallop with Minced Garlic and Salmon Sashimi.

Round 1: Braised Shark's Fin Soup with Crab Roe.

Round 1: Steamed Cod Fish with Beancurd Stick.

And then there was Round 2 which started off with a plate of suckling pig that came in such a small serving that I couldn't help but laugh out loud. The waitress who served us had to laugh embarrassingly with me :)

Round 2: BBQ Suckling Pig (5 freaking slices worth... lol!).

Round 2: Clockwise starting from center; Deep Fried 5 Spices Roll, Fried Sliced Beef with 'Satay' Sauce (there was no Satay sauce in this dish!), Fried Hong Kong Kai Lan with Minced Garlic, Fried Tiger Prawns with Asam Sauce, Braised Beancurd with Straw Mushroom, Braised Sea Cucumber with Bean Curd and Deep Fried Chicken Meat with Sweet and Sour Sauce.

Round 2 was a lot more filling that we thought so we hesitated to get to Round 3. We had to persevere... after all we were already halfway through the goal!

Round 3: BBQ Roast Duck and BBQ 'Char Siew'.

Round 3: Clockwise from top left; Braised Two Variety of Vegetable with Oyster Sauce, Deep Fried Beancurd with Thai Sauce, Braised Fish Maw with Oyster Sauce, Braised Chicken Meat with Black Mushroom and Deep Fried Mini Spring Roll.

Actually for Round 3 we also ordered a Braised Sweet Cordn with Beancurd and Crab Meat soup. It never came... we're glad it didn't because we would not have been able to finish it if it did. We rounded up the meal with some desserts.

Chilled Sago with Jelly (way too sweet) and Baked Hong Kong Mini Cookies.

We didn't get to try all 33 dishes but frankly speaking judging from the food quality that night it wasn't worth our time to do so. Most dishes were passable while some were truly lousy. None were outstanding. It was fun to aim to try them all but even with the small servings they all added up and we just couldn't stomach them all.

posted by wyejon at Wednesday, April 26, 2006 (permalink) |

7 wise words from our readers:

a golden opinion from Anonymous Jee

I can see that some of the dishes are a bit oily, probably their tricks to stuff the customers stomach lol.

11:12 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger boo_licious

Looks like this one plus Tai Thong are trying to get customers with their promos. I can never eat that much hence no pt we go for that as I'll probably stop at only 5 dishes. Bravo for trying out 25 dishes.

Hey, ST's mum does babysitting? Is this around SS2? My friend is looking for babysitter around PJ.

4:09 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

jee: actually they weren't all that oily.

boo_licious: You can do more than 5 dishes for sure. The servings are really really small.

Yeah ST's mum does babysitting but they're based in Jalan Ipoh. It's nowhere near SS2 I'm afraid.

7:00 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Dragon City

jon, do u have the full list of the 33 dishes? i plan to go lar..

10:29 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

dragon city: here it is! but I don't recommend you go there... not really worth the money. Btw... the promotion ends in April.

1. Salmon Sashimi
2. Salad Prawns with Lettuce
3. Chili Slice Abalone with Special Sauce
4. Braised Shark's Fin with Crab Roe
5. Braised Sweet Corn with Beancurd and Crab Meat
6. Fried Tiger Prawns with Cheese Sauce
7. Fried Tiger Prawns with Asam Sauce
8. Steamed Cod Fish with Beancurd Stick
9. Fried Fresh Scallop with Minced Garlic
10. Deep Fried Garoupa Fillet with Pineapple
11. BBQ Suckling Pig
12. BBQ Roast Duck
13. BBQ Char Siew
14. Century Egs with Jelly Fish
15. Braised Chicken Meat with Black Mushrooms
16. Deep Fried Chicken Meat with Sweet and Sour Sauce
17. Fried Beef Slice with 'Satay' Sauce
18. Fried Beef Slice with Chinese Doughnut and Waterchesenut
19. Braised Sea Cucumber with 'Tau Kan'
20. Braised Fish Stomach with Oyster Sauce
21. Braised Beancurd with Straw Mushroom
22. Deep Fried Beancurd with Thai Sauce
23. Braised Two Variety of Vegetable with Oyster Sauce
24. Fried Hong Kong Kai Lan with Minced Garlic
25. Fried Hong Kong Choy Sum with Anchovies
26. Deep Fried 'Wu Mee Xiang' Roll
27. Deep Fried Mini Spring Roll
28. Fried Rice with Shrimp Meat and Anchovies
29. Pan Fried Noodle with Shredded Meats
30. Sweet Water Chestnut with Snow Fungus
31. Chilled Sago with Jelly
32. Baked Hong Kong Mini Cookies
33. Chilled Hong Kong Dumpling

6:57 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Dragon City

wow...the list look tempting ler.. really not nice ah..hmm

2:31 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

dragon city: really not nice lah

8:14 PM  

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