Dim Sum buffet @ The Federal KL
The Federal Kuala Lumpur is right smack in the heart of Bukit Bintang. It opened in time for Merdeka (Malaysia’s independence day) in 1945. There is still that old-world charm about it, though it would certainly benefit from a facelift to restore it to its former glory.
We had our Dimsum buffet (lunch) at their chinese restaurant called Mandarin Palace. I’ve never had dimsum at this place before and frankly didn’t put my hopes up too high either. Some of my relatives (oldtimers galore :D) wanted to go for it so in the spirit of CNY, I went.
Thank goodness I did not wear anything red or I would have blended in with their deco! Red table cloths with red chair covers set amidst so much gold deco my eyes nearly popped out of my head.
The interior designers do not believe in minimalism obviously, for not one wall / column / arch / ceiling was not decorated in gold motifs.
Though this ceiling and chandelier did look pretty good in this light :D
OK, enough about the jaw-dropping deco and on to the food.
They have your standard dimsum like prawn dumplings (har kao), pork+prawn dumplings(siew mai), buns with roasted meat filling (char siew pau) , fried carrot cake (wonderful), pan-fried carrot cake, fried tofu skin wrapped with prawns and fish paste, HK chee cheong fun, fried yam dumplings (wu kok)… In addition to that there’s steamboat, yee sang, porridge (pork, fish, mixed intestines), rice or egg noodles with roasted meat, an assortment of braised meat in claypots, and desserts.
Their selection of claypot dishes… plus check out all the yummy roasted meat!
The egg noodles (soup / dry) with char siew/ siew yoke/ roast chicken is a must-try. Their HK chee cheong fun too is done reasonably well. Their dimsum better than average but not fantastic. Unlimited yee sang – due to the fact that it’s cny! There’s braised yong tofu in claypot that’s delicious. Plus they serve “jin dui” (fried dumpling filled with sweet lotus paste) that is mouth-watering! Tong sui (sweet soup) varieties had some surprises – ginseng with sea coconut being one, and pears with tea leaf another… really old skool.
I heard that the price was very reasonable – but since I wasn’t the one who paid I can only give a ball park figure… approx RM25 for adults and senior citizens for only RM18 (not sure if there’s additional service charges etc).
Address: The Federal Kuala Lumpur Hotel – 35, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia