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The concept of paying it forward is nothing new.  It could be as simple as someone buying dinner and not allowing you to pay.  Pay it forward.  Buy someone else dinner and see his face light up.  I once had a flat tyre and was feeling helpless because my AAM card had expired and I didn’t know how to change the tyre myself.  Thanks to the kindness of a stranger, the flat tyre was replaced.  The process left him sweaty and his hands dirty, but he didn’t complain.  Neither did he take the money which I offered.  ”What’s your name,” I asked him.  ”Frankie,” he replied.  I looked at him in his face, humbled, and said, “Thank you, Frankie.”  One of my favourite hymns is a song entitled “Pass it On”.  It’s an old song, and it starts with – “It only takes a spark to get a fire going….”.  I used to be a lot more idealistic in my younger days, and age and experience does harden the heart, but the single act of kindness of one stranger is an apt reminder that there are good people in this world.

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Yee sang with Norwegian salmon – the tangy, sweet sauce is made from peach, apricot and strawberry. Salmon skin adds a nice crunchy touch to the ensemble, but it costs an additional RM15.

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Christine demonstrating how to use extra long chopsticks

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Thick broth with sea treasure. A delightful melange of mushroom, abalone, sea cucumber, fish lips, dried scallops and shredded chicken. Like in the other Standard Chartered Extravagant 8 sets, no sharksfin is served.

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Steamed live fresh “cod” with soy sauce. Although this is called cod on the menu, it is actually freshwater sea perch. The number of fish served depends on its size, so either 2 pieces or 3 pieces will be served with the set.

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Poached marinated farm chicken with Chinese wine. The free range chicken has slightly tougher meat, and is served with the most fragrant minced ginger. Love it.

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Braised Chinese cabbage with sea moss and dried scallops sauce. Quite a mouthful but delicious.

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Seafood fried rice

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Chilled mango puree with pan fried nian gao. While the nian gao may not look like the most appetising thing in the world, it was probably the best I had tasted as I am partial to pan fried nian gao in egg.

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Chef Leong Weng Heng

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A private room in Zing

Zing
Grand Millenium Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Bukit Bintang
KL

Tel: 03-2177 4180

Non-halal

In conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration this year, the best chefs from 8 top Chinese restaurants in the Klang Valley have customised special Extravagant 8 menus, priced at RM888++ for a table of 8, exclusively for Standard Chartered credit card holders. The menus are available from January 20 to February 17, 2011. More details on the restaurants, their offerings and T&Cs are available at the Standard Chartered website.

Thank you, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia and Grand Millenium Kuala Lumpur for kindly hosting this dinner.

Note: This is the last of five reviews under the Standard Chartered Extravagant 8 campaign. Earlier reviews:

Chynna, Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Shanghai, JW Marriott

Li Yen, Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur

Gu Yue Tien, Chulan Square