Last Saturday I attended the Malaysian Institute of Accountants 26th Annual General Meeting. And I must say that I pretty much enjoyed the delicious brunch at Hotel Istana. Of course, I wasn't there for the food but to fufill my responsibility as a member of the Institute and to cast my vote on issues affecting my interest as a practising accountant.
The spread was quite limited, being a brunch, but the selection was rather good. If I had not exercised self restraint, I would have sampled everything on offer. I started with the salad (ahem!) and was rather taken by the rice salad with prawns and cold beef with couscous (at least that's what I thought it was). And I went for seconds because it was so good.
|Breads to go with soup. Forgot to take picture of soup.|
|Cold salad of rice and prawns. The prawns were very fresh and had a nice crunch.|
|Cold salad of beef and couscous with vegetables. There was no card to indicate the name of the dish so I just assume.|
|I think these are spring rolls.|
|Shepard's pie. I tried a small bit but it was too cheesy for me.|
|Crispy fried chicken.|
|Chillies to go with noodles or rice. They were lucky I did not eat the noodles or rice. Or else they will run out of chillies.|
|Curry laksa. Very dainty portions.|
|The curry gravy. Very rustic, they served the whole pot as is.|
|Rojak buah. Usually I would go for this.|
And now for the desserts!
|Fruits, healthy but not my favorite.|
These are more like it!
|Sago, mango and coconut milk with gula Melaka. Very nice!|
|Custard with lychee. Also very nice!|
|This one had orange cake at the botton and I think the topping is cream cheese.|
|This was what I had for dessert. I just had to sample all. They were delicious but I think my chocolate cake is better than this one (ahem!).|
Polished my second helping of desserts. Yes, second helping. I am the epitome of "mong siak, mong pui" a phrase I learnt from suituapui.
|Almost ate the pandan decoration.|
|Voting in progress. Resolution to increase annual subscription passed. Sigh....|
And that's not all. On Sunday I had a scrumptious lunch at El Cerdo. The lunch for two cost me a little over RM200, much more than what I would normally be willing to pay when dining out. However, this is not the sort of food I get to eat every day, every week or even every month (we accountants are a prudent lot). I do this only once in a blue moon. I would say that it was well worth the money spent as the food was excellent.
|The piggy greets us at the entrance. El Cerdo in Spanish means The Pig.|
|Appetizer of bread and some kind of mashed meat. Sorry photo is not clear.|
|The BBQ grilled ribs were excellent. Juicy and tender. Very big serving too.|
|The paella was to die for. So delicious!|
|I must buy a paella pan like this one.|
|Tiramisu for dessert. It comes in a platter of two servings. Forgot to take photo before serving, too excited. The yellow blob is the mango sauce.|
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