Hot on the heels of the regal treat comes Double-boiled Baby Abalone Dumpling with Caviar and Superior Stock. Mind you, the dainty, super-luxe parcel bearing different kinds of 'caviar': wasabi tobiko, black smelt roe, gold and orange capelin roe looks impressive enough at first sight. Tucked away in the centre of bouncy prawn paste and minced chicken filling is a whole baby abalone that's bound to leave you smiling from ear to ear. Special mention must be made of the clear, sweet chicken consomme which the chef has enriched with dried scallops, chicken ham and dried longans.
Lined with cabbage leaves at the base, the whole extravagant ensemble is smothered in crabmeat pumpkin sauce; its mildly sweet nuance melding wonderfully with the assortment of pricey goodies and giving them an irresistibly golden glow. You can enjoy these seafood on their own or with a bowl or two of steamed jasmine rice.
For reservations, call TAO, 03-2782 6128. Address: InterContinental KL, Jalan Ampang, KL.