Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Restoran Hua Xing, Sungei Way PJ


NOTE : They have another branch in Sunway Mas!

Big Boys Oven invited some of us here about two months back and since then I've been back several times with other non blogger friends and family as I like the food here.

Tucked away in a hidden area, I would have not found this place on my own as I am not familiar with Sg. Way at all (but I am now, after the repeated visits). "What? It's at Plaza Seri Setia? There's a plaza there??? It specialises in Hokkien dishes??? You mean we are eating Hokkien Mee?" Well, that was my initial reaction but now I know better! To get to this place, you have to walk through a lane of small stalls. There's only one area (I think!) that has a lane of small stalls nestled in between the row of shophouses there. You can see the plaza at the back and if you look up once you go through, you'll see Hua Xing on the 1st floor (accessible by staircase/elevator). When you find this place, you've basically found the hidden gem!

There are several dishes that I have repeatedly ordered as they are good stuff and old habits die hard I suppose. Here are my faves...
Curry Chicken Bun
Curry Chicken Bun (RM28/USD8) is really good. I just love dipping the bun into the tasty curry gravy. The bun is crisp on the outside and soft on inside! I can definitely mop up all the gravy with the bun! However, if you want to have this dish, do take note that it's only available on weekends and you must order a day in advance.
Braised Pork
Braised Pork (RM18/USD5) - True to it's Hokkien association, this came braised lovingly with dark sauce. The meat is flavourful and tender and it's served together with a plate of alkaline kuih which we are told that it's a good accompaniment.
Alkaline Kuih for Braised Pork
However, I find that it's probably an acquired taste :o). The braised pork I love, the alkaline kuih, mmm....
Crispy Fried Brinjal
Crispy Fried Brinjal (RM10/USD3) - Whoa! I confessed that prior to this, I hardly touch a brinjal (eggplant/aubergine) dish. However, this dish has won me over and I'm proud to say that I now eat other brinjal dishes and I would rate this one here as the best so far. Fried together with bits of garlic, minced dried prawns and topped with spring onions, this is addictive! It's like eating some sort of vegetable french fries. And just like french fries, it's best eaten hot as it tends to soften and get a bit soggy when it gets cold.
Foo Chow Fishballs
Foo Chow (Hokkien) Fishball with meat filling. Also not being a fan of fish, this is surprisingly good! The fishball is fresh and springy and the meat filling inside gave it the extra bite. Coupled with the soup which came with vegetables and seaweed, this is one fishball dish that I definitely like.
Special Fish Paste Tofu
Special Fish Paste Beancurd - Surprisingly another "fish" dish that made it on my fave list!
Special Fish Paste Tofu 1
The fish paste mixed with the beancurd is lovely. The paste is moist and fragrant, I'm sure you can tell by the photo above (well, moist yes but fragrant, maybe try scratching and sniffing your monitor? Hahaha...Don't blame me if your monitor ends up having dead pixels!).
Fried Potato Flour Noodle
Fried Potato Flour Noodles (RM10/USD3) - If you're looking for noodles that are different from conventional ones, order this. It's fried together with dried prawns, egg, chives, parsley and beansprouts. This crunchy yet springy noodles is a delight!
Raw Potato and Tapioca Flour Noodles
A shot of how the potato flour (the white ones) looks like before it's fried. At the foreground, you have the tapioca flour version.
Fried Tapioca Flour Noodle
This tapioca flour noodles (RM10/USD3) reminded me of the usual Hokkien fried noodles that we normally eat as it's done in the same way with the same ingredients of meat, prawn and vegetables. However, the texture of the noodles is definitely different. It's nice but I prefer the potato flour noodles to this one.

Well, do try my fave dishes when you drop by this place. Here are the other dishes that I've tried but are not my regular orders ;o)
Ginger Onion Fish Fillet with Peanuts
Ginger Onion Garoupa Fish Fillet - lightly fried and then braised. I like the fact that it has braised peanuts too.
Fish Maw with assorted vegetables
I like chewing on this Fish Maw with vegetables dish. Ooh...another fish dish that I don't mind eating! :o)
Steam Fish with Sour Broth
Steamed Fish with sour broth - okay, this I didn't touch. I'm usually scared off by how some fish can look like. In this case, this is like a Jack Sparrow fish with short sharp teeth and a mushroom eye patch! Hahaha....However, the folks told me that the broth was not sourish enough and this I told the chef.
Foo Yoong The Chef
The chef - Foo Yoong, like what Seremban is called in Cantonese dialect. She can definitely cook up a storm!
Sesame and Rice Puffs
Oh, I tried these sesame and rice puffs during my first visit. Coated with molasses and then crispies, this was an enjoyable snack. According to Hokkien tradition, these are usually given out during weddings (I suppose Hokkien ones). If any of you would like to try this or would like to order for your wedding :o), do call on Mr Loo and I'm sure he would redirect you to his relative that makes these crispy puffs.

Restoran Hua Xing
Lot 1-12, 1st Floor, Plaza Seri Setia
Jalan SS9/2, Seri Setia, Sungei Way
47300 Petaling Jaya

Business Hours : 11.30 a.m. -3 p.m., 6 p.m. to 10 p.m
(Close on alternate Wednesdays - do call to check)
Contact : Mr Loo (03-7876 3288/016-376 7477)

Other reviews : -
Spare Change
KL People KL Food - map included
Living in Food Heaven (Chinese post) - map included

"Eating Hokkien fries (a.k.a deep fried brinjal) is healthier than eating french fries right??? It's vegetable!" - wmw


Precious Pea said...

Ahem, commenting on your quote at the end of your post, actually deep fried brinjal is even worse. They are the type of veggie where they soak up a lot of oil.

Seems like a place where you won't mind having fish! Hahah! When bringing me?

Jackson said...

ehe...i still can remember the good taste of the curry chicken bun!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

haha i thought potatoes are also considered vegetable..no?

Nic (KHKL) said...

thanks for damaging my screen...haha! hokkien cuisine is usually heavily flavoured which is great...i love that braised pork, the brinjals, the noodles...argh...i love 'em all! :)

Kenny Mah said...

That's a lot of tasty-looking dishes, wmw! But the one that caught my eye was the Crispy Fried Brinjal cos I'm a big fan of brinjal, esp. deep fried, hehe. And a crispy version is certainly new to me... this one looks like Oriental Fries to me, no? ;)

Big Boys Oven said...

This is a place to be, as you said a true hidden jewel!

tigerfish said...

Gosh, I am SO HUNGREEEeee now!

MeiyeN said...

my god... i would really want to try that potato noodle!!!!! wonder how it tastes cause i never tried it before!

Rasa Malaysia said...

Wah, that curry chicken bun looks so good, I can totally see myself soaking up the curry (plus the oil)...yummy! I have never had this before.

Keropok Man said...

i love the braised pork! it looks so so delicious!

btw, potatoes are also vegetables right? i think french fried taste better than brinjal fries. haha.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

kewl. now i dun have to drive all the way to kampar to get my curry chicken bun fix. hehe.

wmw said...

Precious P : No, I don't want to read that...closing my eyes! Can, go on weekend then can order the curry chicken bun! Hehe...

Jackson : Yumz, me too!

Joe : Shhhh....brinjal is healthier??? :p

nic : Then you need to check this place out.

kenny mah : The crispy brinjal "fries" here rocks!!!

BBO : Yah, thanks for introducing this place to me.

tigerfish : So, what are you planning to cook to feed yourself ? :o)

meiyen : Tasty to me, hopefully to you too.

RM : Maybe you can replicate this over there, I'm sure you can!

Keropok Man : Hey there! Shhh....like I said to Joe, brinjals are healthier. Hahaha, in denial. Anyway, I never knew brinjal fries would taste so good till I tried the dish here.

Precious Pea said...

Hehe...not lying one cos i always cook brinjal at home so i know. It soak up all the oil no matter how much you put inside to fry it.

yammylicious said...

opss u went thr wif jackson?! =( the curry make mii hungry!! althou jus close to my primary but yet i havent try it out yet..sob

Jason said...

That's a lot of fish dishes you had there! Surprise me :P

wonda said...

I sapu a little of semua. All I like. The potato and tapioca flour noodles look like "konnyaku" to me.

New Kid on the Blog said...

Hi... can drop me a line where to find good food places to eat in Damansara area? Errr... for breakfast... for dinner.... xtrinc at gmail dot com

KampungboyCitygal said...

i forwarded my colleagues ur write up, and we are going next year..yippie

teckiee said...

wahh thats a lot of food... how many times u been back there?

wmw said...

Lyrical L : To me, it's a lot better than the kampar one, evidently the bun itself!

Precious P : "Fa la la la la, la la la la" I'm not reading or listening!!!

yammylicious : Yes, with Jackson on one of the outings here. Well, now that you know some tasty dishes, do drop by!

Jason : Those pics are not from one sitting lah...over several visits.

wonda : Actually , the potato noodles do have a bit of konnyaku bite to them :o)

N.K.O.T.B : Okay, will do.

kampungboycitygal : Next year ah, hehe, that's about two more weeks not that far. Remember to book the chicken bun in advance if you want to try it...and it's only available on weekends.

teckiee : 4 times in all.

ai wei said...

yeeerrr... i wan the curry chicken bun! the plate of fried potato flour noodles is new to me too. *slurppp*

wmw said...

ai wei : Mmmm...me too! Hahaha, arrange for the rest of the young, bold and beautiful floggers to go and eat together???

Anonymous said...

superb foods indeed !

RabbitAnne said...

Ha! That's my Aunt, the cook.. If Rabbit go eat, got extra serve.. Bon Appetite.