Before I go on and give you the review of this restaurant, let me give you a good news first. The owner of this restaurant, Steven, has made a sweet deal with tankiasu.com and some other food blogs:
Print this coupon out, and you can enjoy 15% off your total bill when you dine at Restoran Mei Chixuan (pronounced as “Mei Sik Tin” in Cantonese). Another first for this humble food blog.
Nestled in the spanking new neighbourhood of Dataran Sunway, this place is easily accessible via NKVE as well as the main road from The Curve. Me and few other food bloggers went to this seafood restaurant for a free food tasting, organized by Sid from Big Boys Oven, with the generous and handsome owner/chef of Mei Chixuan himself.
Just like the neighbourhood itself, everything inside the restaurant looks spanking new as well. Restoran Mei Chixuan has only operated in Dataran Sunway (which is in Kota Damansara actually) for about 3 months. Prior to this, the restaurant has built a legion of loyal customers during the 6-years of business in Desa Aman Puri, Kepong. They also opened a branch in Damansara Perdana, which is headed by the owner’s wife, Joecy.
After waiting for everybody to arrive, the feast promptly started with the first dish, Crunchy Bamboo Roll. Immaculately-done, the ‘star‘ of this dish is the bamboo shoots, tucked in nicely together with mushroom and carrot, inside a smooth fish paste/ball. Crunchy and fresh ‘Bok Choy’ on the edges of the plate completes this unique dish.
This is followed by another healthy item, the Golden Needle Mushroom & Beancurds. Also known as enoki mushroom, they are truly enjoyable eaten together with the smooth beancurds. Not special, but certainly very nice to have.
The Coconut Prawn Curry is anything but healthy, but seriously, who can resist this? While the prawn is not as big as I would like it to be, it was nevertheless very fresh and springy. I totally love the curry gravy, as I can’t get enough of it because it is just so nice eating rice with it.
The next dish was yet another winner, the very fresh (how many times have I repeated this word?) Siong Tong Lala (Superior Soup-styled Clams). This restaurant uses the round shell clams, just like Lala Chong, and they are cooked with Chinese cooking wine and ginger. Both the wine and the ginger did a marvelous job of masking any fishy smell, and at the same time make the clams taste so fragrant. The soup/gravy itself is nice to drink on its own, although I reckon it was a tad too sweet.
And there was something to appease a carnivore like me too, with the Thai-Styled Pork Knuckle doing a great job at that. Unlike the usual way where the roasted pork knuckle is served just like that, this one came with a plate of Thai Sweet & Spicy Salad.
What happened was, we have no clue that we are supposed to take the pork knuckle with the Thai salad. But it turned out to be a blessing as disguise as without the overpowering sweet and spicy sauce, we can truly taste how juicy and flavorful the pork knuckle really is. And the skin is just so crispy! One of the best pork knuckle I had lately.
This Snowy Moutain Flying Fox (Suet San Fei Wu) is actually baked fish wrapped with coarse salt. Not unlike the concept of Beggar Chicken in Ijok, the salt is coated on the external side of the fish to enhance the flavor of the inner flesh, as well as functioning as a wrapping layer to trap the heat and the flavor of the other ingredients stuffed in the inner side (including some very hot cilipadis! ).
The staff will assist you to cut up the fish, revealing the fresh and yummy flesh inside, and releasing a strong aroma that teases with your senses. A very unique and interesting dish indeed, although I thought the fish looked like it has experienced a very painful death with the hardened salt covering every inch of the fish.
Next comes to types of crabs. The first served was the Kam Hiong-Styled Crab, which tasted ok but slightly dry. Done not too spicy, so those with low-tolerance to chilli do not have to fret from ordering this.
The other one was the Salted Egg Yolk Crab. This is different from the usual dry version as it came with lots of gravy, with strong taste of salted egg of course. Won’t do much good things to your artery, but I am sure all crab lovers wouldn’t give a hoot about it as this is too nice to miss out I can tell you.
You will be given sets of tools to assist you in ‘dismantling’ the shell, but of course, it is still quite a ‘hands-on’ job literally. If you are a lazy crab fan like me, just go for the claws. Relatively easy to de-shell, and plenty of succulent flesh within awaits you.
Restoran Mei Chixuan is having a RM20 per kilo crab promotion, so it is very affordable delicious thing to have right now. Yes, it is not unusual to find RM18 per kilo or even RM16 per kilo at some places. But I can assure you the extra RM2 or RM4 is worth paying for, as you can get top notch service here plus testing the Chef Steven‘s 29 years experience as a cook.
* the ‘complimentary’ complimentary fruits *
And once again we the floggers were blessed with the presence of a talented baker. Sid and Sunny gave us a surprise in a form of a wonderful-looking Tiramisu cake, albeit a sample. Tasted delish, except that it was a little bit mild, especially for hardcore Tiramisu fans.
After the last dish was served, Chef Steven kindly sat down and explained to us one-by-one the dishes that we tasted that night. By the way he explained and illustrated, it seems like he really know his trade well.
Here is the menu of that night by the way:
And for the benefit of non-Chinese readers (“bananas”), here is the English ver menu:
Crunchy Bamboo Roll
Golden Needle (Enoki) Mushroom with Beancurds
Coconut Prawn in Thick Curry
‘Siong Tong La La’ (Superior Soup Clams)
Thai-Styled Crispy Pork Knuckle
Snowy Mountain Flying Fox
‘Kam Heong’ Spicy Crab
Salted Egg Yolk Crab
I don’t think I need to put in words to let you know what a wonderful time it was, eating great food with crazy fellow food bloggers. The pictures will do a better job I reckon:
Restoran Mei Chixuan, does offer unique and delicious food, and most importantly to some people, at affordable price too. With the chef/owner’s vast experience in culinary business, you can be sure of quality and tasty food. And now that we are giving out the 15% discount voucher, I don’t think you can find good enough excuse not to check them out no? Well I know seafood lovers and glutton like me certainly do not need any excuses to go!
Restoran Mei Chixuan
Address: 32A1, Jalan PJU 5/10, Dataran Sunway,
Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya.
Telephone: 03-6141 6122
Mobile: 016-278 3089 (Steven)
Damansara Perdana branch
Address: 21-1, Jalan PJU 8/5F,
Bandar Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya.
Telephone: 03-7727 2602
Mobile: 012-665 4690 (Joecy)
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Disclaimer: Please note that the author did not receive any monetary or any other form of rewards, besides the free food tasting session mentioned above. Tankiasu.com also will not gain any benefits or commissions from the discount voucher deal.