Sunday, April 8, 2012

Xiang Fu Xiang Cheng Hunan Chinese Restaurant @ Scott Garden, Old Klang Road

Despite of my current situation of the throat, I'm off to search for some hot, spicy foodstuff out there. Here it reads "乡府湘城", reflecting the delectable cuisine of 湘菜 ("Xiang Cai"), or more commonly known as Hunan Cuisine.  

Chef Liu, who is from China, is specializing in cooking home-cooked Hunan dishes, and therefore the menu here features a mix of 70% Hunan Cuisine and 30% of Cantonese Cuisine

Targeted for family, Xiang Fu Xiang Cheng Restaurant provides a cozy Chinese decorated dining are along with soothing warm tones. The ambiance here is really inviting, and most suits the mood of Chinese New Year (Will visit this place during festive season too!).

 #1 Left: Homemade Groundnuts with Orange Caramel
Right: Marinated Seaweed

Upon ordering, the friendly local waitresses serve us with some light bites, while waiting for our food to be prepared. The ground nuts here are especially crunchy, caramelized with orange flavour and richened with sesame. 

 #2 Century Egg in Sauce (凉拌皮蛋) @ RM15

Let's start off the meal with the cold dish of the day, century egg dipped in sour and spicy sauce. This homemade sauce mainly consists of vinegar, soy sauce and peppercorn. The spiciness here is still acceptable, but it serves a good starter to tantalize the taste buds.

#3 Slapped Cucumber (拍黄瓜) @ RM15

Considering the name of the dish, this platter of cucumber is slapped after being cut to enhance its juicy taste. Greatly seasoned with peppercorns, the cucumber is spicy but cooling in taste.

#4 Main Royal Claypot Chicken (皇牌鸡煲) @ RM56

The first main dish is the spicy chicken pot, mainly made of red chilli and tender chicken meat. Surprisingly, this dish can be adjusted into a non-spicy one, to meet the demand of most family diners. In contrast, you can choose 4 types of spiciness, depending your tolerance towards the fiery hot taste:
Non-Spicy; Mild; Moderate; Extreme


#5 Pig Stomach Chicken Soup in Hotpot (猪肚煲鸡火锅)@ 
RM35 (Small for 2-3 pax), RM56 (Medium for 4-5 pax), RM 102 (Large for 8-10 pax)

According to the owner, this is the most popular dish among families and even parents are surprised that their kids love it so much! Seasoned with large amount of pepper, the soup is really warming to my weak stomach, along with a good portion of herbs and spices. 

#6 Chopped Chilli Red Tilapia (剁椒金凤鱼) @ RM35

Just from the picture, you can sense the hotness from the chopped red chilli topping of the fish. I'm impressed with this Hunan signature dish, in which the fish is so well-cooked with the special sauce that retains the freshness of the flesh.


#7 Hot Plate Fish Topped with Minced Garlic and Hunan Chilli (铁板蒜蓉鱼) @ RM30

Another chef's specialty is served piping hot from the kitchen, and I can smell its goodness from far. The spiciness here is a little special as it goes along well with the aromatic minced garlic. Munching through the crispy skin, I manage to taste the fresh, flaky flesh which is so originally-flavoured. 

#8 Fragrant Spicy BBQ Prawns  (香辣串烧虾) @ RM25

Well, I would name this as Prawn Satay as the prawns are barbecued until aromatic on the satay sticks. This dish doesn't need further explanation from me, as you can see the abundance of fiery red chillis with the red chilli oil. The spiciness is very well-absorbed into the flesh of the prawns; it's surely good to warm you up.

#9 Mou’s Pork Braised in Brown Sauce (毛家红烧肉) @ RM25

Here's another great dish to go, with the right balance of sweetness. I'm not a porky person, but I enjoy this braised dish because each cube of pork meat is soft and juicy with the thick brown sauce.

#10 Thousand Page To Fu (黄焖千页豆腐) @ RM25

A whole platter of Hunan Thousand Page Bean Curd is good to neutralise my tongue after a series of spicy food. However, it may look mild, but it definitely comes with a hint of spiciness which makes this dish healthy with special flavour. Not to mention the beancurd slices are specially produced in China and freshly imported to Malaysia. 

#11 Aromatic Stir-Fried Spicy Chicken (飘香辣子鸡) @ RM22

Complementing its name, the chicken cutlets are very aromatic and highly spiced with dried chillies. As spicy as it looks, however it is very addictive after each bite of crispiness with the juicy meat.

#12 Stir Fried String Beans (干煸四季豆) @ RM15

The next main course goes milder in taste, and it's good to give my throat a break. Served hot from the kitchen, I can sense the goodness of the greens accompanied with generous amount of sesame. 


#13 Maltose Sweet Potato (发丝地瓜) @ RM15

Here's the signature dessert of the restaurant. If you want to try authentic Hunan cuisine, then this dessert mustn't be a miss! The maltose coating of the potato stick is very sticky, with its taste enhanced by the special ingredient here--- Orange peel! Surprisingly, it's not overly sweet, and tastes refreshing as well!

Dip each stick into iced water so that the maltose coating will harden on the surface of the potato stick. Under the cold, crispy sweetened skin, I find the sweet potato very soft and warm inside.


#14 Deep Fried Pumpkin Cake (南瓜饼) @ RM15

To perfect the duet desserts, the pumpkin cake is served crispy hot. Well, perhaps I might be wrong but I can only taste the filling as a non-sweetened version of Chinese sticky rice cake ("Nian Gao") here!

#15 Lo Han Guo @ RM3

Lastly, to complement with a good range of hot and spicy Hunan cuisine, I opt for some cooling herbal drinks to reduce the heat from the dishes. After the satisfying dining experience, my voicebox and throat remain healthy, indicating that I can go from "Mild" to "Moderate" during my next visit!

Verdict:
1. Out of 9 main dishes, all of them are delightful for me, despite of my low tolerance towards the hot and spicy cuisine.
2. In overall, the average price for fishes is around RM25-38 per dish, meat RM20-30 and vegetables ranging from RM15-25; Very fairly priced, considering the marvellous Hunan taste!
3. Revisit? Yes, Hunan Cuisine is definitely a better alternative over Szechuan Cuisine which numbs my tongue with its spiciness.

Xiang Fu Xiang Cheng Hunan Chinese Restaurant (鄉府湘城湖南菜馆)
(Facing the front main road; Above Wong Kok and beside Beer Factory)
Lot 1-47, Level 1,
The Scott Garden Mall,
289, Jalan Klang Lama,
58100 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 603-7982 5071
Facebook Page: fb.com/xfxc.hunan
Operating Hours: 11am to 11pm daily

81 comments:

  1. Had Hunan food during CNY and really liked it. Will probably come here to try ;)

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    1. Hi Baby Sumo, bet you're into spicy food as well :) Enjoy!

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  2. Tx for dropping by, we had such a great time hosting you and your friends

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    1. Hi KC, thanks for having us that night :) We enjoyed ourselves there

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    2. Thank you KC and Fish!!!! it was my pleasure to have both of you in my humble restaurant!

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    3. Thanks Lim for the great night!

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  3. just like those picture you take as usual~ =D

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    1. Hi Mr Lonely, thanks for your usual support here :)

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    1. Hi Nikel, you can opt for milder spiciness for this dish :)

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  5. Wow everything seems so spicy....
    I am not so good in eating spicy food...

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    1. Hello Simple Person, I'd suggest you to opt for the slightest flavour of spiciness :)

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  6. gosh...all those dishes look freaking delicious! I want some century eggs!!!

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    1. Hi Angie, they're all so good :) try em out!

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  7. ooo, my tolerance for spicy food is also not very good, but the dishes here still look delicious! :D

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    1. Hi Sean, I think you can request for non-spicy food upon ordering :) they have a good range of cantonese dishes as well.

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  8. You really have become a good food ambassador, and the photos look great.

    :-)

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    1. Hi Cheqna, thanks for your compliment, hope to gain more of your support here!

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  9. almost everything is hot n spicy! fire extinguisher needed here :D

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    1. hi Yvonne, fisherman is ready to help :D

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  10. Ah that looks delicious! Hunan cuisine is so good <3 Love love love the spicyness.

    I'm a new follower! Thanks for commenting on my blog :)

    xx maggie
    saltandleather.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Maggie, hey're all a must-try! :) Thanks dear for the love here.

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  11. One kick-up Spicy Hunan place to savor scrumptious dishes... I love it!!

    Dearie... you are always so fast... ;)

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    1. Hi Jenn, I'd certainly come back for more enticing dishes :)

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    1. Hi Izdiher, I hope you can enjoy here but it's a non Halal place.

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  13. the food might be fairly priced but the drinks... that one also cost rm3? can get two in normal chinese restaurant :P

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    1. Hi Henry, perhaps because of its effectiveness, I feel that the drinks worth the value, since I didnt get any sore throat after the meal,lol.

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  14. I haven't figured out the difference between the various regions for Chinese food. Any quick guide?

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    1. Hi there, so far there are too many types of regional Chinese food out there, the most famous ones would be the spicy Szechuan and Hunan cuisine, then comes the milder Cantonese and Guangxi food :)

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  15. oh, i've not tried hunan cuisine before, but looks like most of them are very spicy huh?? i love the century eggs and the cucumber salad, nice!!

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    1. Hi SK, Hunan cuisine is pretty mild as compared to Szechuan, you can have a try :)

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  16. The food make my sore throat come & visit me AGAIN >.<

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  17. why good food (or look good food) look so awesomely pricey?? :p.. he he he.. but I think once a month should make it right?? :p.. he he he.. and the Old Klang Road sound like.. er, forget it.. :p..

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    1. hi Aki, i'd opt this during special occasions, so that it wouldnt burn a hole on my pocket :)

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  18. I always like your food photography.. :)

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    1. Hi Careen, thanks for your support always :)

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  19. WAHH! The maltose sweet potato zheng!! best of the best! craving for it ...lol

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    1. Hi Eunice, that's superb; you must try @ XFXC!

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  20. Luo Han Guo in a Tiger glass? Hmmm... :P

    Some dishes are quite special to me!

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    1. Hi Hayley, coz' they serve a wide array of beers as well :P Hunan cuisine is all so unique, check it out!

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  21. I duno where to start. All oso look so sedap.

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    1. Hi Mel, there are more to go from the menu! :)

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  22. Seems like majority of Hunan dishes are spicy.

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    1. Hello there, yes indeed :) that's why they offer lots of Cantonese cuisine to cater the demands for nonspicy food

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  23. Pretty amazing Hunan dishes esp the peanuts with orange caramel and also how the century eggs were served. I must say these are really unique and different as well. Spicy flavors inside - I am all the way for it because I must have my daily dose of spicy taste.

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    1. Hi Nava, I know you'd love them all. Their dishes are of own specialty, do check this outlet out! :)

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  24. Century eggs will be good for me.

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  25. The Maltose Sweet Potato looks good!!!

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  26. Too much feasting, dear! I wanna join u too. Heehee!

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    1. Hi Shirley, there's way more to go :P c'mon, let's enjoy the beauty of food

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  27. Those deep fried pumpkin and sweet potatoes are always my favourite.

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    1. Hi Sheoh Yan, those are really addictive for me as well!

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  28. so many nice foods! the fish seems so crispy

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  29. Wow! What a great variety of food. The portions all look very generous. I love hot and spicy food so I'm sure I'd have a great time at this restaurant.

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    1. Hello there, they're all so good for spicy food lover especially you :P

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  30. Cool! I was just thinking today morning that I should get to learn more chinese dishes. The problem is I realy am badly educated about chinese culture and food. Looking at your dish I better start soon cause the food from this restaurant looks amazing! thanks for sharing!!

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  31. My God, I see a lot of food here and you're making me hungry. You're so mean! :P

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    1. Hi Nisa, I've more food to introduce in upcoming posts :P

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  32. wooo a higher end chinese restaurant. pricey typical chinese dishes. but sure doesnt look too shabby =)

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    1. Hi Tony, it's good especially for special occasions :) check it out!

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  33. ok..firstly, high 5.. we both canon user.. secondly low 5 coz we both love food.. and middle 5 coz you post malaysia food and now making me so da hungry.. :(

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    1. Hi Tikkoss, I hope there will be more 'five's for us here :P do expect more upcoming food posts! :P

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  34. Wow, such an array of lovely food, looks like an epicurean delight!

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    1. Hi Farine, I hope you enjoy them as well :)

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  35. haven been to scott garden before :) properly will try it one day :)

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    1. Hi Caro, it's a mall with tonnes of food to try on :P

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    1. Hi Meitzeu, I don't think HK is famous for their Hunan cuisine, anyway do check out this place :)

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  37. Drool... I'm holding my laptop and the delicious pictures are all over my screen! YUMMY! I still have several hours before dinner time. Love eating Chinese food with lots of friends - get to eat many kinds of dishes in one dinner!

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    1. Hi Nami, yes it's highly recommended to dine with more people so that you can taste different delectable dishes there :)

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  38. Hey, the fish look very fresh but I like the prawns best. I'm drooling as I'm writing my comments. Lol!

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    1. Hi Shirley, the prawns are awesomely spiced, you'd love that very much!

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    1. Hi there, they're tempting, aren't they? :)

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  40. I love spicy Asian dishes - one of my favourites :D
    And your photos look seriously enticing!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Hi Uru, thanks for your loyal support there, will entice you with more spicy delicacies in future!

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