Restaurant Hua Xin - Sungai Way, Petaling Jaya, Klang Valley

Unique alkaline based snacks accompanying a light stir fried salad.

Steamed fish with broth. Salted egg yolk pork ribs. Sweet and sour pork.  Fish head curry.  Steamed chicken on the bone cooked with Xiao Xing wine and herbs.  Buttermilk prawns served in a claypot.

These are the delights, amongst other dishes, of  a rather niche restaurant  found in the residential suburbs  of the Klang Valley outside the city centre of Kuala Lumpur.   The menu is inspired by Fujian traditions, yet embraces the mutli-cultural profile of Malaysia and offers some gems in culinary taste.

Fujian cooking emphasises broths and soups, the use of peanuts and fermented fish sauce or shrimp oil.  Its culinary attitude shares with the Japanese in the importance of Umami or Xian wei flavours,  underlining soft, subtle and yet tasty sensations.

Delightful, crunchy and tasty brinjal slices.

The place is down to earth, with a home cooked feeling, casual atmosphere and with photographs of the female chef smiling down from the walls.   Mr. Oh, an elderly man of gentle but focused demeanour, is seen interacting with customers.

There are only several tables, so it can get packed on weekend meal times.   The service is efficient and quick, traditional Chinese tea as in yum cha places is readily offered as customers sit down and most people that Saturday afternoon knew what they wanted - like my two cousins who took me there, with niece Sarah.

Fujian styled pork belly cuts braised in soy sauce - one of the signature dishes.

I hear that the curry chicken bun plus sweet potato and tapioca noodles are worth a try.   Fujian cuisine makes their own variation of Fuzhou fish balls and that is also available here.   The curry chicken is an illustration of fusion and cross cultural influences when many immigrants from the Hokkien community in southern China settled in south-east Asia.

Hua Xing also offers a fish paste bean curd, echoing the roots of Fujian beside the coast.

Oh Fuu Yong is a main principal at Restaurant Hua Xing
Located at Lot1-12, Forst Floor, Plaza Seri Setia, Jalan SS9/2, Seri Setia, Sungai Way, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Open every day from 11am to 3pm and from 6pm to 10pm except on Wednesdays.
Contact  +603 7876 3288 or +60163080210


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