Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Xia Mian Guan, Sunway Pyramid Food Review

The place, Xia Mian Guan, is located at the ever popular Sunway Pyramid next to Overtime but it is well hidden from view though because in front of it is a hot pot restaurant which blocks Xia Mian Guan from being visible from the main road.
The place looks like a posh 5 star restaurant which at 1st look, I don't even dare to enter let alone try out it's food.
So with the upper class outlook of it, I expect the food to be of a much dearer than normal price but of a nature where the food will be exquisitely delightful to taste and the chefs making the dishes considering it as an art form. I'll let you be the judge of that through my writings.

We started off with a bevy of appetizers to further stimulate our appetite for the main courses.

First off, Caesar Salad with Crispy Soft Shell Crab and Boiled Egg, a RM48 starter:
There were 2 sauces provided which are the mayonnaise with black pepper and sesame sauce.
All of it together with the Soft Shell Crab were poured in and mixed:
Although Caesar Salad is best known to be served at western restaurants, this is the first time I'm seeing one available at a Chinese restaurant and with soft shell crab. The taste of it mixed together was indescribably good. Better than most normal Caesar Salad I've tasted but then again, I don't eat Caesar Salad much at restaurants. Anyway, to sum it up....good!

This is the Winter Melon with Chilli Flakes:
An unusual combination which just by thinking, I wouldn't be able to comprehend on how a combination like this would taste good. But surprisingly to me, it tastes okay. The winter melon gives a refreshing taste while the chili flakes merely makes it a bit spicy. But it's more refreshing than spicy.
This is the Crispy Beancurd Skin:
RM12 for 8 pieces. Can't really recall much of it's taste.

This is Homemade Smoke Egg:
With sprinkles of seasoning on the top to give some salty taste to it, these are made with duck eggs. I always like eggs. This is no exception. I had a mouthful of yolk taste pressed upon my tongue when I put the whole piece in my mouth.

Crunchy Pork:
I'm a pork lover and hence pork is always something I like to eat. This is a little dry to me but still okay. I also like my pork a little more saltier but nothing soy sauce can't fix. Priced at RM16.

Another pork dish to make my day, Braised Pork Cubes and Dry Beancurd In Soy Sauce:
As you know, pork is fattening but delicious. This dish epitomizes it. But like I said, I love eating pork! Priced at RM28.

There were 2 Tofu dishes presented to us and both are Braised Imperial Beancurd. Just that it's in 2 different complement ingredients. One is with Crab Meat:
While the other is prepared with Shemeji Mushroom:
In my opinion, both tasted good. The one with crab meat has a more cleaner clearer taste to it while the one with Shemeji Mushroom has light salty taste and strong mushroom taste to it. Both at the same price of RM20.

Next up, another lovely pork dish in the form of a meatball.
Called the Braised Meat Ball with Abalone Sauce, the meatball is packed with meaty taste and full of flavor. Coupled with the abalone sauce, it's a delight to eat.

We were served some fried rice to go along with the dishes since all along we've been eating the dishes plain without any rice to go along with it. Hence, a much stronger than normal taste if not with rice.
The rice is Fried Rice with Cheese and Roasted Pork in Hot Stone Casserole.

And yet another juicy tender pork dish:
This is Deep-Fried Spare Ribs in Red Wine Sauce. I find the red wine sauce makes the spare ribs really sweet. Not really much of a problem but I prefer it to be a little saltier.

Finally, some fishes to savor.
We had the Deep-Fried Sea Grouper. One is with Pomelo Sauce:
While the other with XO sauce:
Both of it tasted okay to me. The Pomelo sauce tasted a little spicy to me. But the fish does taste better with it.

Next were some vegetables that we tasted:
Called the "Ying Yang" Kailan with Chicken Floss, the top part is salty and it melts in your mouth and the bottom part which I usually fear eating because most restaurants serve it hard as a rock is actually very nice. Just the right texture to chew on and pleasant to the taste when mixed with the top part.

We then proceeded on with a prawn dish:
It's the Chef's Claypot Curry with Fried "Man Tou". Can't comment much on this because I don't like prawn and the curry is also filled with prawn flavor. But the man tou is always something I enjoy eating and eating it with the curry makes the curry bearable for me to consume.

We were served 3 noodle dishes to try out.
1 is the Stewed Noodles with Minced Pork and Eggplant with "Teo Chew" Sauce:
Another is the Noodles Shredded Pork, Shrimps and Spring Onions in Soy Sauce:
And one more is Shanghai Noodles that's in Clear Soup:
They're okay I guess but I would rather stick to plain white rice with their meat and vegetables in this restaurant.

Lastly, I just gotta touch on the chicken I tasted:
It looks like just some ordinary roasted chicken but it's actually Smoked Farm Chicken with "Pu Er" Tea Leaves. A nice dish that really brings out the good taste of the chicken and the tea leaves enhanced it's taste better.

Xia Mian Guan is available everyday (since it's at a shopping mall) from 11am till 11pm.


Ken said...

By looking at the name, i was thinking they only serve noodles, haha. The smoked chicken with Pu Er sounds promising to me!

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

Ya, I thought so too. But they seem to be more of a restaurant that serves rice and veggie to me.