Sunday, January 8, 2012

Xing Zhu

It's a long & winding road from KL to this Chinese restaurant, which features a poolside view that might look pretty during the daytime, when most of Cyberjaya isn't draped in darkness.

Amid the absence of any other customers for dinner, we had this pork-free outlet to ourselves from the very first course: double-boiled pumpkin soup _ fragrant & piping-hot, with plenty of tiny pieces of pumpkin, prawns & other seafood.

Boiled amaranth soup with fish paste & flossy egg white. A clear broth that tasted fairly healthy. Prices here are OK; a filling meal for two can be had for under RM100.

Roasted 'pi pa' duck, in what seemed to be some sort of peanut gravy. Bony, though flavorsome enough to get a passing grade.

Oven-roasted duck, 'Hong Kong-style.' The skin was crisp, but parts of the meat were chewy.

Cantonese crispy egg noodles with king prawns. Not as tasty as KL's best sang har meen, though still respectable, thanks to the plump prawns & thick broth.

Como Sur Cabernet Sauvignon (Chile). Wine is available by the glass.

Worth the drive to Cyberjaya? Probably not. But if you're already in the area, then maybe.

Xing Zhu,
Cyberview Lodge Resort & Spa, Cyberjaya.
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21 comments:

  1. Wah eating all the way to Cyberjaya! Hehe I went to this resort before for a wedding dinner years ago.. didn't notice the Chinese restaurant that time. Food looks good and reasonable, would definitely consider dining there if I'm around the area. :)

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  2. Iamthewitch: ya, the Chinese restaurant is at a separate section of cyberview lodge, quite far away from the main lobby and other restaurants at the lodge. I think they get very few diners. The staff seemed surprised to see us suddenly appear :D

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  3. You had me at pumpkin! Double boiled though with seafood? It sounds worth trying.

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  4. I like the Boiled amaranth soup with fish paste & the pumkin soup also nice..
    It seems that a lot of restaurant is featuring "pumpkin".....
    Looks good ... but the place kinda far for me...

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  5. Food is not too bad. The soups and sang har meen are actually decent:P

    If at all we order the duck...I reckon I'll just stick to the skin:P

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  6. So you made a special trip here or just happened to be in the area?

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  7. The Yum List: oh yeah, i always try to order any dish that a chinese restaurant that has pumpkin in it! :D
    Simple Person: ya, cyberjaya & putrajaya are a bit inconvenient for most of us, we have to pay extra toll charges to get there too! though in the end, it's only a 45-minute drive from KL using the MEX highway =)

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  8. Missyblurkit: ya, i was surprised to see something like sang har meen on the menu! and even roast duck. was just expecting simple chicken, fish & prawn dishes :D
    Baby Sumo: heh, we were in the area. once upon a time, putrajaya used to be my second home, mainly due to work. luckily nowadays i rarely go there =)

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  9. I'm sure KL is more exciting for u when it comes to food. :)

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  10. Baby Sumo: yeah, there's actually a decent italian restaurant at putrajaya marriott and an OK fusion restaurant called azur at shangri-la putrajaya, but besides those two, can't really recommend anything else :D

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  11. Whoa... I've been to Cyberview Lodge a few times for events and never noticed this restaurant beforer. Well hidden is right. :P

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  12. Peanut gravy pipa duck? Interesting!
    But so far, too lazy to drive there, unless u drive, hahaha.

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  13. Kenny: methinks you were too engrossed in fawning over the eye candy that masquerades as bellhops at this resort! :D
    CK: heheh, it's actually quite easy to reach cyberjaya from sri petaling. using the highway, maybe 30 minutes only! =)

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  14. I always found Cyberjaya pretty dead. Didn't know got quite a few makan places there already. :P

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  15. Bangsar-babe: oh yeah, if only there were more expats working in cyberjaya, I think there'd be more interesting eateries. For now, there are barely a handful of outlets that even serve booze here =)

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  16. were you the only patron? just curious...

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  17. Michelle: ya, it was a quiet weeknight, we were the only customers there...

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  18. You might be right. Certainly there were more than one or two tasty morsels the last time I was there.

    P.S. 30 minutes is not near lah! Can reach Seremban in that time oredi! (If my best friend drives, that is. Hehe.)

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  19. Kenny: one might ask whether you munched on those morsels :P
    P.S. gasp, the north-south highway is not a Formula One racetrack lah! next you'll say can reach malacca in one hour :P

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  20. wow cyberjaya, really out of my radar. must be expensive

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  21. Eiling: oh, i think cyberjaya's food prices are actually slightly cheaper than kl's :D

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