Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Dao Xiang @ Nexus Bangsar South

Dao Xiang, one of Bangsar South's most elegant eateries, delves deep into the diversity of Chinese Shunde cuisine, a genre that's not widely seen in KL but is worth hunting out for flavours that customarily channel the robust richness of freshwater fare.

Classic cooking in copper pans is Dao Xiang's distinctive delight - select the bounty of the rivers & the ocean to be braised in a lovely pork broth that's nuanced with sun-dried tangerine peel. The choices prove sumptuously compelling, from fish like grouper, marble goby, tiger grouper, patin or catfish to pomfret, black tilapia, barramundi, sultan fish or salmon, plus everything from eel, squid, stingray, razor clams & sea cucumber to abalone, oysters, geoduck, lobster, mud crabs & tiger prawns.

 We mixed & matched four components in our meal - each tasted resolutely fresh & memorably flavoursome, expertly cooked by the restaurant's staff at our table. The serving is massive, sufficient to fully feed at least four people, even before vermicelli is thrown in at the end. The broth starts at RM18, while each selection of seafood carries its own charge. Perfect for fans of steamboat & hotpot-style recipes, but fabulous as well for anyone who's seeking an interesting approach to enjoying seafood.

 Dao Xiang's menu is impressively extensive - one ingredient that pops up often is fish lips, which can be prepared with ginger (RM28) for a sweetly fleshy, gelatinous delicacy. Other steamed temptations include lusciously smooth egg with clams (RM20) & luffa that's potently aromatic with garlic (RM18), blending wholesome, home-style traditions with a polished outlet's finesse.

Other creations here range from the imaginative, like crunchy pan-fried lotus roots stuffed with savoury fish paste (RM23), to the comfortingly tried-&-tested, such as terrifically fragrant claypot rice with waxed meat, made with top-flight grains for close-to-certain satisfaction (RM33). And there's still much, much more to sample here, from Shunde-style porridge hotpots with ingredients like chicken giblets & salted pork bones to fish head soup with tofu, salt-&-pepper frog meat to stuffed squid tubes.

From the starters to the desserts, dining here was a pleasure, with fabulous service. Thanks to Dao Xiang for having us here. 

Dao Xiang Chinese Cuisine Restaurant
First Floor, Nexus, Bangsar South, Jalan Kerinchi, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 1130am-230pm, 530pm-10pm. Tel: 03-2242-3318

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17 comments:

  1. I do like crab, Sean! However, I must admit that I have only tried it as a crab salad made by some grocery stores. :)

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    1. Linda: crab salads can be delicious, especially when the crab meat is fresh, sweet and tender :)

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  2. I'm liking the first pot already....everything I love in slurpilicious broth with lots of fresh Chinese coriander...yum yum! ;) How much for a pot like that? And smooth steamed eggs taken up a notch with clams...I likey! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, this place serves some dishes which are both tempting and tasty! :) i think for most of the pots, it would cost above RM200 if you throw in a crab, fish, prawns and one or two other ingredients :)

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  3. Seafood heaven! But let me lower my cholesterol first, hehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, or you can come here first and eat the fish dishes :D

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  4. Can't go wrong with crab and prawns. Ooooo...claypot rice! I miss that! Can't get it here... :(

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    1. Suituapui: i'm actually not the biggest fan of crab, though i'll happily eat it :) but ya, i like claypot rice too, and the one here had a nice crusty bottom :D

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  5. These photos are lovely Sean, looking straight down into those dishes. It all looks very tasty.

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    1. The Yum List: thanks! i was definitely keen to try to do justice to the deliciousness here :D

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  6. What a place! Must bookmark this place!

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    1. Ken: you can check it out if you're looking for a chinese feast when you're in KL! :D

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  7. Ok.. This one goes into my list to bring the in-laws or parents here!!!

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    1. Leo: hope they'll enjoy the dinner! it's quite an interesting restaurant, as far as the menu goes :D

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  8. Seafood version of Poon Choy :P
    Even the appetizers looks great especially the chicken feet!

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, yeah, if you like poon choy, i think you might like this too :) and yup, we managed to finish the fleshy chicken feet :D

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  9. Just went tried the restaurant today.
    Normally I wouldn't be bothered giving a feedback.

    But, I personally would like to give it a feedback to this restaurant as it is not worth visiting.
    The food was mediocre and a total rip off. Over priced for that tiny portion, if the portion was small but actually taste good I wouldn't mind.
    Dishes was boney and tiny.
    I ordered a signature scallop dish, the dish was pretty much just prawns and a tiny slice of scallop.
    Should just named it prawn fried dimsum.

    My mouth is still dry after 3 hours, must be from the massive amount of MSG they poured in to it.

    I WOULD NEVER VISIT THIS PLACE, AND WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND IT! SHAME!


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