Saturday, October 3, 2015

Xiao Lao Wang @ Damansara Uptown

Xiao Lao Wang has nurtured a following of loyal fans who've adored this hotpot specialist ever since its early days in Sungai Buloh; this year, the restaurant moved to Damansara Uptown, remaining a terrific destination for gatherings of family & friends.

This was our maiden visit to Xiao Lao Wang, so we opted for the two recommended broths that form the ideal introduction to its specialities. Start with the signature - a soul-warming broth base of boiled kampung chicken, pork stomach & herbs, a wholesome-tasting combination that evokes the sort of thick, traditionally nourishing Chinese soups cherished for generations. The flavours are comfortingly familiar, but Xiao Lao Wang still manages to make them distinctively delicious in its own fashion. RM38.80++ for a small pot to feed two to five people, RM43.80++ for a large fit for six to ten patrons, both with refillable broth.

For customers who prefer even sweeter, punchier dynamics, the Hong Kong-inspired tomato hotpot (RM43.80 for small, RM53.80 for large) is robust with flower crab & corn, well-partnered with both meat & seafood add-ons. Steaming-hot revitalisation; for patrons who crave variety, there's a third hotpot soup that features salmon head with tomatoes, as well as a dry hotpot filled with spicy kampung chicken - it's fun to envision making repeat trips to XLW to experience the full selection.

Xiao Lao Wang's wide range of add-ons are easy to endorse too - from kitchen-made, nicely textured sotong paste (RM16.90) to juicily fresh tiger prawns (RM18.90), pork tendon balls (RM12.90) to pork belly (RM15.90), & much, much more (Australian Wagyu beef, U.S. sirloin, lamb, frog, smoked duck, Japanese squid, mussels, scallops, pork neck & liver, fish balls, quail eggs, various vegetables, mushrooms, tofu & dumplings - the list goes on & on). Everything we tried tasted hearty & well-prepared.

The enjoyment of savouring the soups with their ingredients as the nuances & dimensions evolve throughout the course of the meal is completely satisfying. Service feels helpful & attentive. At the end, you can order rice to turn the hotpot into a congee.

Greatly enhancing the sense of pleasure, Xiao Lao Wang also offers a special 'sauce buffet' - customers can mix & match multiple choices such as light soya sauce, spicy sauce, fermented bean curd sauce, sesame sauce, chunky mushroom sauce & chilli sauce with minced radish, ginger, garlic, spring onions, Chinese coriander & pickled mustard to create their own memorably mouthwatering masterpieces to accompany their lunch/dinner. Many thanks to Xiao Lao Wang for having us here.

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Xiao Lao Wang
47G, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Uptown, Petaling Jaya. Mon-Sun, 5pm-11pm. Weekend lunch, 11am-3pm. Tel: 603-7725-9513

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16 comments:

  1. Did the owner personally concoct the sauce for you? He did for my family when we were there for dinner one Friday evening... Frankly I could not be able to create the tasty sauce as the one he created..
    I think that the chicken broth with herbs and pig stomach is the best way to go steamboat here (but it's just me). Other than that... I love everything about this place s the ingredients are fresh (important factor).

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    1. Leo: yeah, Andy took the extra effort of mixing the sauces for us ... if he's around, it's definitely worth trusting him, since he's the experienced expert. maybe next time i'll try doing it myself ... but ya, getting the balance right might be tricky, and i'd want my sauce to be creamy and very flavourful :)
      but good to hear you like this place too! and yeah, everything from the soup to the sauce to the add-ons tasted nice and fresh ... agree that it's important, since i've had some strange experiences this past month with not-so-fresh chicken and pork at other outlets :)

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  2. The ambiance looks nice and friendly, and the dishes look pretty good, too. Is that Prosciutto I see in the mix? I love it but it is so expensive! (at least here in Montreal it is, not sure about other places). I don't buy it because of the high price but some friends of mine who invite me over to their house for dinner from time to time (he is Italian, and he does buy it and serve it up on occasion). It is very good! :)

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    1. Linda: ooo, that's not quite prosciutto, though it is pork - just that it's not been cured and it's actually from the belly ... but now i'm craving prosciutto too :)

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  3. As much as I liked the steaming pots of broth featured here, I was immediately drawn to the sauces and condiments...plenty to choose from (not sure if I'll be a good 'mixologist'...hehe) but I like the abundance of freshness that the Chinese coriander and spring onions will bring! ;) I think I'll enjoy the first broth (just coz I see pig stomach in it) but I wonder how a dry hotpot will work? ;)

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    1. Contact.ewew: oh yes, we need a skilled sauce mixologist for maximum enjoyment here! but even if not, we can still indulge in playful experimentation :D the first broth was good, and it's quite loaded with pork stomach inside :) the dry hotpot seems to be one where you just enjoy the chicken (like a claypot chicken, i believe) but don't throw in any add-ons into the pot (i think) :D

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  4. Hmmm...I can't recall the last time you had Chinese!!! Bet that claypot potpourri tastes awesome, all the good stuff that goes into it!

    My missus would have a field day with all those sauces and mixes, she's so into those...especially those that are ultra-spicy - I do not usually go for those...unless something is bland or does not taste so good and has to be camouflaged with a multitude of sins. :D

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    1. Suituapui: yaaaa, it's been quite awhile since my last chinese feast ... though i think there'll be another coming up pretty soon! :D i don't usually need sauces too if the food is good on its own, but here, it was fun to try the soup on its own and then also use the sauces to taste the difference :D

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  5. the broth looks really rich and flavourful!

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    1. Irvine: both quite delicious broths, you're right :D

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  6. The broth looks good, prefect for those cold rainy days. :)

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    1. CK: ya, something to warm you up and make you feel better :)

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  7. I've tried this when they was at Sungai Buloh, love the wide choices of dipping sauce, of course the hotpot broth is great as well!

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    1. Choi Yen: yay, glad to hear you're also an admirer of xiao lao wang :D

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  8. One of the few hotpots around that emphasis on quality! I shall try it one day as I'm pretty much convinced of its quality as a close friend of mine said its good , and here your pics said it all

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    1. Rebecca: i'm actually not a fan of hotpots ... but ya, this turned out to be enjoyable meal, and i kinda wouldn't mind having it again :D

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