Ask me to choose between hotpot and barbecue, and I’ll always pick the former. I reckon it’s the Chinese in me where I need to have soupy things all the time, and hotpot is often the remedy to a rough day or week. Dian Huo Xin Wo in Kelana Jaya came highly recommended by my bestie, claiming it’s his regular hotpot place whenever the craving hits.
I was told they were formerly located along the row of shoplots in SS4, before moving into a larger and more spacious outlet in The Grand, Kelana Jaya. We ordered two types of soup that night – DHXW fresh crustacean roe soup (RM13 – half pot) and double boiled oriental pork soup (RM10.50 – half pot).
The crustacean roe soup was sweet from the addition of crab roe, crab meat, vegetables and herbs while the pork soup is made using pork chunks, corn, red dates and carrots. Both were tasty in their own way but I found the crab roe soup more interesting. Partly because I don’t often come across such soup for hotpots. This was more sweet than savoury from the addition of crab meat and roe, and while the broth was light, it was also rich in flavour.
We ordered a selection of handmade meatballs to go with our hotpot, along with some vegetables and meat. I particularly enjoyed the quail egg stuffed chicken ball (RM8.50 per portion) and DHXW’s shrimp ball (RM9.50). You can really taste the shrimp in the latter, and it was fresh.
Jien liked the NZ beef ball (RM9.50) as it was tender and flavourful enough without any dipping sauce. DHXW’s golden egg pork ball (RM9.50) is another specialty here and rightly so. You get that rich creaminess from the salted egg yolk and minced pork that’s nicely seasoned.
Prices are fairly reasonable at Dian Huo Xin Wo – a plate of Wagyu ribeye slices cost RM39. We went for the pork loin instead (RM19) and portion was decent. The food selection is moderate but good enough for a substantial meal with variety.
While I would have liked for the pork soup to be richer, the food at Dian Huo Xin Wo is generally quite decent. Prices are reasonable and they don’t stinge when it comes to ingredients. Our bill came up to about RM135 for three pax inclusive of two large bottles of herbal tea (RM6.50 each).
I wouldn’t mind coming back again when my hotpot craving hits. If you’re planning to dine in a larger group, it’s best to call ahead and book a table as the restaurant is packed during dinner time.
Food: 6.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Try the crustacean roe soup while you’re there. And the handmade meatballs are quite good too!
Dian Huo Xin Wo
The Grand Kelana Jaya
47301 Petaling Jaya,
Tel: 03-7887 4557 / 012-296 3886
Business hours: 5pm till 11pm daily