Hua Xing in Sungei Way has been around for many years and I’ve heard good things about it back in the early days of blogging even. But it wasn’t until recently that I paid them a visit with Jien, who told me the food is decent after trying it for lunch with his colleagues.
The restaurant is always crowded on weekends so it’s best to get there before 7.30pm or call ahead to book a table. Hua Xing’s menu is fairly extensive – offering a range of Hokkien and Foochow fare. Popular picks include tapioca noodles, pak gok and braised pork with alkaline kuih; the latter was spotted on almost every table that night.
We ordered all three, on top of the hometown tofu, fried eggplant and honey milk claypot chicken. Service is fairly quick and the food arrives within 30 minutes or less depending on the crowd. Of the lot, I enjoyed the fried tapioca noodles (RM16 – medium) and pak gok (RM16 – medium) best. The noodles had a good amount of wok hei and both were cooked just right so texture was springy.
The alkaline kuih takes some getting used to but it does go well with the braised pork and gravy. Hua Xing cooks this till tender and the meat has enough flavour from the gravy too. I find the fried eggplant (RM13 – small) crisp yet tender on the inside, with plenty of garlic bits for aroma and taste.
Honey milk claypot chicken didn’t quite make an impression on us as it was more sweet and creamy than anything else. It gets a bit cloying after a few bites. I reckon the rice wine chicken would be a better choice as that was the initial recommendation by our waiter.
The hometown tofu (RM12 – small) comes topped with minced pork, preserved vege bits and scallions – good with rice but nothing rave-worthy in my opinion. Don’t expect service to be friendly as the staff are mostly running around taking orders and serving food. If you’re willing to look past that, you’re in for a treat.
Food: 6.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Order the tapioca noodles, fried brinjal and braised pork.
Hua Xing Restaurant
112, SS 9/2, Seri Setia,
47300 Petaling Jaya,
Tel: 03-7876 3288
Business hours: 11.30am till 3pm, 6pm till 10pm