25 Jul 2010 • 68 reviews • 10 followers
Xian Ding Wei is a Taiwanese chain with a number of outlets in Malaysia, this humble eatery however did not launch in the lion city with as loud a bang as Nando's and Wendy's. Happy to say, I felt transported to Sunway Lagoon at XDW, a feeling that Nando's and Wendy's fail to exude. The food and decor at XDW were exact replicates of what we experienced in Malaysia.
The Set Meal are popular for just $7.90 + $1 (for braised pork rice instead of plain rice) There were several choices of meat (eg beef, chicken, fish etc) and style of cooking (eg, san bei, salt and pepper, sweet and sour etc) for the set meal. The set meal also came with 3 tiny set sides and a soup of the day. We ordered fish in san bei and fried chicken in salt and pepper. However, the waitress took our order wrongly and gave us everything in san bei instead. To pre-empt further mess-ups to come, I decided not to correct the order. As a Lai Lai family restaurant's fan, I found the braised pork rice not as fatty and salty as I would like. The pork cubes were soft and gravy fragrant nevertheless. People who find LL's too oily may like this instead.
San Bei 三杯 simply means a cup of soya sauce, a cup of chinese yellow wine and a cup of sesame oil in this dish. To me, the lure of Taiwanese cuisine comes from the liberal use of basil rather than these condiments. Needless to say, I had a good time eating the generous amount of basil. The fish slices were firm and fresh. The gravy was flavourful. The dish was served piping hot. There is no need to go Taiwan or Malaysia to eat this. What else can a food lover ask for? Soup of the day was simple corn soup which tasted homely and passed our msg test. Excellent! Lest we get too "heaty" with all the food at XDW, they serve very cooling winter melon tea for us to wash everything down!