You’ve probably had Chinese food before – this is Malaysia, after all. But have you had Xi’an Chinese food?
Xi’an is the capital city of Shaanxi, a province in China. It’s known for aromatic, sour-spicy flavours and broad, hand-pulled noodles. There doesn’t seem to be many Xi’an restaurants in the Klang Valley, especially compared to other Chinese exports like Mala hotpot. But there’s one place you can get your fix: Xi’an Gourmet Food in Puchong.
Most of the side dishes we ordered were served cold in a tangy, spicy sauce. This meant that they did end up tasting similar, but there were so many variations of texture that we didn’t mind at all – and besides, the sauce was delicious.
My personal favourite were these tofu noodles (RM7). The light ridges of the tofu skin makes chewing it an unusual – but pleasant – experience. It’s a wonderfully tangy, refreshing side dish, thanks to the addition of carrot and cucumber strips.
Fluency in Mandarin is useful here, but not required. Most of the menu is written in Chinese, with English translations available for the names of most of the dishes. One of the menu listings helpfully refers to a dish as “Duck Parts in Sauce”, which turned out to be a (delicious) plate of sliced duck gizzards (RM8).
Don’t let the amount of oil put you off. Despite being served in pools of chilli oil, these side dishes were light and refreshing.
One of the signature dishes here are the smooth and chewy Biang Biang noodles, which happens to be a Shaanxi specialty.
The star of the meal were the Belt noodles, which are supersized versions of the Biang Biang noodles. Long, chewy and definitely deserving of the name. They’re served in cold water, so you’ll have to gingerly pick each huge strand up and bathe it in the accompanying dipping sauce. Then comes the fun part – figuring out how to actually eat it. Warning: jaw stamina is required!
If you like your food extra spicy, Xi’an Gourmet offers a chilli oil dipping sauce on the side. The addition of sesame seeds gives it a light nutty undertone.
Each plate at Xi’an Gourmet food is a flavour bomb of sour-spicy goodness – although you can still enjoy the milder noodles dishes if you are heat-averse. If you’ve got a hankering for spicy Chinese food, handmade noodles, or just looking to experience a new cuisine, give this one a try. Prices here are reasonable, with many side dishes costing under RM10. Our bill came up to RM123, which included ten dishes and five drinks for a table of five.
Xi’an Gourmet Food
Address: 58, Jalan Puteri 2/4, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30am – 9.30pm (closed on Mondays)
Phone: 03-5892 6380