We’ve heard so much about Xiao Lao Wang Hotpot 小捞王 even during their days at Sungai Buloh but it’s a pain that we couldn’t squeeze in time to make it there. When they reopen at Damansara Uptown, we still missed the opportunity to indulge as we tend to settle for nearer options to us during our lazy off days.
Here we are finally at Xiao Lao Wang Hotpot 小捞王 located at The School Jaya One PJ! Yes, much nearer to us now 🙂
A beauty of life is its diversity. Hotpot is no exception. And I personally love hotpot. A lot!
Enjoyed the hands-on, interactive dining experience. To a fault almost, there are many different ways to enjoy the hot pot experience. Every aspect of the meal – the broth, ingredients to dip, sauce to dip them into, pairing alcohol or tea etc as they are highly customizable based on preference. When it comes to hot pot, everyone is eating good in the hood and we’re so glad that Xiao Lao Wang aced in every aspect.
What is the most important element of the hot pot?
That is hard to distinguish and to each their own obviously. Overall, freshness rules. The thinly shaved pieces of meat, seafood, and vegetables all have to be fresh as can be, or else the dinner will be compromised. For me, the element that ties all the others together is the broth. All the ingredients are dipped and cooked in it, making it central to the experience. Additionally, anything placed in the middle of the table is normally the most important. Again, it all comes down to experimenting with flavours.
This again Xiao Lao Wang nailed it.
Hate it when we feel super thirsty after a hotpot meal. Well not at Xiao Lao Wang.
Here comes the main character: SOUP BASE
Pickled Cabbage Pork Belly Soup – RM48.90
One highlight and why this is highly recommended is: they uses homemade pickled cabbages.
I was being skeptical about pickled cabbages soup as I thought it would be really sour but surprisingly it was not. Instead, it was bagged with hints of sweetness from the pure pork broth. Not forgetting to mention about the health benefits of pickled vegetables that offer the probiotic and enzymatic value, I even love drinking it on its own!
Not a fan of pickled cabbage?
Pork Stomach Chicken soup – RM42.90
Try this signature soup then! It has a peppery taste layered with sweetness as well.
All things homemade!
Spot the pickled vegetables!
Love experimenting with flavours? Check out their Condiment Counter.
Such a variety to choose from! Too many can be quite a challenge sometimes. Haha!
If you’re fickle minded like me, you can get their staff to mix their best dipping sauce for you.
We were lucky to have Andy himself to mix his specialty sauces for us!
Don’t know where to start?
You can order their Set Meals instead that ranges from RM50.90 to RM60.90 🙂
And we really fell in love with their homemade “balls” – beef balls, fish balls etc. They really offer their best ingredients – meat/ ingredients loaded with no flour added.
Homemade Beef Balls – RM13.90
Homemade Cuttlefish Balls – RM16.90
Homemade Mushroom Pork Balls – RM12.90
Homemade Pork Tendon Balls RM12.90
Live Prawns – RM9/100g
Very fresh indeed and what we got? Sweet & bouncy meat!
Live red snapper – RM7/100g
The portion wen have is about RM75. The deep fried fish head was added into our soup for extra flavour while the raw deboned flesh is best enjoyed after cooking in the soup that gave the melt-in-your-mouth texture. Must order.
Sanbanto Berkshire Pork Belly (Small – RM16.90 / Large – RM28.90)
Also known Hei Zhu Pork Belly, the proportion of fats and lean meat are beautifully distributed and this marbling gave the juicy texture. So good.
Pork Neck (Small – RM8.90 / Large – RM13.90)
Hong Kong Bean Curd Roll – RM13.90
So crispy & fragrant! I love eating these bean curd roll even before dipping them into the soup for the softer texture. For these, just a mere 2 seconds into the soup is perfectly nice for the retained crunch. Yum!
Cold Tofu – RM6.90
Just next to Xiao Lao Wang stands Lammeeya, the noodle expert. Also under the same hood, patrons can savour noodles while enjoying their hotpot!
Handmade Thin Bamboo Egg Noodle – RM8.90 (Medium)
The egg noodles were really springy. I’m a huge fan of noodles and the QQ texture is really memorable. Added with their homemade chilli, it just gave a magic touch and kicking flavour to this bowl of noodle. Slurp!
Handmade Bamboo Egg Noodle with Sesame Sauce (Cold) – RM9.90
Just a mouthful of this and I’m sold. First time ever having cold egg noodle, the noodles are placed on top of an ice bath to keep it cold enough. Take a dip into or pour the sesame sauce over the noodles before savouring it. Springy? Oh yes!
Another fun part, patrons can indulge in great coffee from Kwong Sang Yuen Coffee Shop and even their food selections. All under one roof! Remember to try their Royal Milk Tea & Imperial Coffee.
They are using Arabica Coffee Beans instead of coffee powder that typical Chinese coffee shop used.
Kopi O (Imperial Black Coffee) – RM6.50
Royal Milk Tea Cold – RM6
Lime Lime Juice – RM5
This was superbly refreshing!
Hainan Chicken Chop with mashed potato – RM14.80
One decently priced portion of Hainanese Chicken Chop 🙂 The meat texture was perfectly cooked, drenched with their flavoursome sauce.