Indeed the woks here wields some serious magic.
How else could one explain the delicious dishes that appeared from the kitchen that night?
One dish that got me hooked that night were the finger licking long ribs. It was absolutely addictive. The marinate thoroughly permeats the meat & the tender texture with the glorious soft fatty layers still got me salivating till today.
I licked the ribs, the bones, my fingers & was most tempted to lick the plate after I was done. Bliss!
What do bloggers wish for when they ‘loh‘ Yee Sang?
To more traffic!
To more $!
To more events!
To more freebies!!
To more friends!
To more movie screenings!
To more ..
and the list goes on..
Yup, we had our fun with the Raw Mango Yee Sang 😉
The Claypot Tilapia with white pepper soup was another exceptional creation.
A whole fish deep fried; then immersed into the flavoursome medium peppery heat broth with chock loads of vegetables (the kind that comes with claypot tofu, you’ll know what I mean right?) & lastly topped with siew yok (pork belly) and yam.
This is probably the only pepper dish I’ll enjoy EVER; cos I hate pepper!
The Roast Duck was good, though not exceptional.
The meat was tender with very slight gamey taste. Personally that was fine, since I preferred my duck as such.
A worthy mention goes to the chilli, which although wasn’t spicy enough, still packs better heat than most.
Oh, this was named Herbal Roast Duck for a reason, with the reason being the “herbal” sauce that came with it, a refreshing departure from the usual sweet ones.
I can’t say much for the herbal sauce, which I disliked. The duck good enough on its own anyways.
The garlic roast chicken RM18 – half/RM35 full bird was tender & nicely garlicky. Then again, it’s not named garlic roasted for nothing. If only the breast part was as tender as the thighs, it would have been superb.
I do eat prawns when they are prepared well. And here at The Magic Wok is where I make another exception.
Fry some fresh prawns, then top them with deep fried garlic and fragrant dried shrimp.
Oh my…The creator of this dish is a genius!
Ming Har with dried prawns paste RM25/40/60.
Most chinese restaurants I know boast of their own in-house made tofu (beancurd). The Magic Wok didn’t slack in this dept either. Theirs was silky smooth and eggy, deep fried and served doused in tasty gravy with (fake) abalone slices.
The waft of robust beef stew (Oriental Braised Beef) struck my nostrils the moment this was served & I waited impatiently for the cameras to stop clicking.
Unfortunately the texture of the beef didn’t quite match the smell. It was the only serious let-down for the evening.
The oriental lamb RM18 outshone the rest; tender yet retaining a bit of bite for the teeth.
We didn’t have any complains for the twin style kai lan & stir fried Lotus Root with olive leaves, which provided the necessary fibres to round off the excellent meal.
Personally I liked the preparation of the lotus root, due to the herbal-ish nuances and sweetish flavour, credited to the wolfberries added into the dish.
A sweet ending for the night.
In operation for 9 years, The Magic Wok first started out as a ‘hobby’ for Soon Wei’s parents, once their children has left the nest in pursue of their Uni education.
Recipes were from his mum, & more were created based on their dining experiences around Malaysia & overseas. Most are tweaked a bit here & there to achieve the taste & flavour they seek for their restaurant.
Overall, the dishes contains influences from a mixture of Chinese (Hakka, Cantonese, Teo Chew, Hokkien, Nyonya) cuisine & personally, I liked the concept.
Here at The Magic Wok, I’m assured that I’m eating Chinese cuisine, yet the menu came with enough different presentations & new preparations to occasionally jolt the jaded palate.
For an outlet that has been around for 9 years, there weren’t much coverage on the blogs for it’s food. Perhaps Damansara Jaya is a bit out of the “main” locations for some?
A pity really, for this area does have some hidden gems. Anyhow, I hope the map below helps.
A footnote here:
As a food blogger, naturally I did a bit of homework prior to the dinner. General feedback was that the food was mediocre and the portions were on the smaller side, etc.
Well, I certainly hope my pleasant dining experience here applies at all times & to all diners & not just because it was an invited review.
Anyhow, The Magic Wok has over 50+ dishes on their menu and I am of opinion that making the right choices is crucial here. No doubt the prices may even be considered to be on the higher side, hence it would not be a wise option if you order the common preparations, ie steam fish in soya sauce.
Go for the specials & you would most likely find your $ worth.
Myself? I will be back, especially for the Claypot Rice with Waxed Duck SAUSAGES and duck meat. My, I haven’t heard of this yet!