Bloggers’ Yee Sang @The Magic Wok, Damansara Jaya

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.

finger licking long ribs

I licked the ribs, the bones, my fingers & was most tempted to lick the plate after I was done. Bliss!

Magic Wok

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 ..
to more

and the list goes on..

loh yee sanG

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!

claypot pepper fish

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.

herbal roast duck

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.

garlic roast chic

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.

2 style prawns

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.

abalone & tofu

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.

oriental beef

The oriental lamb RM18 outshone the rest; tender yet retaining a bit of bite for the teeth.

claypot lamb

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.

1 style kai lan

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.

lotus root

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.

the magic wok

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!

the bloggers

This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. mimid3vils

    thecsrispy skin of the duck (I assume?) make me drooling at this midnight time… 🙁

  2. qwazymonkey

    I used to come here so often. I generally find the food and here good. Maybe it's about time to return for a lil visit.

  3. Tummy Rumble

    ribs look good eh? I must bring you to the ice kacang place I told you about in Puchong one day..

  4. Sean

    that claypot tilapia looks like real comfort food! 😀
    i was scratching my head at first when i read "to more traffic!," cos i thot u all were wishing for more traffic jams for some weird reason 😛

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  6. minchow

    Ribs look crazy addictive! Though somehow, the red tint scares me – I'm somewhat of a food colouring Nazi. Ooh look, Feb begins tomorrow – eating season begins! Like it ever ended, haha.


    Haha… frankly speaking I see many restaurants are now coming up with fusion yee sang with the usage of mango. They are not copying my recipe right? LOL! Anyway, the food looked good too but a bit of the commercialized style of serving. I hope they do taste as good as they look. 😛

    Busy… busy… busy here with the CNY preparation. It's tiring. Have a Happy CNY if I could not manage to pop in later. 🙂

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  9. sophia

    Yee Sang!!! I've always wanted to try that! I never tried that once in Singapore.

    Why are you so lucky to see bloggers all the time?

  10. thenomadGourmand

    mimid3vils: Yes yes.. both the chic n duck had crispy skin! Its a good plc to dine really..

    qwazymonkey: Yes! Why not? Can let soon wei knw & he can arrange some new dishes

    tummyrumble: sure?? Dont get my hopes up! whn? when when??

    SEan: LOL! for some bloggers.its ALL abt traffic. Urgh.

    minchow: Yes, looks so red but it taste so good that all reservations went out the door!

    criz: Oh, the mango is the sour unripe ones. Not entirely similar as yours 😉
    Gong hei gong hei too! May this 2010 is a blast!

    sophia: Hmm..mayb i can find a recipe. Then as usual u can give it yr creative twists!

  11. augustine

    waw..the foods so nice

  12. KwOnG FeI

    wa.. so nice.. blogger outing..
    mango yee sang.. seem interesting..
    nice foods~

  13. msihua

    Oh Gosh… The ribs look crazy good!!

    Why and how did I miss this on my trip home? Damns… another place to visit…

  14. allie

    Gosh! Looking at your post, how I wish I'd be at KL!

  15. Lyrical Lemongrass

    Last time I went there was with Unka and gang (based on Unka's recommendation). I remember being quite pleased with the food. Can't believe 2 years hv passed since I last visited.

  16. UnkaLeong

    @LL : Wah…has it been that long since we makaned there? A revisit perhaps?

    Hmmm…My only sore point is the serving sizes that they dish out. If I remember correctly, a big portion of rice is equivalent to a small portion in many other establishments.

  17. Azrin Arizz

    So tempting. Must go and check it out 😀

  18. thule a.k.a leo

    My my… CNY is not here yet but sudah lou sang already 😛
    if u ever plan to makan on weekends.. let me know earlier. I'l try to arrange 🙂

  19. thenomadGourmand

    Augustine: Yes it is! We go sometime soon la!

    Kwong Fei: Yup, nice. For the mango yee sang, they used young mangoes.

    msihua: All the reason to come back atr time! ;p

    allie: Come!!

    LL: So many food outlets 😉 Myself also hardly go to outlets for re-visits!

    Unkaleong: we can go again 😉 Sure big portions. Give Soon wei a call ;p

    Azrin: Yalor..will call u if the nx outing is HALAL ok…

  20. thenomadGourmand

    Oh! Leo! Hehe…yayaya..this w-end can ah??

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    :rose: be hapy and put love as u cook coz 1 thing is 4 sure the result wil be best of the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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