China Man restaurant, a full-fledged Chinese restaurant (obvious by its name) next to Carrefour Kepong. The entire staff is made of Chinese nationals, from the reception to the waiter to the cook. It is also one of those restaurants where you would find dishes whose English names are translated literally, word by word using Google translate. You know, the ones you have seen and chuckled on the internet. That aside, the menu selection is large and reasonably priced.
One of their signature dishes – Squirrel-Shaped Fish @ RM32. It is actually a Tilapia that has been deep fried and served with sweet and sour sauce. Mandarin fish is usually used in China, as per tradition.
The fish is deboned, skillfully butterflied open, and even had its flesh carefully sliced with spaces in between to ensure a blooming of diamond-like shapes. It is an exquisite looking dish complete with immaculate details alright but it tastes just like any other sweet and sour fish, maybe slightly better due to the appearance and all.
Another signature dish here is the Peking Duck, priced at RM38 for half a duck. It sounds pricey but keep in mind that the price is actually inclusive of another dish prepared using the rest of the duck (Peking Duck only uses the skin and some meat attached) And this is be the main reason to dine at China Man restaurant.
As usual some pancakes are provided to sandwich the crispy yet juciy roast duck skin, cucumber slices and scallions. It was delicious and ranks as one of the better Peking Duck I have tasted so far.
This is the other dish that I mentioned earlier, consisting mostly bones with some meat that were leftover from the duck. There are few ways to prepare it but I highly recommend trying the Salt and Pepper style (椒盐), which was lip smacking and finger licking good.
Dong Po Yuk, shown here is the portion for 1 pax. Not bad but just very oily and fatty, and truly guilt inducing. I don’t blame the chef though, as it is made using pork belly and intended to be the fattier the better. Health-conscious people, stay away.
Yong Chow Fried Rice and Mushroom Xiu Bak Choy were the usual stuff, just to make a complete meal.
You could see they did not stinge to spruce the restaurant with artistics pots and antique furnitures from China. It almost felt like a mini exhibition here. No wonder they call this an “Art and Dine” house.
China Man Restaurant also features some unique desserts like durian puff, which were unfortunately not available during our visit. For people coming in groups, they also have packages ranging from 2 to 10 pax that could be more saving compared to ordering ala carte.China Man House of China Restaurant
No 33-7, Jalan Metro Perdana,
Taman Usahawan Kepong, Kepong Utara, Kuala Lumpur
GPS Coordinates: N3 12.885 E101 38.582