After a good swim at the resort pool, we were truly hungry and set out for dinner. We did some searching nearby the resort but decided to go to Lukut town itself where there are more choice to offer in terms of restaurants. We’ve tried Soon Huat the previous time and heard that this place Xin Xiang Gang is worth a try by a friend who is a local. We reached XXG slightly over 6.00 pm and there was already a small crowd. I was told that this place is seriously packed during dinner. XXG is a restaurant (more like a road side shack built under zinc roof) that serves typical chu char dishes. Common seafood is available too. This place also offers other dishes from stalls operated by various traders.
The crowd is building up even before dinner time at this eatery…
The place had a rather run-down facade and the interior was a simple set-up of tables with plastic chairs and walls decorated with a mish-mash of posters. The set-up bespoke the fact that you were there for the food and not the atmosphere.
Our order was taken promptly once we were seated. While waiting I noticed a Malay lady (Cik Junedi) firing up the charcoal stove and getting ready for business. Without hesitation, I placed order for 10 sticks of the chicken sate.
Ketupat @ RM 1.00/pc ~ This is basically the starchy carbohydrate to accompany and complete your meal of satay with peanut sauce. Ketupat is also served with cubed pieces of red onion and cucumber to dip in the peanut sauce and accent the flavour of the satay.
Cik Junedi was seen fanning away at the coals and creating spectacular shows of erupting flames as she sizzles the satay. The aroma alone was enough to draw the crowd. Sticks of satay were grilled in view of customers. It did not take long for Junedi to walk around taking orders and very soon our sticks of satays were served and ready to be devoured.
Sate Ayam @ RM 0.60 ~ This was good and we hardly detected any chicken fats on it. Delicious, moist, meaty and not at all burnt tasting despite the charred marks. The flavour of the marinade was rich, the spices full-bodied without overwhelming the tongue. Best of all, the marinade didn’t mask the flavour of the chicken. It was a lovely balance. The peanut sauce on the other hand was a little different from those in KL in terms of color but was fulfilling all the same.
Marmite Spare Ribs @ RM 12.00 ~ Another dish that is bursting with flavour. Full of wok-hei and the ribs were deboned, served in a nice bite size and made easier to savour. Devoid of any porky smell these were aromatic and had the right amount of sweetness and some crunch from the sesame seeds.
Steamed Tilapia in Soy Sauce @ RM 25.00 ~ Fresh fish, no ‘fishy’ smell and was steamed just timely to maintain the softness of the fish meat. Sauce of the fish are well concocted. What more can I ask for from a nicely steamed fish? Just yummy!
In addition to satay, the other item that is available here is the ikan panggang, which is a common and popular dish you will find, particularly in coastal and riverine areas.
Customers can choose from an array of fish such as pomfret, stingray seabass, red snapper and grouper to name a few, as well as others seafood cuttlefish, prawns and shellfish.
Grilled Stingray @ RM 15.00 ~ Served on banana leaf, the portion above may look skimpy, but that’s only because we ordered the smallest portion. Come to think of it, most of the grilled seafood stalls these days sell their stingray from RM 12.00 onwards. We seldom see anything cheaper than that and it’s definitely not cheap to have it here either despite the fact that Lukut being a small town. Smaller place means cheaper price, no?
The stingray here is soft, tender and fresh, and comes with a vast amount of that empowering sambal chilli paste ala tom yam flavor! Honestly, we didn’t enjoy the taste of the sambal a bit. It was a pity to have the sambal spoiling the fresh stingray.
Grilled seafood stall opens daily except on Wednesdays from 1700 to 2300.
Ikan bakar comes with tom yam flavoured sambal mixed with onion and chilli. Most customers find this sauce spicy and delicious but we felt otherwise.
Overall dining experience was good except for the grilled stringray which fell under the so-so catergory, but the rest certainly deserve praises. Definitely a recommended place to have a simple yet delicious dinner which also comes with a fairly reasonable price.
Finding this place is no big task as XXG is located just across Giant Hypermart on the main road of Lukut town.
I will certainly come back but to another competitor of XXG, Fatt Kee Restaurant, which is just a few doors away. The crowd over at FK was pretty overwhelming and that caught my attention. Do take note that FK’s is off on Wednesdays. (012-627 5766/662 5949)
- Restoran Xin Xiang Gang
- Lot 4682 , No. 10, Jalan Seremban
- 71010 Kuala Lukut
- Port Dickson
- Negeri Sembilan.
- Mobile – 012-3322 919
- Business hours – 1700-2330
- Closed – Mondays
- GPS Coordinates
- N02°33.743 E101°48.842