Homestyle Restaurant Affordable Eats – Top 3 Must Order Items
Homestyle Restaurant Penang is one of the hidden gems restaurants in Lembah Permai.
The corner shop chu char style restaurant serves authentic Teochew and Cantonese cuisine.
If you stay around George Town, you can find many small restaurants with Cantonese cuisine (廣東菜), one of the most popular regional cuisines in Chinese cooking.
Before I started my food and travel blog, I’ve been eating out over the years with my associates, consultants, clients and contractors.
There are many lunches and dinners that we enjoyed at homestyle restaurants for a bit of home comfort.
One of the things that I learned from my Contractor friends is where to eat – I’m sure they will enjoy a semi-enclosed eatery like Homestyle Restaurant.
Location of My Homestyle Restaurant
Homestyle Restaurant is located in the residential neighbourhood of Permai 32.
Permai 32 neighbourhood has a lot going for it.
You can find small Cafes, Restaurants, Bars and a small food court and nice eateries.
There is a small field. Overall the area is quiet, safe and comfortable to hang out.
The Chinese family-style restaurant attracts regulars, especially during weekends.
It is a little quieter during the weekdays.
The menu is comprehensive and has something suitable for all age groups.
So you will find families dining here.
If you can’t take the heat, so to speak, there is a fully air-conditioned section next door.
Most people prefer to sit at the al-fresco dining area, facing the park.
Homestyle Restaurant Penang
The first time I visited, I around the area where we ate at a defunct café.
Subsequently, I’ve been here a few times on my own, in between errands, or to meet up with some friends who live in the vicinity.
I’ve been here a few times for a quick lunch run of Fried Rice.
Some friends who live around the community keeps recommending their favourite food to me over the years.
I wanted to get a group of people together for a meal, but that’s challenging now with the COVID-19 lockdown.
My Home Style Food With Penelope
Penelope and I like to exchange recipes.
Since she cooks better than me, she’s the one who has been goading to try new places.
Left to my own devices, I will hanker down and eat all my meal at my favourite eatery every day, for every meal.
So it would be best if she ordered and I eat and pay.
We managed to squeeze in a meal during RMCO.
We had another quick lunch in between appointments.
Penelope did the research beforehand, reading reviews and stuff – and placed the order.
I forget the recommendation from friends, and when she mentioned Eggs with Bitter Gourd, I was sold.
The Hakka in me perked up and smile.
I found out that my insane penchant for Yam, Minced Pork, Salted Fish, Fish Balls and Preserved Radish is nothing but my Hakka DNA rearing its head.
I asked for Penelope to order;
She rolled her eyes at me and said, “You have had too many foods moments.”
Homestyle Restaurant Cantonese Menu
The menu is quite comprehensive and has a good variety.
- Stir-Fried Noodles
Fried Rice RM8.80
I had this the first time I went, and it was delicious, full of wok hey.
For our lunch, we ordered
- Eggs with Bitter Gourd RM14.80
- Bean Curd with Brinjal RM14.80
- Bak Kut The Soup RM22.80 (only available during lunch)
My home style next meal I would want to order is the
Pork Tripe Pepper Soup RM26.80
I’ve been looking for a really good “Too Thor Th’ng” and can’t find any.
Homestyle Restaurant Cooking
Typical of good Cantonese cuisine, the restaurant boasts of using the food’s natural flavour as its hallmark.
The key ingredients used to enhance the flavour and bring out the essence of the food are simple;
- spring onion
- soy sauce
- rice wine
- corn starch
- scallion oil
- sesame oil
Homestyle Restaurant emphasises preserving the natural flavour of the food they cook for their customers.
Homestyle Restaurant Affordable Eats – Top 3 Must Order Items
Eating at a homestyle family restaurant is like eating in your grandmother’s home.
Every dish looks so simple that you are inspired to cook it at leisure.
If you ask me, the simplest dishes are the hardest to prepare – just like Cantonese style Dim Sum; almost impossible to replicate the taste, right?
Out of the top three must order items that my friends recommended, I jumped at ordering my favourite – the simplest; Eggs with Bitter Gourd.
Penelope shrugs. “Told you,” she said flatly.
Homestyle Restaurant Eggs with Bitter Gourd RM14.80
Why would anyone want to pay to eat this dish in a restaurant, you will ask.
Quite simply, I will only pay for food that I can’t replicate at home.
Eggs with Bitter Gourd is one of those items I will order over and over again.
The version we make at home is stir-fried Scrambled Eggs with Bitter Gourd.
I tried to make this the cheat way by blanching the Bitter Gourd and putting soft boiled eggs on top with a swig of Soya Sauce and a dash of pepper.
The verdict: I think you better off ordering this at Homestyle Restaurant.
First, the Bitter Gourd is not bitter at all but has a little crispiness to it.
The egg is runny – who doesn’t like runny eggs? Except for John. LOL
The Soya Sauce provides that extra umami kiss to the perfect eggs.
In fact, if you have never tried it – it is really delicious as the bitter gourd and egg taste so good together.
I can finish a big plate of fluffy white rice with just this one simple must-try dish!
Homestyle Restaurant Royal Chicken RM41.80 (available Friday, Weekend and Public Holidays)
I remembered the first time I tasted this “sexy” dish.
My GM, Marc, cooked a farewell dinner for me, and he whispered that he was making one of the four ‘sexiest’ Chinese dishes.
Gui Fei Chicken, better known as the Empress Chicken, was named after one of the four famous Chinese beauty.
Gui Fei was a royal concubine who became Empress and one of the most powerful rulers of China.
The Royal Chicken dish was supposedly her favourite dish conjured up by the royal chefs.
Concubine Yang Gui Fei or was also known as Drunken Beauty.
The Chicken Dish is finished with a strong smell of Shaoxing wine, delicious and intoxicating.
Shaoxing wine is one of the most famous Huangjiu varieties, or traditional Chinese wines, fermented from rice.
Made in Shaoxing, in the Zhejiang province of eastern China, it is often used as a cooking wine in Chinese cuisine.
I remember once I saw some Chinese drinking it at a steamboat restaurant and liberally pouring the win in the pot.
The smell of the Shaoxing wine is both invigorating and intoxicating.
Homestyle Restaurant’s version of Gui Fei Chicken from their website is enough to make my mouth water.
Gui Fei Chicken is a high-praised dish that’s well-accepted by everyone that I tried to replicate at home.
My version (yes, it’s edible), the steamed chicken, was overdone at 15 mins in a wok on a rolling boil.
I will order this dish from the Homestyle Penang menu the next time I have a craving for Drunken Chicken.
The recipe looks simple enough.
It’s all in controlling the fire, the temperature and how long to steam the chicken.
That is the reason, Chefs are chefs, and we who try feebly are at best home cooks.
Steamed Gui Fei Chicken Recipe
- 2 chicken leg quarters
- 2 tbsp Shaoxing Wine
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp salt
- Ginger-scallion sauce
- Once the chicken is cooked, immediately dunk the chicken into the bowl of ice water.
- The icing method makes the chicken skin seize up, giving it that firm and “bouncy” texture.
- Serve with ginger-scallion sauce and steamed rice.
- Either pour the ginger-scallion sauce all over the chicken or use it as a dipping sauce.
Curry Asam Fish (Price Depends on Fish)
Nyonya Gulai Tumis Fish is a big classic favourite in Nyonya households.
The Tamarind based Fish Curry is a sour, fiery hot curry traditionally famous among the Nyonya and Hainanese households in Malaysia.
If you are a fan of Fish Curry, you will like this version which is fragrant from Bunga Kantan and Daun Kesom with that unmissable zing of sour from Tamarind pulp.
The Curry Asam Fish dish tastes extraordinary, satisfying, simply delicious, and shall I say, 2 bowls of rice worthy?
Since this is a top recommendation, we will try it for a nice family dinner the next round.
Review of Homestyle Restaurant
We prefer to sit in the restaurant proper versus the air-conditioned section next door – we didn’t want our food to get cold.
The service is brisk, and the supervisor is friendly with good recommendations.
The prices are reasonable, food taste is good.
So we will definitely plan for a return visit for a casual family dinner or a special occasion when we are allowed to after MCO 2.0
My Home Style Restaurant 家式饭店
Landmark: Corner Shop Lot facing the park
Address: No. 2, 2A, 6 & 8, Lebuh Lembah Permai 4, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Penang, Malaysia
Business Hours: 11.00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Phone: 04-688 9027
Website: Home Style Restaurant