Home Cooking Restaurant was recently featued in 8tv’s Ho Chak and the recommended specialties are their ‘Mop Char Siew‘ (拖地叉烧) and Fish Head Curry. The char siew got its funky name because the of way it moves when shaked. It sways back and forth like a mop head does. Like always, I am skeptical when it is recommended by Ho Chak but seeing that the restaurant is less than a minute’s drive away from where I am staying, I figured there is no harm trying.
Pork belly is usually the preferred cut when it comes to char siew but Home Cooking opts to use leaner pork fillets instead. The little but even marbling of fat in the meat helps to keep the char siew taste not so fatty yet tender. This unique style of char siew is quite out of the ordinary so it is worth a try. And for me, that is about it. I still like my char siew to be sinfully fatty, those that melt in your mouth.
I am not sure I could call this Fish Head Curry since no actual fish head was used. Anyway, I was hoping we could try the one cooked with red snapper/garoupa but unfortunately it is subject to availability. So we had to settle for mackerel instead @ RM26.80.
Since the mackerel was deep fried first before being cooked in the curry, the flesh does not -fall apart easily. The trade-off to this obvious though, as some tenderness and its delicate flavor are lost. Not a big issue really but I concur, that it would taste much better with red snapper/garoupa, and without being deep fried. As for the curry, it is not the best tasting one out there but overall it is still delicious – not too rich and has strong flavor of spices.
Sometimes the Fish Head Curry would be unavailable too so my suggestion is to go for the Stewed Fish Head, which in my opinion is actually better than the curry. Shown above is a Stewed Garoupa Fish Head with Brinjals @ RM25.80. This appetizing dish goes perfectly with rice and I just love the garoupa’s sweetness and the savory tasting sauce.
When there’s char siew it is only natural there will be roast pork as well. And surprisingly, we actually like the roast pork better than the highly promoted char siew.
The Shrimp Tofu here is only RM8 so it is worth ordering just for the cheap price alone. The taste is not bad, portion is huge and they are stingy with the prawns too. So no complaints here.
Home Cooking restaurant is quite small in size and there are only a few tables around. With the kitchen being just next to the tables you can’t help but feel packed at times. Well, at least you can peek into the busy kitchen and watch the chefs prepare your meal.
It is funny that I am actually recommending the stewed fish and roast pork more, instead of the char siew and fish head curry that Ho Chak featured. But in any case you are looking for a reasonable priced restaurant with not too shabby food then Home Cooking restaurant is worth considering. To get here, the easiest way is to use the Indian temple at Sungai Way as the landmark. Home Cooking restaurant is only a short walk away from the temple, same row as Ah Sang Bak Kut Teh, further down on the right.
Restoran Home Cooking (Closed on Tue)
555, Jalan SS9A/2,
Sungai Way, 47300 Petaling Jaya.
GPS Coordinates: N3 05.296 E101 36.929