PENANGITES of a certain vintage will remember the simple yet hearty treat known as Hainanese Chicken Chop.
While time has seen more trendy poultry offerings replace it on most menus, one can still enjoy its nostalgic flavours at No Eyed Deer restaurant.
Located on the first floor of Prima Tanjung in Tanjung Tokong, Penang, it serves its Hainanese Chicken Chop for lunch daily.
Priced at just RM19.80, the succulent deboned drumstick is coated with a special batter, deep- fried till golden brown and paired with flavourful gravy.
Co-proprietor Ken Low said he wanted to keep the dish true to the traditional version.
It has proved immensely popular with crowds.
“The recipe was handed to me by an old Hainanese friend.
“The batter is key. It has to be flavourful and aromatic besides being crispy.
“We make the gravy from scratch with a secret mix of herbs and spices, ” said Low who runs the place alongside business partner Elfina Ng.
Peas, carrots and potatoes bulk up the dish which also comes with a large wedge of toasted Hainanese bread that holds up well for mopping up savoury drippings.
Joining the dish on the compact lunch menu is the signature Laotian Laksa which won the George Town Festival 2017’s Laksa of the Region Competition as well Vietnamese Pho, Summer Bee Hoon and Vietnamese Summer Rolls.
On Sundays, many also throng the cosy eatery to have the special Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding which costs RM39.80.
A striploin cut slow-roasted for several hours, it was also an instant hit after debuting, especially with expatriates living in surrounding neighbourhoods.
“Having a hearty roast feast on Sundays is a British tradition and we’re glad to offer guests something to look forward to each weekend, ” Low said.
Being attuned to what the market wants and cooking dishes from the heart have been key to No Eyed Deer’s longevity. The eatery turns 20 this November.
Other popular items include the Coffee Jelly, voted Best Jelly in Malaysia by readers of The Star in March 2008, and the Tiramisu which was listed among the top 10 in Penang by a food portal in 2018.
Opening hours are noon to 2pm for lunch and 6pm to 10pm for dinner daily (except Tuesdays).
For inquiries or reservations, call 04-8990488.
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