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[Bak Kut Teh] Purple House 满膳食馆 @ Phuah Hin Leong Road, Georgetown, Penang.

[Bak Kut Teh] Purple House 满膳食馆 @ Phuah Hin Leong Road, Georgetown, Penang.

Tucked among the colourful houses along Phuah Hin Leong Road lies a purple house which serves a few choices of Chinese home cooked dishes. Rice and noodle sets are available during lunch while their signature Bak Kut Teh (BKT) comes into play during dinner.

Bak Kut Teh is a meat dish (pork) cooked in herbal broth popularly served in Malaysia and Singapore.

We felt comfortable dining here with the bright and quiet ambience. The interior of this place is delicately decorated to bring a hint of zen. We were greeted warmly by the friendly waiter who patiently explained the different kinds (garlic, taro and soup) of BKT on the menu. You also get to pick your favourite ingredients as you wish. As it was our first visit, we decided to settle for the original flavour which is also their signature soup BKT. We also ordered their signature mixed vegetables and a bowl of pork tendon in BKT soup.

The name Blue Fairy on the menu caught our attention and we thought it would be a cool idea to have blue colour tea. Blue Fairy is flower tea consists of blue flower, lemongrass and pandan. 

Blue Fairy - MYR6.90 per pot

Blue Fairy - MYR6.90 per pot

Blue Fairy was served in a pretty, transparent pot with 2 small wedges of lemon if you would like to add a hint of tanginess. It did take some time to infuse the flavour as we felt it was too mild when we tasted the tea initially. The taste got stronger after we finished our meal.

On the contrary, its Signature BKT soup has a robust natural herbal taste and every mouthful is definitely appetising. I really like the strong herbal kick in the soup but hubby prefers it to be more subtle. The BKT does not come with rice so you will have to order the rice separately and you have 2 choices - fragrant white rice or fragrant rice with shallot, and we chose the latter one. The rice was yummy with an adequate amount of shallots and oil.

Signature Purple House Bak Kut Teh (medium size) - MYR 26.00

Fragrant rice with shallots - MYR 2.00

The Signature mixed vegetables is a good catch as well. The restaurant would pick their vegetables of the day fresh from the market, and braised with an assortment of mushrooms in a unique gravy. For that evening, we had lady fingers, cabbage and enoki.

Signature mixed vegetables - MYR 11.90

When the pork tendon was served, hubby was a tad disappointed as he was expecting fresh ones instead of dried ones. It was not a problem for me and given the price (MYR 8.00), it was pretty good value in fact. Please be noted some add-ons are not served in claypot.

Pork Tendon - MYR 8.00

I would recommend this place for its delicious food and reasonable prices. Based on my dining experience, Bak Kut Teh is a must try. I will definitely come back to try other types of BKT they serve and their set lunch.

The Purple House is pretty easy to locate. It is located within the first few shops on your right when you turn in from Burmah Road. The building is purple color (obviously) and quite eye-catching with its big banner hanging in front of the restaurant.


F7 | S4 | A2 = 7.2/10 (recommended!)

*Ratings are based on my individual dining experience on that day at that time. Fellow readers please try it at your own risk.*

Purple House 满膳食馆

No. 6, Jalan Phuah Hin Leong, 10050, Georgetown, Penang.

For reservation or enquiries: +6 016 404 0873 / +6 04 226 6584

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday : 11am - 2pm ; 6pm - 10.30pm

Saturday & Sunday: 6pm - 10.30pm


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