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BY CK Lam

Penang is a hawker paradise with a huge variety of interesting street food stalls offering plenty of good and reasonably priced Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine. I revel in the delights of hawker food, sold throughout the market area, neighbourhood stalls and the narrow back alleys of Penang.

Some of the stalls offer sitting areas while others have none, so you may have to eat while standing up – a bit of a challenge. However, it’s an even bigger challenge to decipher what goes into each dish and just where those flavours dancing on your palate stem from. This is where I can help.

CHAPATI
What it is: Chapati is an Indian flatbread made of wheat flour. It’s a staple in the Indian community’s diet. There is a very light flavour stemming from the wheat dough to this flatbread and it is simply delicious when dipped in curry.

Flavour Guide on Penang Hawker Food: Chapati

  The best way to enjoy chapati is to dip pieces of it into curry

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BY CK Lam

The buffet at Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang for November is all about herbs and spices. The spread has an assortment of Northern and Southern Indian style curries prepared with riot of fresh flavors and sauces. The aroma of herbs and spices wafts through the restaurant as I made my way to the buffet place.

Herbs and Spices Feast @Eastin Hotel Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Among the many desserts in Penang, the cendol really stands out with its flavor and texture. This sweet Indian dessert is about having the right combination of ingredients and it is served ice cold.

BM Best Cendol with Pulut by what2seeonline.com

Cendol with Pulut

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BY CK Lam

The start of 2013 had me travelling down to Kuala Lumpur to attend the Artistry of Spices programme at the invitation of The United States Ambassador to Malaysia, Datuk Paul W. Jones, and wife, Catherine Jones.

Many food enthusiasts and friends were there to celebrate the programme held at their official residence in Jalan Langgak Golf.

Artistry of Spices Program in promoting culture, heritage and cuisines by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

d’Tandoor Restaurant has recently opened in Penang. Its location in Precinct 10, showcase a concept that is modern with inviting gold and black interior and simple Indian decorations. The restaurant which is the chain of the D’Tandoor International Group of Restaurant serves Mughlai dishes.

The Mughlai cooking of the Indian sub-continent uses more natural ingredients. The extensive menu features many tempting options. We are torn between the curries, specialties, vegetarian dishes, relishes and accompaniments besides naans, rice dishes and desserts. We begin the meal with complimentary thin crispy papadum with smothery mint yogurt.

A spiced meal at d’Tandoor Restaurant, Penang at what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Kambli’s Bubur Corner is one of the few Indian-style sweet dessert stalls in Penang. Tucked away on Jalan Datuk Koyah, off Penang Road, the stall offers several choices to suit different taste buds.

Customers will be able to enjoy bubur kacang hijau (mung bean porridge), bubur gandum (wheat porridge) and bubur pulut hitam (black glutinous rice porridge).

Bubur Kacang (Indian-style sweet dessert) at Jalan Dato Koyah, Penang

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BY CK Lam

There are several iconic banana leaf rice eateries in George Town and one of them is Traditional Indian Banana Leaf Rice. Most Penangites would not have realized this eatery although it is located in the UNESCO heritage zone.

This eatery also known to many as Muthu was once located in Lumut Lane (Lorong Lumut). It has since shifted to a shop house in the neighbouring Acheen Street (Lebuh Acheh). There are a few small tables leaning against the wall and another long communal table on the right side of the entrance. It caters mostly to the lunch time crowd who are mainly regular local Indians.

Traditional Indian Banana Leaf Rice (Muthu) at Acheen Street by what2seeonline.com

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*This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 15th September 2010.

I recently discovered the tempting taste of spices at Passions of Kerala. There are currently two outlets in Penang – one in Gelugor, and the other in New World Park.

The menu in the New World Park outlet consists of banana leaf rice served with an assortment of vegetable dishes as well as other popular curries and fried chicken, squid and fish.

Passions of Kerala - Banana Leaf Rice Cuisine in New World Park, Penang

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Chapati is a very tasty and filling flatbread, especially when paired with vegetable or meat curries. Although this Penang hawker food is a staple in the Indian diet, this savory food is hugely popular with other races too.

Penang Chapati by what2seeonline.com

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* This article was also published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 12th April 2010.

Gem Restaurant with a great corner location of Bishop Street and King Street in Penang is a newly opened restaurant that offers North and South Indian cuisines. This three month old restaurant with modern fusion of contemporary and traditional decor serves a diverse array of food, from heavenly spicy and fiery dishes to creamy delights.

Besides Penang, they do have seven restaurants in India, two in Kuala Lumpur and one in Selangor.

Gem Restaurant, Penang by what2seeonline.com

Decor with silken curtains

Gem Restaurant, Penang by what2seeonline.com

Delicious spread of curries

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The Indian food, Putu Mayam is a snack eaten with fresh grated coconut and brown sugar or gula Melaka. It is also known as string hoppers and is eaten cold. This sticky noodle like snack is made with pressing the dough through a mould and steamed. It is a very popular snack and sold in many places. Most of us would have eaten it before.

Lately I was introduced by a friend to a stall in Little India that sells this traditional white delicacy together with the unusual brown ones. It is made with adapting the ingredient, biji sawi which many people claim to be healthier as it helps to regulate cholesterol and blood sugar level.

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If you are looking for the definite taste of Chettinad and South Indian cuisine along with Northern Indian delights, then Karaikudi Restaurant is the place to be. Located in Market Street which is in the heart of George Town’s Little India, this restaurant is well known for its flavorful cuisines.

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