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Judging cooking competition and experiencing the food is a great joy. I have judged in many competitions and recently was the first-time-ever judging a competition on the high sea.

Organised by Genting Hong Kong to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of Star Cruises, the Star Cruises Nasi Kandar Cooking Competition 2013 was held on board the SuperStar Libra.

Judging on the high sea - Star Cruises Nasi Kandar Cooking Competition 2013 by

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By CK Lam

Spending your weekend in Penang? Do check out this 24-hour guide to eating on the island non-stop, written by me for TimeOut Penang 2012. Hope everyone have a great time indulging  in all the flavourful food, rich in spices and herbs from the many restaurants and hawker stalls in Penang.

6am – 7am: Special Famous Roti Canai
56 Jalan Transfer
Open daily, 6.30am-1pm, 3.30pm-7pm

Soak in the slow pace of life in Penang with breakfast at this road side stall, which is famous for its crispy roti canai. There are several varieties of curries to complement the roti canai – mutton, beef, chicken, fish and dhall. The place is usually packed with customers waiting for a table.

Roti Canai by CK Lam for TimeOut Penang 2012

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Penang is left with a handful of places serving simple breakfast of local coffee, toasts as well as hearty nasi kandar. One such place is Kedai Kopi Toon Leong, an old-style kopitiam located in a heritage shop house at the corner of Transfer Road and Argyll Road.

Deen Nasi Kandar at Kedai Kopi Toon Leong onTransfer Road, Penang

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*This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 18th August 2010.

Hameediyah Restaurant, a century-old eating house established in 1907 is among one of the oldest restaurants in Penang. The restaurant with a yellow facade located on Campbell Street serves South Indian cuisine and is well known for its nasi kandar. Those who have tried the curry dishes in Hameediyah are hooked by its intricate flavors.

Having stood the test of time and firmly established its name in Penang, the owner has since embarked on the next stage with the opening of another outlet two doors away. The new outlet, Hameediyah Tandoori House is definitely a friendly neighborhood restaurant. It has moved away from the traditional look.

Hameediyah Restaurant and Hameediyah Tandoori House by

This new shop has a spacious and cleaner environment, with pleasant food presentation (only white plates are used), while still retaining the flavors of Hameediyah that many of us grew up with. This restaurant is fully air-conditioned, so diners need not sweat it out while dining.

Hameediyah Restaurant and Hameediyah Tandoori House by

Interior of the new outlet

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Nasi Kandar Line Clear right on the busy Penang Road has been around for more than forty-five years and is one of the famous nasi kandar stall in Malaysia. This place is usually very busy and packed with office workers and tourist alike.

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Savory and fragrant Nasi Briyani

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For lovers of  Nasi Kandar and Nasi Briyani, do drop by Restaurant Kapitan at Chulia Street, Penang. Among the many variety of  Nasi Briyani, we chose the Chicken Briyani (RM7.00) and the Beef Briyani (RM6.00). The rice flavored with many spices is serve in a claypot and comes with a light curry gravy.



The image above depicts the Claypot Chicken Briyani while the equally superb Beef Briyani is right below – both meat are tender and tastefully marinated while the portion is relatively satisfying.



There are plenty of ready cooked dishes. We chose a plate of pickles and mix vegetable to go with our meal.





Besides the hearty rice, we added a plate of Chicken Cheese Naan costing RM8.50 which comes with some onions, mint sauce, reddish sauce and coleslaw. I personally prefer the Naan that I had in Sri Ananda Bahwan in Tanjung Bunga.



We had a peek inside the kitchen where the naans and the tandoori chickens are prepared in clay oven. The kitchen is filled with the aroma of the grilled chicken.




For drinks, we tried something different. We had the hot Badam Milk (almond milk). The pure cow milk is boiled with grinded almond, cashew nuts and raisins in a big kuali. Sugar is added for sweetness.





Before serving,  the milk is “pulled” from one teacup to the other, just like the teh tarik.





The boiled raisins and cashew nuts added flavor to the soothing and wholesome drink. This is the first time we had this drink and it turns out to be very pleasant indeed.



Just like most Mamak shop, Restaurant Kapitan is open 24 hours. Located at 93, Chulia Street, the restaurant is a block away from the famed Bomba beef  koay teow stall. It has a separate dining area upstairs, which is fully air-conditioned.

If you can’t make it downtown, drop by their Gurney Tower branch (outside Gurney Hotel) and the Queensbay Mall branch.


Click here for the Map Location.

Other food outlets along Chulia Street :
Ecco Cafe
Sky Hotel Roast Meat
Rainforest Bakery

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