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BY CK Lam

The long line of people in front of the stall would suggest that the answer is “yes”.

Although wedged in the alley between Masjid Kapitan Keling and a shop, the stall is not hard to find. A queue of customers waiting for it to open at 10pm is a common sight.

Nasi Kandar Beratur, which moved into its present premises in 1943, has long been renowned for halal Indian-Muslim food. Its recipes have remained unchanged through the years.

 Is Nasi Kandar Beratur worth waiting for?

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BY CK Lam

The Jawi House Cafe Gallery, offers an eclectic Jawi Peranakan (Straits Muslim) interior with a comfortable atmosphere to entertain friends and family.

Located on Armenian Street in the heritage zone of George Town, Penang, the cafe is owned by Datuk Dr Wazir Jahan Karim, an anthropologist and culture conservationist.

Although Wazir is a good cook herself, having learned from her mother, she often leaves food preparation at the restaurant to her son and head chef Nurilkarim Razha.

A Spread of Jawi Peranakan Delights at Jawi House Cafe Gallery  by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

In Penang there are many alleys and walking down a right one gives the opportunity of finding delicious street food. Located in a short alley on Hutton Lane, Penang is a cosy stall that wowed customers with its simple breakfast menu and nasi dalca.

We popped into the stall owned by M.M. Abdul Jaafar which has been operating before 1957.

Nasi dalca & charcoal toasted Bengali bread in Hutton Lane Penang by what2seeonline.com

Abdul Jaafar serving the breakfast crowd

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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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Roti canai is available in numerous stalls around Penang and each stall has its own variations such as the roti sardin, roti telur and the paper-thin roti tissue. They serve it with their own curry dishes, from the simple dall curry to the meaty curry.

Transfer Road Roti Canai by what2seeonline.com

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 12th July 2011.

The recently opened Nyonya Breeze Desire restaurant in Straits Quay carries on the tradition of Peranakan cuisine associated with Penang. The food are similar to that at its outlet in Abu Siti Lane.

Cooking Nyonya food has always been a meticulous affair and Nyonya Breeze Desire had the cuisine prepared with great attention to detail, balancing flavours and taste. The impressive range of dishes include nasi ulam, inche kabin, sambal goreng, asam pedas and braised meat.

The dishes came in large and small portions. I chose the latter. The starter was a plateful of jiu hu char or stir-fried sengkuang (RM13.90) served with fresh lettuce and sambal belacan. The gravy had hints of mushroom, carrot and dried squid. All in all, a perfect dish.

Plate of stir fried sengkuang, served with  lettuce and spicy sambal belacan_resize

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Northern Streets) on 14th April 2011.

Nasi Campur Melayu is a relatively new addition to the nasi Melayu stalls in George Town. This stall was set up a few months ago in Pinang Delicious Food Court on Macalister Road by siblings Roslina and Rosniza binti Mansor.

Originally from a coffee shop in Island Glades, the sisters have since moved their business down town. The dishes taste different from those around Georgetown as the dishes have a greater Perlis influence, said the owners.

Nasi Campur Melayu at Pinang Delicious Food Court by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Annathai-Kitchen, tucked away in bustling Pulau Tikus Market, has started drawing in the crowd with its economy rice (mixed rice) or ‘chap fun’ the Cantonese calls it. It offers an array of affordable tasty Thai dishes, that is unlike any other in George Town.

The simple eatery is run by Jacky Choong and its kitchen is helmed by his mother, Anna. It is open for breakfast and lunch. Customers are spoiled for choices of dishes displayed in the economy rice stall with its selection of chicken, fish, sauteed vegetables, noodles and dessert.

Annathai-Kitchen - Thai Style Economy Rice 'Chap Fun' by what2seeonline.com

Khai-Kra-Ta ไข่กระทะ - Thai Pan Breakfast

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I recently had the pleasure of having dinner with a group of US food journalists who were all flown in by MATRADE to discover Malaysia cuisine and promote them back in America.

The food journalists were none other than the well known Bret Thorn – food editor of Nation’s Restaurant News, Bob Lape – food reporter for WCBS-AM New York and his charming wife, Joanna Pruess – columnist for Specialty Food Magazine and contributor for Food Arts Magazine.

US Food Journalists discovering Malaysian Cuisines in Penang by what2seeonline.com

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Snacks are available everywhere in Penang! Plentiful indeed, however one particular snack caught my eye while I was slurping away my bowl of Assam Laksa in the Air Itam market. This lady was selling deep fried buns, similar to Roti Babi but with different ingredients and she uses bun instead of bread!

She makes a stunning serving of these inexpensive priced fried buns. The white fluffy buns are battered, deep fried and stuffed with four kinds of savory fillings:  chicken curry, mixed turnip stuffing (similar to mangkuang char), sausage and luncheon meat…simple creations!

My favorite from this stall is the Deep Fried Chicken Curry Bun! Stuffed with pieces of chicken and potato, the filling is quite similar to curry puffs… however the deep fried bun makes it taste surprisingly good.

Tasty Fried Buns opposite Air Itam Market by what2seeonline.com

Chicken Curry Bun @ RM1.50

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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.

Nasi Kandar Line Clear on Penang Road by what2seeonline.com

Savory and fragrant Nasi Briyani

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***The restaurant has since closed down.

Many of you would definitely be familiar with Hot Wok! The name is associated with the abundant of Nyonya food coupled with beautiful decorations and authentic Peranakan ambiance.

Customers who have frequented the restaurant in Penang knows that Hot Wok Nyonya & Local Cuisine has established itself as the premier restaurant in serving authentic Peranakan or commonly known as Nyonya food from its earlier years in Gurney Plaza and later shifted to Tanjung Tokong. Now they still continue serving their customers in a double storey pre-war house along Jalan Burma, near to the many food eateries of Nagore Road and New World Park.

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Welcome to a gastronomic food journey at Hot Wok

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