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INDIAN / MUSLIM Budget Indian food in Penang is mainly of the south Indian variety. Rice and vegetables are a prominent feature in sumptuous meals like the banana leaf rice; while flour based pancakes and fried rounds of dough with dhall or potato curry are hot favourites for breakfast or tea time snacks. Muslim-indians are a small minority in Penang with
great culinary skills. The not-too-politically-correct coloquial
slang of “mamak” is the Malaysian term of description for
these people. Mamak cooking is the merging of indian and
malay cooking, so expect thick curries with coconut milk and
spicy chillies.


MEE GORENG & MEE REBUS
Mee Goreng is fried wheat base mee, dry and spicy with potatoes, beancurd, squid and egg. Mee Rebus is of the same ingredients except it comes with a thick gravy flavoured with potato and tomato. Both are popular meals that are usually sold together and are easily available in most coffee shops. Cost: RM1.50 - RM2.50 (USD$0.60 - USD$1.00).

For the best Mee Goreng in town (in no particular order): Corner coffee shop at Bangkok Lane in Pulau Tikus (afternoons only); Mee Sultan stall at Swatow Lane (afternoons only) ;Stall opposite of the Ayer Itam market (afternoons only); MPPP hawker centre at Gurney Drive (afternoons only).

PASEMBUR
Indian salad comprising of shredded cucumber, turnip, bean sprouts, beancurd, and potatoes topped with prawn fritters, spicy deep fried crab, and octopus, covered with a generous spread of spicy nutty sauce. Costs between RM2.00 - RM6.00 depending on choice of serving.

For the best Pasembur in town (in no particular order): Esplanade hawker stalls (afternoons and evenings); Gurney Drive hawker stalls (evenings only); Lorong Kuching corner coffee shop (evenings only).

NASI KANDAR
Indian muslim rice with curried dishes. Derived its name from the shoulder poles (kandar) used by vendors of the past. The assortment of curried squids, chicken, fish, and prawns are worth a try. Prices range from RM2.50 - RM5.00 (USD$1.00 - USD$2.00) per person; depending on dishes ordered.

For the best Nasi Kandar in town (in no particular order): Taj Restaurant in Campbell Street; Coffee shop opposite Gama Departmental Store at the junction of Penang Road near Komtar; Near the Ayer Itam Market (mornings only).

NASI BRIYANI
Rice cooked with spices and 'ghee'
accompanied by choice of curried dishes. Kurma Chicken is recommended as the top choice. Goes well with air manis or a glass of iced rosed syrup drink. Prices range from RM2.50 - RM5.00 (USD$1.00 - USD$2.00) per person; depending on dishes ordered.

For the best Nasi Briyani in town (in no particular order): Hameedeyah Restaurant in Campbell Street; Taj Restaurant in Campbell Street; Dawood Restaurant, 63 Queen Street.

CHAPATI
North Indian flattened bread made with wholewheat flour. Goes with your choice of curry. Costs between RM1.00 - RM2.00 depending on choice of curry.

ROTI CHANAI
Indian bread prepared on the spot by skilled hawkers using 'ghee' to fry stretched and layered dough. Can be eaten with sugar or curry. Super cheap meal from RM0.50 (USD$0.20) onwards. Roti Telur is the same thing with egg while Roti Sardine is filled with sardines.

MURTABAK
Murtabak is a meat filled version of Roti Chanai (see above). Choice of fillings include minced mutton, beef or chicken in beaten egg, onions and spices. Costs about RM3.00 (USD$1.20) each. Goes well with Chicken Curry and preserved onions.

THOSAI
Indian savoury pancake
made from rice flour and served with curry. About RM0.50 (USD$0.20) per piece. Goes with your choice of curry.

BANANA LEAF RICE
White rice served on banana leaf with assortment of vegetables, 'parpedom' and curried meat to choose from. Best eaten with hands. A sumptuous meal for any big eater on a budget. Don't forget to ask for yogurt. It goes well with the meal. RM3.00 - RM4.00 (USD$1.20 - USD$1.60) per serving. Rasem, a spicy soury drink is usually taken after the meal.

For good Banana Leaf Rice try Jaya at 4 Taman Sri Tunas in Bayan Baru or Ranis Restaurant in Pulau Tikus.

THE PENANG INSIGHTS A-LIST

Roti Chanai

Roti Chanai

Authentic Indian/Muslim food:
1. Bangkak Lane Coffee Shop (for Mee Goreng)

2. Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

3. Taj Restaurant in Cambell Street

Must-Try Indian/Muslim Food:
 1. Mee Goreng
 2. Pasembur
 3. Babana Leaf Rice

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