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MALAY Coconut milk, chillies and belacan are the mother of all ingredients in Malay cooking. A must with every meal is the fantastic Sambal Belacan, a potent concoction of prawn paste, chillies and lime juice. Rice and curry feature consistently in Malay cooking. The favourite drink is probably “ais manis” or iced rose syrup.


NASI LEMAK
Rice cooked with coconut milk
and served with ikan bilis, peanuts, chili sambal, and sambal prawn or fish. Normally taken for breakfast in an economically packed servings in banana leaf and newspaper, it costs a meagre 50cents (USD$0.20) - one ringgit (USD$0.40). To appreciate nasi lemak in authentic setting, have one in a mamak stall (wooden stall with wooden bench and tables by the roadside, normally under a shady tree) and take it with a cup of Teh Tarik (literally translated means “Pull Tea” - tea that is tossed in the air). Alternatively, there are bigger servings of nasi lemak which comes with dishes such as sambal squids, fried egg, fried fish, vegetables, and fried or curry chicken.

For the best nasi lemak in town (in no particular order): Mamak stall in front of RTM building in Jalan Burmah near Midlands One-Stop Centre. Mornings only. Mamak stall off Penang Road near Odeon Cinema opposite Oriental Hotel. Evening till midnight. Mamak stall in Penang Street opposite Ganesh Printers. Mornings only. Coffee shop opposite Plus Zone in Pulau Tikus. Lunch time only.

SATAY
Slices of beef, goat or chicken meat premarinated in spices and grilled over charcoal on wooden skewers. Served with cucumber, raw onion, and spicy nutty sauce. Nice snack for meat lovers. Costs RM0.40 (USD$0.16) per stick.

NASI TOMATO
Tomato flavoured rice with servings of your choice: kurma curry chicken is recommended, with assortments of vegetables and meat or egg. Good filling meal. Costs RM2.00 - RM5.00 (USD$0.80 - USD$2.00) depending on dishes selected.

For the best nasi tomato in town (in no particular order): Stall on Jalan Tanjung Tokong opposite sea front. 6.00pm - 8.00pm daily.

THE PENANG INSIGHTS A-LIST

Where to eat excellent malay food:
1.  Mamak stall off Penang Road near Odean Cinema

2. Stall off Jalan Tanjung Tokang opposite sea front

3. Mamak stall in front of RTM building in Jalan Burmah

Must-Try malay food:
 1. Satay
 2. Nasi Tomato
 3. Nasi Lemak

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