Penang Street Food: Nasi Kandar

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Nasi Kandar is a popular northern Malaysian dish, which originates from Penang. It is a meal of steamed rice which can be plain or mildly flavored, and served with a variety of curries and side dishes.

The Indian Muslim hawkers used to sell steamed rice and curry mutton, curry chicken, curry fish or prawn. etc. by carrying two buckets with a yoke on the shoulder in the early days. Nasi kandar literally mean rice being delivered by a yoke.

The name has remained and today the word Nasi Kandar is seen on most Tamil Muslim or “Malaysian Mamak” restaurants and Indian-Muslim stall meals.

A few selected Nasi Kandar stalls in Penang:

1. Nasi Kandar Kassim, 14 & 21 Jalan Gurdwara, George town, Penang.

Business hour: 7AM-12 Midnight

GPS: 5°24’47″N 100°19’42″E


2. Restoran Tajuddin Hussain, 49, Queen Street, Penang.

Business hour: 12 Noon – 3.30PM; 7PM-10PM.

Closed on Sunday.

GPS: 5°25’1″N 100°20’18″E


3. Nasi Kandar Line Clear. alley next to 177, Penang Road, 10000 George Town, Penang.

Business hour: 24 hours (closed on alternate Tuesday and 1-2PM Friday)

GPS: 5.419674N, 100.332502E

Nasi Kandar Line Clear: Chicken curry. This photo is externally linked to


4. Nasi Kandar Pelita Samudra Pertama, 146A, Macalister Road, George town, Penang.

Business hour: 24 hours

GPS: 5.416104N, 100.324611E

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Posted by on March 15, 2011 under Street Food.

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