Thursday, 22 September 2011

Queue Restaurant

This is a Nasi Kandar restaurant, located next to Kapitan Keling Mosque in Penang. The name of the restaurant is 'Beratur', which means queue. This restaurant does live up to its name. A friend of mine brought a visiting guest here and had to queue for 45 minutes before they got their food. We were here during the fasting month of Ramadhan and found the shop sign stated the opening hour is at 10pm. Thus we didn't get the chance to taste the Nasi Kandar here. Would you queue for 45 minutes in order to buy some delicious food?

Nasi Kandar (Source: Wikipedia)

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 word Nasi Kandar, came about from a time when nasi [rice] hawkers or vendors would kandar [balance] a pole on the shoulder with two huge containers of rice meals. 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.

The rice for a nasi kandar dish is often placed in a wooden container about three feet high, giving it a distinctive aroma. The rice is accompanied by side dishes such as fried chicken, curried spleen, cubed beef, fish roe, fried prawns or fried squid. The vegetable dish would usually be brinjal (aubergine), okra (lady fingers or "bendi") or bitter gourd. A mixture of curry sauces is poured on the rice. This is called 'banjir' (flooding) and imparts a diverse taste to the rice.

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