Penang, Malaysia: Nasi Kandar at Kassim Mustafa

by gigi on August 18, 2011

Another recommendation my friend Amelia had for me was to try some nasi kandar, which is another Penang specialty. In this dish, the nasi (rice) is topped with a variety of curries and side dishes. One of Amelia’s favourite places for nasi kandar is Restoran Kassim Mustafa, which is located in the Little India neighbourhood of Georgetown. Especially convenient is the fact that Kassim Mustafa is open 24 hours a day.

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Right at the entrance to the restaurant is the nasi kandar. The vendor scoops some rice onto a plate for you and you can pick and choose whatever toppings you want. The vendor was nice enough to describe everything for me but there were so many choices that it was sometimes difficult to keep track. As usual, I went a little overboard and pointed to more things than I probably should have for a lunch time meal. I ended up with a curry chicken, chicken masala, and some curried veggies. My whole dish cost about $2.50CAD. One of the appeals of nasi kandar is that all the curries and sauces mix together and with the rice, creating a unique combination of flavours each time. The chicken was a little on the dry side but the flavours from the curry and masala were amazing. It was slightly spicy and flavourful without being overly heavy.

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For some reason, Jenkins’ lunch came on separate plates. He thought perhaps the vendor thought he was a nasi kandar newbie and didn’t want to have all his dishes mixed together. Smile He picked a curried chicken that had some soy flavouring to it and the chicken masala as well. Jenkins agreed that it was some of the best curry that he has had.

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To top off our delicious lunches, we also ordered fresh mango lassis. We watched them make each one fresh behind the counter with plenty of mango. This was definitely the best mango lassis we’ve ever had with a ton of mango flavour mixed with a slight tang from the yogurt. It was thick, but still came up the straw easily and was the perfect drink to combat the spiciness from some of the curry dishes.

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Jenkins and I really enjoyed our lunch at Kassim Mustafa. It’s a bustling place and we could tell that it was really popular with the locals. We ended up coming back one more time before we left just to have the mango lassis again. Smile

No. 12 Lebuh Chulia, 10200 Penang

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