The retail and dining precinct in Island Glades, a middle-class suburb on the outskirts of George Town, is bounded by four streets: Lorong Delima 3, Lorong Delima 5, Lorong Delima 6 and Lorong Delima 7. There are 4 large traditional Chinese-style coffeeshops or kopitiams on each of the four corners of the retail area: 𝗚𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗮𝗳𝗲 (which only opens for breakfast & lunch), 𝗠𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗿𝗮 𝗦𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗿𝗮 which opens for dinner, and 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝗳𝗲 and 𝗗𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗮 𝗠𝗮𝘀 which opens throughout the day.
This post looks at some of my favourite dinner options at 𝗗𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗮 𝗠𝗮𝘀.
Khao ka moo - Thai-style braised pig’s trotters with rice. Terrific version here, and as authentic-tasting as any I’d had in Bangkok.
Roti canai - South Indian paratha. Although the Indian populace in Penang (like elsewhere in Malaysia and Singapore) are mainly Tamilian, the local roti canai (called roti prata in Singapore) actually resembles the Keralan paratha: lighter, fluffier and crispy on the edges.
The very popular stall in Delima Mas serves one of the better ones I’d found in this Batu Lanchang/Bukit Gelugor area. I like mine drenched with just dhal curry (called paruppu here).
Thosai - these were some of the best ones I’d come across in this area: thick, spongey, pillowy-soft South Indian savoury crepes from a small stall called 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿 𝗣𝗦𝗞.
Thosai is made from a mixture of ground 𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘥 𝘥𝘢𝘭 (black lentils), 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘢 𝘥𝘢𝘭 (Bengal gram) and a few fenugreek seeds, and soaked raw rice. The batter is left to ferment, before being griddle-cooked, yielding thick, spongey dinner plate-sized pancakes, to be eaten with earthy, spiced 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘶 - yellow lentil curry, flavoured with a tempered mix of ginger, mustard seeds, curry leaves and cilantro. I was also given a red-hued Tamilian fish curry, sour with tamarind, mouth-wateringly aromatic. Only RM3 (US 65 cents) for a satisfying meal that’s big on flavours. That’s Southern comfort for me.
Sar hor fun and Yee fu mein - we ordered two types of Cantonese-style fried noodles here. There are stalls specialising in sar hor fun and yee fu mein in the other 3 kopitiams, but the ones here are the best-tasting I’d had thus far.
Sar hor fun is a very tasty, wok-seared flat “hor fun” rice noodles and “mai fun” rice vermicelli noodle dish, blanketed with a delicious eggy gravy, with prawns, pig’s liver, pork and choy sum greens.
Yee fu mein are a form of very aromatic, roasted noodles which has been re-hydrated then wok-seared with lard, dark/light soy sauce and sesame oil, before being blanketed with the same delicious gravy as for the “sar hor fun” dish. Both dishes are served with pickled green chilis to cut through the eggy-richness of the dishes.
Delima Mas still has a few other popular stalls which we’ve yet to try, so a return visit beckons.
Lorong Delima 6, Island Glades, 11700 Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +6016-443 3304
Opening hours: 7am to 10pm, Mon, Wed to Sun. Closed on Tuesdays. (Note: Different stalls open for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. This review was done at dinner-time, i.e. 5pm - 7pm).