The three-year-old Nasi Kandar Deen Maju at Jalan Gurdwara (the largest Gurdwara or Sikh Temple in Penang is located right opposite it) is perhaps the most popular nasi kandar spot in Penang at the moment - a queue forms daily before it opens for business at 2.30pm each day. It’s very rare to see Penangites queue under the hot sun for their food - and the fact that most of the folks in the queue are Tamil-Muslims (Mamaks) themselves somehow tells me that Deen Maju must be doing something right. The owner of Deen Maju, Mohamed Ismail Seeni Mohamed, used to help his older brother at Deen in Toon Leong on Transfer Road, until he upped and left to set up his own spot here.
How to order your nasi kandar at Deen Maju:
Tell the Mamak server if you want tomato rice or white rice (I prefer white rice so I can taste the original flavours of the various curried side-dishes).
Point to the various side-dishes you want, and the server will pile those on your plate. Warning: with so much curried goodness in front of you - there’s a very high chance that you’ll order more than you can eat!
The Mamak server will then pour various types of curry gravies and sauces on your plate of rice. A Mamak chef’s skill is judged by how well he blends the various curry sauces - beef, chicken, prawn, fish, etc. - together to create a tasty, if messy-looking, plate of curried goodness.
It’s extremely rare to see Penangites queue up under the sun for their food - and the fact that they do so daily when Deen Maju opens for business at 2.30pm each day tell us that Deen Maju must be doing something right! Besides the fact that majority of Deen Maju’s clientele are Tamil-Muslims or Mamaks themselves.
Our plates of nasi kandar - both feature complex blends of curry sauces which simply came together beautifully.
Back-street seating at Deen Maju - it is, after all, a street food
Penang’s weather is currently very hot & humid - couple that with the spicy curries, just make sure you’re dressed appropriately!
Deen Maju Nasi Kandar
Jalan Gurdwara (between MacCallum St and Katz St)
10300 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +6012-425 2421
Operating hours: 2.30pm-11pm daily