[Penang, Malaysia] Deen Maju Nasi Kandar at Jln Gurdwara (Brick Kiln Road).

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:

  1. 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).

  2. 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!

  3. 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 :grinning:

Penang’s weather is currently very hot & humid - couple that with the spicy curries, just make sure you’re dressed appropriately! :wink:

Address
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

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I must say it all looks really good. What with the liver and fish roe it’s seems to have more variety than Line Clear. I suppose the obvious question is how do they compare?

At the moment, Deen Maju’s better than Line Clear, as the latter had just undergone some upheaval recently and total change of chefs - it was the result of a family squabble and Abdul Hamid (the previous owner) had to relinquish control of the eatery to his cousin, Abdul Latiff.

Subsequently, Abdul Hamid brought his cohort of chefs & servers with him when he left. Line Clear is currently run by Abdul Latiff’s new team.

Chris - I went to Line Clear out of curiosity to try its food today. The standards are still pretty good, though not as exceptional as when the previous cousin, Abdul Hamid, was running it. Standard of its curries was also inferior to Deen Maju’s.

However, I appreciated the fact that I can just order my meal within minutes here, whereas Abdul Hamid’s new restaurant in Kuala Lumpur is seeing two-hour, 70-people-long queues and hundreds of excited KL patrons. Those poor KL-lites are so desperate for a taste of good Penang nasi kandar - believe me, I had not come across a single decent one in all my 5 years of living in Kuala Lumpur - you really to go to Penang for a taste of the real thing.

Are the two plates in the pictures the ‘winning combinations’ at this stall when it comes to combining the curries? I am counting at least 18 that they offer?

No, we just ordered off-the-cuff. It was only afterwards that my Penang friends told me that the spiced, fried chicken and curried squid are the two must-orders at Deen Maju - but happened that we didn’t order either one :smiley:

Update: Two years down and Deen Maju still retained its spot as Penang’s most popular nasi kandar spot, with the ever-present queues the moment it opens for business at 2.30pm each day.

Address
Deen Maju Nasi Kandar
Jalan Gurdwara (between MacCallum St and Katz St)
10300 George Town, Penang
Tel: +6012-425 2421
Operating hours: 2.30pm-11pm daily

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Out of topic and random, may i know where did you get the t-shirt from?

It was bought from a souvenir shop on Lebuh Acheh (Acheen St).

Haha the shirt looks familar! I sometimes wear the same HR Cafe shirts every day for a week. It messes with people’s heads. The shirts are exactly the same, but the cities are different. I have many HR Cafe shirts.

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I have some interesting HRC t-shirts, too, ever since I bought my first one in Washington DC back in 1992. The last one I bought was from Almaty, Kazakhstan. :joy:

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Gonna make it there! Though, Kyrgyzstan is more of a priority, for some reason.

I got a couple in Seoul, at the night market… instead of “cafe” under Hard Rock it’s “Seoul” haha… Another “Seoul” where the city name should be. A knock-off but the quality is quite good. Exceptional price-quality ratio.

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The latest hot-selling t-shirt in Malaysia - an ode to Malaysia’s national dish, the nasi lemak.

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Have they made one for chicken rendang yet? Gregg Wallace wasn’t amused that the chicken skin was not crispy.

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:joy::joy::joy:
Frankly, I think Gregg was misquoted - he only said that the chicken rendang’s skin was not crispy, and since all the sauce was on the skin, and he’s missing out on the flavour. He certainly did not suggest that she should make chicken rendang with crispy skin.

But then, it generated such wide publicity for the programme, with both Malaysia’s Prime Minister and Opposition Leader jumping into the fray to condemn both Gregg and John Torode for “wrongfully demanding crispy chicken rendang”, I guess the two Masterchef judges just played along. All publicity is “good publicity” for them. :grin:

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No doubt about it. I watched the programme and agreed with his comments. I don’t like to eat chicken skin that isnt crispy and, if that’s where the flavour is, much of the point of a dish will be lost.

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