Lunch yesterday at 𝗕𝗵𝗮𝗶 𝗕𝗶𝗿𝘆𝗮𝗻𝗶 on King Street. The relatively new Penang outpost of a popular KL eatery (the original is located in OUG Parklane, Kuala Lumpur) started operating in early-January this year.
Penang’s Little India is pretty busy this time of the year, as the Deepavali, or Festival of Lights, approaches (it falls on 24 Oct this year). For the Indian diaspora in Penang, as with their brethren around the world, it’s their biggest festival of the year. Pop-up shops selling all kinds of clothing, decoratives and Deepavalli-related paraphernalia add to the burst of colours and noise in the jam-packed Little India district.
Very good service here at Bhai Biryani, but one needs to go early as the restaurant gets pretty busy at peak meal-times, and one may need to wait quite a while for one’s food.
Our lunch spread today:
𝙋𝙖𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙧 𝙏𝙞𝙠𝙠𝙖 - skewered and grilled pieces of spice-marinated paneer (Indian cheese), capsicum, onion and tomatoes.
𝙇𝙖𝙢𝙗 𝘿𝙪𝙢 𝘽𝙞𝙧𝙮𝙖𝙣𝙞 - mutton chunks, marinated in aromatic spices, ginger, and shallots, then cooked with basmati rice in a sealed, heavy-bottomed “dum” pot.
𝘽𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙘𝙠𝙚𝙣 𝘽𝙞𝙧𝙮𝙖𝙣𝙞 - spiced, boneless chicken chunks, cooked atop basmati rice.
𝙂𝙪𝙡𝙖𝙗 𝙅𝙖𝙢𝙪𝙣 - spheres of syrup-soaked spongey milk pudding. I have a love-hate relationship with this dessert: I simply cannot stop eating these sinful little orbs where one can almost sense the fizz of one’s teeth enamel dissolving from the sugar syrup.
𝙈𝙖𝙨𝙖𝙡𝙖 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙞 - one of the best spiced milk tea around: thick, milky-rich, sweet and aromatic.
The food is amazingly chili-spicy, but full of flavour.
119, Lebuh King (King Street), 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +6017-788 7243
Operating hours: 11am to 11pm daily