[Penang] Nazzeera's Roti Bakar Kacang Phool at Tanjung Tokong

Nazzeera’s Roti Bakar Kacang Phool is the first and only place in Penang that serves “kacang phool”, the local Malay take on “ful medames”, the popular Egyptian/Arabic spiced fava bean stew. This dish is common in Singapore and the southern Malaysian state of Johore, adjacent to Singapore, but rare elsewhere in Malaysia, and virtually non-existent in Penang, until Nazzeera’s opened back in June 2015.

Owner-chef, Nasirah Shariff, not only provided Penangites with a taste of “kacang phool”, she actually cooked up an awesome version of the dish - a bean stew with deep, intense flavours, garnished with freshly-chopped onions, green peppers, fresh parsley and fresh lime, topped with a fried egg, sunny-side up. This stew was pure deliciousness in a bowl.

Besides the bean-only stew, Chef Nasirah also offers the tastier (in my opinion) chicken or beef “kacang phool”. The stew is accompanied by a thickly-cut slice of "roti Bengali toasted " (local Indian-Muslim bread) . We ordered a bowl each of the chicken and beef “kacang phool”, and one garlic-cheese toast and a French toast. The toasts were lightly toasted till crisp on the outside, and fluffy-moist inside, perfect for mop up the tasty stew.

On Thursdays and Fridays, Chef Nasirah also makes “roti jala”, local Malaysian lacy egg crepes. Her rendition was awesome: freshly-prepared upon order, her “roti jala” was eggy, light and delicate, served with a piquant chicken-and-potato curry.

Nazzeera’s is open Tuesdays to Sundays (including public holidays) from 8.30am to 9pm. Closed on Mondays.

Nazzeerah’s Roti Bakar Kacang Phool
Stall No. 1, Kompleks Desiran Tanjung
Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong
10470 Penang
Tel: +6019-2201355
Operating hours: 8.30am-9pm, Tue-Sun (Closed Mon)


Nazzeera’s is expanding downtown and expected to operate a new branch at the Penang Science Cluster next week. Looking forward to a more accessible outlet closer to the banking district.

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Nazzeera’s Kacang Phool has just expanded into George Town’s banking district, with this new outlet at the Penang Science Cluster space in Wisma Yeap Chor Ee, China Street Ghaut.

What we had:

  1. Kacang Phool (but, of course) - the vegetarian option. Slow-stewed fava beans, lightly spiced. It’s served with a fried egg sunny-side up, chopped raw onions and some toasted, thickly-cut local white bread known as roti Bengali with melted cheese. Delish.

  1. Huevos Rancheros, Nazzeera’s version using roti Bengali in place of tortilla bread to accompany the spiced beans.

  1. Tortilla chicken wrap - this is a localised version, sweeter than Tex-Mex version and sans the sour cream & jalapeno. Mayonnaise and ketchup are the favoured condiments here.

  1. Dessert was Red Velvet Swiss Roll Cake - moist and spongey.

Nazzeera’s Kacang Phool
Penang Science Cluster
Wisma Yeap Chor Ee
37 China Street Ghaut (Gat Lebuh China)
10200 Penang
Tel: +6019-220 1355
Opening hours: 10am-6pm daily

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