Best Nasi Kandar in Penang

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The bustling island city of Penang is synonymous with nasi kandar. It’s a famous local dish that many people love to get their hands dirty. Frankly, it’s easy to see why: a plate of fluffy white rice (or sometimes briyani rice) is filled with one or several choices of marinated meats (chicken, beef, mutton and among others) and some vegetables. Here’s come the best part: a mix of curries is then drenched all over the rice. In fact, any true Penangites will tell you that it isn’t qualified as nasi kandar if your dishes are not “banjir” (flooded) with curries.

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    Shariff Nasi Kandar GelugorPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    Once a humble stall situated along the street of Jalan Gelugor, Shariff Nasi Kandar has now operated in a more comfortable premise of a food-court complex. And thankfully, the taste remains the best like they used to. Topping the must-have list here is their lip-smacking ayam ros (rose chicken) and onion omelette. The price may have slightly decreased, but still considerably decent for a robust meal like nasi kandar.
    Tips

    The place is located at the shoplot No.23.

    Things to expect

    Spacious food court with plenty of seating area.

    Best with

    Iced Tea

    Price

    RM5.50

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    Shariff Nasi Kandar Gelugor View restaurant

    Pasar Dan Kompleks Makanan, Jalan Permai, Taman Brown, 11700, Gelugor, Penang
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    0174586786

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    05:30PM—09:00PM
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    Mention the word “nasi kandar”, and don’t be surprised if the Penang locals tell you that Line Clear Nasi Kandar is one of the best places to go for. From plain white rice to the savoury nasi briyani, Line Clear is packed with lots of mouth-watering dishes. You name it, there’s the succulent fried chicken, beef, squid, fish and much more. Flooded with rich and flavourful curry, it’s one satisfying meal you won’t forget.
    Tips

    Look out for their daily specials.

    Things to expect

    The restaurant’s location on the narrow alleyway may be a turn-off for some, but it’s their delectable choice of dishes that counts.

    Best with

    Sirap Bandung

    Price

    RM7.00

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    Line Clear Nasi Kandar View restaurant

    177, Jalan Penang, 10000, George Town, Penang
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    042614440

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    24-hours
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    It’s the oldest nasi kandar restaurant in town since 1907, and remains among the best until today. Among some of their signature dishes you can’t afford to miss are chicken kapitan, mutton kurma and beef rendang. Doused with a mix of curry, it goes great with steaming white rice. For a complete nasi kandar experience, opt for their aromatic nasi briyani to complement with your meaty dish.
    Tips

    It’s good to know their foods are MSG-free.

    Things to expect

    Air-conditioning premise.

    Best with

    Mango Lassi and if you have a room for more, try their murtabak as well.

    Price

    RM5.50 to RM60.00

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    Hameediyah Restaurant View restaurant

    164A, Lebuh Campbell, 10200, George Town, Penang
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    042611095

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    10:00AM—10:30PM
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    Kapitan’s Nasi Kandar InternationalPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    This is the place where you get the best of both worlds: nasi kandar and nasi briyani. If you plan to order nasi kandar, make sure you fill your plate with their must-have chicken tandoori. Alternatively, you can’t go wrong with their finger-lickin’ good Chicken Milani. All their recommended chicken dishes are best served with their herb-infused briyani rice.
    Tips

    The restaurant is situated just beside Starbucks at Gurney Tower (Menara Gurney).

    Things to expect

    If you just go for their briyani set, it comes in a claypot.

    Best with

    For appetiser, go for cheese naan.

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM19.50

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    Kapitan’s Nasi Kandar International View restaurant

    18G-D, Menara Gurney, 18, Persiaran Gurney, 10250, George Town, Penang
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    048182811

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    24-hours
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    Merlin Nasi KandarPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    Situated inside the coffee shop of Merlin Hotel, this well-known restaurant is known for its scrumptious nasi kandar dish. Go for their deep-fried chicken or mutton kurma (mix them both if you have a bigger appetite), and balance them with the sweet hard-boiled egg curry. Toss in some crunchy okra (ladies’ fingers) and a few scoops of flavoursome curry atop the white rice, it’s a wholesome meal worth sweating for.
    Tips

    If you want to avoid the crowd, it’s best for you to dine during off-peak hours.

    Things to expect

    Nothing special, other than a standard mamak-style restaurant setup.

    Best with

    Teh “O” Limau Ais

    Price

    RM5.50 to RM25.00

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    Merlin Nasi Kandar View restaurant

    1A, Lebuh Union, Merlin Hotel, 10200, George Town, Penang
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    042642826

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    Every day
    07:00AM—03:00PM
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    A popular hangout among many locals for a nasi kandar fix, Restoran Kassim Mustafa is also known for their signature “Ayam Negro” dish. Also known as black-roasted chicken, this delectable dish delivers a satisfying balance of spiciness and sweetness that goes well with a plate of white rice. Then there’s their famous “nasi dhalca” (or nasi dalca), a rice dish cooked with dhal.
    Tips

    Come earlier since the place is often packed with crowds during lunch and dinner time.

    Things to expect

    A spacious restaurant that can accommodate up to 250 people.

    Best with

    Mango Lassi

    Price

    RM5.00

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    Restoran Kassim Mustafa @ Lebuh Chulia View restaurant

    12, Lebuh Chulia, 10200, George Town, Penang
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    042634592

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    Nasi Kandar BeraturPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    Just like the name of the restaurant, don’t be surprised if you need to queue up to enjoy your nasi kandar craving. Here, you’ll be spoilt with their wide range of dishes. If you love to spice up your taste bud, be sure to go for their tender and red-hot beef curry. For eggy dish, many regular patrons will recommend you to try the onion omelette that definitely complements well with the robust curry.
    Tips

    Bear in mind the restaurant only opens on 10pm onwards.

    Things to expect

    Prepare to queue for at least half an hour or so.

    Best with

    Teh “O” Limau Ais

    Price

    RM4.50 to RM20.00

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    Nasi Kandar Beratur View restaurant

    98, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling , 10300 , George Town, Penang
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    042613984

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    Every day
    10:00PM—09:00AM
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    When you dine at Restoran Tajuddin Hussain, no nasi kandar would be complete without trying their famous “ayam ros” (rose chicken). It’s like tasting a spicy chicken rendang, along with a tangy hint of tomato goodness. The chicken itself is juicy and tender, while the gravy is flavourful enough to go with the white rice. If plain old white rice is too clichéd for you, satiate your taste bud with either nasi tomato (tomato rice) or nasi briyani instead.
    Tips

    The restaurant closed on Sundays.

    Things to expect

    They never skimp on spices and other ingredients when comes to curries.

    Best with

    Iced Barley Lime or Teh “O” Limau Ais.

    Price

    RM4.50 to RM25.00

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    Restoran Tajuddin Hussain View restaurant

    45, Lebuh Queen, 10200, George Town, Penang
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    042625367

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    11:00AM—03:30PM
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    06:30PM—10:00PM
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