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Penang: Edgecumbe Road Indian-Muslim Stalls

klyeoh | | Apr 13, 2009 08:24 AM

Two Indian-Muslim food stalls, owned by cousins & standing side-by-side at the Kompleks Makanan Persiaran Gurney (KPMG), a smallish food court facing the picturesque Gurney Drive seaside boulevard, offer some of the best Indian street food in Penang.

First, Edgecumbe Road Pasembor: that's what they call Indian rojak in Penang - pasembor. But there, the similarity ends between Singapore-style Indian rojak and Penang-style pasembor. Whilst Singapore-style Indian rojak is ultra-spicy, ultra-red (with liberal lashings of food coloring), Penang pasembor sauce got its orange-ish coloring from chilli spices, tomatoes, and peanuts. Edgecumbe Road Pasembor offers delicious crisp prawn fritters, boiled potatoes, chillied squid, fishcakes, sausages, hardboiled eggs, crispy squid, beancurd, shredded cucumbers, julienned turnips and parboiled beansprouts, all drenched in their incredibly delicious tomato-chilli sauce. I've never tasted Indian rojak this good in my entire life!! So many flavours (sweet, spicy, sour, salty) and textures blended & mixed almost too perfectly in each mouthful. It was sheer deliciousness.

Next door is the Edgecumbe Road Mee Goreng, an Indian-Muslim-style fried noodle dish with fish roe, chillied squid, deep-fried beef lung, prawn fritters, scalloped potatoes, fish cake, eggs & beansprouts, with generous lashings of an addictive spicy chilli-tomato sauce. The "mee goreng" /fried noodles was very good but not really the best I've tasted in Penang - that honour goes to Hameed Mee Sotong at the 18th-century Fort Cornwallis, about 10 minutes drive eastwards towards the Esplanade in the heart of old Georgetown.

Edgecumbe Road Mee Goreng
Persiaran Gurney, Penang

Edgecumbe Road Pasembor
Persiaran Gurney, Penang