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Penang has its own charm. I was born and bred in the Indian muslim society where a mix of culture could be seen at arm length. Especially in Queen Street where Dawood Restaurant used to be which was owned by my dad Mohamed Yusoof and later after his demise managed by his brother in law Syed Aliyar. It used to serve the best briyani, roast chicken(this version i have never seen in any other restaurants), Roast chicken liver, Duck samah and fried chicken. Some times doves were served too. The even served best dhall potatoes too. I lived in the same building for almost 25 years till we had to vacate current management of the business due to partnership problems faced by the owners of the building including myself.
Right infornt of the restaurant, Mariamman Temple stand tall where many religious activity take place. I get to watch bird view of the event from our windows. Another angle from the building usually gives a perfect view of Chingay procession passing through Chulia Street. Many events like pesta queen during the pesta month, hungry ghost festival, Gujerati's dance celebrations and so on were a few of the events taking place in the vicinity of Queen street, Pitt street & Chulia street. A glimpse of Mesjid Kapitan Kling is visible from the huge roof top of the dawood Restaurant.
Best roti chanai availble at the corner of Queen & Market street. You can try some delicious kanji such as Kacang hijau, Gandum & egg appoms (Hoppers) in the same area of Market street close to Queen Street junction. When I was young an old man peddle a three wheeler and makes Sugar Cotton Candy called as Sponge Mittai. The candy is usually coloured pink and made of sugar whipped into a cotton ball from the heated peddle machine. It taste is uncomparable against the packed version you get these days. These pictures brings back sweet memories adn I could even recougnize some people in the pictures too. Ibrahim Trading featured in the main picture, used to be a one stop shopping shop for many indians travelling abroad.
On certain days you can get free hot parathas (roti canai) rolled with sugar from those paying respect to Nagoore Durga (the white building with a mosque like structure) Basically this site pays tribute to simple and lively Penang.
Am ex-Penangite but is now living in W.Australia. Visit Penang every few years and my husband (masaleh) must have lunch & dinner at Dawood Rest. every day while we were there even though we stayed at hotels up Batu Ferringhi or Tanjong Bungah. He never missed to order Beef rendang and spicy fried chicken pieces. Loved the attentions and service given. We would then strolled to the Kuan Im Teng temple, Pitt St. then to the Museum & walked all the way to Penang Road pasted E & O Hotel. Golly everything is changed. The old Latin Quarters used to be so popular during the times when we visited Penang in the 70s. A most remarkable website on Penang.
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Grew up in Penang. From small until primary school stayed at 16, Soo Hong Lane. It's amazing that I can still remember the address although I've forgotten almost every other things(now 59 years old).
Soo Hong Lane is just round the corner from Little India. Very fond memories of the neighbourhood. My immediate neighbour was a Sikh - the mother used to collect cow dung from off the street for fuel (She was into recyling and being ecologically friendlly way before everybody else).
Next door was a Madrasah - Islamic school - mainly for the Indian Muslims in the neighbourhood. The head of the school had 4 wifes and 24 children. This stands out because all the children would be crushing around him for pocket money when he comes out in the morning. I mean no offense - that regular scene was quite humourous to me as a young child. There was plenty of goodwill all round. My best friend then was Khalid who taught me a smattering of Tamil. "Ama Kuprangeh" was my regular line whenever his mother calls for him to get back inside.
Little India was a regular haunt because my sister (now living in UK) who was adopted by a close friend of my mother, stayed along King Street. The southern Indian food was one of my favourites - mainly because it's really affordable - you don't have to have any of the meat dishes. Rice and curry was all we could afford in those days. Even then, the food was absolutely delicious (it could be that we were hungry all the time).
We kids used to play in the streets until about 9 pm before we had to go in. I still maintain contact with one of them although I've moved to KL for the last 40 years. I'm viewing this site from Warri, Nigeria. It's such a great site for people like me who has spent most of their childhood in Penang. The other pictures of Penang are just as great. Thanks for the memories.
I'm living in Austin now and I really miss Penang. I miss the food, the environment, the people... Thanks for the pics! I've been meaning to buy a sari from Little India for some time now. Hopefully I'll be able to do so on my next trip :)
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We lived on Penang from Dec '82 - Dec '84 and were lucky enough to have a fantastic Indian amah named Lah. Lah was a fabulous cook, preparing both traditional Indian food and had been trained by English folk in preparation of roasts etc. Lah lived in our house in the amah's quarters with her grandson Kumah. Her daughter Indra, lived just down the road near KK Store. Is there anyone else out there who might remember this wonderful amah? We were also invited to participate in some of Lah's family activities such as a wedding and a christening. I would be really interested to hear from anyone who might know of this family. I loved our time in Penang and I am itching to go back there and to take my husband to show him where we lived and the places where we spent our leisure time. I'm sure I'll be very surprised by the changes. Thanks for the pix. It is wonderful to see people have taken the time to put the information and pictures etc together at various sites for all of us to enjoy. Well done!
Excellent presentation of pictures of Penang as I remember it on my 3 visits to your City. Thank you.
Brings back memories of fellow students from Penang who I studied with in India in 1976-81.I am especially remembering Dr.Hari Yanaskaran;I would like to contact him on the web.
Little India in penang used to be my playground... this is where i grew up, our family has a shop by the name of M.Mohamed Kassim & co in 17,market street...and believe me it (penang in general) is the best place to live... i'm now in michigan to complete my BBA degree but god willing i will return to my hometown next year and settle there for good. there is no place in the world i will trade for my beloved penang....the aroma of spices, the enchanting history of the pre-war traders from india and china, the historic bulidings, my school SXI, my college KDU i miss them all.... thanks for this wonderful website..when i look at the pictures, i felt like i was in the picture overlooking the wonderful scenes...
Visited Penang last year and found the people fantastic, very helpful and most all spoke perfect english. I enjoyed the Hindu Temples very much especially in the evening. So atmospheric when there is a thunderstorm and the pujaree is doing sermon and the smell of incense flowing thru the air. I especially enjoyed the Hindu temple to Mother Earth and Ganesha (always a favourite of mine-house named in respect of him). I visited the large temple east of Gourney Street the grounds are large and beautiful. Of all of the religions in the world I find Hinduism very humbling and most friendly to other religious followers. Such as nice all round cosy feeling created by this.
I love going to Penang. I have been there 4 times and will be going again in late June this year. My favourite location is Little India where I love the shopping for Indian stuff. The South Indian food is fantastic. There is particular Indian shop where I go without fail on my every visit to try the masala chicken and prawn masala (always cannot remember the name of the shop). Everything is delicious but my small stomach can only digest a few items each time. Why do you think I and my family love going there? Just for the food of course. Next what I want to share is the spices that you can buy. The various masalas are a great buy. Curries taste fantastic. Such as Meat, Fish, Dhalcha, Kurma, Chilli Powder, Tumeric Powder etc. I also love the originality of the place. No developments since I started going there since 1986.
These photos are just brilliant, that's all regards, magdalena krupinska-warsaw
Enjoyed your site. My wife and I are going to be in Penang, Bali, and Thailand for 3 weeks in July/ August. I would love to hear any recommendations from you about what are definite musts (food eg. best local eats, sites, shopping, etc.) Looking at your food page made me REALLY hungry!!
The Indo Malaysian community on display and this is where you will find the best spices,the best curries and where you get the best rates to change currencies.The is the famous Hindu temple on Queens street the interior of which has carvings and ornamentals that are so enchanting. Then there is the Kapitan Kling Mosque.My memories include that famed Dawood restaurant for 'gourmet curry' abit rundown now, and my favourite is the little roadside curry vendor mear the mosque. My favouritemoney changer will change any currency and you will be amazed at the large quantity of cash they can do for you. They are trustworthy... the couriers would walk in and deliver them They are the unlikeliest sorts, and your foreign currencies are rolled up intheir dhotis the type Mahatma Gandhi wears.Intriquing..this little place, Indian Muslims and Hindus in coexistence and spawning out so many Malaysian leaders of today.
Ya , i have something to share that is on kavadi ie thaipusam. i think u should add that in the little india column. and i have a photo of my nephew who was 4 years old when he took a kavadi (a big one)