Penang is still in Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan. Since the White Flag campaign started, restaurants are joining hands to distribute free foods and necessities to the needy. Famous nasi kandar in Penang, Hameediyah Restaurant has recently joined the movement to help out the community in a unique way. Their workers went around George Town by foot and distributed free food in the traditional ‘kandar’ style, just like how nasi kandar was sold back in the 90s.
Hameediyah Restaurant Distributes Free Food Using The Traditional ‘Kandar’
Last Friday, workers of Hameediyah Restaurant were seen on the streets of George Town giving away 250 packets of free meals to the needy. Instead of using a mobile, they carried the pre-packed nasi kandar in rattan baskets strapped to a wooden pole, which were then balanced on their shoulders.
Some might question as to why the distribution was carried out in such a way. Well besides giving back to the community, Hameediyah also wants to bring back memories of the old times. This was how hawkers used to sell their rice meals back in the 90s.
Ahamed Seeni Pakir Abdul Shukor, 66, seventh generation and current owner of the restaurant said this was how their ancestors sold their nasi kandar before the birth of their restaurant. If you didn’t know, Hameediyah Restaurant is known to be the oldest nasi kandar in Malaysia. They’ve been around since 1907.
Fun fact: Nasi kandar used to be food for the lower or middle class. Today, it’s well-loved by all walks of life.
Kudos to Hameediyah for contributing to the less fortunate and thank you for honoring the culinary history of Penang!
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