Sunday, 18 June 2017

Kudos to Line Clear Nasi Kandar and Siam Road Char Koay Teow, but keep it clean PLEASE!


 Kudos to Line Clear Nasi Kandar and Siam Road Char Koay Teow, but keep it clean PLEASE!

https://youtu.be/AzQjS60zUqw (VIDEO) - Update

Congratulations to Line Clear Nasi Kandar Restaurant and Siam Road Char Koay Teow, both located in Penang.

Line Clear was chosen as the 9th best street food outlet and Siam Road Char Koay Teow was ranked 14th at the World Street Food Congress 2017 in Manila, the Philippines, held from May 31 to June 4.

They have not only affirmed Penang and Malaysia as an international food haven, they have helped enhanced Malaysia’s world tourism status.

“While congratulations are in order, both food operators and handlers are reminded to give priority to hygiene and cleanliness in their operations,” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.

He said Line Clear had especially been notorious in the past, having been sealed by the local government health authorities for being “dirty and unhygienic” in its operations.

“No doubt the Line Clear food is delicious. But it must buck up in its hygiene and cleanliness as a food operator and handler.

“The publicity will reverse, and all the hard work will go down the drain, if a diner, worst still a tourist, were to fall seriously ill due to tainted or dirty food,” he added.

As for the Siam Road Char Koay Teow (non-halal), the uncle first operated at Terengganu Road, then Anson Road and now Siam Road (off Anson Road).

“I am told he has been operating from his cart for at least five decades. I am also told his char koay teow is especially delicious with added lard,” Syed Razak said.

“Although the uncle has yet to be found to be unhygienic or not clean in handling food, I do hope he too gives priority to maintaining cleanliness in his operations,” he added.

Penang's Siam Road non-halal char koay teow
Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said the health authorities must step up its enforcement on eateries nationwide, especially in Penang because “it is a famed tourist destination and a globally-recognised food haven”.

He suggested that the Penang government and the Tourism Ministry show some recognition to Line Clear and Siam Road Char Koay Teow by rewarding them for putting Penang and Malaysia on the world map.

Here are three stories for you to chew on:

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 | MYT 8:06 PM

Two from Penang voted 'world street food masters'

BYLOGEISWARY THEVADASS



GEORGE TOWN: Penang's Line Clear Nasi Kandar Restaurant and Siam Road Char Koay Teow have made it to the World Street Food Top 50 for best street food.

Line Clear was chosen as the 9th best street food outlet while Siam Road Char Koay Teow was ranked 14th at the World Street Food Congress 2017 held in Manila, the Philippines, from May 31 to June 4.

The congress wrapped up its event by recognising 50 "world street food masters".

Line Clear was described as "arguably the most famous Nasi Kandar stall in Malaysia. They occupy a side lane, not even a stall, with their selection of masala fried chicken, fish head curry, lamb, sambal prawns, eggs, spicy greens, etc, all lined up along the wall in stainless steel pans, you just devour them with rice. Turnover is very high and they are very loud and friendly, as are the customers".

Siam Road Char Koay Teow received rave reviews as "the classic travelling food cart on 4 wheels. He cooks it over a ... wood fired wok and the smoky smooth appeal is the reason for the lines wherever he drags his char kway teow cart to".

Four other outlets in Malaysia also made it to the list.

They are Fauzi Nasi Kerabu, Terengganu (23), Nonya Mee Siam Donald & Lily, Melaka (34), Guan Heong Biscuit Shop, Ipoh ( 36), and Jalan Kuli Satay, Melaka (43).

Singapore's Hill Street Tai Wah Bak Chor Mee was voted top of the list, followed by United States' Franklin's BBQ and Thailand's Che Paek Pu Ob Voon Sen (glass noodle).

According to the congress' official website, the hawkers were evaluated according to ingredients, food preparation, hygiene, adaptability, consistency, confidence and the quality and flavour of food.

"The winners were selected by a panel of widely travelled commentators, writers, food celebrities and professionals," it said. - The Star Online


Line Clear Nasi Kandar ranked 9th best in global list

FMT Reporters

| June 15, 2017

Famous Penang stall overcame two serious issues earlier this year, but still makes it to Top 50 World Street Food Masters list.



PETALING JAYA: After overcoming two issues threatening its operations earlier this year, Penang’s famous Line Clear Nasi Kandar Restaurant got some respite recently with the news it was ranked ninth best in the World Street Food Masters list.

The popular stall, a landmark for many decades off Penang Road in George Town, made it into the list which was announced by the World Street Food Congress (WSFW), at an event held in Manila, Philippines last week.

“Arguably the most famous Nasi Kandar stall in Malaysia. They occupy a side lane, not even a stall, with their selection of masala fried chicken, fish head curry, lamb, sambal prawns, eggs, spicy greens, etc, all lined up along the wall in stainless steel pans, you just devour them with rice.

“Turnover is very high and they are very loud and friendly, as are their customers,” the WSFW said in describing the 24-hour restaurant in its ranking.

In February this year, the restaurant was closed for almost a week as a long-standing family dispute over the rights to operate the restaurant was finally resolved in court.

Then on March 13, a surprise inspection by the state health department forced its closure, with the operators doing a rigorous clean-up and getting the green light to reopen just four days later.

Another Penang delight which made it into the top 50 was the Siam Road Char Koay Teow. The owner of the stall, Tan Chooi Hong, 76, is both famous for his tasty koay teow, as he is for his lack of tact with some customers.

With the long lines of people waiting to buy his food, he has been known to brush off some customers when asked about waiting times, among other things.

But being ranked 14 in the World Street Food Masters list may give Tan some justification for having people be patient and just wait to be served no matter how long it takes, more so as he uses charcoal to cook the fried char koay teow.

“The classic travelling food cart on four wheels. He cooks it over a charcoal fired wok and the smoky smooth appeal, is the reason for the lines wherever he drags his char koay teow cart to,” WSFW said in describing Tan’s food.

Four more stalls from Malaysia also made the list, namely Fauzi Nasi Kerabu, Terengganu (rank 23), Donald & Lily Nyonya Mee Siam, Melaka (34), Guan Heong Biscuit Shop, Ipoh (36), and Jalan Kuli Satay, Melaka (43).

The World Street Food Masters list put together by a panel of widely travelled commentators, writers, food celebrities and professionals, have a third eye, nose, ear and peculiar palates for heritage street food culture.

They ranked Singapore’s Hill Street Tai Wah Bak Chor Mee as number one, with Franklin’s BBQ in the United States and Thailand’s Che Paek Pu Ob Voon Sen (baked crab with glass noodles), ranked second and third, respectively.

According to the congress’ official website, the hawkers were evaluated according to the grade of ingredients, food preparation, hygiene level, adaptability, consistency and confidence, as well as the quality and flavour of their food. - FMT


Line Clear Nasi Kandar gets ‘all clear’ to reopen

Predeep Nambiar

| March 16, 2017

Restaurant celebrates clean bill of health with free flow of cordial drinks for customers tomorrow.



GEORGE TOWN: The famous Nasi Kandar Line Clear restaurant has been given the “all clear” to reopen after health officers declared themselves satisfied with the rigorous clean-up the restaurant recently underwent.

On Monday, health officers had closed down the restaurant after a surprise inspection.

As a token of thanks to its loyal customers, Line Clear will be serving free “sirap ais” from 4pm tomorrow.

Line Clear boss Sahubar Ali said health officers “unsealed” his shop at about 3pm today after a thorough inspection.


“Syukur kepada Allah dapat buka balik (Thank Allah we have been permitted to reopen),” he told reporters at the restaurant today.

A state health department notice pasted on the restaurant’s front on Monday showed that the restaurant was ordered to close for two weeks and to clean up in order to reopen.

It is learnt that federal and municipal health officers had found less than savoury items such as dead and live rats and cockroaches in the restaurant, located in the back lane off Jalan Penang.

Its competitor next door, Yasmin Restaurant, was also ordered to close after health officers found rat droppings on cans of drinks during the joint inspection conducted by the state health department and Penang Island City Council.

The popular and crowded Sup Hameed Restaurant down the road was also not spared.

Health department officers fined the owner RM1,000 for running a dirty kitchen. The local council also imposed a RM250 compound fine for not using a functioning grease trap and a RM90 fine for failing to have three of the workers vaccinated. - FMT"




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