Must Eat Best Kareem Pasembor Rojak In Penang Since 1945!

Must Eat Best Kareem Pasembor Rojak In Penang Since 1945!

Must Eat Best Kareem Pasembor Rojak In Penang Since 1945!

This is every foodie must eat best Kareem Pasembor Rojak In Penang Since 1945!

I want to share this Malaysian Salad which I’ve been eating for over thirty years and still taste good today. Whilst other younger bloggers call him “Uncle” I’ve always known him as Kareem.

KAREEM PASEMBOR ROJAK

Almost dwarfed by a “mountain” of prawn fritters, amiable Kareem smilingly beckons to passer-by’s to try his Pasembor. This heady salad is of Indian-Muslim origins and has fried ingredients piled high on a mound of shredded cucumber, yam bean, and blanched bean sprouts and topped with a delicious warm, spicy sweet potatoes gravy that is to die for.

He and I are a little older now but Kareem is the same smiling man I buy my Pasembor lunch from when I was working at China Street Ghaut.

Established in 1945, Kareem’s little blue push cart was a familiar sight at the Customs Building on Gat Lebuh China in the 80s -90s before he moved to Lebuh Union. Business starts at 11.00am up to 7.00pm and is choc a bloc packed at lunch hour, with a long queue of office workers.

Kareem is dwarfed by a “mountain” of prawn fritters.
Kareem is dwarfed by a “mountain” of prawn fritters.
The sign says it all.
The sign says it all.
Fried whole potatoes, squid and prawn fritters.
Fried whole potatoes, squid and prawn fritters.

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For the past 30 years, he has been serving up his dish par excellence with the taste remaining the same. However, with the times and demands of the patrons, he has expanded his fried menu to include crab sticks, fish roll, cheese roll, hot dog and poh piah!

Hotdog, er… Kareem but why? “Customer request, Kareem bikin,” was his smiling reply. But he knows that some of us true blue Penangites will keep to the original ingredients and receipes.

We like things the way it was. Korcha bi comes easily to mind.

Kareem has his menu at the front of his push cart.
Kareem has his menu at the front of his push cart.
Kareem ladles over some hot sweet potato gravy.
Kareem ladles over some hot sweet potato gravy.

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THE HOT SWEET POTATO GRAVY

Here’s how it morphs as Kareem ladels and “banjir” the pasembur with the sweet potato gravy.

His staple cucur udang, cucur garing, cucur kacang and cucur kupaai, sotong with boiled eggs and potatoes remain a firm favorite for his regulars. Top of the list of favorites is the prawn fritters which is deep fried until its fragrant and crunchy!

Some prefer takeaway with the sauce and ingredients wrapped separately but nothing beats taking a seat al fresco style by the road or across Union Street in the “Lorong” sharing a table and enjoying your plate of Pasembur with a foamy glass of Teh Tarik from the drinks stall.

i met this lovely lady who is a second generation customer!
i met this lovely lady who is a second generation customer!

This is by far my favorite medley of quintessential Penang happy food!

Do check out this Pasembur stall when you are around the area.

Union Street Famous Kareem Pasembor Rojak | Lebuh Union, George Town
Opening hours: 11 am – 7 pm (Closed on Sunday)

Every year, Kareem Pasembor Rojak takes up a stall at the narrow Queen Street in busy Little India”s Ramadhan bazaar.

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