Must Eat Best Kareem Pasembur Rojak In Penang Since 1945!

Must Eat Best Kareem Pasembur Rojak In Penang Since 1945!

Must Eat Best Kareem Pasembur Rojak In Penang Since 1945!

This is every foodie must eat best Kareem Pasembur 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 Pasembur Rojak

Almost dwarfed by a “mountain” of prawn fritters, amiable Kareem smilingly beckons to passer-by’s to try his Pasembur Rojak.

A heady salad, the Pasembur Rojak is of Indian-Muslim origins.

The dish has fried ingredients piled high on a mound of shredded cucumber, yam bean, and blanched bean sprouts and topped with a deliciously warm, spicy-sweet potatoes gravy that is to die for.

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

Established in 1945, Kareem’s little blue pushcart was a familiar sight at the Customs Building on Gat Lebuh, China, during the 80s -90s.

Later, he moved to Lebuh Union. Business starts at 11.00 am up to 7.00 pm and is choc a bloc packed at lunch hour, with a long queue of office workers.

Must Eat Best Kareem Pasembur Rojak In Penang Since 1945!

Kareem is dwarfed by a “mountain” of prawn fritters.

Must Eat Best Kareem Pasembur Rojak In Penang Since 1945!

The sign says it all.

Must Eat Best Kareem Pasembur Rojak In Penang Since 1945!

Fried whole potatoes, squid, and prawn fritters.

Kareem Pasembur Rojak Menu New Items

For the past 30 years, he has been serving up his dish par excellence, with the taste remaining the same.

However, with the patrons’ demands, he has expanded his fried menu to include crab sticks, fish roll, cheese roll, hot dog, and popiah.

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 authentic ingredients and recipes.

We like things the way it was.

Korchabi comes quickly to mind.

Must Eat Best Kareem Pasembur Rojak In Penang Since 1945!

Kareem has his menu at the front of his pushcart.

Must Eat Best Kareem Pasembur Rojak In Penang Since 1945!

A plate of Kareem Pasembur Rojak!

Kareem Pasembur Rojak In Penang Best Hot Sweet Potato Gravy

Here’s how it morphs as Kareem ladles 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 favourite for his regulars.

Top of the favourites list is the prawn fritters that are deep-fried until it’s fragrant and crunchy!

Some prefer takeaway with the sauce and ingredients wrapped separately, but nothing beats taking a seat alfresco style.

You can sit 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.

Must Eat Best Kareem Pasembur Rojak In Penang Since 1945!

I met this lovely lady who is a second-generation customer!

Review of Kareem Pasembur Rojak

One of my all-time favourites, Kareem Pasembur Rojak, is my favourite medley of quintessential Penang happy food!

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

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

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

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