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Nasi Kandar Beratur, Penang


In business since 1943, the famous Nasi Kandar Beratur got its name from the long queue of people outside the shop. I almost didn’t want to beratur (line up) because I’m generally quite impatient. Good thing the queue moved fairly quick and I got to the front of the line after 45 minutes.


Like most nasi kandar places, you basically tell them what items you want with rice. I got the omelette (telur dadar) and beef curry with okra, and asked for mixed curries. rif tried the honey chicken (ayam madu).


In all honesty, I didn’t get the hype of Nasi Kandar Beratur. The rice didn’t knock my socks off; I found the beef chewy, the chicken dry and the curries lacking oomph. It might have tasted better if the food was hot. I’m actually puzzled as to why the food was cold when they just opened the shop.

I still prefer Nasi Kandar Line Clear to this. Have you tried both these Nasi Kandar places in Penang? If yes, what’s your take?

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Ambiance: 3/10
Price: 5/10
Food: 4.5/10 (halal)
Verdict: Not worth the hype.


Nasi Kandar Line Clear
98 Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling,
10200 Penang
(next to Kapitan Keling Mosque)
Business Hours: 10pm to 9am

9 Responses

  1. Donut Dawn

    yeah. the nasi kandar at line clear is not that good. i went there several of times and found out to be that standard all the way. The standard of not being good. Nasi Kandar Line Clear stands out clearly but do try the Nasi Kandar Deen at Jelutong. Most of the people from Penang recommended me Nasi Kandar Deen but still i prefer Line Clear because of the big Chicken! and Do try Nasi Kandar Kg Melayu. Hands down, the best!

  2. Tried once but I can’t really compared them with Nasi Kandar Line Clear (which I had them years back). The service was close to non-existence at this place but the flavours were slightly stronger.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      I agree. Service has never been good.

  3. Khai Loon Yeoh

    I have tried this a few years back and I really do not know what is the hype all about. Waking up at 2 in the morning just for some nasi kandar that doesnt taste special at all

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yeah, I really don’t get why people would queue for this.

  4. syimir mazlan

    nasi kandar beratur and line clear are overrated..do try nasi kandar Rahim in bayan lepas, a hell lotta better 🙂

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Thanks for the tip! 🙂

  5. What is not known to most is that, and why a lot of tourists miss out when reviewing is that..
    a) You have to go there juuuust before 10pm.. and let the previous vendor finish up.. you can even let other people in the queue buy from the previous vendor as you wait for the 10pm guy to take over. Then the real queue begins..
    b) when you get your food, you have to ask for the “extra ganja”, which is what gives this Nasi Kandar its kick.. and why it is legendary..

  6. Yukesh

    If you are gearing for a top notch Nasi Kandar is Penang, I’ve got to skip your sleep and head Air Itam Market at 3am. There is a small stall but its easily identified with Penangites who drop their hat once the stall is set up. Simple and succulent dishes, reasonable price! There isn’t really a name for the stall, but we call it Air Itam Market Nasi Ganja, hahaha because the flavour makes you addict for more.

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