I only have a couple of hours to invest in Penang as right here is a single of the cease more than for my cruise. My pal had suggested to have my lunch at Jawi Property Cafe Gallery at the Armenian Street. With the guide of my Google Maps working with my mobile telephone,I walked for a couple of minutes, and fortunately the cafe is nearby.
The café is owned by Datuk Dr Wazir Jahan Karim, an anthropologist and culture conservationist that specialises in classic Jawi Peranakan cuisine. No, I did not have a opportunity to meet the owner.
I like this notion of cafe. It felt genuine. The Jawi Property Cafe Gallery is filled with decorations depicting the Jawi Peranakan culture. Not also numerous table inside the cafe and most of the interior are working with antiques. The atmosphere inside right here is quiet specific as it felt nostalgic with all the art pieces.
The cafe crew right away attend me and took my order. I decided to give a attempt their signature dish which is Nasi Lemuni (Lemuni Rice). The Lemuni Rice, a rice dish related to Nasi Lemak cooked with coconut milk but flavoured with leaves from the lemuni tree (scientific name: Vitex trifolia L). Lemuni leaves are mentioned to have medicinal properties.
The café makes use of extended grain basmati in the herbal lemuni rice and it has an intriguing mix of flavours. The rice is cooked with ginger, lemon grass, shallots, garlic and homemade lemuni leave paste. The rice has a blue tint from the butterfly pea flowers (scientific name: Clitoria ternatea L). For centuries, it is a classic postpartum or confinement meals for Malay ladies to boost blood circulation, replenish iron in blood immediately after delivery and boost power. Now it is also a favourite of Malay guys. The rice dish is served with chicken curry, egg, cucumber, crispy fried anchovies and sambal chilli paste.
Although I am busy enjoying my Lemuni Rice, some lady had mistep the stair and slip. It was incredibly unfortunate even. Fortunately nothing at all occurred to right here. I also took the chance to go to the upper floor. Practically nothing substantially up there.
This café cum art gallery is open each day except Tuesdays from 11:00am to 10:00pm. Final Order is at 9:00pm.