Timothy Tye
Pasembur Stalls in Penang


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Pasembur (10 May, 2008)




Penang Pasembur is a spicy salad dish that are usually sold by Indian Muslims and occasionally by Chinese hawkers as well. The Indian version is often called Mamak Rojak while the Chinese version is often called chnae3 hu2. The name chnae3 hu2 means "raw fish", although presently, the only raw "fish" in the dish is likely to be the jellyfish, which is also often poached.

Pasembur is a popular Penang hawker food usually taken as a side dish during lunch and dinner time. It comprises shredded cucumber, hong3kuak3 (Chinese turnip), potatoes, tau33knua1 (beancurd), bean sprout, along with hae3cni3 (prawn fritters), niau-choo chi (flour-batter fritters, literally meaning "mouse fritters"), and sliced boiled egg. Some stalls also garnish it with poached jellyfish. The whole salad dish is then covered in a spicy sauce made from sweet potato.

Ingredients of Pasembur:

  1. cucumber
  2. Chinese turnip
  3. potatoes
  4. beancurd
  5. bean sprout
  6. prawn fritters
  7. flour-batter fritters
  8. boiled egg
  9. poached jellyfish
  10. sweet potato gravy
  11. chilli paste

Pasembur, Balik Pulau Hawker CentrePasembur, Balik Pulau Hawker Centre (10 July, 2017)


Pasembur, Batu Lanchang Hawker CentrePasembur, Batu Lanchang Hawker Centre (29 August, 2005)


Indian Pasembur, Seng Lee CafeIndian Pasembur, Seng Lee Cafe (6 April, 2014)


PasemburPasembur, Cecil Street Market Hawker Centre (1 September, 2013)



You can find pasembur stalls all over Penang Island. Many of these sell mee goreng and mee rebus as well, though the Chinese pasembur stalls sell only pasembur. I pinpoint the stalls that I can recall on this food map below, and hope to add to it whenever I come across more.

Where to find Pasembur Stalls in Penang

Pasembur is available at the following locations in Penang:

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