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๐๐š๐š๐ง: ๐€ ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ˆ๐ง๐๐ข๐š๐ง "๐‚๐ก๐ž๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐†๐ฎ๐ฆ"

This small, leafy triangular bag-of-spices were once widely consumed or chewed, especially amongst the Indians, back in the old days. ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฎ๐—ป (๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ฟ '๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ' ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น) ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ. Back then, it was not uncommon to see people chewing and spitting it out.

However, like many other traditions, ๐’‘๐’‚๐’‚๐’ has become so rare that even some Indians have not heard of it (true story!).


Deep in Penang's Little India, there's only ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐š๐š๐ง ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ซ left in the state. Mr Ali Khan sells two types of ๐’‘๐’‚๐’‚๐’ , which are ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ž (consumable) or ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ฐ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž. "๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ฐ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž, ๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ง'๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐œ๐š๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐›๐ž ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ง. ๐ˆ๐ญ'๐ฌ ๐›๐š๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ," ๐ฌ๐š๐ข๐ ๐€๐ฅ๐ข.

Not knowing how to spit (and amidst the pandemic), we ordered the consumable ๐’‘๐’‚๐’‚๐’ instead. Like a ๐ฉ๐š๐š๐ง-๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ, Ali prepared the after-meal treat in front of us, putting fennel seeds, ginger flakes, dates, cherry, gambir paste, betel nut, nutmeg, and honey onto a betel leaf. He then folds it into a triangle and secures it with a clove.

๐Ž๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ: ๐‘จ ๐‘ด๐’–๐’”๐’• ๐‘ฌ๐’™๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’„๐’†!


Editor's Note: There are two restaurants selling ๐’‘๐’‚๐’‚๐’ too, but unlike Ali Khan, the ๐’‘๐’‚๐’‚๐’ is not prepared in front of you. ๐–๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐€๐ฅ๐ข ๐ก๐š๐ง๐๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐š๐ง ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž, ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฉ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐.


Location: Next to Ali Bubur Kacang at 52 Lebuh Pasar, George Town, Penang

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