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 Location: Pulau Penang – Malaysia. – Gurney Drive North – Open air night hawker centre.  – January 2010.

This Indian Penangite gentleman has a very well-known stall, selling Rojak. I also think he has a few talents as a performer. Perhaps one day he’ll be discovered by Bollywood, who knows. In the mean time he already is world-famous locally and on the YouTube’s Penang visitors site. Personally I think little performances like this emphasize the multicultural aspects of Malaysia and more specially among Penangites from different origins. A strong and leading example from a country that has a majority Malay muslim population. Hopefully it stays this way!

More about Rojak?  Wikipedia says it better than I:

“Mamak rojak, or Indian rojak (Pasembor)

Indian rojak in Singapore.

In Malaysia, mamak rojak (or Pasembur) contains fried dough fritters, bean curds, boiled potatoes, prawn fritters, hard boiled eggs, bean sprouts, and cucumber mixed with a sweet thick, spicy peanut sauce. Traditionally, Tamil Muslim (Mamak) rojak vendors used modified sidecar motorcycles as preparation counters and to peddle their rojak. These mobile vendors now use modified mini trucks. The Pasembor available in Singapore is an assortment of potatoes, eggs, bean curd (tofu), and prawns fried in batter, served with a sweet and spicy chili sauce. In Penang, where it is very famous, it is always called pasembor, but in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore it is called rojak.

Fruit rojak consists typically of cucumber, pineapple, benkoang, bean sprouts, taupok (puffy, deep-fried tofu) and youtiao (cut-up Chinese-style fritters). Raw mangoes and green apples are less commonly used. The dressing is made up of water, belacan (shrimp paste), sugar, chili, and lime juice. Ingredients vary among vendors with some also using hae ko prawn/shrimp paste, tamarind or black bean paste in the mix. The ingredients are cut into bite-sized portions and tossed in a bowl with the dressing and topped with chopped peanuts and a dash of ground or finely chopped bunga kantan (pink ginger bud). Penang Rojak is another type of Rojak found in Penang, Malaysia. It is similar to fruit rojak, but adds jambu air, squid fritters and honey to the mixture.    (End of Wikipedia quote.)

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