KL-ites, You Won't Have To Travel To Penang For Line Clear Nasi Kandar Anymore

Not only is Line Clear setting up shop in KL later this year, the 109-year-old Penang nasi kandar icon Hameediyah Restaurant is planning to do the same. Seriously now, who cares about diets when you have cravings to be satisfied? ;)

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People of Klang Valley, you no longer have to travel 4 to 5 hours up north for the infamous Line Clear Nasi Kandar... because the proprietors are finally opening its first outlet outside of Penang in Kuala Lumpur!

This is also very good news for Penangites who are currently based in KL or Selangor (yours truly included). Cravings can finally be satisfied! :D

A favourite among locals and nasi kandar enthusiasts from out-of-state (that includes Singaporeans too!), Line Clear has been operating since the 1930s from a narrow alleyway along Penang Road.

The stall may be open 24/7, but that's not stopping the hungry hoard from queueing for a taste of their nasi briyani, spicy squid's eggs, tiger prawns curry, and curry fish head.

Scheduled to open its doors this September, Line Clear's KL branch will feature a menu that is similar to its Penang counterpart. You might also be seeing another outlet popping up in another state sometime soon.

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Four descendants of Line Clear’s founders - cousins Lokman Madinah, Salim Madinah, Zainul Alam Abd Hamid and Mohd Faisal Akhbar Ali - have taken up a shoplot at 133, Jalan Raja Abdullah in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur for its KL outpost.

“This will be our first outlet outside Penang but we are not stopping there as we are also considering opening another outlet in another state after Kuala Lumpur,” Lokman said. “We will definitely have our popular fish head curry, squid’s eggs and tiger prawns along with some special menu items especially for the Kuala Lumpur outlet."

The new outlet is expected to open in September and the cousins are still deciding whether to open the outlet for just 16 hours or go the full 24 hours like they do in Penang.

In even better news, yet another iconic nasi kandar brand from Penang will also be expanding its business to the rest of Malaysia.

The 109-year-old Hameediyah Restaurant is planning to open an outlet in Kota Damansara, with plans to turn the brand into a franchise.

“If the outlet is a success, we will eventually look into expanding further to other states and come up with a franchise model because the original taste and flavour of our nasi kandar is something that should be spread throughout the whole country for all to enjoy,” he said.

Hameediyah's first outlet outside of Penang was opened in Putrajaya back in 2010, but due to some management issues, the outlet was handed over to another restaurant in 2011

“It was a problem managing between that outlet and this one here so in the end, we handed over the outlet to another restaurant in 2011,” he said.

This time around, Syed Ibrahim said they are prepared to go all out and make the outlet in Kota Damansara a success as it is their first step towards franchising Hameediyah Restaurant. The Kota Damansara outlet is a joint venture with other shareholders, said Syed Ibrahim, who co-owns the restaurant with his brother Ahamad Seen Pakir.

Anyway, the people of Klang Valley will soon be able to have their fill of Hameediyah's famous dishes, such as the mutton mysore, duck curry, kapitan chicken curry and murtabak, without having to travel to Penang

“Our recipes are from our ancestors direct from India, we are Indian Muslims or as locals call us, mamaks, so we will be getting more Indian Muslims from India, most of whom are our relatives, to cook and manage the Kota Damansara outlet,” Syed Ibrahim said.

Line Clear and Hameediyah will be joining the legion of iconic Penang hawker name-brands who have ventured out of the state, such as Kayu Nasi Kandar, Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee, and the Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul.

More than 15 years ago, the Lorong Seratus Tahun Penang Curry Mee opened its first outlet in Petaling Jaya and now, it has several outlets in Kuala Lumpur including at Old Klang Road.

In more recent times, the Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul also expanded into a franchise system and they now have numerous outlets in malls in Penang, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Johor.

Let's just hope the prices don't get hiked up far too much...

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