M’sian Eatery Promotes Non-Halal ‘Nasi Kandar’ With Pork, Authorities Condemn Misleading Food Name

Authorities Say Malaysian Eatery Selling Non-Halal ‘Nasi Kandar’ Might Mislead Customers

Recently, a Malaysian eatery has been on the receiving end of ire from authorities for the name of a dish on their non-halal menu.

The food establishment proclaims to sell ‘nasi kandar’ with pork, which a local influencer promoted on their TikTok account.


๐Ÿ“Pumbaaโ€™s @ Damansara Jaya ๐Œ๐š๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ข๐šโ€™๐ฌ ๐…๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐จ๐ซ๐ค ๐๐š๐ฌ๐ข ๐Š๐š๐ง๐๐š๐ซ ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐๐š๐ฌ๐ข ๐‹๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ค ๐๐š๐›๐ข ๐ˆ๐ง๐๐ข๐š๐ง ๐’๐ญ๐ฒ๐ฅ๐ž ๐€๐ฏ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ๐จ! ๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€๐Ÿ’จ Opening Hours: 7.30am till 4pm (open Tue-Sun) They serve the best Pork Nasi Kandar & Nasi Lemak ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ”ฅ The legendary man behind Kadei by Manchula has now opened a new stall located in @goodolddays. His food is the bomb if you donโ€™t already know ๐Ÿ˜† I was so excited so try out Mr Sureshโ€™s new venture especially with the added porky touch to it ๐Ÿฝ and it did not disappoint ๐Ÿ’ฏ I was so hyped up for it bcos where can you find a non halal Nasi Kandar right? ๐Ÿ˜œ The curries were great and the pork varuval was so delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹ It was tender and the best part is they remove the fatty layer so you get only tender chunks of pork meat ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Honestly, itโ€™s the best out there and yโ€™all should try it for yourself ๐Ÿ”ฅ The sambal also packs a punch (not too spicy) which explains why their Nasi lemak is porkfection! ๐ŸŒถ๏ธ They also have various side dishes like their signature mutton varuval, juicy crispy fried chicken, aromatic chicken rendang, sambal sotong and many more ๐Ÿคฉ They really take Nasi kandar and Nasi lemak to the next level ๐Ÿซก โ€ผ๏ธ Strictly non halal โ€ผ๏ธ๐„๐•๐„๐‘๐˜ ๐๐Ž๐‘๐Š ๐‹๐Ž๐•๐„๐‘โ€™๐’ ๐ƒ๐‘๐„๐€๐Œ ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฝ Go try it for yourself ๐Ÿ˜‹ #nasilemakviral #nasilemakakka #nasikandarmalaysia #nasikandarpenang #nasikandarbendiganimaju #nasikandarviral #makananviralmalaysia #makananviraltiktok #klfoodie #porkvaruvel #wildboarperathal #indianfood #indianfoodmalaysia #bananaleafrice

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The Malaysian Muslim Restaurant Owners Association (Presma) then stepped in, labelling the post as “insulting.”

In addition, they stated that the stall could mislead Muslim customers into visiting them due to the name of the delicacy.

Malaysian eatery promotes non-halal ‘nasi kandar’

Last week, a food influencer took to TikTok to share about Pumbaa’s Nasi Lemak and Nasi Kandar, located in Damansara Jaya, Selangor.

Source: @eat.with.aishwarrya on TikTok

The eatery proclaimed to sell Malaysia’s first Indian-style ‘nasi kandar’ and ‘nasi lemak’ with pork. In the video, the OP savoured the meal and praised it as flavourful.

She made sure to mention that other choices of meat were available too, such as luncheon meat, fried chicken and mutton.

Source: @eat.with.aishwarrya on TikTok

The video soon went viral with many viewers expressing their discontent over the non-halal eatery naming their dishes in such a manner.

Source: TikTok

However, not all netizens shared the same opinion, with some excited to try the delicacy.

Source: TikTok

Authorities call promotional video “insulting”

Regardless, authorities in Malaysia intervened, describing the post as “insulting.”

Speaking to the New Straits Times, the Presma President Jawahar Ali Taib Khan said that the video could mislead Muslim customers into visiting the eatery, assuming it was halal.

“It is a known fact that all nasi kandar restaurants are halal compliant and only serve food which are prepared according to the halal process,” he said.

When someone comes up with such a video claiming that the dish served is Nasi Kandar, it can only be seen as insulting, insensitive and misleading.

Meeting to take place between stall owner & authorities

Mr Jawahar Ali thus called for the immediate removal of the post. If not properly clarified, he said it could cause confusion in Malaysia, which contained a Muslim majority.

“Most nasi kandar outlets are operated by the Mamak Muslims,” he explained.

“It is not because of food taste but also because we make sure that all the food prepared at nasi kandar restaurants follows halal certification requirements.”

He added that they had to deal with the matter properly. Otherwise, dishes such as murtabak and mee goreng mamak could start containing non-halal ingredients.

Mr Jawahar Ali then confirmed the National Unity ministry contacted him regarding a meeting with them and the stall owner.

“We look forward to the meeting, so that we can solve this issue in an amicable manner,” he said.

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