Economy Rice Stalls – A Digest of Malaysian Struggles

loading Economy rice stall at Cecil Street Market. On weekends, the selection gets a bit more luxurious, with crabs, frogs and such. Photo: Julia Tan.

On the surface, the concept of economy rice is deceptively simple. You will always recognise the economy rice stall. There will be a simple buffet-style display of dishes and a bucket of rice ready for you to accompany your selection. You can find some version of it everywhere in South-east Asia. In Penang alone, you will stumble upon an array of nasi kandar, nasi Melayu and nasi dalca establishments within minutes. Each form of economy rice is rich in its own traditions. Despite their commonness, the economy rice dishes of Penang are a microcosm of historical, economic and diasporic trends in the ...


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