George Town Street View: The Benggali Roti Seller

The Roti Seller

The traditional mobile bread (roti) seller on a trishaw in Penang.

Locally known as the Roti Benggali seller, Roti Bengali or the Benggali bread had its origin from Sheik Mohd Ismail, an Indian Muslim from Madras, who set up Roti Penggali (which meant bread shareholders in Tamil) with his friends back in 1920s. However, the word “penggali” was apparently mispronounced and later on, evolved into “benggali”. The name was stuck locally as such ever since. The loaf bread of white and soft crumb with thick crispy golden crust is a popular local choice here.

Penang’s ‘Cherry Blossom’

Cherry Blossom

The Tabebuia Rosea, Pink Tecoma, Rosy Trumpet Tree or commonly known by the locals here as Penang Sakura / Cherry Blossoms will be in full bloom again throughout the month of March till April (at times, till early May as well). The trees are planted in various parts of Penang, and if one is lucky, will be able to see the fully bloomed beautiful trees.

Penang Street Art (The Rubber Tapper)

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Another large art mural drawn by Julia Volchkova in Balik Pulau town, Penang. This wall art depicts a woman doing rubber tapping, a process that collects the latex from a rubber tree through an incision made at the bark of the tree. Rubber trees plantations are common in Malaysia, rubber being of the main exports of the country.

For the mural’s location, refer to this map HERE.