'Hameediyah', a name synonymous with the term 'Nasi Kandar', is one of the first known restaurants in Penang offering Indian Muslim cuisine since 1907, and has continued to operate out of its original location at 164-a, Campbell Street. Spanning a lineage of seven generations, this family business has served up an enormous platter of signature dishes such as mutton mysore, mutton kurma, curried beef spleen, beef rendang, kapitan chicken, fried chicken, curry chicken, fish roe, squid, dalcha, murtabah, biryani, mee goreng, okra, rojak, and much more. Their secret recipes have stood the test of time, with enduring popularity for its traditional cuisines.
The family, travelling from Kerala, India, first set foot on the shores of Penang in the early 1900's, bringing along their experience, knowledge and an already established reputation for serving up popular culinary delights back in India.
Soon after acquiring their shop house at Campbell Street, and naming it 'Hameediyah', the father, M. Mohamed Thamby Rawther and his three sons, Seeni Packeer, Packeer Mohamed and Abdul Ghaney, initially traded exotic spices imported from India. As many locals were yet unfamiliar on how to use these spices, the family being great cooks themselves took the initiative to prepare and sell dishes that used these fragrant spices. This proved to be a significant and highly profitable turning point in their food business.