The dish - Kothu Parotta
Ingredients - Roti canai (Malaysian’s version of Indian flatbread), chicken, mixture of vegetables, eggs, and heaps of Indian spices.
The musician aka cook - Suthakar
Little India is the liveliest area in Penang with music playing from even the most unsuspecting places. We sat down at a street table at Sri Ananda Bahwan restaurant and ordered Kothu Parotta, a delicious South Indian dish. In front of us, the smiley cook from India threw the myriad of ingredients on the sizzling grill, mixing them together with a small spatula. Then he reached down under the grill and pulled out two, intimidating, heavy iron spatulas. His smile grew as he chopped away at the concoction, iron clanking on the grill, forming into a song. We moved along with the music, getting hungrier with each note. When the ingredients were cooked and musically chopped, we anxiously watched as the steaming plate was delivered to our table. With the song still ringing in our ears, we gorged the spicy dish down, taking the occasional breath and giving a thumbs up to the musical cook.