This quaint restaurant along Armenian Street serves authentic Jawi Peranakan (Straits Muslim) cuisine, one of the rare places, even in Penang.
Jawi Peranakan is similar to Nyonya Baba Peranakan. However, the Jawi Peranakan is the community of people whose forefathers from India, Arab, Turkey and Persia immigrated to Malaya and married local Malay women. Jawi Peranakan is also known as “Orang Tanjung”, while the word Peranakan itself means “locally born” or “indigenous” in the Malay language.
Jawi House is owned by Datuk Dr Wazir Jahan Abdul Karim, a prominent figure in Penang, who is an economic anthropologist and who recently authored the book, Straits Muslim aroma and flavours, out of passion for Straits Muslim food heritage.
Managed by her son, Chef Nurilkarim Razha, Jawi House offers more than food. There is an art gallery on the upper floor which showcases Penang-style Jawi Peranakan sub-culture and art.
Jawi House Café Gallery
Add: 85, Armenian Street, 10200 George Town, Penang.
Tel: +604-261 3680 (call for dining reservations)
Opening hours: 10am – 7pm daily, except Sundays
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