Three friends in Penang have opened up a food stall offering wholesome Indian meals for cheap, after their careers at a restaurant were hit badly by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Besides, the three friends in their 20s, namely Nabindran Borah, Sanjay Jayashankar, and Duncan Nages Scully - also pack and deliver free meals to the homeless and the needy around George Town, at the end of every working day, reported Free Malaysia Today (FMT).

According to the report, the friends opened their stall called Quarantine Home Food at the Sungai Pinang Food Court in George Town, on Feb 10, after the Indian restaurant they used to work in imposed a pay cut and shortened their working days, when the second Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0) was enforced last January.

The trio start and end each day with simple prayers to offer gratitude to what they have been given, and to seek blessings for more to be given to help others.

"Many aren't able to afford full meals, let alone pay for additional delivery charges when delivering online.

"That's why the price of our food is one of the cheapest in Penang. Delivery is even free for customers who live within a 10km radius," Sanjay told FMT, adding that it was aimed to help those who have also had their livelihood affected by the pandemic.

By "cheap", we are talking about a full plate of rice, topped off with generous portions of meat or vegetarian dishes and pappadom, costing between RM4.50 and RM6 only!

"People come back for the taste of our food and for the price as currently it's the lowest in Penang," Sanjay quipped.

Among the specialities at the stall are the signature sambal chicken, cooked by Duncan, who is only 21, and Nabindran's pepper chicken.

Nabindran, 24, has had more experience in the food industry, having run his own restaurant in Sungai Petani, but has since closed it down.

The friends end their working day by offering a simple prayer at the stall, before cooking a steaming pot of rice, to be packed with the unfinished portions of the food to be given to the homeless and the needy around town.

Extremely impressive indeed. At a time and age where everyone is slogging for their own survival, these three friends' charitable act is something that we can all take a cue from.

If you are a Penangite looking for a plate of delicious yet affordable Indian meal, head over to the Sungai Pinang Food Court and look for the Quarantine Home Food stall. The stall is open daily from 12pm to 3.30pm, and from 7pm to 9.30pm. Alternatively, you can also order their food online by sending a WhatsApp to Sanjay at 017-4603672.

Source & photos source: Free Malaysia Today (FMT)