RESTORAN Nasi Kandar Subaidah (M) Sdn Bhd and the Malacca government will jointly invest about RM5mil in two nasi kandar outlets in Mecca and Medina next year.
The outlets, to be run by Subaidah-Melaka Joint Venture Pte Ltd, would be the country’s first nasi kandar restaurants in Saudi Arabia.
Managing director Abdul Aziz Abdul Razak said he chose Arab cities for the restaurant’s maiden investment abroad as many Malaysians frequented the two cities during the haj season.
“Both restaurants will serve a combination of Malaysian and Arabic cuisine, which will be specially prepared to cater to the taste buds of both Malaysians and Arabs.
“Apart from the core nasi kandar dishes, we will also serve satay, nasi lemak and asam pedas Melaka,” he told reporters at the opening of Subaidah’s 11th chain of restaurant at Kompleks Sempilai Jaya in Seberang Jaya, Prai recently.
Abdul Aziz said the company was aiming an initial RM2mil in sales from both outlets, which will also have a gift shop selling Malaysian craft and souvenirs.
“Restaurant Nasi Kandar Subaidah recorded a group turnover of RM12mil last year,” he said, adding that the company invested about RM500,000 in the Seberang Jaya outlet.
He said a team of 40 workers, including cooks and waiters, would be sent from Malaysia to run the restaurants in Arab cities, which would each, have a seating capacity of 500 persons.
On expansion plans locally, he said, a new outlet would be opened in Klang in August.
Subaidah, which opened its first outlet in Jalan Bagan Ajam, Butterworth in 1998, with a paid-up capital of RM150,000, now has a total 11 outlets in Penang, Kedah and Malacca.