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Penang: Malaysian in Boston
The best Malaysian I've had was on a sidewalk foodstand, but that was in Singapore. In Boston, Penang is probably the best Malaysian place. It may also be the only in town. There used to be another restaurant called Banana Leaf but it went out of business years ago. There are two Penang in the chain. The original, also better, and cheaper, is on Washington St in Chinatown. Inside its wooden furniture and decoration try to impart a Malaysian feel. The menu has some Chinese influence, probably due to the ownership. According to my sister, this one is even better than the original Penang in NY. It's certainly better than the Malaysian restaurant, whose name I forget, that I visited in NY's Chinatown.
The newer restaurant in Harvard Sq has glitzier decor, as is the trend for restaurants in that area.
Penang: OPEN MALAYSIAN KITCHEN
PENANG, for Malaysian/Asian food
the interior of the restaurant has a very Asian feel to it and it's always really crowded here. there's usually a wait to get in but it's well worth it! It's an open kitchen style and what's great about that is when they make the roti canai, you can see them actually flipping the dough around (kind of like making a pizza but different).
The price is comparable to other restaurants in Chinatown and averages about $9-10 for an entree.
Open daily 11:30am-11:30pm. Weekends until midnight.
Favorite Dish: I love the roti canai (like nan flat bread dipped in curry), the mango chicken (served in a cut into mango), the buddhist yam pot, and the peanut pancake dessert! Everything is the menu is very good so whatever you order it's going to be great!
Penang Malasian Cuisine: Best Malaysian food in Chinatown
Experience: July 2008.
The restaurant has an extensive and interesting menu (see photos) and excellent food.
Favorite Dish: - Appetizer: Curry with Yong Tau Foo $7.50
[Eggplant, bitter melon and tofu stuffed with minced fish, served in a clear chicken broth or curry soup]
The Chinese name literally means stuff five types of vegetables. It came with a big bowl, which surprised me as I thought would have been just a small dish of appitizer. It has eggplant, bitter melon, tufu, chilli peper and tofu stuffed with minced fish or shrimp, both were very fresh and properly cooked (i.e., NOT over cooked). It is hot and spicy but very tasty!
- Penang Chef's Specailities N.25: Sauteed Frog with Ginger and Scallion $16.25
I believe they were the big frogs that Cantonese call them Bull Frogs, not the kind that French eat or Beijing people have (the smaller kind living in the rice field). The dish was good.
Penang: Unique dining in Boston's Chinatown
The waiters and waitresses jump on you as soon as you walk in pushing you to order quickly and are very much in a rush. However the restaurant is very uniquely decorated and the food is very good and inexpensive.
This restaurant seems to be one of the busiest in Chinatown.
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