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Hi hounds -- heading to Penang tonight. Do you have menu fave's to recommend? Thanks in advance.

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  1. My 2 favorites there, steamed whole fish with homestyle sauce (lots of garlic and cilantro), and samsum belanchon(sp??), some kind of malaysian hollow-stemmed green..And the green beans with shrimp paste!

    1. I second the watercress dish -- Kangkung Balacan -- which is outstanding. Also, the House Special Spicy Squid is very good if you like strong, sweet flavor like a hoisin sauce. I also really like the Mee Goreng, the Indian noodle dish, which shares a lot of the same smoky fish-paste flavor as the Kangkung Balacan.

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      1. re: david k

        Ooops, thanks for that spelling help--I knew I was a little off! I second the Mee Goreng too.

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        Seth Ditchik

        Ask for the Malaysian menu. They have two menus; one with the safe stuff for the gringos, and one with the real stuff for the serious eater. Make sure they give you the real one.

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          Is the Malaysian menu something unique to the Boston Penang? Am I way off base here, is the Boston Penang unrelated to the New York based chain that also has a branch in Chicago? I only ask, because in several great meals at the Chicago Penang, I have never seen/heard of a seperate Malaysian menu, but if I need to ask...

          On the chance that the Boston Penang is the same as the Penang I know, let me offer my input on menu selection:

          - I further the advice on the water spinanch or whatever the green leafy stuff is with the anchovyish sauce.

          - beef rendag - my favorite dish from that part of the world, should be very spicy!

          - roti canal - thin transparant pancakes with a yellow chicken curry dipping sauce.

          - the appetizer which is really an appetizer combination, with thousand year old eggs, bean curd and other goodies, a play on malaysian street food.

          At the Penang I know, your meal will only be limited by the amount of dishes you can order.

          rob

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            Seth Ditchik

            This Penang is part of the chain based in NYC. I used to live in Queens, and loved the Flushing branch (the original, I think). That being said, the Boston branch is a very different; it's located on the edge of Chinatown, near the Theater district, and tends to cater to theater-goers. In fact, it should be easier to get a table if you go after the opening curtain.

        2. The Boston Penang is a branch of the NY..don't know about Chicago..I wasn't aware of a Malaysian menu either..As VI said..roti canai, beef rendang..also they have a shrimp dish..large, head on prawns in a spicy sauce...there's a few of them on the menu..have the waitress describe them. I really like Penang and don't go as often as I'd like.

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            splendidspatula

            Never can figure out how to eat the roti - but it sure is good!

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              Guy Lesperance

              Penang is one of my favorite restaurants in Boston. My recommendations are the roti canal, the steamed fish and the salted fried squid, which is superb.Enjoy it all! Wish I could be there tonight.

              1. I miss Penang SO much! I recommend the roti w/ curry sauce (as do most other people, I see), the beef curry, and an ABC for dessert. Yum.

                1. I've never been, but y'all are making it sound like a great place for a group dinner. I know Joanie suggested Margo, but I checked their website and it's a little outside my price range. Besides, the menu at Penang somehow sounds a little more conducive to swapping and sharing. Anybody game?

                  Link: http://boston.about.com/gi/dynamic/of...

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                  1. re: C. Fox

                    I'd definitely do Penang, although I've been before, so it wouldn't be that much of an adventure, more like a dinner with friends!. I know nothing about Margo besides what's been on this board, which has pretty much been that it exists. I have a few questions about places in Chinatown; Ho Yuen Ting, Yan's Best Place (the new one that took the place of the original Chau Chow)...But then, people wanted something more upscale after the last one, so maybe penang is a good idea...

                    1. re: galleygirl

                      I haven't yet been to one of these Chowhound meals and would really love to attend, if y'all don't mind having a small fry in your midst. When do they happen? I've heard about Penang for years and never got to go, so I'd be psyched to try it out, especially with some more experienced chow-ers (my family's sort of the beef-and-broccoli type...)

                      1. re: Emma F

                        "I haven't yet been to one of these Chowhound meals and would really love to attend, if y'all don't mind having a small fry in your midst. When do they happen?"

                        You (and anyone else) are more than welcome to attend..and feel free to suggest a place that you'd like. As to when they happen? no real rhyme or reason..So far, they've been very unstructured..a few groups have been to Taiwan Cafe..1 trip to King Fung Garden...both in Chinatown. There has been no "pre set" date or time..just a bunch of emails, to find the time that works best for the most people.

                        1. re: Emma F

                          "I haven't yet been to one of these Chowhound meals and would really love to attend, if y'all don't mind having a small fry in your midst. When do they happen?"

                          You (and anyone else) are more than welcome to attend..and feel free to suggest a place that you'd like. As to when they happen? no real rhyme or reason..So far, they've been very unstructured..a few groups have been to Taiwan Cafe..1 trip to King Fung Garden...both in Chinatown. There has been no "pre set" date or time..just a bunch of emails, to find the time that works best for the most people.

                          A very inclusive process...watch the board for a restaurant you'd like to try..or suggest one.

                      2. re: C. Fox

                        I've been to Penang but I think it would be great to get a big group together there...I was going to crash Amy's party..:)

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                        bigeyeparrot

                        My favorite dish at Penang is actually the Hainanese Chicken. The chicken is nothing special, just steamed, but very tender and moist. But the rice that comes with it- oh man, I LOVE that rice! It's not the regular white rice, but rather it was cooked with chicken broth, garlic and may be some other stuff... But it is so flavorful.

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                          We've had luck on more than one occasion (not every) in asking for the chicken rice instead of plain white rice.

                          I agree totally with your sentiment! I may, however like the chicken itself a bit, a bit more

                          Rob