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Went with the g-friend to Skyway Malaysian rest. on 11 Allen St. in Chinatown. The food was really,really good. Got the mango chicken (which came in mango skin), and the Mee Siam with shrimp(kind of like pad thai. We pretty much licked the plates clean. Both meals were awesome. And the place was really cheap too. Go. Now.

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  1. yeah i went there about a year ago and had good stuff...the only downer, we went at around noon when it was mostly empty, but they had techno music *blasting* at a ridiculous volume like we were in a club...totally incongruous and a little bizarre...otherwise, pleasant and tasty (but not so memorable that we rushed back -- i'd try it again though)...

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    1. re: Simon

      How is compared to the place in the hallway on Elizabeth? I generally like that place the best, but always looking for a new place

      1. re: Lau

        i know the hallway place, but i've never tried it!...but i must say, last time i walked by, the food looked tasty and the diners looked extremely happy...*adds it to his list*...

        1. re: Lau

          Skyway is pretty good across the board. Different places do different things better but overall, I like Skyway better than the place between the alley of Elizabeth and Bayard next to Yummy Yummy. That hallway place has the better hainan chicken rice out of Skyway and Jaya though (but I do love the Prawn Mee at Jaya).

          1. re: Mike Lee

            any particular recommendations?

            1. re: Mike Lee

              The place in the Chinatown Arcade is called Malaysia Restaurant. I like it. The place on the corner is called Yummy Noodles, not Yummy Yummy, btw.

              1. re: Mike Lee

                The Malaysia Restaurant serves, I think, the best Hainan chicken in town. They used to serve an amazing list of duck blood dishes too.

          2. if I'm not mistaken, it used to be Sentosa in this spot, they had good hainanese chicken. I've been waiting for a trailblazing hound to give feedback before I check Skyway out, thanks!

            1. The restaurant that used to be there was Proton Saga. Sentosa was closer to Division St.

              Skyway is my favorite Malaysian restaurant in Manhattan. I did not like Restaurant Malaysia in the Chinatown Arcade on my one visit there.

              I've gone to Skyway by myself more often than with friends, but I can't remember having had anything I didn't like, except that the Rojak was a little weird. The Roti Telur is terrific and reminds me of the old school thick roti canai I used to get from an Indian with a griddle outside the Pasar Chow Kit in Kuala Lumpur in 1975. The Pasembur is really tasty, but be warned that it is really a main dish portion, despite being on the appetizer part of the menu. They also make very nice Satay with good sauce.

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              1. re: Pan

                Ah, you're right regarding Proton Saga instead of Sentosa, speaking of which, does Skyway have a stingray dish?

                1. re: bokkyo

                  The menu lists one, wrapped in lotus leaf.

              2. Last year I noticed a few inconspicuous Malayan Chinese places on Canal just east of Allen. Some had signs only in Chinese but I recognized the "ma" of Malaysia because it's the character for horse. I've never tried them and I dont know anyone who has.

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                1. re: Brian S

                  I ate several times at Oversea Asian Restaurant. It was fine for some things but weird for others, and when a table next to me ordered a whole fish dish, it smelled really too old (and the smell wasn't belacan). I've also been to the other one on the corner of Essex and wasn't too impressed, though it's been a while. But anyway, Skyway is better.

                2. Happy Joy on the corner of Canal and essex is pretty good.