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Malaysian Restaurant in Chinatown?

flight3023 Sep 7, 2006 10:48 PM

I am looking for a casual, cheap and good Malaysian restaurant in Chinatown for dinner. Is Penang my only option?

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    Marco Sep 18, 2006 12:41 AM

    Malaysia Restaurant (is known as Sanur too?) in the arcade (Elizabeth & Bowery)

    1. Brian S Sep 10, 2006 12:23 AM

      Does anyone here know of a Malaysian reataurant where the cooks are Malay and not Chinese? I wonder if the food would be different from the perinakan chow the Malaysian restaurants here feature. For more about Malaysian food, check out Chowhound poster Foodfirst's blog.


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      1. re: Brian S
        csw Sep 18, 2006 02:04 AM

        Try new Indonesia and Malaysia on doyer?

        1. re: csw
          Brian S Sep 18, 2006 03:53 PM

          You might be right! The Indonesian restaurants in Queens are staffed by Indonesians (Minangkabau mostly) who are not Chinese.

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        LisaZee Sep 9, 2006 09:47 PM

        I thought Nyonya was really good. A friend who's travelled there a lot rates it as the best.

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        1. re: LisaZee
          Brian S Sep 9, 2006 11:37 PM

          I agree. I've been eating there since it opened. I tried Skyway once and didn't find it superior. However, I can't judge it based on one visit and I'm planning a return visit, possibly tonight.

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            Brian S Sep 10, 2006 04:50 PM

            I went back to Skyway and ordered the special pork with rice. Sietsema recommended it and pork belly is one of my favorite dishes. It was dreadful. Cubes of over-the-hill pork belly coated with a bland, insipid brown sauce. I had to force myself to finish it.

            Vatel killed himself because he believed he'd served the king a bad meal. If he'd served THIS to the king, the king would have killed HIM.

            I think this was a fluke and I'll go back again.

          2. re: LisaZee
            Brian S Sep 17, 2006 05:17 PM

            I hadnt been to Nyonya this year and in view of everyones comments I was kind of avoiding it. But I was trapped in the crowds of San Gennaro yesterday and Nyonya offered an escape. Man, it was good.

            I ordered fish head soup with rice noodles. The white milky soup had a clear sharp acidic flavor, clearing your head like a Tibetan prayer bell, and there were pickled veggies and slices of ginger to add contrasting notes of sour. Fried pieces of fish head completed the tonal symphony.

          3. wleatherette Sep 8, 2006 01:46 PM

            skyway. it's miles better than penang and nyonya.

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            1. re: wleatherette
              Pan Sep 8, 2006 10:17 PM

              Agreed completely. And Sanur, etc., etc.

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              Feed Me Sep 8, 2006 05:34 AM

              Jaya on Baxter St. - get their skate wings

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                Chandavkl Sep 8, 2006 12:37 AM

                Happy Joy, 25 Canal St., serves both Chinese and Malaysian food. Check the archives for a good review of the place.

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                  xigua Sep 8, 2006 12:34 AM

                  New Malaysia Restaurant (on Bowery, behind Yummy Noodles)
                  New Indonesia & Malaysia (18 Doyers St)They do kuehs in the day too.
                  Jaya (Baxter St)
                  All decent, cheap and not as far a walk as Skyway is from the Canal St subway stop

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                  1. re: xigua
                    ohny Sep 8, 2006 03:58 PM

                    I'll second the rec for New Indonesia and Malysia - a.ka. "Sanur". Sure, its a whole in the wall - but good eating. They have a great Roti Canai. :-)

                    1. re: xigua
                      welle Sep 8, 2006 04:02 PM

                      Third for Sanur - love, love their 'Assam' dishes. Get the 'over rice' version. Their bah kuh teh is great too.

                      1. re: xigua
                        Pan Sep 8, 2006 10:16 PM

                        Skyway is close to the East Broadway stop on the F train.

                      2. bolletje Sep 7, 2006 11:52 PM

                        Try Skyway at 11 Allen Street.
                        There's been a lot of discussion of it on this board.
                        It's very delicious.

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                        1. re: bolletje
                          kenito799 Sep 8, 2006 02:51 AM

                          definitely excellent, check out the threads on skyway, the best malaysian i have had

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                          Lucia Sep 7, 2006 11:44 PM


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