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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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    Lucia RE: flight3023 Sep 7, 2006 11:44 PM


    1. bolletje RE: flight3023 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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        kenito799 RE: bolletje Sep 8, 2006 02:51 AM

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

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        xigua RE: flight3023 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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          ohny RE: xigua 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. :-)

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            welle RE: xigua 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.

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              Pan RE: xigua Sep 8, 2006 10:16 PM

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

            2. Chandavkl RE: flight3023 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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                Feed Me RE: flight3023 Sep 8, 2006 05:34 AM

                Jaya on Baxter St. - get their skate wings

                1. wleatherette RE: flight3023 Sep 8, 2006 01:46 PM

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

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                    Pan RE: wleatherette Sep 8, 2006 10:17 PM

                    Agreed completely. And Sanur, etc., etc.

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                    LisaZee RE: flight3023 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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                      Brian S RE: LisaZee 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 RE: 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.

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                        Brian S RE: LisaZee 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. Brian S RE: flight3023 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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                          csw RE: Brian S Sep 18, 2006 02:04 AM

                          Try new Indonesia and Malaysia on doyer?

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                            Brian S RE: csw 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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                          Marco RE: flight3023 Sep 18, 2006 12:41 AM

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

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