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lskohn Dec 18, 2007 07:56 AM

Wow - nothing comes up on a search so...has anyone experiences to report for the Panang Restaurant in Chinatown (not the similarly named Thai restaurant on Chicago Av)??? The Chinatown one has Malaysian food, and I am thinking of trying it. Thanks.

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    amoncada Dec 18, 2007 12:07 PM

    I've tried both the Penang in Chinatown and the Penang on Chicago Avenue, plus the one in New York. Unfortunately there are no authentic Malaysian/Indonesian restaurants in Chicago. I've been to a couple in New York and absolutely loved the cuisine. I went to the Malaysian Fest in Daley Plaza a few months ago and asked the Malaysian organizers if they could recommend a decent restaurant that serves their native eats. I came up cold.

    Your best bet for finding this incredible food is to crash one of the Malaysian parties.

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      Ling Ling Dec 19, 2007 07:35 PM

      I've eaten there 3 times total at the Chinatown Panang since they've opened. Each time, I tell myself... I'm not coming back here again and as you can tell... I forget, go back and make the same vow. Only, this time... I remembered!
      The food was very oily/greasy/heavy even when I ordered a dish that seemed relatively healthy (fish, vegs, mild spicy). The service was not so good. We were one of four tables during dinner time on a Thursday night. It was as if we were intruding on their time. Forget asking for more tea or water.
      I would say... sorry... For Malaysian food, try looking elsewhere. Panang is overpriced, not that tasty with smaller portions and lacks good service.

      1. Eaterlover Dec 20, 2007 06:51 AM

        Definitely siding with Ling Ling here. The food is ultra greasy, but I chalk it up to my not being with familiar enough with Malaysian cuisine (the malaysian I had in London was the same way.)

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