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Dec 21, 2008 10:56 AM

Penang Malaysian Cuisine

In tough economic times as these, restaurants seems to be doing poorly. is supposed to start a new "Rally Cry" list to replace its "Deathwatch" list, and I hope that us chowhounders can do something similar for those restaurants that we love.

I'd like to encourage everyone to patronize Penang Malaysian Cuisine (987 S Glendora Ave,
West Covina, CA 91790-4263). I went this past weekend and it was very quiet. The restaurant has apparently changed owners, but the menu seems to be untouched and the food was still quite good. IMHO, I think it's the best Malaysian food in our area and so I'd hate to see it go.

The reason it's doing poorly is that the anchor tenant in the strip mall, a Hong Kong Supermarket, closed about two months ago. So, the whole shopping center is much more quiet than it has been in the past.

Salt and Pepper Shrimp, which was on the list of specials that day, was quite good. Roti chanai was as good as ever. The oyster omelette was ok, but they used canned oysters instead of fresh ones that day.

Incidentally, the little food court next to the supermarket is still open. Satay Fong has now changed name to "... Nikmat" (I can't remember the first name.). We didn't try their Indonesian food, though, so not sure if the quality of food is the same or not. There is a new Filipino food stall there now.

Happy holidays!

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  1. Hi brahms, thanks for the heads up. I just got back from some epic eating in KL. Will definitely try to hit Penang Malaysian Cuisine.

    I am still lamenting the loss of Kuala Lumpur in Old Town Pasadena few years back....

    1. Being from Penang myself, I would love to check this place out based on your recommendations. Quoting J.L., I was very heart broken to find out that "Kuala Lumpur" is no longer in business. If they have a good "Char Keow Teow," I'm sold...

      1. Well, it's been two years since I hit Penang, and I was just thinking the other day how nice it would be to go back. But then I remembered how mediocre my last visit was:

        If I find myself in the area, I'll give it a shot. Otherwise, I'll just have to fondly remember better times...

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        1. re: Joe Blowe

          Joe Blowe--some items are better than others, of course. And the food in Malaysia is a whole other level. Stick with the items you liked, avoid the ones that aren't as traditional.

          MengMacFoodie--Yeah, I was saddened by the loss of "Kuala Lumpur" in Pasadena, as I live just a few minutes from there. But, there were fewer things that I liked there than I do at this place. Their Char Keow Teow isn't bad, though a little oily. If only they also had "see ham" (cockles) in their CKT........