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Beyond the Basics at Penang?

I've been going to Penang for years and usually get the same standby dishes--Buddhist yam pot; mango chicken (or shrimp); nasi lemak; roti canai. I've also seen recs on this board for the mee siam and the eggplant with basil, as well as the bone-in chicken curry.

But their menu is so enormous that I'm sure I'm missing some great dishes. Any recommendations for other excellent things to eat at Penang? Thanks!

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  1. I do the same thing at Penang that I do at other restaurants: don't actually order anything off the menu. Just tell the chef or waiter to kill me.

    They usually get it.

    1. They used to have an appetizer of raw cuttlefish in peanut sauce; if they still have it, get it. Also, their whole steamed fish used to be excellent.

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      1. re: galleygirl

        second the cuttlefish with peanut sauce and chinese watercress - though i'm sure that the cuttlefish is not raw.
        other picks - achat, chow kueh teau, indian mee goreng, mee siam, claypot noodles, prawn mee, penang assam fish head claypot, nasi lemak, beef rendang, shrimp with okra, malaysian buddhist, kangkung belachan, penang dried curry squid, steamed bass teau chew style, sizzling japanese bean curd with pork and shrimp.

      2. Like you, I order the same dish every time I'm at Penang - their Seafood Tom Yum Noodle Soup.

        1. watermelon drink
          (bone-in) chicken curry
          hainanese chicken
          hainanese chicken rice
          beef rendang
          chow kueh teow
          hokkien char mee
          indian mee goreng
          mee siam
          nasi lemak
          kang kung belachan
          whole fish in belachan sauce
          frog legs with ginger and scallion

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          1. re: galangatron

            Thanks for all the great suggestions! I'm heading there tonight and will try at least one or two of these ideas!

          2. the tom yum seafood soup, the squid in house sauce I think (sorry i'm not sure of the name but is a black beany kind of squid) and the whole fish - yummm