82-84 Broadway, Elmhurst; 872-7380
(also in Manhattan, Flushing and the latest at 14 Berry Hill Rd., Syosset
small shopping center lot or curbside
7 days a week
small, popular purveyor of Malaysian cuisine offers a menu that reflects
the Malaysian mix of cultures. The modern population includes Thai,
Indian, Chinese, Indonesians and Arabs. Religions which also affect the
cuisine include Muslim, Hindu and Buddhism. Cuisine is also related to
climate with spicier foods served in tropical climates. Penang is located
in an interesting enclave of Asian restaurants including Chinese,
Vietnamese and Thai and offers a fusion cuisine enjoyable by all. Because
of its popularity, the small parking lot may overflow into hard-to-find
entering Penang, you are immediately served with a pot of hot tea. The
waitresses in native costume will readily take your order by numbers on
the menu if you have a problem pronouncing the names of the dishes clearly
described in English. We started with # 1, the famed and favorite
Malaysian specialty, Roti Canai ($1.95), which is prepared as you watch.
The open kitchen enables you to admire the dexterity of the cook in
preparing this crepe-like thin pancake to be served hot with a slightly
spicy curry/chicken dipping sauce.
Satay (#4) was our next dish because it also is a Malaysian specialty;
marinated buds of beef or chicken on skewers, charcoal grilled to order
and served with a special peanut sauce for dipping. Although thoughtfully
designated on the menu as a spicy dish (with a small red pepper beside the
number), it was not too spicy for our taste.
long list of house specialties (#70 thru #86) include Kambing Rendang
(lamb, coconut milk and chilies cooked over low heat) and Karti Ikan
Kepala (fresh fish head with lemon grass paste in spicy red curry). From
the beef section of the menu we ordered (#101) Beef with ginger and
Scallions with Brown Sauce ($8.95). This flavorful dish of chewy beef was
also enough for two and served piping hot from the kitchen.
offerings include Spicy Thai Chicken ($8.50) and not spicy Pepai Duck
(1/2) for $9.50. The seafood section of the menu offers many different
fishes all prepared to order in different styles and with different sauces
such as hot bean sauce, ginger sauce etc. There is also an assortment of
shellfish dishes. For vegetarians, we suggest the Malaysian Buddhist
Delight- a dish full of mixed vegetables, bean curd slices, mushrooms and
the Cook’s special sauce ($7.95). Steamed white rice with any order is
an extra 50 cents. Casseroles include lamb, beef, jumbo shrimp or even
chicken feet with Chinese mushrooms.
and special drinks are listed. Included are Peanut pancakes ($3.50), ABC
or Ice Kacang (shaved ice with red bean, corn, palm seeds, jelly, red rose
syrup and coconut milk) for $1.95. The Lychee Drink is $1.95.
your culinary visit to Malaysia.