117 N 10th St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910739.954088 -75.156088
Mon. - Sun. 11am - 1am
Neighborhoods: Center City East, Center City
malay oh yay! – hahaha. serious tho. this place isn't too bad. price was decent, service was fine...small portion tho. but it's a nice cozy place. always order the indian bread, curry chicken, and the indian noodles (forgot what it was called). Ask for the yellow rice-tasty stuff. Gets a bit crowded on the weekend. i think they only take credit card. could be wrong.
late night munchies – wonderful noodle dishes and warm tea that end your night out the right way. Open til 3am on weekends.
I agree with the other reviewer--why go to a yuppie chain restaurant when there are plenty of other (and better) places to go.... on the same block. You're already in chinatown!
love the malaysian – it's kind of quaint that this small chain is in chinatown. makes it seem a little more authentic. the food is great and while it did take a little while to get seated, the service once we were seated was good. definitely recommend the roti and the mango chicken. the dishes marked as hot weren't really so if you want it hot, you should probably ask them to make it extra hot.
Ignore the bad reviews! – You notice that the few bad reviews of this restaurant never mention that the food is bad? That's because the food is INCREDIBLE and you cannot say anything negative about what to me was pretty much perfection. Usually I prefer Thai food to all other types of Asian cuisine but that was before Penang. Say what you want about it being a "yuppie" hot spot or personal stories of bad service or table wait times. You'll forget about all that the minute you stop complaining and start eating. This is hands down the best asian food I've ever had in my entire life. I don't even live in Philly anymore and I still find myself thinking about Penang. My advice for dessert if you're adventurous.....try the Chandol.
Many better places nearby – Why go to an over-priced yuppie-trap when there are dozens of great restaurants nearby in Chinatown where you can get much better food at lower prices. I admit that Penang has better decor than most, but the service is terrible.
Good intentions, rude results – I went with a group of 8 visiting from NYC. I have not yet been to Penang's NYC locations. When I ordered asam laksa, the waitress told me that I did not want it. I told her I know it's extremely hot and has a very intense fish flavor, both aspects I enjoy. It looked to be to my taste. Yet she refused. I asked her to come around to me again, and three times she refused to serve me my order. I finally gave in, ordered another dish. I understand her concern and appreciate that she lets customers know when they might be getting into deep anchovy sauce, but when I made it clear to her I understood what I was ordering THRICE, her concern turned into rudeness. I will go to a NYC location, try again, and greatly hope I will not be turned down again on appearance.
The food was excellent. The vegetarian dishes are preety good.
Super Food – I moved to Philly three weeks ago from San Francisco and I've already been to Penang five times! The food is very good and rivals Nyonya. Recs: Roti Canai, Beef Redang
Couldn't get cheaper than this – It's quick and good Asian food- perfect for a bite before a movie. Try the soups or noodle dishes.
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