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Rich Pawlak | | Aug 20, 2001 11:22 PM

17 brave souls took to PENANG tonight in search of good food and we found it!

Much thanks to all who attended and great big BOOS! to the 5 of you who no-showed (without even a phone call or e-mail!) For shame! You missed a hell of a repast: 13 dishes including dessert, full of flavor and big bold tastes!

My faves from the night:

Perfect greasless shrimp puffs. What shrimp toast wants to be when it grows up.

Beef Satay. Tender and perfect, with the best peanut sauce anywhere.

Roti Telur. Simple crepes folded around potatoes and red onion, dipped into a curried chicken sauce. Wow.

Buddhist Vegetables. Earthy aromatic sauce and dark mysterious vegetables. Delish.

Spicy Fried Squid. Some of the very best squid I have ever had, perfectly sweet and tender, with a sneaky spicy dusting of pure hellfire.

Mee Siam. The thinnest of noodles full of shrimp and more hellfire and some damnation. Damn good.

Kang Kung Balacong. Asian greens sauteed with shrimp paste and peanuts, I think. Irresistable and unusual.

Those were my faves. But the best thing was the mixed company. So many different personalities, so little time. And the fellow from Arizona had at least 20 of his own.

Thanks to all who attended!

Look for the announcement of the next dinner in September, to be co-hosted by Andrew Harris and Lauren Seltzer, rumor has it.

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