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The Old Penang in Flushing Lives On!

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The Old Penang in Flushing Lives On!

Jim Leff | May 5, 2005 01:16 AM

If this has been noted before, I apologize.

Penang restaurants are real variable, but the first one in Flushing was always a rock in quality. Then it closed, to much lamentation.

The Thai/Malaysian that opened in its place does so-so Thai (by the area's ever-raising Thai standards), but the Malaysian's still on. And I understand it's the old Penang chef.

The menu may be a bit lighter on real esoteric Malaysian dishes, but all the main faves (roti canai, chicken rice, fish head soup, et al) are still there.

And who knows, maybe some of the Thai stuff's good. I had a larb that was slightly too sweet, but I'm a harsh critic because I've been eating at Zabb which makes the best larb of my life. The Thai chef is another guy - literally a Thai chef. I need to try more stuff.

Anyway, I'm real happy, and the crowds of Malaysians and Chinese (no Thais) looked happy, too.

Don't miss mi goreng noodles (with potatoes!!). Also, they do a roti canai were the roti is stuffed with scrambled eggs. It is amazingly, mind-bendingly like a version of roti made by Mina at Angon...but you dit it into chicken/potato curry. God.

Oyster omelet was a deal at $8, but the oysters were on the cusp of non-freshness. Delicious, still, but just by a hair. Skip the stuffed chicken wings (ALWAYS skip stuffed chicken wings unless made by Cambodians; eat as I say, not as I do).

ciao

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