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Pinang at Faneuil Hall

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Pinang at Faneuil Hall

sushimom | Jan 5, 2003 08:33 PM

We went to Pinang in Faneuil Hall for lunch on Saturday and had a good meal. They've been open since October and got fairly good press in the Globe recently. On a slushy Saturday we had the place to ourselves. We started with Roti Canai (a freshly made "Indian pancake" with a nice chewiness to it) with a delicious coconut chicken curry dipping sauce, Indian Rojak (also called Malaysian salad) which was enough for 4 and included jicama, tofu fritters, beansprouts, cucumber, hard boiled egg and a warm peanut sauce, and Kerabu Mango which was shredded green mango with shallots and dried shrimp. It's acidity was great when eaten with the Malaysian salad, which was on the sweet side. For entrees (although we were FULL after the appetizers) we had Curried Chicken which was a nice complex curry without much heat, Nasi Lemak which was a combination platter of coconut rice, achat, anchovies, curried chicken, cucumbers and hard boiled eggs (delicious when all eaten on one fork), and "Shrimp with Ladies Fingers Malaysian Style" which was the best dish of all. It was sauteed shrimp in a spicy Malaysian shrimp sauce with tons of perfectly cooked okra. The okra was just outstanding. It was tender but not too soft, brilliant green, a tad fuzzy, and a great foil for the small quantity of dried shrimp sauce.
The service was very attentive and friendly and the flavors were way more authentic than I would have expected for the location. They have 2 menus. Ask for the more extensive one (it has everything on the regular menu, plus some more exotic/authentic dishes). The tab for 3 appetizers and 3 entrees was $40 and it was tons of food. We'll be back.

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