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Penang, Chapel Hill NC

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Penang, Chapel Hill NC

Nab | Aug 9, 2005 12:50 PM

If you've never been, don't go. I've only been to 2 others - Boston Chinatown & the original in NYC - and this one is without a doubt the worst. The Boston one used to be good and apparently the original Flushing one has gone downhill too.

Roti canai appetizer is still tasty, although the curry was far too thin for my liking.

Chow Kueh Teow (flat noodles w/ shrimp, squid, eggs, etc) was quite possibly the most bland thing I have eaten in years. No heat, no salt, no nothing. It was even hard for me to doctor it up at home to make it palatable. There were like 3-4 miniscule pieces of squid and about 3 shrimps with a horrid texture, and then a huge pile of flavorless noodles.

Beef rendang was nice and tender, but also very mild on spicing. Unable to detect any lemongrass or coconut or much of anything else. I basically turned this dish into a Pakistanian-style curry at home, which made it pretty damn good if I do say so myself.

Fortunately, a gift card prevented me from spending my own dime on this meal.

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