In tough economic times as these, restaurants seems to be doing poorly. Eater.la is supposed to start a new "Rally Cry" list to replace its "Deathwatch" list, and I hope that us chowhounders can do something similar for those restaurants that we love.
I'd like to encourage everyone to patronize Penang Malaysian Cuisine (987 S Glendora Ave,
West Covina, CA 91790-4263). I went this past weekend and it was very quiet. The restaurant has apparently changed owners, but the menu seems to be untouched and the food was still quite good. IMHO, I think it's the best Malaysian food in our area and so I'd hate to see it go.
The reason it's doing poorly is that the anchor tenant in the strip mall, a Hong Kong Supermarket, closed about two months ago. So, the whole shopping center is much more quiet than it has been in the past.
Salt and Pepper Shrimp, which was on the list of specials that day, was quite good. Roti chanai was as good as ever. The oyster omelette was ok, but they used canned oysters instead of fresh ones that day.
Incidentally, the little food court next to the supermarket is still open. Satay Fong has now changed name to "... Nikmat" (I can't remember the first name.). We didn't try their Indonesian food, though, so not sure if the quality of food is the same or not. There is a new Filipino food stall there now.