Penang is located on the corner of Cermak & Wentworth, which makes it less than ½ block from the Chinatown parking lot and the Red line L stop at Chinatown.
Penang supposedly has good sushi, but Ive never had it here, I go for the Malaysian cuisine because it is one of the few spots in Chicago that serve it.
Starter was a dish called Pasembur a shrimp pancake w/shredded cucumber, jicama, bean sprouts and sliced hard boiled eggs. The dish was just ok, but when I had a bite w/some of the hard boiled egg in it, the dish became really good. Dont know how to explain that.
Got a dish to go for my wife, but of course had to try it. The Char Kway Teow was fried rice noodles w/fresh shrimp, squid, bean sprouts, eggs, soy sauce and chili paste. Think a spicier, less sweet version of Pad Thai. Very good dish.
My entrée was the stir fried pork intestines w/chili and pineapple. Great dish, I usually do not dine on intestines but felt like something out of the ordinary. The intestines were flash fried so they had a crispy exterior w/the yummy pork interior, great flavor. It was served w/a chilli paste sauce and chunks of pineapple.
One thing about Penang if you like spice is to request more of it. The dishes that have a chili pepper next to them are served Western style w/VERY VERY low levels of spice, almost none. So if you like spice ask them to kick it up a notch or two or three.
2201 S. Wentworth Ave