Penang is a place that was recommended to me in Chinatown by a friend who is easily wigged out sometimes by the unkempt appearance of restaurants in Philly’s Chinatown. I finally got around to trying it last weekend and I was not disappointed. He was right, it is very clean inside.
It is a chain, which is odd for Chinatown, with locations in Philadelphia, Boston and New York that features “Malaysian Cuisine”.
We were seated quickly, without a reservation of any kind, at 8 pm on Saturday night. Parking garages are plentiful in Chinatown, if a little expensive ($16-$20 for the evening).
I started off with a plate of fried appetizers consisting of shrimp, pork and tofu. All of it was very good, though the tails were left on the shrimp and it was baked into some kind of bread so I had to pick at it before I would eat it (I don’t eat shells, sorry). Unfortunately, the menu is not online and I didn’t bother to note the name of the dish. It came with two sauces, one sweet and one a little spicy. I enjoyed it. (more…)