East Hanover, NJ 07936
- Cost: $$
November 14, 2010
In a Route 10 shopping center alongside Don Jose and an Asian food market (Kam Man), Penang is one of a dozen or so Penang restaurants serving malaysian/thai cuisine in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. There are at least five in New Jersey, including Edison, Lodi and Princeton. The East Hanover branch is sleek and comfortable, and quite busy on weekends.
I’m new to Malaysian cuisine, but if I had to describe it based on our meal at Penang, I’d say Malaysian is similar to Thai food, but sweeter, and with an emphasis on seafood. The Roti Canai (crispy pancake) with curry chicken dipping sauce makes a tasty appetizer. For entrees, we tried Singapore Noodles – fat rice noodles in a slightly sweet sauce- and Sambal Udang – a decent spicy-sweet shrimp dish. Order the Pulut Hitam (black sticky rice with coconut milk) for dessert and take rice pudding to another level.
I’m looking forward to finding and trying more Malaysian food.