Cheap Eats 2007: Malaysia Kopitiam
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Malaysia Kopitiam
Address: 1827 M St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-833-6232
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: Malaysian/Indonesian
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 10, Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 11, Sunday noon to 10.
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle, Farragut North
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Green mango and squid salad; po pia, spring rolls; chicken satay; curry puffs; stuffed lotus root; roti canai; stir-fried watercress with fermented tofu; skate in curry sauce.

The menu, a binder with photographs and descriptions of dishes, may seem like something you’d find in places serving fruity cocktails in coconut shells. But start reading and you realize this is no pu-pu-platter joyride but a serious roster of Malaysian cuisine. It’s also one of the few legitimate bargains in downtown DC.

If owner Leslie Phoon is circulating, get his help assembling a feast from wife Penny’s kitchen. Otherwise, try for a balance of dishes. Roti canai, which pairs a chewy Indian flatbread with a velvety coconut-chicken curry, and spicy tamarind beef with okra and eggplant are good choices among the stews.

Roasted dishes like satay lamb, whole chicken stuffed with Chinese sausage, herbs, and shrimp, and lotus root stuffed with chicken, shrimp, and parsley are ideal for chasing the richness of all the curries.

For a sweet finish, try shaved ice drizzled with red-bean syrup and creamed corn.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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