Cheap Eats 2008: 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.

Why go: Every meal at this DC eatery, with its far-reaching menu of exotic salads, curries, and stir-fries, has potential to yield a new favorite dish. While the Gilligan’s Island vibe has given way to a slightly more elegant look—lots of carved wooden artifacts from Malaysia—the food is as good as ever.

What to get: A spectacular lemongrass-scented salad of green mango and green apple tossed with crisp shredded squid and shallots; roti canai, flaky flatbread to dip in creamy coconut-based chicken curry; stir-fried watercress ramped up with fermented tofu; skate in a spicy-sour curry sauce.

Best for: A relaxing lunch or dinner with friends or coworkers who enjoy sharing.

Insider tip: For special occasions, chef Penny Phoon will put together an affordable multicourse feast for two or many, the latter in a private dining room.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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