Cheap Eats 2009: Malaysia Kopitiam
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 22, 2009
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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: If the Asian needlepoint and carved wood don’t transport you, the food—a complex intersection of Thai, Vietnamese, and Indonesian cuisines—will.

What to get: A spicy-sweet salad of tart green apples, mango, and crispy squid flakes; roti canai, chicken curry with a thick, tortilla-like bread for dipping; po pia, spring rolls with eggs, jícama, and a slathering of hoisin; watercress in fermented-tofu broth.

Best for: A good, quick seated lunch in downtown DC.

Insider tip: Sample the big menu by making a meal of appetizers—most are under $8.

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