Cheap Eats 2010: Malaysia Kopitiam
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 17, 2010
Cheap Eats 2010
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: This subterranean restaurant offers one of downtown DC’s best dining deals. The kitchen mingles Thai, Vietnamese, and Indonesian cuisines—a few selections from the outstanding appetizer section could make a meal on their own.

What to get: Roti canai, flaky flatbread with a chicken-curry dip; po pia, spring rolls with eggs, jícama, and hoisin; chicken satay; hearty potato-filled curry puffs; watercress in fermented-tofu broth; spicy-sweet salad of green apples, mango, and crisp squid flakes; stuffed lotus root, which has the texture and crunch of water chestnuts.

Best for: An office lunch that will get you talking about something other than work.

Insider tip: Washington offers few opportunities to sample Malaysian cuisine. For the uninitiated, a picture menu helps sort things out.

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