Malaysia Kopitiam

1827 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20036


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.

Cheap Eats 2009: Malaysia Kopitiam

Great food, low prices, lots of fun

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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