Food

Cheap Eats 2010: Malaysia Kopitiam

100 places that offer great food at low prices.

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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Ann Limpert
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Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.