Penang Malaysian Cuisine

★★★★☆
  • 971 S Glendora Ave

    West Covina, CA 91790

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  • 626-338-6138

About Penang Malaysian Cuisine

Hours
Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm
3.7222 18
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Having moved here last year from the midwest, we had heard about this place but were reluctant to come by because of a disappointing experience we had with the Penang Restaurant in Chicago Chinatown.

But yesterday was our second time here since the first time we tried this place 2 weeks ago. We had to come back because of the good first time experience and the other dishes which we were dying to sample.

The food is pretty damn close to being "authentic". If I had to put a number on it I would say it was 90% authentic Malaysian food (I should know, I spent 20 years of my life there).

The wait staff were polite and accommodating, but since there were only 3 of them on a sunday night it got a little hectic for them. Luckily for us, we had come early before the mad rush began and so got our food within a reasonable amount of time.

Quibbles? There are always a few: The table was a little oily/sticky. Also, I had asked for medium spicy but got a mild spicy instead.

The prices are slightly above average but it was thoroughly worth it. I will definitely be coming back again.

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★★★★☆

Having moved here last year from the midwest, we had heard about this place but were reluctant to come by because of a disappointing experience we had with the Penang Restaurant in Chicago Chinatown.

But yesterday was our second time here since the first time we tried this place 2 weeks ago. We had to come back because of the good first time experience and the other dishes which we were dying to sample.

The food is pretty damn close to being "authentic". If I had to put a number on it I would say it was 90% authentic Malaysian food (I should know, I spent 20 years of my life there).

The wait staff were polite and accommodating, but since there were only 3 of them on a sunday night it got a little hectic for them. Luckily for us, we had come early before the mad rush began and so got our food within a reasonable amount of time.

Quibbles? There are always a few: The table was a little oily/sticky. Also, I had asked for medium spicy but got a mild spicy instead.

The prices are slightly above average but it was thoroughly worth it. I will definitely be coming back again.

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Pretty good Malaysian restaurant with interesting decor. The flavor is unique but not really authentic. But still pretty tasty.

3
★★★☆☆

Pretty good Malaysian restaurant with interesting decor. The flavor is unique but not really authentic. But still pretty tasty.

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Fantastic Malaysian food.
Wonderful service. The waitress knows us by name - and we only make it out once a month or so.
Wonderful comfort food. I recommend it to everyone.

2
★★★★★

Fantastic Malaysian food.
Wonderful service. The waitress knows us by name - and we only make it out once a month or so.
Wonderful comfort food. I recommend it to everyone.

Pros: Best Yong Tofu Curry and Cha Sieu Lo Mien

Cons: None

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The food here is great! It is the closest to authentic malaysian hawker food you will find in LA. I lived in penang for many years of my life and after moving to california was on a search for authentic malaysian food. Yes its not a 5 star restaurant...but the prices are great and the service is great. And if you want healthy non oily curry then make it your self! If your main concern is healthy food then go eat a carrot.

2
★★★★☆

The food here is great! It is the closest to authentic malaysian hawker food you will find in LA. I lived in penang for many years of my life and after moving to california was on a search for authentic malaysian food. Yes its not a 5 star restaurant...but the prices are great and the service is great. And if you want healthy non oily curry then make it your self! If your main concern is healthy food then go eat a carrot.

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We went there with a colleague who is Malaysian. My husband and I are super spicy junkies..in fact the spicier the better is our motto! I thought they could do a bit more in the customer service dept. OUr friend's wife had to get up to grab her own plate, the waitress was nowhere to be found.
The chicken satay and chicken rendang were very yummy. I wish they would switch to boneless white meat chicken for the rendang, make it easier to eat.
Overall, a good place especially since Los Angeles only has a handful Malaysian places compared to Thai and Chinese. Medium-expensive.

2
★★★★☆

We went there with a colleague who is Malaysian. My husband and I are super spicy junkies..in fact the spicier the better is our motto! I thought they could do a bit more in the customer service dept. OUr friend's wife had to get up to grab her own plate, the waitress was nowhere to be found.
The chicken satay and chicken rendang were very yummy. I wish they would switch to boneless white meat chicken for the rendang, make it easier to eat.
Overall, a good place especially since Los Angeles only has a handful Malaysian places compared to Thai and Chinese. Medium-expensive.

Pros: Ample parking

Cons: Closes at 9pm on a Sat. nite

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I'm Malaysian and I didn't like this place at all. They totally changed the way certain dishes were supposed to taste - especially the wanton noodle. It was horrible. Although the people were very nice, I didnt enjoy the food as much as I wanted to.

2
★★☆☆☆

I'm Malaysian and I didn't like this place at all. They totally changed the way certain dishes were supposed to taste - especially the wanton noodle. It was horrible. Although the people were very nice, I didnt enjoy the food as much as I wanted to.

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the food is okay, depending on what you order. they have this really good bread/pastry thing which i think is an appetizer. its really really tasty and you typically dip into one of your curry dishes.

3
★★★☆☆

the food is okay, depending on what you order. they have this really good bread/pastry thing which i think is an appetizer. its really really tasty and you typically dip into one of your curry dishes.

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I drove about 130 miles (in both directions) to go eat some Malaysian food. We were a regular at the Kaula Lampur Malaysian restaurant in Pasadena which served GREAT Malaysian food in a rather healthier manner. Unfortunately the restaurant has shut down (what a bummer!!!). Penang serves VERY oily food at a cheap price. Eventhough the food is prepared in a unhealthy manner, it isn't tasty enough.

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★★☆☆☆

I drove about 130 miles (in both directions) to go eat some Malaysian food. We were a regular at the Kaula Lampur Malaysian restaurant in Pasadena which served GREAT Malaysian food in a rather healthier manner. Unfortunately the restaurant has shut down (what a bummer!!!). Penang serves VERY oily food at a cheap price. Eventhough the food is prepared in a unhealthy manner, it isn't tasty enough.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Unhealthy food, below avg service, poor ambience

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My Malaysian friend was introduced me to this place over 2 years ago . I keep coming back for more! Every entries is bursting with flavor. I've taken almost every entries I know here at some point in time and almost all of them find it necessary to come back. The food is always fresh & flavorful. You cannot be disappointed here. This place is awesome!

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★★★★★

My Malaysian friend was introduced me to this place over 2 years ago . I keep coming back for more! Every entries is bursting with flavor. I've taken almost every entries I know here at some point in time and almost all of them find it necessary to come back. The food is always fresh & flavorful. You cannot be disappointed here. This place is awesome!

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I've actually never been to this one, but I wanted to know if this is the same "chain" as the ones that I've been to in NYC and/or Washington, DC? I've frequented these spots when I lived out East, and they were very "chic" restaurants; more ambience than flavor. The food wasn't bad, however at the DC restaurant (for instance) there is a Malaysian restaurant literally a few doors down from Penang, and the food at that restaurant (Malaysian Kopitiam) is stellar compared to Penang's. Just wondering if it's the same chain, and if so -- I find it a little weird that they have one in West Covina, but not in/around LA or West Hollywood (or even in Santa Monica or Venice).

1
★★★☆☆

I've actually never been to this one, but I wanted to know if this is the same "chain" as the ones that I've been to in NYC and/or Washington, DC? I've frequented these spots when I lived out East, and they were very "chic" restaurants; more ambience than flavor. The food wasn't bad, however at the DC restaurant (for instance) there is a Malaysian restaurant literally a few doors down from Penang, and the food at that restaurant (Malaysian Kopitiam) is stellar compared to Penang's. Just wondering if it's the same chain, and if so -- I find it a little weird that they have one in West Covina, but not in/around LA or West Hollywood (or even in Santa Monica or Venice).

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I eat at Penang since they open. I read the other review but for me it same taste as when I eat three years ago at penang. Their menu offers more variety than before. Now they open one in Las Vegas and it as good as one in west covina. I still think penang is the place to try for the best Malaysian food in Los Angeles area.

2
★★★★★

I eat at Penang since they open. I read the other review but for me it same taste as when I eat three years ago at penang. Their menu offers more variety than before. Now they open one in Las Vegas and it as good as one in west covina. I still think penang is the place to try for the best Malaysian food in Los Angeles area.

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The service here is so bad! One of the servers (a rather big guy) took our order and gave us something totally different. We told him that it is the wrong order but he blamed it on us. When I say "blamed it on us," what he did was point a finger at me and said, "YOU ordered this." What kind of a service is that?

The food was also really bad. The hainan chicken did not taste like chicken either. The leg tasted like the breast! The naan with curry was totally tasteless and for some reason, the ong choi we ordered was super spicey.

We couldn't finish the food so we asked them for a togo box. Other people got given boxes where they packed their own food but this server just took our place and packed it for us. Normally, I would just let them but in a restaurant with service as bad as this, I am unable to trust them with my food. Who knows if she added "extra stuff" in there?

I do not recommend this restaurant at all. I mean, with the service AND the food as bad as that, why go?

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★☆☆☆☆

The service here is so bad! One of the servers (a rather big guy) took our order and gave us something totally different. We told him that it is the wrong order but he blamed it on us. When I say "blamed it on us," what he did was point a finger at me and said, "YOU ordered this." What kind of a service is that?

The food was also really bad. The hainan chicken did not taste like chicken either. The leg tasted like the breast! The naan with curry was totally tasteless and for some reason, the ong choi we ordered was super spicey.

We couldn't finish the food so we asked them for a togo box. Other people got given boxes where they packed their own food but this server just took our place and packed it for us. Normally, I would just let them but in a restaurant with service as bad as this, I am unable to trust them with my food. Who knows if she added "extra stuff" in there?

I do not recommend this restaurant at all. I mean, with the service AND the food as bad as that, why go?

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I've eaten in dozens of Malaysian restaurants and stalls in the U.S. and in Malaysia, and Penang BY FAR has the worst food of them all. Perhaps they've cut costs since the glowing reviews from 2003 and 2005.
The beef rendang is gristly and overcooked - the result is meat with the consistency of thick gelatin which sits like a brick in your stomach for the rest of the day. In the few bites I could endure, I couldn't detect any coconut flavor at all; coconut milk is supposed to be one of the main ingredients of this dish!
The mee goreng is below average - the noodles are pasty and sticky; what'd you'd expect from cheap chinese takeout, not a staple Malaysian dish.

There are many other Malaysian and Indonesian restaurants in the L.A. area that are far better than this disappointing establishment; I recommend trying these before you brave the food (and did I mention the service) here.

1
★★☆☆☆

I've eaten in dozens of Malaysian restaurants and stalls in the U.S. and in Malaysia, and Penang BY FAR has the worst food of them all. Perhaps they've cut costs since the glowing reviews from 2003 and 2005.
The beef rendang is gristly and overcooked - the result is meat with the consistency of thick gelatin which sits like a brick in your stomach for the rest of the day. In the few bites I could endure, I couldn't detect any coconut flavor at all; coconut milk is supposed to be one of the main ingredients of this dish!
The mee goreng is below average - the noodles are pasty and sticky; what'd you'd expect from cheap chinese takeout, not a staple Malaysian dish.

There are many other Malaysian and Indonesian restaurants in the L.A. area that are far better than this disappointing establishment; I recommend trying these before you brave the food (and did I mention the service) here.

Cons: food, service

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We went to a dinner party here. They served it buffet style. It looks like the servers weren't prepared for this type of serving. We were all cramped in the back. My friend hosting the party looked really stressed about it. She tried to ask the owner for more space to sit people, but he said NO. He said he had a business to run so he needed as much space as possible. The worst part is that the rest of the restaurant never filled up. There was never a wait for the other customers. I know they paid for a lot money for the food and service but it looks like the owner was just greedy. It was hot and humid, maybe they wanted you to feel like you were in Malaysia. Everyone was fanning themselves with the paper. You could see sweat on people's faces before the food was served. We waited over an hour for the food. It was good food though, my favorites were the coconut chicken and kang kung with garlic. All the dishes were really authetic malaysian food. The pandan ayam, penang char kway teow, hainese chicken, penang jumbo shrimp were some other really great dishes. The food was really great, but some of the food ran out quickly while others were overflowing. I would think the food should always be replenished at a buffett. I guess I would probably eat there again but NEVER have a dinner party there.

2
★★★★☆

We went to a dinner party here. They served it buffet style. It looks like the servers weren't prepared for this type of serving. We were all cramped in the back. My friend hosting the party looked really stressed about it. She tried to ask the owner for more space to sit people, but he said NO. He said he had a business to run so he needed as much space as possible. The worst part is that the rest of the restaurant never filled up. There was never a wait for the other customers. I know they paid for a lot money for the food and service but it looks like the owner was just greedy. It was hot and humid, maybe they wanted you to feel like you were in Malaysia. Everyone was fanning themselves with the paper. You could see sweat on people's faces before the food was served. We waited over an hour for the food. It was good food though, my favorites were the coconut chicken and kang kung with garlic. All the dishes were really authetic malaysian food. The pandan ayam, penang char kway teow, hainese chicken, penang jumbo shrimp were some other really great dishes. The food was really great, but some of the food ran out quickly while others were overflowing. I would think the food should always be replenished at a buffett. I guess I would probably eat there again but NEVER have a dinner party there.

Pros: authentic food

Cons: moderate service, bad for group events

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It's spicy the way a real Malaysian food should be!!!
Let them cook the right way, which is spicy!!! That's how South-East asian foods are SPICY!!! Lot of real chillis stuffs that burn out your tongue!!!!
The decoration is very trendy, lot of high-tech lighting mix with traditional art work!!!
Service is very attentive.
The only drawback is the location. It's hidden in a small Hong Kong super-market complex in West Covina. Most people may not notice it.

2
★★★★★

It's spicy the way a real Malaysian food should be!!!
Let them cook the right way, which is spicy!!! That's how South-East asian foods are SPICY!!! Lot of real chillis stuffs that burn out your tongue!!!!
The decoration is very trendy, lot of high-tech lighting mix with traditional art work!!!
Service is very attentive.
The only drawback is the location. It's hidden in a small Hong Kong super-market complex in West Covina. Most people may not notice it.

Pros: Spicy foods, Decoration.

Cons: Location.

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Penang is probably the best Malaysian food in Los Angeles including a large selection of authentic country-style food. The prices are reasonable and the food is always fresh. The Mango Shrimp at Penang is the best sweet and sour dish I have ever had. I also found the homemade tofu with lobster sauce so good that I couldn't resist ordering it repeatedly and haven't yet explored the menu as much as I wish. The atmosphere is clean and pleasant with unusual lighting fixtures that provide a modern feel to contrast with the rustic food. For city-style Malaysian food, I recommend Kuala Lampur in Pasadena. There is surprisingly little overlap between the menus of these two restaurants.

PROS: Stunningly great food, excellent prices
CONS: none

5
★★★★★

Penang is probably the best Malaysian food in Los Angeles including a large selection of authentic country-style food. The prices are reasonable and the food is always fresh. The Mango Shrimp at Penang is the best sweet and sour dish I have ever had. I also found the homemade tofu with lobster sauce so good that I couldn't resist ordering it repeatedly and haven't yet explored the menu as much as I wish. The atmosphere is clean and pleasant with unusual lighting fixtures that provide a modern feel to contrast with the rustic food. For city-style Malaysian food, I recommend Kuala Lampur in Pasadena. There is surprisingly little overlap between the menus of these two restaurants.

PROS: Stunningly great food, excellent prices
CONS: none

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Finally, a good Malaysian place in the LA area! This was my favorite restaurant back in Boston, and I was so excited that they opened one here. My friends and I ventured 45 miles across town to try it out, and it certainly did not disappoint! The food here is not as spicy as they were in the East Coast counterparts, but still very flavorful. Must try the Roti Canai and Beef Rendang!

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★★★★★

Finally, a good Malaysian place in the LA area! This was my favorite restaurant back in Boston, and I was so excited that they opened one here. My friends and I ventured 45 miles across town to try it out, and it certainly did not disappoint! The food here is not as spicy as they were in the East Coast counterparts, but still very flavorful. Must try the Roti Canai and Beef Rendang!

Pros: wide selection, authentic, just plain good

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no kidding. this place rocks. they have authentic roti chanai and mee goreng. i didn't get the satay, but it's on my list for next time. good ais kachang, too! service was great, oh! and they had the new butter-fried prawns that i had in KL last fall. amazing. :oP my new fav malaysian restaurant! parking was alright at 6pm on a friday, but i'd consider reservations for peak hours.

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★★★★★

no kidding. this place rocks. they have authentic roti chanai and mee goreng. i didn't get the satay, but it's on my list for next time. good ais kachang, too! service was great, oh! and they had the new butter-fried prawns that i had in KL last fall. amazing. :oP my new fav malaysian restaurant! parking was alright at 6pm on a friday, but i'd consider reservations for peak hours.

Pros: great food, authentic, good service

 

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