The Penang Malaysian Restaurant offers Malaysian and Thai cuisine at 4933 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda MD 20814. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. The name of the restaurant is derived from one of the 13 states of Malaysia.
The traditional culinary style of the region is influenced by three major Asian groups – Malay, Chinese and Indian. The restaurant takes pride that every dish is prepared by native chefs. The extensive menu features more than 100 authentic Malaysian, Thai, Indian, and Chinese dishes.
The interior of the Penang restaurant is spacious. The tables and chairs are made of solid hardwood and the floor is paved with ceramic tiles. The bar is decorated with lamps hanging from an unfinished ceiling.
I visited the Penang for the lunch special. It includes a bowl of the soup of the day, an appetizer and a soft drink. The Tom Yum lemon-grass soup provided a spicy start to the meal. The following pictures illustrate the main courses.
Roti Telur is a traditional Indian pancake stuffed with egg, onion and chili. A curry sauce with potatoes and chicken is used for dipping. This is a very tasty dish, and very filling for an appetizer.
The Broccoli Brown Garlic Sauce is served with chicken, beef or shrimp.
The Curry Rendang is a traditional Malaysian dish cooked at low heat with lemon-grass and spices such as cloves and cinnamon. The meat is then simmered in a rich coconut milk.
The Black Bean Sauce is used to garnish chicken, beef or seafood. This is a Chinese-style dish with green and red peppers, onions and scallions.
Deep fried crispy squid with onion and bell peppers. This squid is spicy and crunchy.
A sizzling dish with black bean paste sauteed with onion, bell peppers and scallion. You have a choice of chicken, beef or shrimp.
The Pulut Hitam dessert is a black sticky rice with a creamy sugar and coconut milk sauce.
I have visited the Penang restaurant in Bethesda twice, and I have been pleased both times.
Call the Penang Malaysian restaurant at 301-657-2878. Find more information about the restaurant at its web site: www.penangmaryland.com/