Penang Malaysian

Chicago, Illinois

Closed as of Mar 1 09

2201 S. Wentworth Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616


3.4 / 2 votes

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Malaysian cuisine in Chicago's Chinatown

Penang Malaysian (not affiliated with other Penang restaurants) features an extensive menu of Malaysian cuisine, which is usually traditional Malay food with Indian and Chinese influences. They also offer a sushi bar if nothing on the menu appeals.

The restaurant has a large interior with a sort of tropical-inspired decor, and it is appropriate for both large and small groups. Reservations are recommended for larger groups, especially on the weekend nights when things get very busy.

The veg options tend to be limited, but asking the servers will usually help you arrive at a veg-friendly choice.

Added by JEC on Dec 25 05 (last updated May 5 11)

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There aren't a lot of vegan options at Penang Malaysian, but the dishes that are vegan are really good. The mango tofu is incredible - chunks of tofu and mango in a delicious sauce served in a carved out mango shell. Penang also has a number of bubble tea flavors, some of which can be made vegan. The menu at Penang is fairly different from the other restaurants in the Chinatown area so going there is a nice change.

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Although the menu here is huge, I'm always sad about the limited number of veg options. Asking the wait staff about the vegetarian option is always handy, though they can be inattentive when the place gets busy.

I do always get one thing here, and that's the mango tofu. It's extremely tasty and beautifully presented in the shells of the mango that was carved for the dish. Be sure to get the coconut rice w/ any of the dishes.

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On the corner of Wentworth and Cermak, on the east side of the main gate into Chinatown.

Accepts Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$$ - average


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  • Malaysian


  • Kid-Friendly
  • Large Group-Friendly



11:30am - 11pm

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