Keith and Tee decided to open Little Penang, after Tee gained a huge following for her cooking when she volunteered at the City Mission.
Keen to be as authentic as possible, none of their dishes are dumbed down for their customers. You'll find very little explanation provided on the menu, as they much prefer to talk you through each dish. Little Penang is a restaurant where you come out with a satisfied tummy and a little bit of education too.
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Malaysian, Desserts, Takeaway,
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You can't turn a corner in Wellington without coming across a Malaysian restaurant. It truly is a Satay Kingdom (or Satay Village, or Oriental Kingdom, or Satay Kajang, or KK Malay)... everyone's got their favourite. Mine is Little Penang, now in more spacious premises on Dixon St. Of the lot it's the most like a proper restaurant, as opposed to a cheap hole-in-the-wall-type eatery, with table service (!) and lunch and dinner menus. People who are in the know say it's the most authentic Malaysian in the city. I highly recommend the salad with boiled egg, peanut sauce and vegetable fritters.
It's not easy to get good char kway teow, which translates rather literally as "fried flat noodles". It's difficult to prevent it from becoming just that - a bland, greasy mess. This isn't the case at Little Penang. The noodles had a spring to them. Glints of fried onion and garlic, pork crackle and shrimp ensured constant taste bud stimulation. Last but not least, slivers of sweet Chinese sausage rounded off the dish, complementing the noodles with a density and chewiness, a pleasure for the teeth. It is the best $12 you'll ever spend.