Malaysia Kopitiam is squeezed into a basement on a block filled with everything from Tex-Mex Chain Chipotle to the downtown strip joint of choice, Camelot. The menu is similarly diverse, boasting noodle, rice and soup dishes ranging from tame to hot’n’spicy. You’ll never have so much fun flipping through a menu — it has pictures! While you browse the middle-school-grade photos of curry chicken gravy noodle and chicken rendang (curry chicken in coconut milk), start off with the curry puffs. They’re flaky, spicy—filled with minced chicken, potatoes, and curry—and absolutely delicious. This Malaysian joint doesn’t pose as the latest Asian hotspot, but it does offer large plates (leftovers!) of moist meat, fresh vegetables, and your choice of carbs.
For: Spending your dollar bills on chicken, instead of breasts.
Entrees: $9-$20. 202-833-6232. 1827 M St, NW [SG]
Originally in the Onion / DC local edition / June 21, 2007