Penang Bistro Fine Malaysian Cuisine

Unfortunately, there’s not many Malaysian options in town but we decided to give Penang Bistro Fine Malaysian Cuisine a try for dinner. It’s next door to it’s sister restaurant, Malaysia Street.




Sign outside.


We dropped in on a Monday (around 6:45pm) and were seated at one of their booths, which is extremely cramped in leg room. Service is very spotty and it appeared that there’s only one waitress that’s allowed to take your order.

The regular menu is massive but there’s a separate dessert menu for Malaysia Street. There’s also a few express lunch options for $13.95.

Coconut rice ($2.50)
UntitledA small bowl, which seemed to be the running theme of the evening.

Home-made roti canai ($7.95)
UntitledTwo pieces with a curry dipping sauce. This was a better portion size but unfortunately, the roti canai wasn’t flaky or fresh.

Penang satay ($8.95 for 4)
UntitledWe opted for the pork skewers, which came with a peanut dipping sauce. Nothing memorable about them.

Malaysia specialty vegetable ($17.95)
UntitledOkra, eggplant and green beans with dried shrimp and chili. This is shockingly a chef’s recommended dish on the menu. No flavour whatsoever on any of the stir fried vegetables. Spotted one or two tiny pieces of chili. Portion was incredibly small. Don’t order unless you like being disappointed.

Sambal jumbo prawns ($25.95)
UntitledWok fried prawns with sambal sauce, bell peppers, onion and tomatoes. You get a total of FIVE prawns. At least the sambal sauce added some flavour to the vegetables. That being said, this dish was a complete rip off.

Curry beef laksa ($15.45)
UntitledYellow noodles, rice vermicelli, bean sprouts, fried tofu, quail egg and potatoes in a coconut curry broth. The laksa was the best dish of the night. Broth was surprisingly better than expected. Good portion of noodles; they give you a mixture unless you specify.

Penang char kueh teow ($15.95)
UntitledStir fried flat rice noodles with shrimp, fish cakes, bean sprouts, eggs, green onions and chives. This was decent but didn’t have enough wok hei.

Tiny portions and mundane flavours at PBFMC.

Penang Bistro Fine Malaysian Cuisine
3932 Fraser Street
Vancouver, BC
(604) 559-8983