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This modern-looking restaurant in the heart of Chinatown boasts no roast ducks hanging in the window or dim sum carts clattering away. Instead, Chilli Padi specializes in dishes made famous by the street hawkers of Malaysia and Singapore. Must-orders include the roti canai (aka “Indian bread,” served with a curry dipping sauce), laksa mee (thick egg noodles in a flavorful coconut curry broth), Hainanese chicken, and any dish that features belachan, or Malaysian fermented shrimp paste — we especially loved a plate of water spinach that had been tossed in the stuff. To wash it all down, try the teh tarik, or hot pulled tea — a drink that’s more potent and less cloyingly sweet than most of the Thai milk teas you’ll find around town.

— Luke Tsai

Hours: Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

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