[Photograph: Jessie Pascoe]

Originally located in Manhattan's Chinatown, Sentosa up and moved to Flushing in 2005. Since then, it has offered diners a casual spot to share a slew of Malaysian dishes, like their Roti Canai pancake ($3.50) or Prawn Mee noodle soup ($6.50).

But if the picnic months of summer have turned you into a barbecue freak, a taste of their Malaysian Pork Chops ($11) are a must. Juicy, tender pieces of pork are deep fried and coated with a traditional Malay barbecue sauce that hits all the right sweet and sour notes. This is a simple dish with a lot of tangy flavor and crispy texture—just make sure to order a side of rice to sop up the zesty sauce.

A tip: The next time you need a spot for group dining, look no further than Sentosa. The two-floored space has a private upstairs and six-top tables are strewn throughout.


39-07 Prince Street, Flushing, NY 11354 (map)


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