Seriously, what took me so long to find you?

It was your typical evening at the grocery store. I was just about to pay for everything, when I take a quick glance at the magazine stand and saw in big, bold capital letters: BEST ASIAN RESTAURANTS. Those words alone convinced me to buy that magazine. I didn't even bother to look inside.

Fast forward to a couple weeks later, exhausted from over-celebrating my birthday and craving Asian food. I pick up the magazine that had caught my eye a couple of weeks ago, patiently sitting next to my bed, along with my collection of cookbooks. I'm always up for trying something new (that's why I created this blog in the first place), and so when I saw what restaurants were recommended for Malaysian food, I was all for it.

Now, I've never had Malaysian food. I had no idea what kind flavors dominated the cuisine, no idea what to expect. I also had no idea who would have to guts to try it with me. Malaysian food sounds pretty exotic. I decided to try my luck with Khanh, a former science class buddy and pho-eating companion of mine. Fortunately, she was also all for it!

Of all the recommendations the magazine suggested, we decided to go to Satay, a Malaysian street food joint. The great thing about this place is that it is close to my apartment, and one block away from one of my favorite cupcake shops, Trophy Cupcakes. And...and...everything on their menu is less than $10. Seriously, how did I not find out about this place sooner?

The magazine recommended getting the curry puff and the satay meal. They claimed that they were the best in Seattle. So, that's exactly what I got: the curry puff and the chicken satay.

The curry puff almost reminded me of Indian samosas, or maybe a curry, flaky, crispy dough, filled with an assortment of vegetables (potatoes, carrots, and peas, I think), with just the right amount of spice. It was also definitely freshly made. How did I know this? Well, when I bit into the curry puff it was piping hot, the crust was not soggy, and steam was coming out.

The chicken satay, oh, the chicken satay! I think it may have been one of the best un-fried chicken dishes I've had in my entire life! No lie! The dish was obviously grilled...maybe over charcoal? It was slightly smokey in flavor. Marinated in lemongrass, palm sugar, and spices. And it was sooo tender. I can't even get my own grilled chicken to be that tender! The chicken came with a peanut sauce that was easily the best peanut sauce I've ever had. (The reason? The tiny little bits of peanuts in them.)

By the end of the meal, I had little chicken skewers dancing around in my head. I was extremely satisfied. At the same time, however, I was a little upset with myself. I've been living in the U-District for 4 1/2 years. How is it that I only find out about this place now? Well, at least now I can say that I will most definitely be coming back a lot more in the future. And that is a promise I intend to keep.

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