Yesterday I got the call on my Wallyhood bat-phone that Satay (1711 N. 45th St.) had opened and someone had to go over there for lunch and get pictures. Not one to balk at a challenge, I grabbed my trusty little Canon and headed down 45th Street . . .
Peter, a co-owner, greeted me at the cash register. The menu is simple: four types of satay, three “dishes” (wok-fried yellow noodles, spicy noodle soup and red curry) and three sides, all ranging from $2.50 to $10.95.
Peter’s folks were there too to help out on their first day, including his mom Francie.
My food! Three generous skewers of deep, complexly-spiced, tender chicken, rice, peanut sauce and side salad, obligatory bottle of hot sauce (I’m a spicy food gal) and a surprise “Dessert Roti” which was crisp, light and sweet.
He also told me it took the guys a whole year to perfect the satay recipe, and that they grind the peanuts themselves for the sauce.
Famished from all this photographing and interviewing, I devoured my lunch and then enjoyed the warm, clean, contemporary decor. They are especially proud of their “batik” mural which was painted by Tom who happened to be there eating lunch too.
But disaster struck when I got home from my mission ready to report in when the card reader hooked to my computer malfunctioned and I could not get any of these shots off my camera. Back on the Wallyhood bat-phone to call for assistance and their crack team of blog professionals whipped together a substitute post at lightning speed.
Phew! After sending my husband out to get a new card reader, I am finally able to bring all of you this report. Roving reporter Helen, over and out!