Satay, grilled skewered pieces of meat, was not supposed to be the highlight of that day. Rather, Portuguese Grilled Fish in downtown Chinatown / Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur. It was the 15th May, 2008 and I finally got to me Bee Yinn of Rasa Malaysia after knowing and reading her blog for well over a year. As we were a little bit early that day, we decided to stop by at Zainal’s Satay which is located along the road leading to Petaling Street. If you are coming in into Petaling Street from the traffic light junction of KotaRaya, you will see Zainal’s Satay on the right hand side of the road. This was my first time eating Zainal’s Satay though I pass by this place almost daily.
As we were still intending to dig into the Portuguese Grilled Fish in a short while, we decided to place an order for 10 sticks of chicken satay (which costs RM0.60 each). I was used to eating Nyok Lan Satay (also known as Restoran Malaysia) in Kajang and would deem that the best so far but Zainal’s Satay is not too bad either. The satays were well marinated and comes slightly sweetish with a hint of tumeric (which also gives it a nice yellow tint). Thankfully, Zainal does not overly grill the satays till they become carbonised meat sticks. A little bit of carbon here and there is still acceptable 😀
The chilli peanut gravy which came along as an obligatory dip for the satay was slightly above average though I must say that Nyok Lan’s is still better. Unfortunately, a couple of drips found its way to the back of my white shirt as the stall assistant was scooping some for the next customer but luckily, the stain has been fully removed with the able strength of the friendly liquid detergent. Anyway, back to the satay. The condiments which came along were a little on the stingy side. I think there were less than 10 pieces of cucumber which adorned the sides of the plate.
It was good company from Bee Yinn and we had a good chat on things covering our work, life and of course, exchanging notes on food blogging. I learnt a trick or two from her on food photography and was thrilled to be able to take this shot of the droolicious chicken satay. Nothing beats learning from a popular food blogger herself 😀
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