You should not judge a book by its cover we say. That's the way I see Satay Malaysian Cuisine in Hoboken. The bloc where it is located is mainly known for housing Carlo's Bakery, the famous original bakery of The Cake Boss. This place has some amazing food that is worth trying whether you like Asian food or not. We went several times and, each time, our experience there has been fantastic. The decor is quite colorful, with the kitchen giving the impression the dining room is outside with its roof-like awning.
For beverages, they offer Malaysian milk tea that I could not resist. It was good, although I prefer Thai iced tea, but hey, this is not a Thai restaurant! I decided to order one with tapioca, that is always fun to get though the large straw.
For appetizer, my favorite is Roti Canai, an Indian roti bread served with a chicken curry sauce.
Each time we went, Jodi ordered the Tofu Nyonya, that is deep fried bean curd with mixed vegetables in a house special mild sauce. The dish is cooked and served on a hot skillet and so it comes piping hot. The best part of this dish is the tofu that is soaked by this amazing sauce.
On my side, my go to dishes are:
Malaysian Nasi Goreng with seafood: made with fried rice with chicken, scallops, shrimp, squid, egg, green, pea, onion and carrot. I love the presentation which was surprising: I would have expected the dish on a plate and not in a bamboo box. It was delicious: first of all, there was lots of chicken and shrimp. Second, it was slightly greasy and delightfully tasty.
My second favorite dish there is the Indian Mee Goreng, composed of Indian style stir fried egg noodles in a mild dried squid sauce with tofu, potatoes, shrimp, egg and bean sprouts. This dish is sweet and savory, not very spicy, with the tofu being a bit crunchy.
For dessert, we tried their fried ice cream that is sublime, but I admit that my favorite is the mango sticky rice, which is sticky rice cubes served with mango and a coconut cream.
This place is great and I definitely recommend Satay Malaysian Cuisine. I would definitely go back there for some delicious cheap food.
Enjoy (I did)!
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