I don’t know about any of you guys, but my definition of ‘satay’ pre-Malaysia was completely different to what it turned out to be. I had always thought satay was this intensely… peanutty sauce used in ‘Asian’ food and to drench kebabs before barbecuing.
As it turns out, satay is actually the dish itself: skewered meat cooked over a barbecue or grill and served with a sauce. Regardless, we found ourselves in Taiping at about 11pm one night. Thanks to a wrong turn, we lost 2 hours looking for our destination. We gave up and, having not had dinner, turned to the nearest place serving vaguely edible-looking food. It turned out to be a very tasty wrong turn.
As it was 11pm, this food court was filling up with people hungry for their midnight snack. By far the most popular stand among the locals was the satay BBQ. Seeing this, we did the exact opposite and ordered char kway teow. Hey, we were hungry!