Seattle >Food & Dining > Malay Satay Hut
212 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA | Directions 9814447.600336 -122.317015
Neighborhoods: Central, Atlantic, Central Seattle
Skimpy dish? – I finally get to try Malay Satay Hut in little Saigon in one lazy afternoon. I ordered roti canai and bak kuh deh.
The roti canai did not disappoint but the bak kuh deh was very much lacking in flavor and sustance.
I've read a previous review about skimpy portion to cut cost but had no idea it was this skimpy. For a $8+ order, the bak kuh deh consists largely of water but very little meat. There was only 3-4 small pieces of pork ribs ranging from 1" to 4" in length, mostly bones, 3-4 very thin slices of pig guts, 3 small cut pieces of mushrooms floating about in the broth, and nothing else. The taste is average.
Overall, for the other choices that are out there, I would not recommend this restaurant unless you don't mind the unfriendly staff attitude.
Great curry dishes, fantastic roti canai – Not every dish is great, but the good ones are absolutely fantastic! Roti canai, dry curried tofu, curry vegetable noodles--- anything involving curry on this menu is almost a guaranteed winner.
Yummy Roti Canai + Grilled Spicy Eggplant! – This place doesn't have the largest vegetarian menu, but these two dishes are the reason I keep coming back again & again. And oh, the lychee drink compliments this spicy food very very well.
Great for lunches -- they have some good lunch specials, and awesome for dinner
something different for sure – If you are well-versed in Asian menus, you will enjoy this place for a dining challenge! Has the expected satays (have never eaten them!) but we go for the unfamiliar--like steamed chopped pork with salty fish, omelet with baby oysters, and yes, tripe.
While the sound of the menu items might turn you off, they are REAL FOOD that we Asians grew up with and still love, just don't know how to cook ourselves! Spicy dishes are very spicy.
Service is casual as is ambience. Prices are moderate, portions medium sized.
Malaysian is a new favorite! – It is mouthwatering, and others know it so you better arrive early on Fri & Sat evenings because this place can get packed. The Satay appetizer melts in the mouth, with a rich curry-like dip. The Salt and Pepper Squid are some of the best I've ever had, with plenty of spices and a large quantity. The Malaysian Fried Rice is now my favorite fried rice, which is rich with a nice balance of spices and onions. The Spicy Silver Noodle Soup has plump fish balls and shrimp in zesty soup. The service is hit or miss. The environment is surprisingly clean with a pleasant & simple bamboo decor, which really stands out for a restaurant this size and this location (near China Town). The prices aren't a killer deal, but the price is definitely worth it if you have a mouthwatering taste for Thai, Chinese, or Malaysian food.
Inconsistent quality – I have been going to the restaurant for close to 8-9 years now and have noticed that the quality has degraded since the expansion. It seems that when the owner is at one of his restaurants, the quality seems to be better probably because of his oversight. Some days, the quality of same dishes that I order frequently have been widely inconsistent, ranging from excellent to mediocre. I'm hoping that the owner reads these reviews and take them as constructive criticism to improve and standardize the quality of his menu. The wait staff aren't very customer friendly overall. I will still continue going to the restaurant, but sometimes it's hit and miss on the quality.
One of the Best Seattle Restuarants – The food it great! We always get good service no matter when we go. The place is always busy though to be ready to wait for a seat, but it is worth the wait. Try to roti canai and the chicken satay! Yum!
Food OK, But Service is HORRIBLE – I came from Oregon and I spent my dinner in Malay Satay Hut as recommended by CitySearch. Service is horrible and horrible. I had not finished my food, yet, they tried to take a way my plate. It was 8.30 pm for god sake, not even a busy time. Since I understand Cantonese, workers kept complaning about tips from other people. NEVER REFILL WATER. I gave the SMALL TIPS because of their horrible service. AND, THEY QUESTIONED ME for doing so. I guess they really have no idea what they have been doing. I bet other people starting to agree with me.
mixed feeling – This restaurant used to be good when it first opened, but as they gets busier in recent years, the food quality has dropped to the point where I have decided not to go back.
The biggest problem I have with the food is: the food tastes "very diluted" - as if the owner is trying to cut cost in saving money in ingredients. If I pay $7 for a bowl of Curry Laksa noodles, I don't expect it to taste like curry powder mixed with 90% of water.
If you pay attention to the food, you will also notice that the portion is getting smaller but the price is inching up little by little. Look at your bill carefully - sometimes You get charged a higher price than what was quoted.
Sadly, this is still the only place in Seattle that you can get some half decent Malay food.
A unique, spicy mix of Chinese, Indian, Thai and Malaysian cuisines in an unassuming setting. – The Scene
Even on cold, rainy nights, locals crowd inside this cozy spot, located in a small strip mall. The blond-wood paneling surrounding the cashier and bar area provide an overall casual feel: this is a no-frills, pleasantly efficient atmosphere with swift service.
The warm roti canai, an Indian-style bread with a savory tomato-curry sauce makes an excellent starter. Other appetizers include a satisfying chicken satay and a fat, fresh veggie roll (popiah). More daring diners should try rojak, a crazy mix of yam gravy, chili sauce, cucumbers and jicama served over shrimp chip tofu. Tamer tastes can opt for the Penang Chow Kueh Teow, a popular staple of flat noodles with shrimp, egg and bean sprouts in black soya-chili sauce. Less successful are the Malaysian Chinese pork chops--thin, semi-tough cutlets in a peanut-y barbecue sauce.
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