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best satay in TO??

hippotatomus Jun 7, 2008 09:23 AM

(satay meaning skewers of beef, chicken, pork.. i usually like chicken / pork the best.. in case it needs to be even more specific!)
so, i'm having an insane craving for satay!!
reminds me of my childhood when my parents would bring me to this thai(?) or malaysian place for dinner and it had awesome awesome satay with a relaly good peanut sauce.... too bad it closed down many years ago.
I think it might have been on yonge street?
I don't remember the name.. but i remember seeing a giant nose whenever we passed by it..

i went to golden thai yesterday hoping to be surprised.. tried the coconut shrimp, satay chicken, spring rolls, pad thai, and golden thai chicken... they were all less then stellar.. the only thing that was enjoyable was the pad thai... obviously this place didn't quell my hunger for satay! so now here i am hoping someone can recommend a place??

i went to salad king last week as well and the satay wasn't good either.... i think the ideal satay must, must, must have an amazing accompanying peanut sauce.. the peanut sauce must be slightly sweet with a thick texture and small bits of peanuts... suggestions please???

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    sam_1 RE: hippotatomus Jun 7, 2008 01:54 PM

    ivory thailand on Church (just N of Adelaide) has a good chicken satay with the best peanut dipping sauce I've tried...

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      hippotatomus RE: sam_1 Jun 10, 2008 06:28 PM

      is that the one insanely close to golden thai ?!! cripes i should have gone to that one instead.. .le sigh.

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        pinkprimp RE: hippotatomus Jun 12, 2008 01:11 PM

        Yup one block down with the blue awning.

        Having tried both, I can't believe people would choose Golden over Ivory. The latter is so, so SO much better!!! (Yet, Golden is always so much busier)

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          hippotatomus RE: pinkprimp Jun 13, 2008 02:56 PM

          I think it's cause Golden Thai looks sooo much nicer.. Ivory looks a bit plain.. we've all been deceived by those little thai figures in the windows :P

    2. Charles Yu RE: hippotatomus Jun 7, 2008 03:06 PM

      The beef satay at Munz is good, the chicken, great and the prawns, outstanding. THe peanut dipping sauce is very good but not as good as Restoran Malaysia.

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        hippotatomus RE: Charles Yu Jun 10, 2008 06:30 PM

        been browsing the boards and i have heard mention of Restoran Malaysia and really do want to try it .. but it's soo far!! (for me anyway since i'm located downtown).... and with rising gas prices, eating uptown really is only saved for special occasions. hate it! where is Munz?
        Is the beef satay succulent? My worst fear is dried and chewy beef satay... it's so easy to overcook it..

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          vincechan RE: hippotatomus Jun 13, 2008 05:00 AM

          I think Charles might have meant Mumz Delicacies? If so, it's still out of your reach up North near Highway 7 and McCowan in Markham. The prawns were outstanding.. the chicken was only just good for me.. haven't had the beef yet.

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          Charles Yu RE: Charles Yu Dec 7, 2008 05:39 PM

          Just had some 'GREAT' ones at 'Le Chef' on Hwy#7/Valleymede - opposite O'Mei. Smokey, moist and juicy with an awesome peanut satay sauce. Huge portion as well! Chicken,Beef and Prawns all excellent! I would say better tasting than Munz or Restorant Malaysia

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            vincechan RE: Charles Yu Dec 8, 2008 07:23 AM

            Hmm... gotta try it then! I just got a satay craving reading this!

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          s0rce RE: hippotatomus Jun 8, 2008 07:51 PM

          thai magic at yonge near roxbourough has amazing lamb satays with a delicious sauce

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            hippotatomus RE: s0rce Jun 10, 2008 06:32 PM

            hi sorce! thanks! but i was hoping more for just the standard selection of beef, chicken, pork satays... i love lamb but think it's flavour is a bit strong for satay

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              s0rce RE: hippotatomus Jun 13, 2008 01:02 PM

              I think they have the more traditional ones as well but my family all loves the lamb ones so we don't order the others.

              On another note the recipe for beef satays in the cookbook Cradle of Flavour by James Oseland is great.

          2. pinkprimp RE: hippotatomus Jun 12, 2008 01:12 PM

            I usually don't like Spring Rolls and don't go unless other people are going and I have no real choice, but I find the satay chicken skewers with peanut sauce is pretty nice. i always order peanut sauce on the side. it's nice, chunky, thick with the perfect amount of spice (for me)

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              Apple RE: hippotatomus Dec 7, 2008 06:51 PM

              that restaurant from your childhood - was that Ole Melacca? That restaurant was owned by a friend of the family who has long since passed away. I remember spending many a night in their restaurant gobbling up satays.

              Back to the task at hand - did eat at restoran malaysia - it was quite good... have you checked mata hari? they have great malaysian food - but I haven't been in several years so I can't say for sure if they have satay or if it is any good.

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                hippotatomus RE: Apple Jan 14, 2009 07:03 AM

                I'm not sure what the name was.. but I do know there was a big nose close by . or even on the restaurant. Everything is a vague memory as I used to go as a child and I didn't pay attention to too many details. I remember the owner used to give me and my sister toys when we went and at the entrance there would be like several vats of curry. Sorry to hear the owner passed away - I was hoping they had just relocated. :(

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                szw RE: hippotatomus Dec 8, 2008 11:56 AM

                Haven't had much Satay in Toronto but Gourmet Gardens were pretty good to me. For Malaysian the best I have found in Toronto are both food court joints, gourmet garden in scarborough and some other place in the food court of First Markham Place.

                I went to Restoran Malaysia once and will not be going back. Very disappointing food.

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                  Charles Yu RE: szw Dec 8, 2008 02:49 PM

                  Agree with you on Restoran Malaysia! Ever since they expanded the place, food quality has gone done hill. May be the kitchen cannot cope with the increasre traffic?!

                  I find the Malaysian style curries at ' South Asian ' at Midland just north of Steeles much more tasty and aromatic! Some of their fried noodle/rice dishes are also very nicely done!

                2. Squeakycheese RE: hippotatomus Dec 8, 2008 03:24 PM

                  Can't say I've done exhaustive research but Mata Hari is pretty good, on Baldwin Street

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                    Sadistick RE: hippotatomus Dec 9, 2008 08:45 AM

                    The best thai I have found in the city is Thai Shen Inn, a little hole in the wall joint run by a thai family. Amazing flavors, always fresh, and cheap to boot!

                    Their Tom Yum is amazing....mango salad very large and fresh and their pad thai is great as well. (their whole fried fish with garlic sauce is great for larger parties as well)

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