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SE Asian Boys' Club @ Satay Brothers

Posted by Adriana / August 30, 2013

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Chronically underepresented on the Montreal food scene, Satay Brothers firmly and decisively steals the crown of South East Asian food-fare dominance from the likes of Thai Express franchises and the few smatterings of Vietnamese pho' joints inhabiting the fringes of Chinatown. Sample their satay swagger at the Atwater Market today on the last Friday night of their extended summer hours with what they promise will be a little bit of a party and an ending with a bang.

There is no better place to evoke the air of Asia- throngs of people, open-air stalls, cramped stands and baskets of goods, all jostling for attention. With a trip to Atwater Market you can even get your fair share of artisinal cheeses, edible flowers, and craft brews alongside the intriguingly unrecognizable veggies, yet with every visit I never fail to be entranced and transported.

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There could be no more fitting locale for the Satay brethren to set up shop. They'll spike your lemonade if you're having a bad day. (Or just simply in the mood.) Using the Calamansi lemon, native of the Philippines, it's certainly no Mike's Hard-refreshingly less tart than their more common, citrusy cousins, I easily fell in love. The picnic-table seating will encourage communal eating/mingling. You could run into a friend bringing her parents over on their anniversary for a taste of home, or transients weaving by and stopping for a seat and irreverent chat, paper-bagged booze in hand. You could watch vendors load and unload unmarked vans of produce, sellers hydrate their horticultural cull, or the Satay boys themselves zipping around each other, deftly prepping, making, serving- always on the move. But wherever your attention chooses to divest itself amidst the vibrant buzz of marketplace activity, there are no more distractions once the food is in front of you. Here are the Brothers. Half Polish, Half Singaporean, bringing their mother's native cooking, the streetfood of Malaysia and Sinagpour, to the gladly-waiting streets of Montreal.

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The standouts are definitely the steamed buns. Choosing either pork belly or tofu (or smartly, order one of each), you'll be rewarded on both sides of the carnivorous/veggie coin. Like pillowy envelopes that slip perfectly into hand, the bun never overwhelms the fillings. The wedge of perfectly roasted and daintily crisped tofu marry with the simple whisper-thin slices of cucumber, green onion and cilantro to balance the sweet sting of hoisin sauce. The similarly sauced and garnished hunk of pork belly, at once meaty and melting, made me wish for a box to buy by the dozen.

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You can get your satay fix (pork on my visit) in sets of one or three, skewered, grilled, and accompanied by sliced vegetables whose sole aim is unpretentiously to refresh, not to steal the spotlight. Another option is the satay sandwich, where a pair of the skewers are generously blanketed in the titular sauce on bun. Here the resto's namesake sauce is not the typically sticky, peanut-buttery meld, but instead lighter in consistency and liberally studded with peanuts, adding the texture and crunch echoed by the crisp of the red & green cabbage rounding out each bite.

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Laksa lemak might have seemed like an odd-midsummer choice, but this savoury soup allowed me to sweat out the heat in the best possible way. Creamy coconut broth, silky and sleekly beaded with oil, hid shrimps, cubes of tofu, and crunchy bean sprouts, swimming amidst the generous patterned bowl. Without realizing, I failed to mix in the hot chili paste poised nicely on the spoon, leading my first mouthfuls to be delightfully heated, the remainder smooth and comfortingly complex. A tiny quail egg and flat rectangles of fishcake provide further fun and flavourful elements to root around the broth seeking out.

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Anything with condensed milk instantly curries my favour (I've been known to eat it straight out of the can. And I wish I could say, with a spoon...), which explains why I am so enamored with SE Asian desserts. Usually made with some combination of coconut, rice and/or fruit, they are less indulgent and guilt-inducing than scarfing back a couple of cupcakes or handfuls of macarons without giving pause. The pale Kueh Bengka was served heated- firm, densely custardy, with a light coconut-perfumed sweetness, while Kueh Salat attracted with its engagingly green tint thanks to the addition of pandan (a leaf with a mellow vanilla sweetness that often lends its green chlorophyl-rich colour to SE Asian sweets). Wrapped in a banana leaf layered over sweet sticky rice, both dense little square cakes added just enough of sugary satisfaction to end the meal.

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Some of Satay Brothers other menu items of interest include Gado Gado, a cold noodle salad mix, and green papaya salad: a dish known for its extreme taste-bud ripping heat in Thailand and the surrounding areas, here you can request a varying level of hot depending equally on your level of boldness.

So, my only complaint? They're not open enough. On my last visit, the boys closed up shop with a rope-chain to block access to their stall, only to have eager unknowing patrons consistently approach and attempt the line-up, as if queuing along the velvet rope outside of a club (Oh when their faces would register the disappointment of being informed that they were in fact closed!)

Fortunately, you can catch them tonight until 9 pm for their last "late night" at the market, as the summer hours wind down and they prepare to eventually head indoors to their St. Jacques headquarters to weather out the chillier months. Satay party, we'll be waiting.

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Satay Brothers

Summer Location
138 Atwater Avenue- Atwater Market (Lionel-Groulx Metro)

Winter Location
3911 St. Jacques O. (Place-Saint-Henri Metro)

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