Once I reached the restaurant-front, I was greated by an array of balloons, a Malaysian flag and a crowd of people. Hmm... I thought to myself, "What's all the commotion? This place has been here for at least a month and not once have I seen it this busy!" Then it struck me... today is Malaysia Day! How could I forget? I guess the craziness of summer and all the work that I've been doing caused me to forget (shame on me... I know). But again, my obsession with food brought me back to earth and reminded me of Malaysia Day! As I stood amongst the crowd of people, wondering what I was in store for, the owner of the restaurant emerged... she greated everyone with a lovely smile and warmth and invited the crowd to help themselves to "samples" of her delicious home-made dishes. (I say "samples" only because we were practically all fed a full meal... ah, that's the Malaysian way... feed others until they're full!)
Luckily, I always bring my camera with me everywhere... so guess what!? You're in store for some grand ol' pictures of the free food I just chanced upon at this quaint little Malaysian diner.
Mmm... hard-boiled eggs with more sambal sauce. Layering the plate is the oil from the Rendang... the oil is being nicely absorbed by the soon-to-be-uncrispy prata. Mmm... oil soaked prata! I'm lovin' it
To end off the meal, we enjoyed some Tea Tarik! My mom's favorite tea... and it's darn good too. The tea was not too strong, and the milky drink was just what we needed to cap off a wonderful (and FREE) lunch.
So, the lesson here is that being a crazy foodie can pay off when you least expect it. My parents and I were actually thinking about driving out to Richmond today to try Kelong, but both of them were very exhausted from a long day of working. So, this free meal at a nearby Malay restaurant was just the thing they needed to brighten their day.
P.S. The rating at the top is only "Pending" because I'm sure that Satay Garden has a lot more goodies in store to offer, and I'm not about to rate the restaurant based upon a sampling-meal... that'd just be cruel. But don't worry, I'll definitely be back to try out their menu specials and maybe even some of their baked goods and kuehs!