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Satay House in Berkeley, RIP

patrick | Mar 1, 200502:02 PM

On the basis of a post last month, Holly and I headed over to Satay House last Friday to try their Ono Kauswey, a Burmese coconut-curry-chicken noodle soup.

Satay House, alas, is no longer. It once lived in the little food court on Durant just west of Telegraph. The sign still flaps in the breeze, but the shop is now something called Quickly that appears to specialize in a vast array of milky teas and bubble teas. They have an extremely odd and limited selection of food. I had a kind-of-hilarious conversation with the guy behind the counter in order to determine that Satay House had given up the ghost. There was no food menu, only a dizzying list of hundreds of drinks.

"Do you have Ono kauswey?" (That's me, just diving in and pretending I can pronounce Burmese.)
"What? What's that?"
"Um, curry chicken noodle soup?"
"We only have what is on the window." (Fried snacks, including miniature corn dogs.)
"So this is not Satay House?"
"We'll have more food soon."
"Is this Satay House?"
"Satay House moved."
"Oh! Where'd they move to?"
"Well, actually, they quit."
"Um, OK, thanks." (Turns to leave.)
"We'll have more food soon!"

Thwarted, we repaired to Slurp, two blocks south on Telegraph. The soup noodles with pork and pickled vegetables was wonderful (though not as sheerly brilliant as the last time); the cold noodles with sesame chicken was mighty good, and spicy! (but the chicken was a bit off; no matter, it was easy to avoid, and our hens were happy to eat it the next morning); the wokked edamame with chili garlic sauce were, as always, astonishingly delicious.

Also I love their watermelon agua fresca...and the fact that they even have such a thing.


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