From Malaysia to Melbourne and now Michigan, sharing my experiences, tales and passions with anyone who will listen (or read)!

Category: Detroit

The Woodward Dream Cruise

I’m not a big ‘cars’ person. Sure, I love looking at nice cars, and I have my opinions on what I like the look of, and what I don’t. But ask me what (classic) car model something is, or what’s so special about it, I wouldn’t be able to tell you. Which doesn’t help when you live in Motor City! I wish I could say all that changed when we saw all these beautiful cars at the Woodward Dream Cruise last weekend, but alas, I can’t!

But I will say this, there were some awesome cars there and I can’t believe the fantastic condition that some of those were in. Some ran so quietly, others had beautiful upholstery (I’m guessing some had been upholstered). There was a lot to see and admire that weekend. Not just the cars, but the dedication with which their owners approached the restoration/preservation of the vehicles. I could also imagine that some of the older couples were in cars that they probably went on their first date in or which were their first family cars. Very cute.

I’m sure many visitors to the Cruise were also dreaming of owning one of these babies!

So, being completely useless at knowing what the cars are, I’ll just post some of the best photos that I have from the weekend. Enjoy!



Dine: Satay House

For me, no process of exploring a new city and country would be complete without sampling the local fare. Since arriving in the US and Michigan 2 months ago, we have been out trying many cafes and restaurants, particularly on weekends. There have been memorable meals, and there have been some we’d like to forget more quickly than our brains would let us. Yet there is one place that we have returned to time and again in the short time that we have been here.

It seemed both ironic and fitting that my first review should be about a Malaysian cafe – ironic because I am in the US; in some ways I am almost as far from my parents as I could be. Fitting because I am, after all, Malaysian, and if there is one cuisine that I feel passionate about, it is Malaysian food. And while I get my head around what constitutes great ‘American’ food, I thought this would be a good place to write about. Because I think Satay House deserves the attention.

This place was recommended to us by my husband’s colleague. We looked it up online, read the handful of reviews it had already received, and decided to try it out. We were not disappointed. The menu prices are extremely reasonable, the food pretty authentic, and the service was no-frills but genuine. This review is of one of our recent visits, but I have tried all these dishes on different occasions (greedy? who, me? well, I never!).

Spring Rolls Satay House - Roti CanaiFor appetizers, we had the vegetarian spring rolls – hot, crispy skin with lots of shredded vegetables in them. Beautiful. Make sure you eat them while they are hot. We also had the roti canai – my husband orders this every time we go to Satay House. As you can see in the photo, he couldn’t wait for me to take the photo before he dug in 🙂 Roti canai does not typically come in a cone shape in Malaysia (there is a sweeter variation to roti canai in Malaysia that is served in this way) but this is nonetheless good. It comes with a small bowl of potato curry that could be slightly thicker. Tip: Use your hands to eat the roti. Makes for a much more authentic experience 😉

Salted FFR Nasi Lemak Indian Mee Goreng Curry Mee Yong TauhuI hadn’t had Salted Fish Fried Rice for quite a while and when I saw it on the menu, the thought of the salted fish shredded and spread throughout fried rice made me salivate instantly. Satay House’s version had a healthy dose of salted fish in it – and at $8.50, was a serving large enough for 2-3 people.

We also ordered Achat (alternatively spelt acar or achar), a pickled vegetable dish. This version was not as strong or vinegary as the ones back home, but that suited me just fine. It added a lovely crunch to my dinner.

The Nasi Lemak: lovely coconut-y rice, spicy sambal, and chicken curry. The only thing missing from this dish is the fried anchovies.

The Indian Mee Goreng is a slightly wet noodle dish flavoured with some spices, a generous lashing of vegetables, bean sprouts, potato, tofu and egg. On this ocassion, our dining companion had requested a vegetarian version. The non-vegetarian version has shrimp through it. Make sure you add a good squeeze of the slice of lime that comes with it. Tangy goodness, I tells ya.

Curry Mee Yong Tauhu is probably a lesser-known dish in comparison to most of the above. Yong Tauhu refers to a type of dish where vegetables such as eggplant, okra/lady’s finger, chillies (not peppers) and firm tofu or tofu puffs are stuffed with fish paste or meat paste. It is usually then served in a broth with fishballs and/or beefballs. Alternatively, it can be served with egg noodles in a curry broth such as this. The curry broth is typically thicker than Satay House’s but I’m not a big fan of the thick sort of broth so I was quite happy with this slightly lighter version. So purists of Malaysian food, be warned! Satay House’s version also came with bean curd skins. I’m sure that doesn’t sound very appealing to most of you, but once it soaks up the curry broth, you get curry broth goodness in every mouthful. Makes me hungry just thinking about it!

For all the times that I’ve been to Satay House, I haven’t been able to try the dessert menu. Why? Because I have just been too full from the appetizers and main dishes. The portions here are very generous, and I usually have leftovers for lunch the next day. Even if you have a bigger appettite than I do, you won’t leave Satay House hungry!

They don’t deliver, but you can order online for pickup or even ‘Express Dine In’. How awesome is that!


Satay House | 31101 Dequindre Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071 | Phone: (248) 588-1738 | Open 10am to 10pm 7 days a week | http://www.satayhousemadisonheights.com/

Weather like Melbourne’s

Goodness. It feels like it’s been a while.

There have been so many things going on in the last couple of weeks. As quickly as the weekdays have passed, the weekends have been quicker. The weekend just gone was so packed that I can barely remember the weekend before it!

Oh wait, I can. I passed my driving test so now have a MI driver’s licence (or at least, the piece of paper they issue in the interim) and then tricked my poor husband and friends into thinking I had failed the test. Sorry, guys! After my test, we walked the Dequindre Cut to Eastern Market with a Meetup group I’d found. Lunch at Eastern Market was at Vivio’s (great burger!). And that evening/night, we headed to Pig and Whiskey in Ferndale for some pork extravaganza. Despite the name of the event, I would have thought there would be a few non-alcoholic beverages available considering I’m sure we weren’t the only group with a designated driver, but alas my choices seemed to be limited to water and a really sweet non-alco punch. However, special mention to Vinsetta Garage for their deconstructed banoffee pudding. Sensational.

Sunday…? Oh, breakfast at the Original Pancake House and then … shopping! New bike, hair straightener, and kitchen appliances.

For the weekend just gone, we’d originally planned to go to Cedar Point, a rollercoaster and theme park in Ohio, about 2.5 hours from us, for my husband’s birthday. Due to a very unfavourable weather forecast, however, we changed our plans and stayed in Detroit for the day. We had dim sum and coffee with friends, and as the day wore on, it became clear that it wasn’t going to rain. In fact, it turned out to be a perfectly sunny day, and would have been ideal for a theme park! It seems the weather here is almost as unpredictable as Melbourne…

Birthday celebrations kicked on the rest of the weekend – we went (cosmic) bowling, to the Detroit Maker Faire (some good stuff, but very chaotic setup!) and then to a friend’s new house for a bbq. That’s where the rain kicked in, and did it hit hard! Power outages, fires, fallen trees, ensued and the cleanup continued yesterday. It was nuts! See here. Only the second time it’s rained heavily since we got here about 7 weeks ago, but it seems to hit with a vengence when it does.

Well, that was a pretty boring post wasn’t it? Lots of text and no photos! Whoops. The next post will be a food review – my first in Detroit – and will have photos. Promise!


An Upcoming Change

So my last attempt to revive one of my blogs clearly went well :p Let’s see how this one goes!

As I write this, we are packing up our lives in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia for move to Detroit, Michigan, USA. I am feeling excited, apprehensive, nervous, panicked (because I don’t think we’re ready for the removalists to come and pack everything), optimistic…I will attempt to chart the best and worst parts of the move, and everything in between!

From a brief trip to see Detroit a couple of months ago, I know this much: the great Italian-style coffee that is so readily available on every street in Melbourne will be hard to come by. My husband’s colleagues have bought us a coffee machine that awaits our arrival in Detroit, so I will have to polish up my espresso/cappucino/latte/flat white-making skills pronto! And keep hoping that we find more places like this one. How AWESOME does that place look? I can’t wait to try it out, and to see what life in Detroit and the US holds.

Stay tuned for more!