Dirt Cheap Eats 2008: Satay Sarinah
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Satay Sarinah
Address: 512-A South Van Dorn St. , Alexandria, VA 22304
Phone: 703-370-4313
Neighborhood: Alexandria
Cuisines: Malaysian/Indonesian
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Saturday 11:30 to 3. Open for dinner Monday through Saturday 5 to 10. Open for lunch and dinner Sunday noon to 9.
Nearby Metro Stops: Van Dorn St.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Potato croquettes with beef and vegetables; sweet-corn cakes with scallions; lamb satay; fried chicken; spicy beef stew; pickled vegetables; chocolate/avocado smoothie; fried banana with vanilla ice cream.

You’ll get a crash course in all things Indonesian at this homey spot where sunny photos of the home country hang on the walls and a tourism video of palm trees plays on TV. To sample the cuisine, try such unusual dishes as shrimp chips ($3), thin wafers with a hint of shellfish. The rendang daging, translated as hot and spicy beef stew, is actually hunks of meat and rice slathered with an addictive sauce redolent with lemongrass and turmeric. More-familiar options can also be good choices—a subtle peanut sauce accompanies expertly grilled satay skewers ($10). But some, such as fried noodles ($10), are scant on protein and weak on flavor. A side of tart pickled vegetables, acar kuning ($3), is perfect between bites of lamb curry ($11) and crispy bogor fried chicken ($10). Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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