Iâ€™m happy to have Tio Wally (long-time Me So Hungry reader) aboard to send in his eating adventures from across America. Here he is in Kent, Washington.
Greetings from Kent, Washington
N 47Â° 24.7214â€™ W 122Â° 13.636â€™ Elev. 30 ft.
I walked into Saya Thai and Japanese Restaurant and she asked, â€œWhereâ€™ve you been? I havenâ€™t seen you for awhile.â€ Iâ€™d only been there once/twice before, but she remembered me. I liked that.
Iâ€™d called Saya at 9:30 a.m. â€” they donâ€™t to open â€™til 11 or so â€” but they graciously obliged me â€¦ if it was take-out. I like that.
When I picked up the food I reminded Denise how much Iâ€™d wanted to try their â€œsignature dish for 23 years.â€ I couldnâ€™t remember what it was called so she kindly wrote the name on a business card.
The dish is called, well, letâ€™s let Denise â€˜splain it:
â€œDonâ€™t put this on FaceBook,â€ she demanded. Ever the credit to my gender, I lied and said, â€œI wonâ€™t.â€
Gai Yang is crazy good. It has the tang and bite of yellow curry but itâ€™s â€œsmoothed,â€ I guess, by the coconut milk. Although the chicken is baked, it retains that unmistakable, exquisite Thai char, not unlike satay. Itâ€™s accompanied by some sort of hopped-up soy sauce thatâ€™s delightfully hot. I wish I could say more but Iâ€™m too busy eating.
Itâ€™s served with a small iceberg lettuce salad and a yogurt-based(?) dressing. I donâ€™t know what it is. Itâ€™s pink and itâ€™s yogurt, I think. Iâ€™d investigate it but, again, Iâ€™m too busy eating.
I hate to resort to teen saws but â€¦ this Bai Yung ROCKS! If only I werenâ€™t too busy eating. Iâ€™d tell you about it but, sorry, Iâ€™m too busy eating.
And so we roll.
Saya Japanese and Thai Restaurant, 8455 S. 212th St., Kent, Washington
Tio Wally pilots the 75-foot, 40-ton(max) land yacht SS Me So Hungry. He reports on road food from around the country whenever parking and InterTube connections permit.