Satay is one of Malaysia’s best loved traditional dishes. Who can say no to juicy skewers of barbecued meats on bamboo sticks? Satay has been around for ages, and part of the secret of their popularity is the condiments that come with it. Usually, this includes a sweet and spicy peanut sauce, ketupat ( pressed rice cooked in woven palm leaves) and some sliced cucumbers and onions.
If you’re looking for that all-authentic satay experience, here are some places to check out:
Kajang has gained a reputation for itself for being the leading satay haven in the Klang Valley. One of the most popular spots to eat satay is of course at Willy’s. Their satay is generous, thick and infused with all the necessary spices. One of the unique highlights here is that they serve their satay with lontong rather than ketupat or nasi impit. The lontong here are rolls of rice cooked in banana leaf and they add a that extra something to the meal.
Address: Jalan Ramal 1, Taman Ramal Indah, 43000 Kajang, Selangor
Opening hours: Daily, 4pm-12am
2. Satay Station
There are many Satay Station outlets all over the Klang Valley. However, if you want an authentic taste of the original satay, drop by their main outlet at Desa Pandan. Their satay is a good mix of sweet and savoury that really brings out the umami flavours. More importantly, if you like some fat mixed in with your meat, Satay Station offers plenty of that tender fat to balance the chunky bites.
Address: No 55 Jalan A, Kampung.Pandan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily, 4pm-12am
3. Zaini Satay
Zaini Satay may not be as big a name as some of its neighbours in Kajang, but this humble family-run satay stall has a charm of its own. Stall owner Mr Zaini sells satay prepared with his own original recipe, and here you’ll find the rustic homely taste of comforting satay you had as a kid growing up.
Address: Stall No. 5, Jalan Kerja Ayer Lama, Ampang Jaya, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Opening hours: Daily, 4pm-11.30pm
4. Yunus Satay
This humble establishment serves up satisfying satay that’s prepared in the traditional method. It’s fuss-free and affordable. Best of all, because it isn’t one of those huge establishments, you can dine in relative peace and quiet. You can pair your satay with laksa, mee kari or any of the dishes they offer here, including with rice and sides.
Address: 318, Lorong Kedah, Melawati Square,Taman Melawati,53100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Wednesdays to Mondays, 4pm to 11pm. Closed on Tuesdays
5. Suukee Satay
Most satay stalls are halal. However, there are several ones selling pork satay and one of them is Suukee. Their specialities include pork belly and pork intestine satay, prepared in the Hainanese style. Suukee inherited this style of satay from the famous pork satay stalls in Melaka and is one of the few places you can find Hainanese satay in the Klang Valley.
Address: 180-G, Jalan Dataran Cheras 9, Dataran Perniagaan Cheras, Selangor
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm-10pm
No matter what your favourite type of satay is, you’ll find it here in and around KL. Just make sure you share the goodness with friends and family.