Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Satay Padang @ Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur

the contrast - pasar malam and shiny KLCC Twin Towers

Stunted from development, Kampung Baru seems to be caught up in a time warp amid shiny bright skyscrapers. Rumblings about redeveloping the land seem to be heard from a distance, which I admit I'm not welcoming as I love the old world charm the rickety wooden kampung houses hold even in the shadow of the tall modern buildings.

the delectable Satay Padang with the lick-me-up sauce

For me, Kampung Baru is where I gravitate for great Malay food and nowadays Indonesian food. It's at these narrow streets where people still move around without any helmets on motorbikes like there's no law, and you find a string of contrasts - Westerners getting a haircut in a small wooden shack, a pretty Indonesian gal on a motorbike in full make-up waiting for her date or even Chinese tourists pounding the streets to search for good food.

grilling those satay sticks

Ignore all those tomyam signs (till now it still baffles me why is the Tomyam sign more predominant in Malay communities then nasi lemak or did Thailand conquer us one day without us knowing??) and head for this small makeshift stall for the best ever Satay Padang. It's not hard to spot this stall as loads of people crowd around this couple who are busy fanning the flames to grill up delectable sticks of chicken and the rarely seen beef tongue.

all gone! tongue me up, kitties rule in this village, smoky fire

While this fella also sells his satay sticks with our familiar looking peanut sauce, it is the thick yellow sauce you should be asking for. We were lucky that night as we got there for the last scrappings of his large metal pot. Made from rice flour, a little bit of spices and curry powder - the sauce was incredibly good that you couldn't help going....mmmmm!! No wonder we spied a little boy licking up his plate clean from the sauce - it's that amazingly yummy! Even though a certain one isn't partial to the cow's tongue, he differed and loved the soft taste of it when paired with the delicious sauce. Served piping hot with a sprinkle of fried shallots, I reckon this stall is going to be a permanent favourite for both of us from now on.

Satay Padang Stall
Along Jalan Raja Muda Musa
Kampung Baru
Kuala Lumpur

(Halal. Stall starts from 5pm onwards and is closed on Sundays. To get here, from the LRT station, when you exit take a right turn. At the T junction, take a right turn and walk down the street. The stall is on your right hand side in front of a row of covered eateries. For more pictures, see my Flickr set.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.

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KY said...

lovely shot on the first photo!

Kenny Mah said...

I've never heard of satay padang but that sauce looks incredible! :D

Unknown said...

From the looks of it, the sauce looks anything but tempting though. But I'm sure the taste is worthy. I tried to seek for good eats in Kg Baru, but failed, for the place is like an alien land to me.

Thanks for highlighting this, boo.

Precious Pea said...

I can almost hear those delicious sizzling sound....aiyooo...i wish i get 10 skewers of satay in front of me now.

thule a.k.a leo said...

I wish that I could go out at night like this.. but the truth is, I can't!!!

sc said...

the sauce looks something like hainanese curry sauce...but bet it tasted better. oo, love the shot of the meow! cute!

tastebudtalk said...

The pictures have really reminded me of how much I miss the delicious smell of satay being grilled over the fire. I'm curious though as to what the sauce tastes like as it doesn't look like the usual peanut fare.

Unknown said...

Satay!! University students' favorite!!

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Catherine said...

So pleasing to the eyes and definitely pleasing to taste. Love it!

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