Sate, also spelled satay, is one of the most popular forms of Indonesian street food, and there are many different version of sate available. One of the types of sate, originally from Padang in Sumatra, is called Sate Padang, and it’s one of the versions that seems to have a very strong following of people that love it.
For my first taste of Sate Padang in Jakarta, I went to a place called Sate Padang Ajo Ramon, located in south Jakarta in a lovely shade covered neighborhood. I think it actually sets up in the evening in front of a market, but it’s a nice friendly and quiet place for a food stall. When you walk up, you can already smell the aroma of the grilling skewers of meat.
The skewers of meat were quite small, but they were just coated in a thick layers of fragrant spices before being grilled. You could get a variety of different parts of the beef, including regular meat, intestines, or tongue, and tongue is one of the most popular cuts for Sate Padang. I ordered half tongue and half meat. After the sate were finished grilling, they were put on a plate along with ketupat (rice cakes) and then the entire plate was covered in a thick brown gravy sauce. The actual skewers of the grilled meat, plus the brown gravy is what makes Sate Padang so unique.
I have to admit, it’s not one of the prettiest Indonesian dishes, but Sate Padang absolutely makes up for its looks with flavor. With every bite I took, the spices literally exploded in my mouth.
From eating my first plate of Sate Padang in Jakarta, I’ve become a little bit obsessed. The only reason I didn’t have another plate immediately is because I came here right after eating a big seafood meal, so I was pretty stuffed.
Saturday, 15 July 2017
Sate Padang Ajo Ramon - Indonesian Street Food in Jakarta!
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