Although commonly eaten nighttime, but having an all-day famous satay hawker around the neighborhood is a great blessing indeed!
I remembered a story about from a fellow foodie friend of mine. Just a day before his wedding, he decided to add more merriment for the party with delicious satay from Sate Ayam Pak Muri. I didn’t really know why he decided to do it just one day prior since normally it won’t be doable, but he asked anyway. Convincingly Pak Muri told him, ‘No problem at all. We can handle sudden requests for up to 2,000 skewers a day!’ Long story short, it was a happily ever after story for my friend.
A few years later, we had a chance to visit this fantastic hawker located just across the Pertamina Hospital on the busy Jalan Kyai Maja. Parking your car might be a problem here as Sate Ayam Pak Muri shares the same place with other business establishments. The billowing smoke coming out of the grill was like a signal for us to show its location.
The satay brought to us was really tempting. Five skewers of chicken and five skewers of lamb satay, bathed in Indonesian much-loved peanut sauce and kecap manis, all showered with crispy fried shallots. Served on the side of these marvels were the rice cakes, sliced raw shallots and bird-eye chilies with freshly sliced tomatoes. Well, that may be a popular combination seen in common hawkers but Pak Muri has had this secret concoction inside both the meat and the sauce that make him miles ahead in the competition. The chicken cubes come in bigger sizes and are tender and juicy.
Curious with the never-ending stream of people leaving his stall with satay takeaway, I asked Pak Muri how many satay he sells everyday, to my surprise, the amount reaches more than ten thousand! That’s why it was a stroll in the park for him to accept any surprise request – even for weddings like my friend did.
Great service is another forte after the delectable satay. Not only is their service flow efficient, it is supplemented with huge smiles and friendly gestures. Based on this, I believe that we will still see more from Pak Muri excellence in the satay business in the future.
SATE AYAM PAK MURI
Unsuitable for vegetarians
Address: Jalan Kyai Maja no. 21 (in front of Pertamina Hospital), Jakarta – Indonesia
Opening hours: Everyday, 10 am – 10 pm
Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE January 2014 edition
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Photos by: Dennie Benedict