First of all, this post contains horse meat. Horse meat is still very rare for consumption in the world and it is even considered as taboo in some countries. In Malaysia horse meat is almost unheard of and even if you chance upon it, it would be most probably in those exotic food restaurants. So if you are uncomfortable with that, please do not read further.
If you didn’t know, I used to stay at Sungai Ara for about two years before I moved to KL in 2008. But I have never seen Ah Basri Satay Restaurant in the neighbourhood so they must have set up their Satay restaurant after that. The only reason I came back to Sungai Ara for AB Satay is because it received high praises from various food bloggers and some even claimed it as the best satay in Penang.
Having tasted personally, the best satay in Singapore, I had high expectations and eager to see how they both match up.
Variety is the strength of Ah Basri and you wouldn’t be disappointed with their vast selection of meat for satay – chicken, beef, lamb, deer, horse and seafood like squid and prawn too. Price is on the high side here, with chicken satay being the cheapest @ RM1 a stick, RM1.40 for lamb and beef, RM1.50 for the deer, RM2 for horse, RM2.50 for squid and RM3 for prawn.
Although almost double the price of the average Penang satay, I feel the pricing is justified because each satay stick had a lot of lean meat on it. Fat was almost none-existent. Plus, AB Satay went the extra mile by detoxifying the meat before they were marinated. I am not sure what was done to the meat in the detoxification process though lol.
Because the satay meat was so lean, the texture was chewy and hard albeit being healthier than the rest. I don’t know about you but I prefer my satay to be tender, juicy with some fats on it.
These were the horse satay that I mentioned earlier. Not only they looked like beef satay, heck they taste like one too. If I were asked to differentiate AB Satay’s beef and horse satay without knowing which is which beforehand, I won’t be able to tell for sure. The same applies to the deer and lamb satay too, which tasted like beef as well.
Because of that I was quite disappointed with how the satay turned out. The original flavor of the meat seemed to have disappeared and all you could taste is the marinate and the peanut sauce. I for one would like to savor the meat’s original flavor as well. What’s the point of offering different meats when all of them are going to taste the same? It’s like ordering a Wagyu steak that tastes like chicken.
The seafood satay had different marinate and dipping sauce too. A sweet and spicy tasting chili sauce, which is quite similar to Thai chili sauce is used.
Sad to say I found the seafood satay to suffer the same problem of not having their original flavor. Prawn tasted nothing like prawn and squid tasted nothing like squid.
Overall Ah Basri Satay is OK lah but I am not going to say they have the best satay in Penang. Because I am confident that Penang, a food haven surely has a better satay restaurant that deserves the title more. And you’re pretty sure I am going to find that out too.
Please note that after not long after my visit Ah Basri has moved out of Sungai Ara to a new location at D’ Piazza Mall at Bayan Baru. The price is outdated as well.
AB Satay (Sungai Ara branch – diagonally opposite Fisherman’s Grill)
115B, Mukim 12,
Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim, Sg. Ara,
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Ah Basri Satay (Bayan Baru branch)
56 Jalan Mahsuri, 11900 Bayan Baru, PULAU PINANG
GPS Coordinates: N5 19.203 E100 16.279