Satay – tasty skewered barbecued meat
Mee Bandung is one of the foods you should not miss in Muar, simply because the best ones are all concentrated here. In fact, Muar is the town where Mee Bandung is said to originate from. Anyway, there are many stalls and restaurants you could go looking for this popular local dish but I placed my bet on Abu Bakar Hanipah‘s at Wah San Kopitiam along Jalan Abdullah. The coffee shop’s name is especially catchy and easy to remember for me, since there is a clan and mountain with the same name in Chinese martial arts novels too.
This was my first time having Mee Bandung Muar and all I could say is that I was immediately hooked. Imagine a hearty serving of noodle in an egg and shrimp broth that tastes extraordinary, like a slightly sweeter and concentrated version of Chinese prawn noodle but topped with delicious beef slices and small whole shrimps instead. Each mouthful is rich and bursting with prawn flavor, there’s simply no stopping once you have started – simply delicious. Priced at RM4 per plate, no doubt this is one of the best local food we had during our short trip to Muar.
When it comes to Melaka‘s Satay Celup, Capitol‘s popularity supersedes the rest. And with that reputation, you are sure to have a fair share of lovers and haters – some swear by it and some swear at it. But for something that is so subjective, as food is, I guess it is still better to taste it for yourself than let others dictate it for you.
I still can’t really adapt to the queuing-for-food-culture, which explains why I never bothered to visit Capitol satay celup until recently. Most of the time I would eat at other places instead like Ban Lee Siang or King Tu.
This is going to be a quick one. I just want to update the Klasik Satay Station lovers out there that they have closed their stall at Restoran O’din and upgraded themselves to a full fledged restaurant at Taman Kepong Indah. Nothing much has changed about their satay, it is still tasty and affordable so you can still refer my previous post for a more detailed write up.
The mutton satay (RM1.20) remains the best among the two other meats: chicken (RM0.70) and beef (RM1). I would have given the chicken satay a better rating if not because some of them were so badly burnt. This had been a problem I noticed during my last visit and sadly is still happening. I don’t know exactly why but it only affects the chicken satay while the mutton and beef satay are OK. The least they could do is to trim off the burnt parts from the chicken satay like Sen Kee does rather than serving them charred to the customers.
Satay aside, three types of noodles are available here: Mee Jawa, Mee Soto and Laksa. The Mee Jawa @ RM4.50 is delicious albeit slightly too sweet.
Satay is a common food in Melaka so there is no surprise that this state has the most Pork Satay restaurants. Besides the meat being used, one major difference in Pork Satay (aka Nyonya Satay) is the peanut dip which is usually mixed with a dollop of pineapple sauce.
Sun May Hiong (and along with Xiang Ji, Ming Sate Hut etc) is one of the more popular restaurants in Melaka that specializes in Pork Satay. Once you sit down, you will be given a big tray of satays regardless of whether you ordered it or not. Then, you are free to take as many as you can stomach. When the tray is almost finished the satays will be replenished automatically until you say stop.
While I find the satays (60 cents each) to be quite good, the peanut sauce is oily and diluted. The pineapple sauce on the other hand does not do anything much to improve the overall taste. In fact, it is too sourish for my liking.