It might seem peculiar that Studio 5 at Ampang Jaya has two satay stalls operating within the restaurant.
However, with everything considered, it actually makes sense because one stall alone won’t be able to cope with the number of customers. Zaini Satay is the famous one for their legacy, but Nur Satay (in my opinion) is the better one.
Nur Satay has been in the business for more than 20 years and they were actually here first before Zaini. Although they are essentially competitors, you won’t feel any animosity between them, as each stall commands their own following.
A pair of brothers-in-law run Nur Satay and their roles are clear cut: one does the grilling while the other takes care of the rest. Despite the hecticness, I am pleased to say that the brothers are always cool and friendly.
Prices are kept delightfully low, making them one of the most affordable satay stalls in KL currently. Chicken, beef, tripe, liver satays and ketupat are available at RM0.80 each.
While both Nur and Zaini satay are delicious in their own rights, the main reason I said that Nur’s better is simply because their satays are more tender and succulent. Zaini’s, on the other hand tend to be dry and chewy.
We had the chicken and beef satays only so I can’t comment on the rest. That said, no matter which meat you choose, you will be in for a real treat.
I usually prefer beef when it comes to satay because it tastes better most of the time. But Nur’s chicken satay is so well marinated that the flavor is as great as it can be. Moreover, as you can see, a lot of care went into grilling the satays so burnt parts are minimal.
Best to be here before 10pm to avoid disappointment. For those who are already aware of Nur Satay’s awesomeness, Pak Din is another legendary satay stall worth your time. In fact, it’s my stall of choice in KL.
Restoran Studio 5
No. 5, 6 & 7, Jalan Kolam Air Lama
Ampang Jaya, 68000 Ampang, KL
Business hours: 5pm to 11pm, closed once a month (usually Tuesdays)
Tel: 013-669 8043