Well, I am not going to lie to you. The biggest reason I came to try the Hj Senen Satay at O Mulia was because of they’d put on a flaming show while grilling the meat skewers.
But apparently this satay joint (previously known as Satay Pulau?) has been around long enough to earn itself a legendary status, making it one of the must try satay restaurant in KL. Many loyal customers swear by this place claiming that it is better, if not as good as Sate Kajang. To be honest I wouldn’t be surprised if it actually was.
Business was brisk and the workers were grilling away to fulfill the orders that kept piling in. As you can see the flame is very strong compared to the other stalls where a slow grill method is usually employed.
Time flies while watching them work and before we knew it, our order of satay had arrived. No surprise on the condiments and accompaniments here, the satay was served with ketupat (in plastic wrappings though), sliced cucumber and onions. Sambal and peanut sauce were served separately so you could adjust the spiciness according to your own liking. If I am not mistaken the satay was priced at RM1 each.
From the looks of it, the satay appeared impressive with chunky meat and all. But if you look closer you’d notice there’s a lot of charred parts. And I mean A LOT. So I guess the extra strong flame does have a drawback. I don’t mind having some charred bits on my satay because that’s one of the enjoyable parts but frankly this was borderline burnt if you ask me.
Taste wise it was undoubtedly satisfying (provided you discard the burnt parts) and you could really feel the fleshiness of the satay here. Between the chicken and beef, I prefer the later because it was more flavourful and the meat was surprisingly tender despite looking tough and chewy.
Despite having a few shortcomings, I don’t think anyone would be badly disappointed by the satay here. Hj Senen reminded me of ‘Klasik’ Satay Station, both had the potential to be great but suffer from serving satay that is too charred to be properly enjoyed.
Hj. Senen Satay
Restoran O Mulia, 300-1 Jalan Tun Razak
54200, Kuala Lumpur
Business hours: 5pm – 11.30pm (closed on Sundays)