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Lombok: Sate Rembiga Ibu Sinnaseh

Lombok: Sate Rembiga Ibu Sinnaseh

“As expected, it did taste sweet, but there was a hint of spiciness from the well-grilled beef. And the more I chewed, the more the spiciness grew on my palate.”

One of the culinary stops that I made during my trip to Lombok was a place called Sate Rembiga Ibu Sinnaseh on Jalan DR Wahidin in Rembiga. Founded in the early nineties, it is well known for being a favourite spot to sample Sate Rembiga (Rembiga beef satay) not only for locals but also for tourists as well. It has a branch over in Cakranegara.

I reached there at around 7pm and the place was almost fully packed, with only one vacant table available right at one of the corners of the establishment. The front-end of the shop is where its staff prepares the satay. Before I sat down, I made a beeline to the counter to place my order, and after just five minutes, my satay was ready to be demolished.

Served plain without peanut sauce and soy sauce, I assumed that it was going to be a rather sweet affair, which is not my cup of tea as I love my food spicy. With slight hesitation I took a stick and proceeded to bite through the meat. As expected, it did taste sweet, but there was a hint of spiciness from the well-grilled beef. And the more I chewed, the more the spiciness grew on my palate. It might not be as hot as one would expect a local Lombok dish would taste, yet the sweet-and-spicy combination still provided a unique and enjoyable touch to the occasion.

After settling the bill, I bumped into its founder Ibu Sinnaseh by chance on my way out. I recognised her from her picture that is placed on the shop’s signboard at the entrance, and not willing to let such a good opportunity slip away, I approached her and bombarded her with questions aplenty regarding her business. From our chat, I learnt that she had just secured a deal to move her shop to a new and bigger building not too far from its current location. Good for her then.

Jl. DR Wahidin, Rembiga,
Mataram, Lombok
T: 0819 1799 1747
Open daily from 1.30pm-9pm
Rp.30,000/US$2.20 per person


A die-hard fan of authentic Indonesian delights who loves the idea of travelling to the cradle of those enticing local treats. Yet, you might often find this young lad busy with his guitar – be it alone in his room or, sometimes, on stage.

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