“What sets apart Sate Bulayak from its skewered peers is the lontong-like Bulayakthat accompanies it, which is wrapped in palm leaves.“
We Indonesians love our Sate (satay). In Lombok alone, there are four different local satay that you could have a go at: Sate Lilit (minced fish satay), Sate Tanjung (Tanjung-style tuna satay), Sate Rembiga (Rembiga-style beef satay), and Sate Bulayak (Bulayak beef satay). Each has its own distinctive feature that distinguishes it from its peers. I managed to sample Sate Bulayak on the first day of my recent trip to Lombok, and it was just heavenly.
You can find hawkers selling Sate Bulayak in almost every corner of the island. However, from my research that I conducted prior to my departure to Lombok, I found out that Sate Bulayak Suranadi – located in the Suranadi area known for its famous nature park and pura – has garnered myriads of good reviews on the Internet by both local and foreign tourists. This way I could save a lot of time and effort by discounting those that offer an average serving of Sate Bulayak.
Suranadi is part of West Lombok, which is about a 45-minute drive from Mataram. Once I got there, I was faced with a bit of a setback. It turns out that there’s more than onewarung that specialises in Sate Bulayak, all set up in the parking area of Taman Suranadi right next to Pura Suranadi. Being a long way from home and having only a few minutes to make a decision, I settled on Warung Diah, which can be found on your right once you enter the parking lot.
After placing my order, I casually quizzed the young lady who was preparing my satay regarding her establishment. It was poetry in motion as I witnessed her detailing the history of Warung Diah while putting together my food without missing a beat. She explained how she inherited the business from her grandmother, who started it in the early nineties. “This area is always crowded with families who come to check out the park and the temple on weekends. They’d then stop by to have some Sate Bulayak,” she says.
What sets apart Sate Bulayak from its skewered peers is the lontong-like Bulayak that accompanies it, which is wrapped in palm leaves. It also uses Pelalah (coconut milk sauce) instead of peanut sauce or soy sauce.
Taman Suranadi, West Lombok
West Nusa Tenggara
Open from 8am-6pm
Rp.20,000/US$1.40 per person