Malang: Sate Kambing H. Paino Bunul


“Now this was a serving of Sate Kambing that I could live with – it dispelled any previous negative notions that I had towards the dish as its meat was odourless and tender.

Just to be clear, mutton has never been my cup of tea. Its aroma disgusts me, while the meat’s leathery texture gives me the heebie-jeebies. So when my driver-cum-tour guide recommended me to try out Sate Kambing H. Paino Bunul, which was established in 1973, I had the urge to knock him for six and run away. However, as the model professional that I am, I resisted my violent compulsion and let him drive me down to Pasar Bunul where the joint is located.

As we approached our destination, my worries began to ease a little after seeing how well-kept and clean it was, despite being located in front of the traditional market from which its name is derived from.

I made myself comfortable at one of the empty tables inside, picked up the menu, and went through it. Some of the items on offer here include Sate Ayam (chicken satay) andGulai Kambing (mutton curry). Just to be on the safe side, I ordered both the Sate Ayam and its signature Sate Kambing (mutton satay). Both dishes arrived on my table after about 15 minutes. My first instinctive move was to push away the Sate Kambing to the other side of the table and pigged myself on the Sate Ayam. It was absolutely gratifying and was served the way I like it with the caramelised chicken meat slightly charred, which gives off a crispy sweet taste to it. The peanut sauce was smooth in texture and struck the perfect balance between sweet and savoury.

As reluctant as I was, I forced myself to sample one stick of the Sate Kambing. Now this was a serving of Sate Kambing that I could live with – it dispelled any previous negative notions that I had towards the dish as its meat was odourless and tender. In the end, I made short work of the whole plate. Sate Kambing H. Paino Bunul has certainly made me rethink my stance on mutton. Let’s hope the next mutton dish that I try will be as good as this.

malang-classic-sate bunul h paino
Jl. Hamid Rusdi Timur IV/315
Malang, East Java
T: 0341 332 934
Open daily from 10am-10pm
Rp.30,000/US$2.30 per person


Started her career as a food writer in 2012, Jessicha Valentina is the online editor of Good Indonesian Food. Jessicha has loved Sayur Asem since she was a wee kid and spends her free time trying to cook it.

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