Among the many cuisines that we are so fortunate to have in this country, it’s safe to say that Padang’s lip-smacking array of dishes are the ones that you can easily find anywhere across the nation. This also rings true in Medan, where I had the pleasure of dining at Sate Padang Simpang Waspada. Owner Pak Andy came to the capital city of North Sumatra back in the 1980s from Bukittinggi. He began to ply his Sate Padang trade in 1984, and the rest – as they say – is history.
Prior to my visit, I managed to read a few reviews on the Internet regarding the place, and they were mostly positive (if they weren’t, I wouldn’t even be writing this article in the first place). As I reached the small stall, I was immediately assisted by Deviani, who happens to be Pak Andy’s daughter. I told her what I wanted, and under the supervision of her father, she grabbed six beef-and-intestine satay sticks and grilled them. Whist she fanned my much-anticipated meal, she informed me that her dad’s first joint was situated just across the road. I expected her to let me in on the reasons behind the relocation, yet to no avail.
After giving the satay the once-over a number of times, she was finally certain they were grilled to perfection. She picked them up, dipped them into a huge aluminium pot that contained the satay sauce, and plated them. My nostrils detected the heavenly aroma of turmeric and coriander seeds emanating from the sauce, and in an instant, I was hooked.
She handed me the now-sauced satay and escorted me to one of the plastic chairs right next to the grill. As I sat down, a quick glance towards my plate revealed the huge size of the meat on the satay – they were twice as large as the Sate Padang that I would usually eat back in Jakarta. I sank my teeth into one of them, and its tender quality and savoury flavour impressed me no end. The intestines were chewy and odourless – just the way I like it. The sauce brought about a spicy tinge that was most welcome. Even though I was in Medan, my heart was stolen by a dish from Padang.
Jl. Let. Jend. Suprapto,
Medan, North Sumatra
T: 061 7733 83260
Open daily from 4pm-12am
Rp.29,000/US$2.20 per portion