“Silky smooth in texture, it packed a sweet-and-savoury punch that was to die for.”
To be able to run and maintain a business for more than 25 years merits praise and accolades aplenty, which is why Sate Ayam Ponorogo Pak Seger Asli – located on Jalan Dharmawangsa in Surabaya – deserves the all plaudits that it has received. Currently run under the supervision of Pak Seger’s children, it still remains one of the most popular eateries in the City of Heroes, despite the city having already undergone many changes.
After reading many good reviews about the place, I set aside some time to drop by during my food adventure in Surabaya. Reaching there at around 6pm, only a few tables were occupied. I hurriedly went inside to avoid the smoke coming out from the grilling grates. After I made myself comfortable, the waitress came up to me and told me that most of the items on the menu were sold out. Since I didn’t have much choice, I had to settle for Sate Ayam (chicken satay) with a side order of rice.
The light brown-coloured peanut sauce caught my eye as soon as my Sate Ayam was delivered to my table, which is unlike the dark brown peanut sauce that I was used to consuming back home in Jakarta. Despite its unappetisingly pale colour, its taste was otherworldly. Silky smooth in texture, it packed a sweet-and-savoury punch that was to die for. The satay itself was marinated to perfection, resulting in a rich flavour. Although some parts of the meat were a tad burnt, it didn’t manage to deter my appetite.
As I ate, my eyes began to well up with tears. Not of joy because of my meal, unfortunately, but due to the smoke that had filled up the room coming from the satay grill right in front of the establishment. It was the only blot in Sate Ayam Ponorogo Pak Seger’s copybook from an otherwise near-perfect dining experience.
Jl. Dharmawangsa No. 42,
Gubeng, Surabaya, East Java
T: 031 501 7879
Open daily from 7am-10pm
Rp.25,000/US$1.80 per person