“The coconut lent an aromatic flavour that simultaneously enhanced my appetite and added a savoury kick to the meat.“
The first stop on my culinary hunt in Surabaya was Sate Klopo Ondomohen Bu Asih (quite a mouthful, isn’t it?). The satay stall has been around for more than 45 years and is recognised by many as the best purveyor of Sate Klopo (coconut-marinated meat satay) in the City of Heroes. This reputation was justified by the throng of customers crowding the joint during my visit.
Upon arrival, Ririt – the founder’s granddaughter – was manning the counter while two women were busy grilling the stay on top of a charcoal stove in front of the shop. Most of the tables were occupied, but with the help of one of the waitresses, I managed to secure a spot. I placed my order, and then I let my eyes wander to observe my surrounding – before the smoke emanating from the grill blew right into my face and left me teary eyed. It was so uncomfortable, it almost made me want to cancel my satay and call it a day. But then came the Sate Klopo, and my mind changed immediately.
The meat was tender and hot; the result of the satays here being grilled evenly on all sides and for the right period of time. The coconut lent an aromatic flavour that simultaneously enhanced my appetite and added a savoury kick to the meat. The sweet peanut sauce that covered the satay provided the yin to the meat’s yang, bestowing the meal with a much-needed balance of flavours. And in an instant, I had forgotten all about the smoke-induced pain in my eyes.
Surabaya, East Java
T: 031 547 4575
Open daily from 6.30am-11.30pm
Rp.20,000/US$1.50 per person