One of the main reasons why I went to Yogyakarta was to have a go at Pak Pong’s Sate Klatak (mutton satay). The word on the street is that it tastes so good that customers are willing to wait to have a taste of it. As it turned out, I arrived at 7pm on a Saturday and had to face a huge crowd inside the joint. I was told to wait for about an hour, which I refused to do. I opted to come back the next morning at 10am.
I deliberately decided to miss breakfast in order to sample its renowned Sate Klatak, and after a 20-minute drive to Mantrijeron from my hotel, I was relieved to have finally arrived at the warung and see only a few taken tables. No more waiting for me.
Located by the roadside, this warung is quite spacious with a capacity of about a hundred people. It has an alfresco area, a saung (huts) section, and a number of rooms. The menu here consists of satay, Tongseng (meat stew in curry-like soup), Gulai (curry), Tengkleng (mutton soup), and Nasi Goreng (fried rice). All their dishes are mutton-based, thus not endearing the place to those who are not inclined to eat mutton.
After a ten-minute wait, my two orders arrive: Sate Klatak and Tongseng Kambing. The former comprises two skewers on a small plate with yellow-coloured curry underneath them, while the latter is only made up of a few cuts of beef, fat, and innards all splashed with a brownish-coloured gravy. The satay uses bicycle spokes as skewers to ensure that the heat is transmitted into the insides of the meat so as to ensure that it is cooked thoroughly.
I immediately understood why people have been raving about Pak Pong’s satay from the first bite. Although a bit thick, the beef was not chewy. Its inner parts were savoury due to the addition of a mixture of candlenut, garlic and salt being sprinkled upon it prior to the grilling process. For those who dislike lard and skin, you’re in luck as you’re able to request them out of the satay equation. The Tongseng was also flavourful, with the gravy featuring a dense taste. Now I know why so many keep coming back to Yogyakarta just to have another go at Pak Pong’s Sate Klatak.
Jl. Imogiri Timur, KM. 10, Wonokromo, Pleret
T: 0274 822 7896
Open daily from 10am-12am
Rp.50,000/US$3.73 per person