Is this the origins of a proper satay stall in KL?
Satay Kajang is now just an MRT Station away
Lot 1, 2 & 3, Tingkat Bawah & Tingkat 2,
Bangunan Dato’ Nazir, Jalan Kelab,
Tel: 03-8737 1853
10.30 am to 12.30 am daily, Friday opens at 1.00pm
Samuri's satay kuah is still the best.
Others may have better satays
The story goes that Hj. Samuri’s wife is a descendent of Tasmin Sakiban from Java, Indonesia, who arrived in Kajang in 1914. The satay business was then pioneered here in 1917 and that would explain why they have the largest establishment and are the most popular satay joint in Malaysia. In the olden days, there was a medan satay in Kajang (now its the current Stadium Kajang MRT Station) with approximately 10 stalls all serving satays, and most owners are related to one another. Samuri's was so popular that they further opened in an adjacent building. A now with the new MRT station, satay lovers just need to walk 5 minutes to this building.
So how good is the satay? It has its ups and downs but for the last year or two.. the taste has started to be pretty consistent and tasty at their main HQ branch. The other good one is the huge Taman Melati branch. What's great about Satay Samuri is not so much the taste of their satay, as others have better ones but their kuah kacang (peanut sauce) is still unbeatable. They really know how to make the sweet spiced peanut kuah. And they give you generous portions of it. If you have hot taste buds, I recommend that you take it with some sambal that they provide on the side. This sambal on the side, now offered in a lot of other satay joints started with them.
Our favourites are beef, chicken, chicken gizzards, mutton and tripe (perut lembu). Even at their smaller branches, their satays are still grilled over charcoal fire giving it their signature sweet charred taste. The meat pieces are interlaced with a cube of fat to give the satay a bit of balance and this also allows the juices to drip and ooze into the other meat chunks whilst grilling. The caramelised taste comes from the pandan/lemongrass infused oil that is used to baste the satay on the grill or more commonly known in the olden times as tepak.
They still serve their satays the traditional way with several cubes of ketupat, slices of cucumber and onions together with peanut sauce on the side. Old folks will tell you that this is medically the right combo for satay as the cucmber/onion combo balances the unhealthy aspects of the grilled meats. Nevertheless you will always have a great meal everytime at Samuri's although you may leave the place smelling like barbeque.
But be warned... The Dato Nazir location can get really busy especially weekends. If you are all geared up for satay and find long queues there.. and can't wait... read also our Satay Kajang Crawl article for more places in Kajang for the good stuff.