Sate RSPP – Everywhere around Indonesia, you can find sate on the street or Indonesian restaurant and sate is readily available for order. Indonesian street food are usually cheap, including Indonesian sate. Almost everyone in Jakarta heard of this famous Sate RSPP [although not everyone tried it already]. The first branch is located at Blok M area, right in front of Rumah Sakit Pusat Pertamina (RSPP in short) which explains why it’s called so. But, me and my friend decided to go and try the other branch around Gandaria area because going to Blok M at 5 p.m. is the biggest mistake one could make in life [hyperbole intended].
Sate is one of the popular Indonesian food. There are a lot of public figures love Indonesian sate. You can easily locate the Gandaria branch by setting your online taxi trip to Rumah Sakit Ibu dan Anak Muhammadiyah (spot the green building – such a mystery why Sate RSPP branches open around hospitals). Once you have arrived, walk around 50 meter to the right (don’t rely too much on my measurement, I’m bad at it) and spot it right next to a saloon. The Mas-Mas (how we call Indonesian men) are usually always sitting around the wooden cart ready to serve you satays. The place is semi-restaurant, because there are tables and chairs yet it’s not a closed area (most of satay stalls are usually outdoor with plastic chairs only). My friends and I are the first one to arrive there, and so we get luxury to pick the best seats.
Make Sure to Order the Lontong (Rice Cake)
Indonesian culinary is so flavorful and exciting to eat, including satay and its sauce. The fresh herbs and multitude of spices used in Indonesian cooking, it truly is a huge contributing factor to make Indonesian food has good taste. We ordered two portions of satay (without lontong / rice cake because we’re “on a diet”, but seriously you need to order lontong it complements the whole dish) and waited around 5 mins to finally enjoy 20 satays with huge chicken chunks. I must say the chicken tasted so juicy and tender, plus the peanut sauce is just perfect: creamy, umami, with the right sweetness from the soy sauce, and chunky. Actually the recipe to make chicken satay is very simple: a mix of peanut, sweet soy sauce, shallot, garlic, chili, and candlenut, but I guess not everyone can make a Indonesian chicken satay/sate dish.
As we sit and looked around, people were coming and ordered 50 satays for takeaway. This is how my family (and apparently other families) usually enjoyed satay, at home and wait for the takeaways. My family is a huge fan of chicken satay so I’m somehow an expert in (eating) sate ayam. I must say that Sate RSPP is 9/10, it’d have been 10 if they provide fat-less ones because I just don’t like the gooey fats on the middle. But for the thickness, tenderness, flavor, and PRICE, it’s just straight A+. I highly recommend you to come and try Sate RSPP.
Happy Sate (or Satay) hunting!
Writer : Alin
Photographer : Felicia