Authentic Malay Food in Kuala Lumpur – Satay

Traditional Malay house in Kuala Lumpur that has been transformed into a restaurant

While you’re in Malaysia, it is a must for you to try out some local dishes and also check out old architectures. 

At Satay Station Kampung Pandan, you’ll be able to do both in 1 shot.

It was an old Malay style wooden home that has been converted into a family run restaurant.

It is one of nearest place from Balkoni Hijau that is off the normal tourist path to experience traditional Malay heritage without having to drive for hours out of the city.

The wooden house is beautiful restored and preserved with wooden carvings and lush tropical plants. You will have a choice to be sitting al-fresco or indoors.

Notice that the indoor table is short because you will have to take off your shoes and sit crossed legged to eat indoors:

The indoor decor and sitting tables

What is recommended here is, of course, the satay (locals spell it sate). They offer 2 sizes for their sate, large and small. It will be accompanied with crushed peanut sauce, rice cakes, cucumbers, and raw red onions.

When I was younger, I didn’t get the point of eating raw onions, but its purpose is to reset your taste buds when you have eaten a lot of meat.

It’s similar to why Japanese restaurants have pickled garlic with their sushi.

Honorable mention to compliment your sate experience:

  1. Mee sup (Beef bone soup)
  2. Mee Jawa (Javanese style noodles).
Menu and prices

Le menu. The prices are a little on the high side but, I thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance and great service.

What we had:

  1. Me: 5 sticks of large beef sate
  2. Friend 1: 5 sticks of large chicken sate and a bowl of beef bone soup (Shockingly above local market price but it is more to the Thai style as it is slightly sour. Real Malay beef bone soups are generally not sour. But don’t get me wrong, it was really good)
  3. Friend 2: 5 sticks of large chicken sate and a bowl of Mee Jawa
  4. Sour plum drinks

The bill was around RM70 for 3 people

Getting There from KL City Center

Getting there, just use the Grab sharing app, GrabCar:

It’ll only cost you RM14 from Balkoni Hijau KL using GrabCar app

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