Kedai Satay

Posted on | February 24, 2011 | 18 Comments

Disclosure: My first meal at Kedai Satay was organised by a friend of the owner who got a group of food bloggers together. It was a complimentary meal that I never got around to writing up. This post is about subsequent visits that I paid for.

My background is (Hong Kong) Chinese, but I grew up in New Zealand, which meant that I never learnt to read and write Chinese. When Alastair and I visited China many years ago, I felt like a real Failsian (Fail Asian!) because I didn’t speak Mandarin, most people didn’t speak English, my Cantonese is dreadful and they couldn’t understand it anyway! So last year I started Mandarin classes. I’m still Failsian, but I’m trying! :D

After my Mandarin class, Alastair and Bro pick me up in the city, and we head somewhere cheap for a quick dinner. The past couple of weeks we have been going to Kedai Satay, an Indonesian restaurant on King Street.

I remembered from my first visit that the lamb ribs are GOOD, so one order had to be the the ribs as a pack ($11.80). The pack comes with the ribs, salad, and a choice of plain or coconut rice or lontong (a rice cake). It can also be ordered as a main ($20) which means no rice and more ribs.

The ribs are tender, a bit fatty, and covered in a sweetish sauce. I love the charred, chewy edges on them. They’re really worth ordering!

I also ordered us the Nasi Uduk Complete ($11.80) which came with coconut rice, fried anchovies, fried tempeh, prawn crackers, roasted peanuts, sambal and a choice of fried or grilled chicken. The first time I ordered it grilled.

On another visit, we had it fried, which seemed very similar. The chicken is not bad, and the sambal is great! It’s fairly spicy so be warned if you don’t like spicy heat.

Here’s a closer look at the stuff that comes with the Nasi Uduk Complete. I forgot to mention the egg! I like the anchovies and peanuts, but the fried tempeh is usually way too salty for my taste.

This is a serve of the lamb satay (5 sticks for $10). They were cooked on the grill and covered in a peanut satay sauce. I liked the smokey, mild spiciness of the meat but found the satay sauce too sweet for my liking. And I kept inhaling chilli and smoke – not advised!

We also tried the chicken satay, which I enjoyed more than the lamb as they were more tender and had better flavour. I still found the sauce too sweet, though the Boys didn’t seem to have the same issues.

On one visit I tried the Ketropak ($7.80) – an Indonesian tofu salad with peanut sauce. It looks a bit… brown and white… but it did taste better than it looks! The plain vermicelli with the peanut sauce and bean sprouts tasted quite nice together – particularly when I stole some sambal off Alastair’s plate and mixed that in too. Without the bean sprouts it would’ve been a bit boring – the crunchiness and freshness helped.

You can add grilled chicken to this dish for $2, though I choose not too.

This is the beef ribs pack ($9.80). Like the lamb ribs, they’re coated in a sweetish, sticky sauce and cooked until tender and falling off the bone. I think the lamb ribs are better though – the beef ribs are larger and fattier, so you don’t get as much of the chewy charred edges that I like so much.

Kedai Satay is one of those Asian eateries that’s cheap and casual. You order and pay at the counter, and help yourself to cutlery. You get asked if you want your food spicy upon ordering (yes, of course!) but to be honest spicy doesn’t seem to be spicy at all. So I recommend having some of the sambal! Another thing I like is a very simple thing – I really like their coconut rice. Yes, I’m Asian and I like my rice. Hey – perhaps I’m not that Failsian after all!

For more posts on Kedai Satay, check out these blogs:

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    Kedai Satay
    186 King Street
    Melbourne
    Phone: 9640 0371



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    18 Responses to “Kedai Satay”

    1. fatbooo
      February 24th, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

      Actually, the nasi uduk looks pretty good. Do you think the sambal is good? If it is, I’ll pay a visit! :D
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      Agnes Reply:

      Yes, I like the sambal! It has a good kick to it.

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    2. Hannah
      February 24th, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

      The Nasi Uduk Complete looks like the snack plates I often have for dinner… except, of course, my snack plates are usually more dessert than dinner-ish, even though I eat them for dinner. I also really like the sounds of the ketropak. Peanut sauce? Yes please!
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      Agnes Reply:

      I was totally confused by your first sentence – snack plates for dinner? Snack plates of peanut butter, nut butter, and whatever weird raw vegan item you’ve made up? I don’t think that’s like nasi uduk at all. ;)

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      Hannah Reply:

      You’re probably right. But my logic makes me feel better about myself. ;)
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      Agnes Reply:

      I thought I was always right. ;)

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    3. Maria@TheGourmetChallenge
      February 25th, 2011 @ 8:16 am

      ohhhh…i havent had breakfast yet….wrong move looking at those ribs!! I love the chewy edges too!!

      YAY for chinese classes….hey dont worry…I’m a fail wog too! I was so embarrassed in italy I pretty much kept my mouth shut the whole time!
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      Agnes Reply:

      Well you haven’t concreted your back yard. Yep, you’re definitely a fail wog. ;)

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    4. s
      February 25th, 2011 @ 8:44 am

      Mmmm…loved the lovely dish and wud love to try it anyday !

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      Agnes Reply:

      Hopefully you have a place that’s similar near you!

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    5. Adrian In Food Rehab
      February 26th, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

      Failasain…LOL! I like the sound of the charred edges in the lamb ribs
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      Agnes Reply:

      The charred edges are THE BEST!

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    6. Heidi
      February 28th, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

      mmm looks great! I have heard of this place, must try it out. I like my rice too!
      Heidi xo
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      Agnes Reply:

      Rice rocks! Definitely try the ribs if you go :)

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    7. Judy @ Foodie Dreams
      March 16th, 2011 @ 11:53 am

      Yum! These photos are making me hungry… I love a good cheap & cheerful joint! I prefer noodles instead of rice though, I hope that doesn’t make me a “Failsian” lol

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    8. eatntag
      October 10th, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

      I changed my website to http://www.eatntag.blogspot.com, coz i moved all the pictures and using the latest dynamic blogspot style. Thank you for sharing the link. ;)

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    9. chocopie
      January 11th, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

      Hey there, this is totally out of topic but may i know where you had your mandarin lessons? Looking for one at the moment :p
      Anyway i go to kedai satay for dinner quite often and their ketoprak is my all time fave :D

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      Agnes Reply:

      Hi! I’ve since given up Chinese but I was doing them with Australasian Centre of Chinese Studies. They were fine, but I wasn’t putting in any time outside class so I wasn’t learning anything. My own fault for being slack!

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