Heading deep into the backstreets of the Kampung Baru neighbourhood resulted in some interesting discoveries. With Malaysia being famed for delicious Satay, our research took us to a small stall on Jalan Haji Hashim. Satay Capitol 1951 – Warisan.
You get a real sense that this was a good idea to set out on foot in the sweltering midday heat. Once you see the man with a fan and a charcoal grill sizzling skewers of tasty meat, that’s all the confirmation you need that you’re in good hands.
Warisan is one of those places that looks like a cross between a restaurant and someone’s garage. A few other stalls are dotted around this makeshift food court. The only one we had eyes for had an older man tending the grill and three youths, seemingly off school, to take the orders.
Initially, there was a language barrier. Being this far out of the tourist zones caused confusion to the locals when we rocked up. Fortunately, the token English speaker was summoned to translate for us. After hearing the options of either beef or chicken Satay, we opted for beef…15 skewers in fact for 15RM (around £2.78).
The lads got to work on the grill. Luckily the skewers came out of the cool box. Many stalls down the road had chicken displayed in non-refrigerated cabinets. Not the kind of food to agree with ones stomach.
We had never had beef Satay before but had heard through the grapevine that this was better than the chicken. The stall doesn’t sell drinks so I had to head across the court to a vendor that did. Two bottles of water came in at 2RM (around 37 pence). As soon as I returned to the table, I was greeted by a portion of chargrilled Satay and two portions of peanut sauce.
Any concerns about the hygiene rating of the stall or the cooking abilities of the juvenile chefs were quickly dispelled. These guys know what they are doing. The meat had a lovely ratio of lean and fatty. A key combination when you are trying to achieve flavour. The cucumber garnish seemed a lot more crispy than the watery efforts we get back home.
Some had pointed out that the peanut sauce was a little too sweet. For us, it was perfect. Coating chargrilled meat in a velvety blanket of nutty goodness makes me very happy. If you’re feeling brave enough to battle the hot weather and walk to Warisan, good rewards await you at the end.
Opening Times: Monday-Saturday 1500-0000
Nearest Metro: Kampung Baru