Work-Life Balance

Little Escape for some Lamb Sate

The just bygone four weeks have been the hectic month for me at my office. I was assigned to assist the auditing commission implementing their annual schedule on branch office of a state-owned bank where I work for. I and the team were overwhelmingly stuffed with the work getting our heads to spin 😀

That’s why we decided to get us some little escape at lunch time. We were so fervid for some scalding food on that burning shiny day. An outing in line with passionate us inside the office 🙂

After a not too long cruise to and fro, we headed to a traditional eatery serving Sate Kambing. It’s a typical traditional dining place that you can commonly find in Indonesia. Such a place –just like other traditional culinary public houses- is likely to keep standing still vis-à-vis the massive entries of global brands, like McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut, etc. Here’s the place.

Photo credit: Chrysma Elysa

And we were to order yummy sate kambing. What is it? Sate (same pronunciation as you say latte) is edible cutlets pierced with skewers. The cutlets are traditionally pieces of meat, but modern culinary startups innovate with fruit cutlets like melon, water melon, pineapple, papaya, etc.

While kambing is lamb. Lamb cutlets are pierced through with bamboo skewers and then smeared with ketchup. To cook them,  they’re barbecued above a bunch of burning charcoal by fanning the heat manually with plaited bamboo sheet swinging over. However electric fans are now substituted for the manual job by many sate vendors. It’s understood since swinging manually makes your arm stiff 😀

Well cooked, sate kambing is prepared with peanut sauce or black soybean ketchup – which one to suit your taste- and completed with sliced chilli sauce, catter of fresh onion slices, and lime squeezes to boost the savory. Finally, it’s dished out together with a plate of rice, a bowl of lamb curried, and a glass of iced tea or iced orange squeeze. A perfect delicacy.

Photo credit: Chrysma Elysa

Warning: don’t eat sate kambing too much and in frequent times for health reason for it contributes to heart disease. Not recommended for those with hypertension.

I take this as a reminder to myself as well. I found it a good reason to satisfy my need of a mild escape from work.

What about an indulgence? Accepted.

A husband. A dad. A bank worker. Loves to share in writing about the art of being a dad for the kids.


  • Mavadelo

    0_0 A place especially for Sate??? ….. I…..Am …. Soooo jealous now
    I love Sate, Satesauce (hot, not the “Dutch” version, Lamb.. well… ANY Sate
    My uncle used to be in the KNIL as a cook and as I understand it had a good relationship with the local shopkeepers and locals in general as he was a very nice man, and strictly a chef, I believe he didn’t even have a gun or rifle (If he had he never shot it because he couldn’t even work the guns at the shooting gallery on the fair lol). He learned the most amazing dishes. Different kinds of Nasi of course. Atjar Tjampur, Ayam Goreng Kerim, Sambal Goreng beans and yes of course.. Sambal Goreng (I am so sorry if I butcher those names, I apologize if I do)
    When he came back home after his service it became an annual happening that once a year, on his wives birthday, the whole family came together at their house and he made a huge Indonesian Rice table (Which I always found a very insulting name as it is soooo much more than just “rice”) I fell in love with that food after my first bite. Unfortunately, most Indonesian restaurants are by Chinese people in my town ( Chinees Indisch Restaurant de Chinese muur and such names lol) and they tend to cook to “Dutch taste” (Bland… yuk… no spice, no heat, no herbs that actually have flavor. They substitute parsley for cilantro for example) so it is safe to say I miss his food very much. I make a mean Nasi Goreng but that is about it.
    Nikmati Sate, next time you enjoy a Bintang with it imagine this Dutchie raising a Grolsch to you over here in the Netherlands

    selamat tinggal

    • Edwin Prasetio

      To overlook, it’s hardly likely to find real sate in Netherlands even if we try to find Indonesian resto of Indonesian owners there. The smooth BBQ lamb on skewers is the real savory and delicacy…

      • Mavadelo

        Don’t forget the Netherlands has a large and thriving Indonesian community. And there are Pasar Malams (Although I haven’t been to one in years) so there are certainly people around who know how to make a good sate. But for the average Dutchman. not so much 🙂

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