Saturday, 21 January 2012

Zaini Satay, Ampang Jaya, KL, Malaysia






Who knew that this humble satay stall in Naan Corner has a legendary history? Zaini happens to be the grandson of the famous "king of satay" who began Majid Satay way back when Dang Wangi was known as Campbell Road. As Zaini tells it, his grandfather started out carrying satay around on a kandar stick (pole slung over the shoulder to carry two loads on either side) and quickly grew a reputation so fine that he expanded internationally with Majid Satay branches even arriving to London. Today a few grandchildren remain who carry on the tradition and we are lucky enough to have one of them right here in Ampang. Zaini has been cooking up satay for loyal customers for the past 25 years, but, as the saying goes, there is always a great woman behind the scenes. Zaini's wife is the lady behind the marinating and sauce making which takes a whole day of preparation. This satay recipe has been passed down through the women in the family for more than 60 years! Zaini's wife says she uses no MSG or belachan and that the secret to the top-notch taste is talking to the satay as she prepares it. She whispers to the satay to be tasty and to sell well so that she can send her kids to school. These sweet susurrations seem to work as if you ask many a local where the BEST satay is in town, without hesitation you'll hear "Zaini at Naan Corner". I found the satay sauce creamy and sweet. There was no oil puddling on the top as I've seen with many and it wasn't too spicy either. The satay sticks - chicken, beef, lamb and intestine were all cooked perfectly with a nice crispness to the outside and juicy tenderness within. Most days they are open from 6pm until midnight, but this place is popular so if you want to be guaranteed a few sticks of goodness, don't arrive too late. 


Zaini Satay
Naan Corner
Jalan Kolam Ayer
68000 Ampang
Malaysia
 +6 03 4257 4520

10 comments:

  1. Naan Corner is right next door to the International School of Kuala Lumpur. So close... I know where my dinner is coming from next week.

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  2. Yes. This is without doubt the best satay in KL.

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  3. gosh, this has ignited a longing for satay in me. i used to grow up having satay at least once a week back in my hometown of malacca, but ever since coming to KL in the '90s, it hasn't been something i've had often anymore. maybe once a year at the most. i don't think i'm even sure where to find good satay in KL, but i'll definitely keep this ampang place in mind. the satay looks perfectly prepared. chunky, with the ideal amount of charring. the satay sauce sounds perfect too. i wonder where's the best non-halal satay in KL though. i used to love pork liver satay in malacca. ok, i gotta stop rambling, heheh :D

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    1. Sean continue rambling. I like reading your stories and getting the "in" on what is good Malaysian food. Have not had pork satay, but I hear it is a must try. I missed my chance on a recent visit to Ipoh when the famous pork satay shop was closed on the day we were in town!

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  4. I can't remember when is the last time I actually went to a store and order satay. Most of my satay experiences are from all the open houses, baby showers, birthday etc...

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    1. Satay is usually something I save for when guests are in town as with you I usually get my share at open houses and events. :-)

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  5. Ahaha I hope you're like the more affordable version of Sean (EatDrinkKL)! Sean posts quite expensive restaurant foods every day ;p

    I enjoy satay so much! Chicken one! Ummmm yumm yumm

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    1. Hee! Rad, I try to do a range. I believe there are many places that Sean and I would both agree are good value - although we've never actually dined together. :-) What are your fav spots to eat?

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    2. I like to dine at home really! Ahaha

      Mom cooks delicious foods only! Otherwise she's not hired :p :p ahahaha joking!

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  6. The other day after our resident association's meeting we talked about this satay stall and it's nice to see it in Yum List. I will give it a try @ Zaini Satay.

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