Review: Capitol Satay – Melaka’s Original Satay Celup

Happy New Year, everyone!

Whether you celebrated with loved ones at home, with friends out partying, with your pets in your jammies or just alone with a nice book (that’s what I did anyway), I hope it was a good one. I’ve been a bit lazy with my blogging (spent the holiday season gaming, mostly), so now it’s back to the grind again (at work as well)!

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N and I were in Melaka recently, and being foodies, we had to try the local specialty. The original plan was to get oh-chien (stir-fried oyster omelette), but it started raining heavily and we ended up at Capitol Satay instead. Founded in the 1960s, the place is extremely popular with out-of-townies so there’s always a line. We got seats relatively quickly, within 15 minutes of waiting.

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Seating is limited, and the restaurant is not air conditioned. That doesn’t stop the crowds, though.

What do they serve?

Despite the satay moniker, I think it’s more accurate to call it lok lok, ie hotpot. First, choose from a variety of meat, seafood and vegetables on skewers. Then, bring them to your table and dunk the skewers into an aromatic peanut-based sauce, kept bubbling at the middle of your table, until your food is cooked. Voila! Enjoy with bread and cucumber for dipping.

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Choose your poison. There is a dizzying selection at the chiller – sausages, meatballs, seafood tofu, beancurd sheets, oyster mushrooms, Taiwanese sausage, crabmeat sticks, pork, squid, chicken, lamb, etc.

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What we got

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As we ate, restaurant staff came over occasionally, to add more sauce or to stir the pot so that stuff didn’t stick to the bottom. The peanut sauce was fragrant, with a sweet and nutty flavour. I especially liked the bacon-wrapped enoki mushroom. After awhile, everything started to taste the same, although N seemed to like it well enough. Our meal for two came up to about RM30++ which was reasonable since we only took about 20 skewers. If you’re dining in a large group, or if you’re a big eater, the portions might not be filling.

CAPITOL SATAY 

41, Lorong Bukit Cina,
Bandar Hilir, 75100 Melaka,
Malaysia
Opening Hours: 4PM – 12AM (daily)

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Steamboat-Style Skewers @ Lok Lok Gai, Bandar Puchong Jaya

For the uninitiated, lok lok (literally ‘boil boil’ in Cantonese) is a style of hotpot, commonly found on the streets of Malaysia. Usually sold by a mobile truck, there would be various meats and vegetables on skewers, which patrons can cook in boilers filled with soup, or have it grilled or deep fried on the spot.

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Bandar Puchong Jaya is home to a Lok Lok Gai aka “Lok-Lok Street” – basically a carpark by day which turns into an open air food court with several lok lok trucks and other food trucks by night. Being a native of Puchong, I’ve been coming here since my teens, and I always get my lok lok fix from one particular stall because I love their fried oyster mushrooms.

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How it works: You take a styrofoam box (yes, it’s not exactly environmentally-friendly) from a corner of the truck, then proceed to pick the items that you like. You then chuck them into the boiling pot of soup and wait for them to cook. Once done, bring them to a table and enjoy! There are also a variety of sauces such as chilli, sweet sauce and my favourite, the peanut sauce which you can ladle into your styrofoam box/plate. For items that you’d like fried (like the bacon, needle mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, etc.), hand them over to the chef, who will then send it over to your table.

What you can get: My top picks are seafood tofu with cheese, bursting pork balls, fried oyster mushrooms, fried needle mushrooms, bacon, and squid. Other items available include quail’s eggs, century eggs, cuttlefish, hot dogs, sausages, meatballs, fishballs, fried tofu and vegetables.

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When you’re done dining, collect the skewers and take them to the boss of the lok lok truck, and make payment. Prices vary for different items, but on average I would say about RM2-4 per skewer, depending on what you’re getting.

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Seating : plastic tables/chairs. You HAVE to order a drink because apparently they have an arrangement if you’re dining there, and if you don’t the drink people will harass you. Also, be aware of scammers who prowl the area asking for money with some sob story (like their bike broke down and they need money to get home or something).

Hygiene is not exactly the best but I grew up eating street food and I’ve developed a pretty strong stomach.There’s a saying that goes ‘the dirtier it is, the tastier the food’ lol. I am not condoning bad hygiene but that’s just how it is in many parts of Southeast Asia.

There are other food trucks as well selling dishes such as char kuey teow, otak-otak, ojian (fried oyster omelette) and more.

PUCHONG LOK LOK STREET (LOK LOK GAI) 

19A, Jalan Kenari 9, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Opens 7PM til late