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Medan Sate Kajang
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Address: Jalan Kelab (Jalan Stadium), Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia
Postcode (Poskod): 43000 Kajang
Area: Kajang, Selangor Darul Ehsan (SEL D.E.)
Jurisdiction: Majlis Perbandaran Kajang MPKi (See Local Govt)

Take either the highway from Cheras or the North South Highway (PLUS). Head towards the four-way junction (near the police station) in the center of old Kajang town. Look for the stadium as the Medan Satay is just alongside it.

Info / Insights: Kajang town used to be the last stop in the torturous and hazardous return journey from Singapore to KL. It may be hard to imagine now, but it took 10 to 12 hours, on a good day. Thus, travelers on the narrow trunk road were relieved as they near Kajang. Most would salivate for the just reward of Kajang Satay, after surviving the killer roads. Then, the North-South Highway came about. It by-passed and changed the fortunes of the stopover town forever. Kajang survived and is now flourishing on its own.

Satay is basically skewered meat barbecued over a charcoal fire. But the mini-kebab taste as different as the South-East-Asian countries serving it. Accounts of its origins are also as varied as the types of marinate, meat and garnishing used.

One of most fascinating stories is that of local Hainanese cooks modifying the kebab dish they were always preparing for their employers during the colonial days. Their adaptation involved experimenting with spices for the marinate, formulating the sweet peanut sauce and using small sticks made from coconut palm fronds (instead of large metal skewers). As legend has it, they were brilliant with recipes but very unimaginative when it comes to naming. They simply and literally called their new concoction Sar Tay or 'three pieces' in Hainanese.

Today -- apart from the traditional meat of beef and chicken -- you can order goat, rabbit, deer or fish satay. At this satay paradise, the gravy is served in unusually large bowls. That, perhaps led to the (untrue) Malaysian urban legend of certain stalls resorting to recycling the left-behind gravy (and sticks).

Medan Sate Kajang actually consists of 10 stalls in an indoor food court and two open air stalls attached to it, on the outside. There are also some interesting exhibits of the old (circa 1920's) vending apparatus displayed at the entrance. Hawkers would walk about with a pair of rattan boxes hanging from each end of a long kandar stick, balanced on one shoulder. If you like viewing such historical artifacts, there is also a new museum-like Satay Galley (Galeri Sate) next door.

I have mixed feelings on the concept of grouping every satay seller in town under one roof. It may be more convenient but it used to be more fun seeking out the scattered and uniquely different stalls. Now every stall are serving near-identical stuff, at the same price, cartel-style. There is an older and popular Medan Sate (map marker 53) right smack in the middle of the town. Parking may be tough, though.

Also, it is interesting to observe that almost every stall here is owned by a Haji, or so it appears. There's Haji Tasmin, Haji Samuri, Haji Sidek, just to name a few :)

The popular Hj Samuri Satay Kajang franchise is all over Klang Valley now. So, do not be surprised when you see their overwhelming presence here at home base. Not only are they inside this satay court but also at an adjacent building.

For me, there were two major disappointments on a recent visit. Many of the stalls just plunk a China-made electric fan next to the charcoal grill. You don't see the traditional method of using a straw fan anymore. AND, I can't figure out why the authorities need to change the spelling of 'Satay' to that of the Indonesian 'Sate'.

Nearby Landmarks: Galeri Sate (1), Dewan Bandaran MPKj (2), Sate Kajang Hj Samuri @ Bangunan Dato Nazir (3)

Surroundings Places: RTM Kajang (4), Stadium Kajang (5), Plaza Citra (6), Masjid Jame' Hulu Langat Kajang (7), Persatuan Hokkien Ulu Langat (8), Sekolah Rendah Agama Sg Kantan 2 (9), Kompleks Kota Kajang (10), KPJ Kajang Specialist Hospital (11),

Courts @ Kajang Plaza (12), Hospital KPMC - Kajang Plaza Medical Centre (13), Ibusawat TM - Telekom Exchange Kajang (14), Menara MPKj (15), Metro Avenue (16), Kajang Assembly Of God - AOG Church (17), Yu Hua Chinese School (18), Sekolah Kebangsaan Kajang (19), Mahkamah Syariah Hulu Langat & Pejabat Agama Daerah Hulu Langat (20),

Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah & Balai Polis Kajang (30), St Katherine's Anglican Church (31), Hospital Kajang (32), Sentosa Avenue (33),

Hotel Kajang (50), Maybank (51), Billion Shopping Centre Kajang (52), Old Medan Satay (53), Plaza Metro Kajang Shopping Mall (54), Hentian Taxi - Outstation Cab Station Kajang (55) , McDonald's (56),

Hotel New City (60), Oriental Crystal Hotel (61), Convent Kajang (62), Holy Family Catholic Church (63), Ceriabox Karaoke (64), Hospital Pusrawi SMC (65), Restoran Malaysia (66), Metro Kajang (67), Prescott Metro Inn (68),

JKR Hulu Langat (70), SYABAS - Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (71), Pasar Kajang Market (72), Metro Point Shopping Complex (73), Mydin Mart (74), Hotel Uptown (75), KFC & Pizza Hut (76),
(use zoom and navigation buttons on top left of map to explore)

Surrounding Roads: Jalan Stadium, Jalan Sungai Chua, Jalan Low Ti Kok, Jalan Malim, Jalan Reko, Jalan Besar, Jalan Semenyih, Jalan Bukit, Jalan Sungai Kantan, Jalan Cheras, Jalan Timur, Jalan Padang Tembak, Jalan Minang, Jalan Bukit Mewah, Jalan Gereja, Jalan Tun Abdul Aziz, Jalan Raja Haroun, Jalan Jelok, Jalan Mendaling

Nearby Hotels: Hotel Kajang (50), Hotel New City (60), Oriental Crystal Hotel (61), Prescott Metro Inn (68), Hotel Uptown (75)
(For telephone contact, full address & web site of individual hotel, see our Hotel Listings)

Nearest Train Station: KTM Kajang (taxi required)
Nearest Police Station: Balai Polis Kajang (30), Tel: 03 8736 2222
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GPS Coordinates & Position: N2 59.657 E101 47.130
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