Preserve and Promote Indonesian Cuisine
A plate of satay, glutinous rice cakes and sauce is pictured at Sate Padang Salero Ajo. (Good Indonesian Food/File)
As smoke emanated from a grill where skewers of sate Padang (Padang satay) sat atop burning charcoal, before winding its way onto the main road of Jl. Radio Dalam in South Jakarta, everybody was susceptible to its allure.
Located not far from 7/11 Radio Dalam, Sate Padang Salero Ajo is typically packed with customers as the afternoon makes way for the evening.
Established in 2009, Salero Ajo has won the hearts and tummies of many a culinary enthusiast. Manned by eight employees, this sate Padang pushcart can sell up to 4,000 satay skewers and 400 ketupat (glutinous rice cakes) per day. There is no time for its staff to take a breather on busy days. Open from 5:30 p.m. until midnight, one guesses that it tends to reach peak capacity during dinnertime, lasting until it is time to close up shop.
Neatly organized rows of satay skewers are placed on the upper deck of the pushcart — a familiar sight at sate Padang purveyors. However, while others generally offer just one or two types of satay, Salero Ajo has four: beef, ox tongue, intestines and base of the tongue. Each has its own distinctive taste.
A plate of sate campur (mixed satay) and ketupat topped with keripik (crackers) was served as the sky began to darken. Its flavorful aroma immediately stirred my appetite. Although the brownish satay sauce was not too spicy and not as dense as others, it was still awe-inspiring on the palate. The beef was tender and savory, while the intestine satay was a tad on the chewy side.
Obviously a must-try West Sumatran dish for everyone, give Sate Padang Salero Ajo a go and you’ll become a fan. (kes)
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Jl. Yado 3, Jl. Radio Dalam Raya (next to 7/11), Gandaria Utara, South Jakarta
Contact: 0812 8634 1448
Open daily from 5:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Rp 40,000 (US$3) per person
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