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Jakarta Post

'Sate klatak', a unique flavor of Bantul

  • Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Bantul   /   Fri, May 2 2008   /  01:33 pm

JUICY MEAT ON STICKS A unique dish called sate klatak from Pleret, Bantul (Yogyakarta), is unlike other roasted skewered meats. This satay is first marinated in a mixture of salt and dash of pepper. The dish consists of small pieces of skewered goat meat which is roasted in an open fire, an act called klatak in Javanese. The skewers are not made of bamboo, as is generally the case with other satay. Instead, the spokes from bicycle wheels are used. "If bamboo was used, the meat would not be cooked properly when roasted. It would be still tender," said Mustam, a sate klatak seller in front of Kangotan field in Pleret. The dish is simply goat meat, salt and a little pepper, but it is delicious. During the roasting process, the spokes become so hot that the goat meat is cooked through, but remains tender. The salt, the spicy dash of pepper...