Satay, originally a Malay cuisine, has been fusioned and adapted by many races, as the idea of meat on the stick has been appealing since the early days. In Malaysia, the more popular type of skewered meat would be the chicken and beef. We came across this satay stall specializing in Satay Kambing (mutton satay) during my revisit for the cooling glass of Ais Tingkap.


The stall is located in one the shoplots along Tamil Street in Chowrasta Market. We ordered twenty sticks with each costing RM0.55 cents. The mutton satays were grilled over charcoal right in front of the shop, filling the air with irresistible flavors all down the road.



The owner still uses the traditional method of fanning the charcoal fire with a hand held bamboo fan!


Once the satay are ready, freshly cut cucumber and onions are added in follow by the mixing of the gravy.


What adds to the uniqueness of this Satay is the gravy! The gravy is mixed on the spot using black sauce, palm sugar, chili and peanut. Since it is prepared on the spot, the spiciness can be adjusted according to your taste as well. The thick satay sauce is very different from what we usually get around town; as it has a unique taste and with more crunchy coarse pieces of peanut.



Mouth watering mutton satay but do not expect to get the best cut of meat to be served. Certain part of it can be slightly tough but still very flavorful. A generous amount of the sauce is applied onto it. I like  to squeeze some lime juice onto it which gives a nice tang.


While eating these delicious grilled satays, what better way to wash them down with a glass of cooling Ais Tingkap!



If you could make your way to Chowrasta Market in the heart of Georgetown, you could definitely find this stall as it is right beside the market. The stall is housed inside Restaurant SW Srimanis, located in Tamil Street, closer to Penang Road. Click here for the Map Location.


Restoran SW Srimanis
Jalan Tamil

Business Hour : Early lunch till late evening (Daily)

GPS Coordinates : N05 2504.3   E100 1953.6

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25 comments so far


Great photo shots! I like the close up of the satay grilling over the red hot amber. Well done!

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April 19th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Gee… first time seeing on the spot gravy making…. :)

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April 19th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

I just like to have mutton satay + the thick sauce ! Ooh ! Drooling ???????

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April 19th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

I like the photos very much.

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April 19th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Normally I like my satay without any sauce on it. But this sauce looks so great!

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April 19th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

kinda like the style of mixing the sauce from scratch. definitely a new spot for us

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April 20th, 2009 at 12:10 am

Alan – Nice to see your comment.

New Kid On The Blog – Me too…haha

Bakeling – Mutton itself is very flavorful and the sauce really gives it another punch.

Food Paradise – Thank you :)

allie – You can request for it to be serve separately.

gill gill – I like the idea too…at least we can ask to add or omit ingredients.

April 20th, 2009 at 12:31 am

That was very nice satay old style that leaves one craving for more.

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April 20th, 2009 at 1:07 am

Just tried Singapore satay but still prefer Kajang satay. Mutton satay sounds new to me!

April 20th, 2009 at 1:16 am

The satay portion looks small …. or maybe I had too much Satay Kajang that come with bigger chunks of meat XD Too long never eat satay in PG oledi ….

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April 20th, 2009 at 10:15 am

very tempting! mutton satay should taste significantly diff than the usual pork/beef/chicken. more gamey, but flavourful.

cheap though, at 55 cents. plus i’ve never tasted the Ais Tingkap yet.

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April 20th, 2009 at 11:15 am

the satay sure looks inviting and the sauce been made on the spot is unique

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April 20th, 2009 at 11:16 am

I have tried Jawa Satay, but not from this stall. The Gravy is totally different from normal Malaysia satay. It has lots of groundnuts. And, taste good with the lime juice.

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April 20th, 2009 at 11:18 am

jencooks – I hope to find more of this type of satay.

lk – It is always nice to try something new.

email2me – Smaller in portion give me the chance to order more sticks…haha

J2Kfm – Try to visit this two places on next visit.

foodbin – Hope to see some of these stalls in your place.

soo sean – The gravy is indeed good especially with the added lime juice…

April 20th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

w.ow….wow… this satay look so yummy… gotta ask my bf bring me go try d…

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April 20th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

oh wow! i have never see the kuah satay being made pronto! that definitely adds a touch of freshness to it! and mutton satay, yes, that’s amazing too!

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April 21st, 2009 at 4:28 am

the satay suce i rather unique here, very authentic I would say, sound like it has an indonesian influence . . . . .must ask Selby !

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April 21st, 2009 at 6:28 am

Nice pictures! Although mutton ar… does it have the ‘sou’ taste? You know what I mean? :)

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April 21st, 2009 at 8:00 am

yum! this looks so tasty
ilove this. great blog

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April 21st, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Fresh satay gravy? This is the first time I’ve seen it prepared on the spot! Wow… Good indicator of the taste! :)

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April 21st, 2009 at 9:46 pm

I once heard a story that satay originated from China….made popular by the Hainanese.

Satay was pronounced as “sah tae” (3 pieces). Many satay stalls still serve 3 pieces of meat per stick.

I wonder how true this could be.

Perhaps you could check out the satay stall from the owner (2nd generation) who told this tale…located in Chulia Street along the same stretch as wan tan mee and curry mee.

April 22nd, 2009 at 12:13 am

JamieDawnRose – Hope to see your review…

Nic (KHKL) – First time for me too. Even the onions and cucumbers are cut on the spot.

bigboysoven – It is the Jawa version.

iamthewitch – It does has the smell and taste.

Recipe man – Thanks for visiting.

Life for Beginners – The taste is good that usually call for extra sticks.

SSJ – Will check out the stall in chulia street…thanks for sharing the info.

April 26th, 2009 at 9:25 am

Is this shop located at the same place as the previous Su Ail Kenari shop (which has closed down few months back)? Will drop by this restaurant one of these days :)

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April 26th, 2009 at 10:28 am

WOW, this looks good! I’ll go try the place soon, thanks for the great post CK.

October 14th, 2009 at 10:16 pm
S K Loong

CK, Seen your recommendation for satay in Penang. Wonder will you try satay in Melaka and see for your self the actual good quality satay which has been lost over the years when the older generation retires and the new generation did not take up?If you happen to come by to Melaka, do contact me at 012-6127867 and will let you try the satay and tell you the difference!

October 24th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

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