Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Johor Satay at Al Mizan Satay House
There has been a lot of buzz among Johor Sedap members about Al Mizan Satay House recently - one of JB's finest and oldest founded in 1973. So, foodie buddy Kumes and I decided to pop by Al Mizan for a visit.
We found a simple but spacious and airy corner warung. It was a Monday evening. The neat and well kept place was peaceful with families, couples and groups of friends strolling in. Everything was relaxed and calm with cars passing by occasionally along Jalan Kenangan outside.
This is the simple counter. Al Mizan serves a few other dishes besides satay such as mee bandung Muar, ais kacang, their pretty good nasi goreng ayam sambal which we also tried, and others.
At one corner, Suhaimi was busy grilling satay.
The satay is grilled over red hot charcoal in a small BBQ - the simple kind that looks like a long trough.
Just a couple of dozen sticks at a time so they have Suhaimi's full attention - turning the satay over regularly.
Grilled to perfection. I was delighted with Al Mizan's beef satay.
The level of fragrance of Al Mizan's succulent beef satay reminds me of beef rendang. Each bite of the tender beef releases a cloud of sensual perfume - no kidding. It's aroma is delicate yet has a presence that lingers in your mouth and nose like a spray of perfume. But, I like this beef satay better than beef rendang because I prefer satay's springier texture and it's smoky flavoured, subtly gritty charred bits.
We also had a handful of chicken satay. I am never a big fan of chicken satay. Chicken meat used to make satay tends to be dry, cooked stiff and does not take in flavours very well, in my opinion.
At Al Mizan, the chicken meat is the same but the marinate is better than those I have tried elsewhere. Satay ayam (chicken) is nicer at Al Mizan but not enough to change my mind about chicken satay :P Chicken lovers, however, I am sure will appreciate this well marinated satay.
Another winning factor at Al Mizan is their peanut sauce - a vital element in good satay. The texture of the sauce was well balanced with the peanuts neither too fine like peanut butter nor too coarse like gravel. It's a warm savoury nutty gruel.
The slightly sweet, mildly savoury and gently spicy peanut sauce complemented the satay perfectly and was so good, I scooped up and ate Kumes' share when mine was finished.
->> Well marinated meat, good peanut sauce, and skilful grilling make great satay at this rustic, little kumpung style street corner stall. A favourite of JB folk.
Date visited: 20 Oct 2013
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