Tuesday, 16 August 2016
Would you Like Satay for Breakfast? R&H Cafe Satay Maharani in Muar JK1815
People from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia are familiar with satay - that Southeast Asian style kebab of marinated meat skewered with skinny wooden sticks and grilled over red hot charcoal. Most of us would have satay for dinner or supper, but have you eaten satay for breakfast?
In Muar town, Johor (Malaysia) the charcoal flames and aromatic fumes rise with the morning sun.
Uniquely in Muar, it is the custom of Muaren (as locals are called here) to chew tender spice perfumed grilled meat i.e. satay for breakfast.
R&H Cafe Satay Maharani, conveniently located along Jalan Maharani is one of the most popular places for breakfast in Muar. I came here a few times before because it's the first prominent restaurant when I pull into Muar town via Jalan Muar.
At the front portion of R&H Cafe, it's a typical shoplot eatery with the walls adorned with many pictures of the friendly owner Kak Yati with celebrities and VVIPs who visited the cafe.
Walk to the back of the shop lot and you will see a garden cafe type dining area surrounded with greenery. I love enjoying morning satay in this unique breakfast joint.
At R&H Cafe, the satay is served all on a plate - every flavour from chicken to beef to tripe is served together but we only pay for what we ate. The bill is totalled up by counting the number of sticks after we have eaten - the way it still was in old Singapore, over 30 years ago.
R&H Cafe's satay are infused with a mildly sweet, subtly spicy marinate. The skewered meat is grilled to juicy tenderness, browned outside with a bit of char at the edges.
R&H Cafe's satay sauce is excellent - sweet, aromatic from spices and with just hints of spiciness. The sauce is loaded with bits of roasted peanuts cooked to soft nuttiness. R&H Cafe's satay and satay sauce together - just perfect.
R&H Cafe also serves many Malay and Indonesian staples which are equally popular as their satay.
I like R&H Cafe's mee rebus because the sauce is mildly sweet with a crustacean savouriness. The clean tasting yellow noodles are also done just right.
There is also nasi ambeng, a popular Javanese dish of spiced meat (chicken, beef or lamb), fried vegetables, sambal chili, rice and fried noodles wrapped in banana leaf. It's like nasi campur but served this way, it feels more fun and delicious 😄
Good ol' simple kampung style nasi lemak is always good. Enough said 😋
Tauhu lentok, refreshing and tasty. It's similar to our familiar tauhu goreng with crushed peanuts and shredded cucumber and bean sprouts but the sauce is drippy and has milder sweet spicy flavour.
When in Muar, do try Mee Siput Muar, the signature local crispy snack. It's made with wheat flour dough, cut into noodles, boiled in water, sun dried and then fried. The fried mee siput which tastes salty and slightly bitter is eaten with chili sauce or sambal chili.
👍When you visit Muar and want to experience satay in the morning like a local, check out R&H Cafe Satay Maharani where locals like to gather for breakfast. The satay is nice, and so are many of the other Malay and Indonesian dishes they serve here. I think you will like the "garden cafe" here ambiance too.
Restaurant name: R&H Cafe Satay Maharani
Address: 130, Jalan Maharani (across the road from the central bus station and wet market), Muar, Johor
GPS: 2.050540,102.570408 / 2°03'01.9"N 102°34'13.5"E
Tel: 016 6253 665
Hours: 7:30am to 12:30pm (Closed on Friday)
Date visited: 17 Mar 2013, 25 Jun 2013, 15 Aug 2016
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