Saturday, September 1, 2012

Royal Satay Celup @ Damansara

My favorite food from my hometown of Malacca has made very little headway in the Klang Valley, but here's hoping that Royal Satay Celup will help change that.

This Damansara Utama outlet's bountifully stocked fridge beckons to us with familiar temptations evocative of many a satay celup meal in the 1990s.

The most important ingredient, cockles, is present. Perhaps not as plump as we might prefer; when it comes to cockles, size certainly matters.

Crullers, kangkong, pork balls, intestines and innards, bound for boiling pots of peanut gravy.

Hygiene-conscious customers, note that each table is supplied with sauce that's fresh and free. But it's less chunky than expected, with a sour-spiciness that tastes Thai.
Edited Oct. 5: Royal Satay Celup has now changed to public sharing pots, promising gravy that's thicker and richer with peanuts.

Still, this is a commendable effort that comes close to replicating the Malaccan experience, thanks to the cornucopia of crab claws, squid and prawns.

Bacon-wrapped pork sausages and man tao. Prices are pleasing; each stick costs 80 sen, ensuring that many patrons can dine for under RM15 per person.

Quail eggs, pandan chicken and century eggs. Dunk into the steaming sauce, wait a minute, and voila, everything's ready and remarkably flavorful to eat.

A sweet finish: house-made cendol, complete with pure santan and gula Melaka. 

Royal Satay Celup,
53, Jalan SS 21/1A, Damansara Uptown, Petaling Jaya.
Open 5pm-midnight, except Mondays.
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32 comments:

  1. I've never tried satay celup before, maybe this is a good place to try for the first time ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: it's been many years since i last had satay celup in malacca, but this place brought back memories. it's not bad for a start! :D

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    2. Actually I haven't tried satay celup before too, although I went Malacca so many times, hahaha. :P

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    3. Ck: ooh, satay celup is the food that i miss the most from malacca. This one here at damansara uptown is still not 100 percent the same, but I think it tastes 80 percent the same, heheh :D

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  2. I have to say you are right Sean, as 2 of my Malaccan born and bred friends said this outlet doesn't come close to the ones in Malacca. Rather sad, I was so excited when I got wind of it opening. Excitedly told my malaccan friends and the rather swift report wasn't too stellar. Still need to head to Malacca for the real thing :)

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    1. Tng: the main problem might be the sauce. I think their cost is increased because they use a fresh pot of peanut sauce for each new batch of customers, so maybe they can't afford to make the sauce as thick and nutty as it should be. I feel like the solution might be for them to charge customers for each pot of sauce. That way, maybe they can make a richer sauce =)

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    2. i would pay extra for a nice gravy and chunk peanut sauce hehehe....thinking to try it out one of the weekends..hopes by then the overall eating experience has replicate more towards the one in Malacca.

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    3. Cindy: yeah, weekends are the best time to head here, since parking will be easier at damansara uptown :D

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  3. wow! never seen this before!!!!!!! Anything with satay sauce is yummmoooo! Especially when I have Mamak Rojak, I need two servings cause I'll slurp everything down! what are the must-eat stuff if I'm in Malacca?? I usually go for the cendol n nyonya food! :D

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    1. Vien: satay celup is quite a malacca institution, so i guess i'm biased toward it :D hmmmm, i've been away from malacca for too long, but the favorites of most folks include chicken rice balls, roti john, ikan bakar and mille crepe! :D

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  4. Maybe hygiene has something to do with it. The recycled peanut sauce makes the Malacca satay celup tastes better, just like the recycled chicken rice balls! I don't know if I enjoyed the satay celup enough to try the Malaccan version, or maybe I will someday.

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    1. Footfringe: heh, chicken rice balls in malacca aren't recycled! that's an urban legend (i think!). and i always like to believe that having the authentic satay celup is a life-changing experience! :D

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  5. I missed trying satay celup in Malacca. Perhaps this one a little closer to home is a good place to start. I can then eat my way up to the real Malaccan version. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: that's a good idea! i'd rate this damansara version a solid B, but the malaccan version gets a definite A in my book! :D

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  6. Like lok lok.. only thing satay sauce! haha :p well, i heard about a couple in Melaka which are filthy! They recycle the sauce, and don't even ask about double dipping :P I hope they are cleaner here. With lok lok at least the soups is boiling. I doubt the satay sauce is boiling right?! :P

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    1. Ciki: heheh, i actually don't mind other people double-dipping, cos i have the belief (maybe mistaken) that the steaming-hot sauce will kill all the germs. but actually there's lots of bubbles popping out of the sauce, so i think it's really on the verge of boiling, heh! :D

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  7. satay celup! am glad its not recycled sauce:D will showing hubster this post and i reckon we should be popping in quite soon. now to list down what i want to eat or else i will be a happy camper there for quite a few hours:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: heh, i guess growing up in malacca, we were too accustomed to the idea that sauce would be recycled to avoid wastage. it was only after i left malacca that i found out that other people from outside the state were not fans of the idea, heh :D but yeah, i hope you'll enjoy the satay celup experience here! lots to eat and lots to choose from =)

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  8. Nani?! I was there the same day you visited! #shockface

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    1. Ysquare: cool coincidence! :D

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  9. I think the price is abt the same as malacca satay celup...

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    1. Simple Person: that's good to hear! i'm not sure how much malacca satay celup costs anymore :D

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  10. Oh good... no need to go to Melaka for this!

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    1. Pureglutton: heheh, a taste of malacca has come to the klang valley :D

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  11. Wah you're eating satay celup? That's unheard off. But where's the alcohol?

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    1. Eiling: hahah, I wish there could be more satay celup eateries in kl! But ya, I wonder what's the corkage charge at this place, heh :D

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  12. Tried once at Malacca, never like it because of hygiene problem...

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    1. Choi Yen: oh ya, i guess it was no problem for me since i grew up with satay celup, heheh :D

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  13. I'm excited! Hopefully is not so crowded like the melaka branch.

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    1. Smitten By Food: i think it might be crowded on weekends, so try to make it there before 630pm :D

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  14. Had a lok lok craving when I stumbled on your post. Looks really yummy. Is the peanut gravy the only soup? I have nut allergy but... It's soooooo tempting!

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    1. Madeline: thanks for dropping by! yeah, it's only peanut gravy. sorry to hear about the nut allergy =)

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