Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sizzle my Satay - O Mulia !

Despite the wet evening Shahrul was busy .The tables were nearly all taken up as it was dinner time. O Mulia Restaurant has made a name for itself through the years and this family business sells the well known Malaysian food , satay .

Shahrul was really sporting for as he cooked the satay sticks, I was 'firing' questions and he obliged without any hint of annoyance. At times, I was smoked out by the smoke from the burning charcoals. Anyhow, it was quite fun to be near the pyrothenics as he flamed the fire now and again.

Talk to any tourists, they surely would have heard of satay and tasted them while in Malaysia. On flights to Malaysia, visitors would have been served satay on the menu and it's the start of more to tempt the palate.

O Mulia Restaurant is tucked at a busy intersection of Tun Razak and Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur and many locals make a beeline for the satay. Is it any surprise then that my relatives even take 'a piece of Malaysia ' to the UK when they pack some satay from O Mulia to feed some homesick souls who miss this beloved food from home ?

Satay is like shish kebabs skewered and the chunks of meat, chicken or beef are grilled over charcoal fires. Shahrul's sister brought us our order and the teh tarik drinks . Hot off the grill , we relished the aromatic, succulent pieces of meat. The thick gravy of roasted peanuts (unsalted) was scrumptious and we had to ask for a top up to dunk the cucumber chunks and onion bites ! The ketupats (steamed rice cakes) had a nice texture but I miss the coconut leaves that used to wrap them.

The orders were coming fast and rapid. I asked Shahrul how many are sold between the hours of 6.30 pm - 11.00 pm. I wouldn't have guessed right - 5000 - 6000 sticks!! Gosh, satay, it is !! Shahrul says his father buys the meat from Chow Kit market. According to Shahrul, chicken satay is more popular than beef.

I was also lucky to talk to the owner, En Othman, Shahrul's father. He was seated behind the counter at the cash register. He asked me why I wanted to talk to him. My reply '... because you're famous! ' That made him a wee bit shy. But he knows it and he told me this business was handed down to him by his late father, Hj Senen. Business started in 1948 and it is still going strong. Imagine, as young as 15 years old, En Othman had already been inducted into the satay business, upon the untimely death of his father. Now his wife, daughter and son with him as their mentor, run the business to take it forward . I guess, O Mulia is already a brand!

That's it. Dinner was just satay and its accompaniments and we were well satisfied. It looked as if the night was just beginning for O Mulia for more people had come and Shahrul hadn't taken a break from his station at the grill to feed hungry stomachs.

I bade goodbye to En Othman and thanked him for being so hospitable. 'Come again!' he said. Definitely. Till the next time.

O Mulia Restaurant
330-1 Jalan Tun Razak
54200 Kuala Lumpur


  1. Yum yum yum!!! Oh if only this virtual world could suddenly become real and i could reach in and pluck a few thousand satay sticks :)

  2. Hahaha! Salute to you Keats! You are really doing a great job promoting KL. Kebaya, Masjid India's baju melayu, arty folk and now this.

    I guess the Blog4FT thingy is good after all.

    p/s: No plan to do any Putrajaya post? Would love to see your take on what they have there.

  3. Also, what's the parking at this O Mulia restaurant like? Wouldn't mind going there myself if parking is ok.

  4. Will certainly check this place out... slurp2

    voted too!

  5. Okay, this is a strange question, but why is the 'Satay' post linked to the two 'Poop' posts, please?

    "You might also like"... No thank you, I would not like the read my Poop posts together with my Satay post, thank you very much!

  6. HI
    Shaista, welcome to the yummy world of satay! Do have enough gravy to enjoy it to the fullest:))

    bumidaku,welcome to my blog. thanks for popping in. blog4ft certainly gives us bloggers a great opportunity to promote the Federal Territories. Parking is a bit tight at O Mulia depending on the time of the day.Parking is often an issue tho.

    Emiy,guess we can make it twosome? Let's enjoy together:)

    ~Covert_Operations'78~, ha! Ha! how did it happen??? let's discuss poop another day. I'm sure you can talk plenty on it seeing that you handle lots of dogs and poops at the SPCA!!!

  7. yummy! I love satyas! Sometimes the sauce is too hot - couple of water bottles are not enough after that!!!
    5000 - 6000 sticks wow, that is a LOT!

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. They all look so delicious. I love kebabs.

  9. This satay look so nice, I love to visit this place in one day.

  10. I love satay! Yummy, yummy! I don't know why, but I couldn't vote on your Orang Asli Museum post.

  11. Hi
    BLOGitse, the gravy for satay is not meant to be too spicy. it is slightly sweet and aromatic. Lots of people = lots of satay eaten!!

    Turquoise Diaries, satay is delicious!

    Sonia, do visit and try it for yourself:))

    ROSIDAH, you're right! satay is yummy! I'm not sure why the vetting is taking longer than usual. Do pop in again to vote. Hopefully it'll be approved soon :))

  12. Right, normally it's almost sweet and nutty...
    Good anyway! :)

  13. Hi BLOGitse, yeah, let's all enjoy satay!!

  14. Satay is my all time favourites. Another great Malaysian food we can show the world. Sunshine girl, I just voted for you and gave you a 10. Great job and Cheers!

  15. Hi Autumn Belle, thanks! you're very kind:)) Let's have a satay party!


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