A Food Legend Culinary in Yogyakarta, Sate KLATAK PAK PONG

Behind the Story of a Famous Sate Klathak Pak Pong

There a statement, your journey visiting Yogyakarta will incomplete without eating a famous Gudeg. Maybe this time, the statement should be broaden its scope, that is your visiting Yogyakarta will be incomplete without taste its Yogyakarta’s iconic dishes, Gudeg and Sate Klathak Pak Pong. Of course it is not excessive after tasting the most iconic dish, Sate Klathak Pak Pong. It is really delicious and only found in Yogyakarta.

Most of the celebrities, politicians and famous people in Indonesia also hunt this iconic culinary, Sate Klathak Pak Pong. In fact, many of visitors are willing to wait in a long queue just to enjoy the deliciousness of this sate, not only delicious, but also unique. It is the most hunted culinary in Indonesia, especially at Yogyakarta. It has a significant characteristic. Sate Klathak Pak Pong is different from sate in general which is skewered using bamboo or wooden skewer. This Sate Klathak is precisely skewered using the motorcycle spokes or stainless steel skewer!

It is quite unique, isn’t it? Imagine the sensation you can feel when your tongue touch every single of mutton meat from stainless steel motorcycles spokes! The use of this spokes to skewer every mutton cut of Sate Klathak is not solely as a mere sensation. According to Mr. Pong (Pak Pong), it was deliberately used to make every mutton meat cut cooked perfectly or grilled well. According to him, when the sate using bamboo or wood skewers, the outside of meat cooked well but contrast to its inside, half-cooked. It possibly happens because the mutton meat has a bigger cut than other common mutton/ lamb sate.

Such thinking seems to be the result of observation from generation to generation. He confesses that knowing the secret of skewering mutton meat by spokes he has got from his grandfather cooking tips. Since he was child, his grandfather had been cooking mutton sate and sold them while his own father had his own motorcycle repair shop.

Since he was child, Mr. Pong had often helped his grandfather selling sate. Since then, he also learned various recipes of sate from his grandfather. Mr. Pong tells that his grandfather has been selling sate since the 1960s. At that time, the grandfather is mutton sate peddler, selling by moving from one place to place around the village. Sometimes, he stood by at a night market or Javanese puppet show. As time passed, his grandfather rent a shop to sell the sate permanently.

Mr. Pong recounted that since childhood he was very happy to help his grandfather and intend to continue his business. Until in 1997, he was determined to open his own sate restaurant. He also told that at first, Sate Klathak was not the main menu, only as an additional menu, while the main menu is mutton curry and Tongseng (mutton stew dish in curry-like soup with vegetables and sweet soy sauce). It’s just because the additional menu, Sate Klathak, apparently has a bigger demand to consume, then Sate Klathak was changed into the main menu until this recent. It is not surprising that sate klathak has very high demand. Pak Pong chose a really young mutton meat and also has good quality because it is taken from his own goat farm.

The name of “klathak” itself is quite unique. “Klathak” was taken from the Javanese language which means a skewered mutton meat roasted in an open fire. This satay is an icon of Yogyakarta Province, especially at Imogiri Street, Bantul Subdistrict. Sate Klathak belongs to Pak Pong is not only stealing the attention of the local people around there, but many tourists such as artists, they are Ahmad Dhani, Anang Hermansyah, Tukul Arwana, Hidayat Nur Wahid, Muhaemin Iskandar and many others.

This is a proof that the legend of Sate Klathak Pak Pong is not just a figment of imagination. Mr. Pong told that his recipe for Sate Klathak is a hereditary recipe secret he learning directly from his grandfather. Although he uses a simple and minimalist seasoning, Sate Klathak Pak Pong gives delight to our taste buds. Chewing it cut by cut, salt sprinkled on mutton meat give a very pleasure taste you cannot find in any other Sate Klathak Restaurant.

Enjoying Sate Klathak is getting perfectly with a portion of white rice doused with mutton curry soup. You will not found any distinctive smell of mutton meat as usual occur at other mutton sate dish. In addition the mutton meat is more tender and non-fat meat. About price, Sate Klathak Pak Pong is relatively very economical.

Sate Klathak Pak Pong opens from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every day. If you are curious about its taste, you can visit this restaurant. Don’t forget to contact us immediately. We will deliver you into restaurant of Sate Klathak Pak Pong to taste heavenly delight Sate Klathak located at Sultan Agung Stadium Street (East Imogiri Street at Km 7, Wonokromo), Bantul, DIY.

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