Satay Sate serves up Indonesian street food out of a small restaurant in Koreatown North. It's actually rare to find a place like this in Toronto. Despite the city's culinary diversity, there aren't many restaurants that serve Indonesian food. But how authentic is it? Having been born and lived in Indonesia many moons ago, I can honestly say that it is.
We start our meal with the Chicken Satay entrĂŠe ($11.49). The chicken is amazingly tender, though it could have been marinated more. It's served with rice, salad and a peanut sauce that's divine.
The beef in the Beef Satay wrap ($9.49) is nicely seasoned, but the cut is a bit too thick for my tastes. It probably would have been better in a non wrap form.
The Ayam Goreng ($11.49) is dark chicken meat, seasoned with (among others) turmeric and candlenut, braised and flash-fried, and served with rice and fried coconut shavings along with authentic kerupuk and a delicious homemade sambal .
The Beef Rendang meal ($11.49) features thick beef cubes, slow-braised in a rich mixture of coconut milk and spices like galanggal and lemongrass. It's very smooth and comforting, a definite must-try.
Vegetarians can try the Tofu or Tempeh Satay ($8.49 in wrap form, $10.49 in entree form). The tofu version soaks up the delicious sauce very well, but the lightly seasoned tempeh, with its denser consistency and slightly pronounced fermented taste, fares much better as an overall dish.