Saturday, May 19, 2018

Gai Ye BBQ Satay Lok Lok @ Cheras

Fans of satay celup need not leave the boundaries of Kuala Lumpur when they find themselves hankering to get their hands on lok lok of the Melakan variety. Find your way to Gai Ye BBQ Satay Lok Lok in Cheras to satisfy your cravings for the peanut broth made famous by Capitol in Melaka. Although the concept is derived from that historical state, the recipe Gai Ye established does not taste like they were even aspiring to duplicate the version from Melaka.
That pot of gut warming lok lok
Gai Ye's peanut broth is unique with its own character. A little mellow on the herbs and spices but punchier with chili. The aroma of peanut is not as pronounced as the one from Capitol. Owner of Gai Ye explains that it is because fresh peanuts are inserted in the soup only upon order and not left to be boiled excessively for rounds and rounds of customers. The latter practice is suspected to have caused cases of diarrhea among its patrons. 

Gai Ye's peanut broth however, will eventually thicken and exude more peanut flavour when boiled long enough which also means you cannot rush through your meal to get the best of it.
Gai Ye BBQ Satay Lok Lok in Cheras
The other soup chosen during our visit was the Tomyam based soup which did a good job in sustaining our appetite despite being sated. It is no secret that Tomyam pairs well with large range of food types. Its spiciness made everything more steamy and comforting especially on a rainy day.
Fresh peanuts inserted upon order. Tomyam soup in the other half of the pot
Credit is given to their efforts to innovate the base soups that come in salted egg, kimchi and assam laksa flavour. As lok loks I usually visit are housed in a van, Gai Ye's shop gave me the impression that I was in for a buffet steamboat. It is not guys! Perhaps a concept to be considered by Gai Ye?

The skewers are coloured according to prices that range mostly from RM1-3. Other items like the big-headed prawn is priced at RM10 each.
Make sure you get most out of your lok lok at the seafood section
Big headed prawn
Seafood is fresh on that day
Meat slices and shell fish
Good variety of steamboat ingredients that covers the essentials
And in goes my big-headed prawn
Do not overcook it for it to be sweet and succulent
Premium steamboat fishballs
Fibre!
One other dish that is off the hot pot menu is the Grilled Lamb with mint sauce that makes a great side dish. The meat is grilled till tender with sufficient seasoning and wonderful to be savoured during intervals while tending to the hotpot. 

Pick any of the skewered items too to be BBQed by their amiable staff if you are looking for a little diversion from the soupy affair. 

This place would be my recommendation for those searching for a place to accommodate long meals with lots of accumulated un-chatted topics.
Flavourful grilled lamb 
On the grill
A great diversion from the soupy meal and those who likes the crisp of bbq
Chatting over a bubbly pot of lok lok
Al fresco style on the streets
Gai Ye BBQ Satay Lok Lok
20-0-03 Block C, Jalan 2/101C,
Cheras Business Centre,
Kuala Lumpur

Opens from Monday - Friday 6pm- 2am
Saturday and Sunday 5pm-2am
Tel: 012-7900922