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SATAY AYAM MADURA

Satay ayam, or grilled chicken on a stick, is the Indonesian (or Malay or Philippine) version of the barbecue that has become one of my favourite Indonesian dishes. It’s smaller in size compared to the Philippine version because each skewered chicken piece is bite size. Last night, amidst the sudden torrential, flood-inducing downpour in Bekasi, Indonesia, I discovered – it was my first time at the place – this wonderful satay ayam stall at Summarecon Mall manned by three people, a female cashier, a male “griller”, and a meal assembler.

Called Satay Ayam Madura, it’s at the food court of Summarecon Mall that caters to Indonesian cuisine from the various islands of the country. The food court is a sprawling area that has indoor and outdoor sitting that are ringed by trolleys and food counters. Satay Ayam Madura is situated to the left of the entrance toward the stage area where that night had a band performing local ditties with the simultaneous screening of a football match on a gargantuan screen. Follow the smoky trail and you’ll find Satay Ayam Madura. The smoke from its grill enveloped the sitting area making it hard to breathe and one’s eyes sting but the smoke eventually dissipated. There is a respite from the grilling if orders have slowed down a bit.

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The satay ayam is grilled on the spot in this narrow trough-like griller. The sauces and rice are ready to be assembled on the plate, but one has to wait for about 15+ minutes for the satay ayam to be ready and have an order of nine satay ayam nestled in peanut sauce and kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) ready for the taking. The grilled chicken is served either with lontong or the more commonplace steamed rice. I usually go with the lontong, cylindrical rice cake wrapped in banana leaf and boiled cut into bite-size pieces, because of a childhood predilection for sticky rice.  I was a bit apprehensive the peanut sauce would be spicy as it is always the case, but it wasn’t so it was one happy meal for me. The satay was fresh and succulent, and the sauces were flavorful. Even the lontong had this fresh taste to it. At IDR29, 000 per plate (PhilP109.22), one is in for an economical yet very appetising dinner during a stormy Saturday night.

SOAKING WET

Wide passage ways leading to the various slides and the food court at Go! Wet.

Wide passage ways leading to the various slides and the food court at Go! Wet.

Which way to go at Go! Wet?

Which way to go at Go! Wet?

Others would simply cringe at my bizarre idea of escaping the Asian sun: a book, a nice cup of Joe, and a shaded area. Like fish to water, friends, relatives, and colleagues generally prefer to head to where the nearest beach is. Unfortunately, in Jakarta, the nearest beach entails a hellacious journey to Ancol (pronounced An-chol) given Jakarta’s infamous traffic jams.

Lucky for the water babies in Bekasi, which is 45 minutes away from Jakarta on a good, almost once-in-a-blue-moon day, a water theme park has opened. Called Go! Wet, it is located in Grand Wisata Bekasi, and boasts intricate, heart-thumping water slides all the way from White Water Canada that would satisfy every pseudo-aqua man or mermaid yearning to beat the heat. Further water adventures can be experienced in Go! Lazy, a river landscape that features rapids for the intrepid swimmer who might want a little more than gentle swaying of the waves. The gentle waves are at the Go! Wave section where you sway to and fro while seated on a huge, green floater. And for those who really yearn for that elusive adrenaline rush, there is the Go! Twist that features a curved tunnel for a heart-thumping, scream-inducing trip from the top to the bottom.

Go! Splash slide greets park goers after they go through the turnstile.

Go! Splash slide greets park goers after they go through the turnstile.

A meal or a drink can be had at the food court.

A meal or a drink can be had at the food court.

My view of Go! Wet from my table at the food court.

My view of Go! Wet from my table at the food court.

I found my temporary niche at a table at the food court facing the water slides while my friends and colleagues from Global Prestasi School (GPS) scattered about the 7.5 hectare water park. Go! Wet was this year’s venue for the annual teachers’ gathering to mark the end of another school year, and as a way to enhance – or maintain – social ties among the teachers from the three units of GPS (i.e. elementary, junior high, and senior high), support team, and management.

So, as they got themselves soaking wet, I stayed dry and relaxed at the food court, sipping my white coffee from Old Town White Coffee while perusing Pisani’s Indonesia Etc.

Go! Spin (forefront) and Go! Twist

Go! Spin (forefront) and Go! Twist

Wave pool (left) and other slides

Wave pool (left) and other slides

Beat the heat at the wave pool.

Beat the heat at the wave pool.

Go! Wet

Grand Wisata Bekasi Jl. Southern Boulevard Kav 1

Web: http://www.gowet-grandwisata.com

Hours: 1000-2000 (weekdays) | 0900-2000 (weekends and national holidays)