Jimmy's satti

Jimmy’s Satti, a must in Zamboanga City

Delicious satti and rice swimming in special spicy-sweet sauce

Delicious satti and rice swimming in special spicy-sweet sauce

Jimmy’s Satti is a highly recommended local restaurant whenever visitors ask where to eat. It’s the small, bite sized pieces of beef in thin bamboo skewers swimming in sweet-spicy sauce together with tamuh, rice cooked inside coconut palm leaves woven into balls. It’s a no frills restaurant that locals also patronize. Best of all? It’s cheap.

Satay or sate is a dish that is popular in Malaysia and Indonesia. It’s grilled meat like beef, mutton and chicken and goes with a peanut sauce. In the Philippines, it’s found in most provinces with local Muslim communities like in Metro Manila where it is offered as a street food, Tawitawi, especially in the eateries around the Chinese Pier and Zamboanga City.

Jimmy’s Satti started in 1976 when Jimmy Hamid’s grandfather, Majid came from Malaysia and started selling the sate. I’m not sure how it morphed into the current spelling of satti though. But instead of the peanut sauce, like the ones used in kare-kare, the secret sauce is probably a variation of the sweet and sour sauce that is present in most dimsum house in the Philippines.

I love the taste of the bite sized grilled beef as well as the grilled pieces of chicken. The spicy-sweet sauce complements well with the tamuh and meat. The satti restaurant is open from 3AM-6PM with many coming in during breakfast. The satti is available in both beef and chicken with tamuh.

Rice in coconut leaf wrappings

Tamuh, rice in coconut leaf wrappings

Bite sized morsels

Bite sized morsels

Restaurant front of Jimmy's Satti

Restaurant front of Jimmy’s Satti

Plated, piled and ready for serving

Plated, piled and ready for serving

Cauldron full of the satti sauce poured on one of the plates

Cauldron full of the satti sauce poured on one of the plates

The busy interior of the restaurant

The busy interior of the restaurant

A local having her satti in the morning

A local having her satti in the morning

A waiter posing for the camera

A waiter posing for the camera

Jimmy’s Satti
Pilar Street, Zamboanga City

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

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  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    February 3, 2015 @ 9:56

    Jimmy’s Satti, a must in Zamboanga City: Delicious satti and rice swimming in special spicy-sweet sauce
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