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With MRT at the doorstep, Kajang satay stalls see influx of customers

KAJANG – Satay eateries in Kajang have seen a 50 to 60 per cent increase in customers days after the Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT line opened on July 17.

The Stadium Kajang MRT station is situated steps away from the famous Medan Sate Kajang and Restoran Sate Kajang Haji Samuri, making it a convenient food stop without the hassle of hunting for a parking spot.

“I have never had so many customers in the 20 years since my restaurant opened,” Restoran Sate Emas Kajang owner A. Rahman Husin said.

He showed The Star his accounts, explaining with joy that sales have drastically increased.

He added that weekends were particularly busy days with the restaurant filled with customers from morning to night.

Restoran Kajang Haji Samuri manager Sarbi Salim said he had to employ 11 more workers and upgrade the kitchen to cope with the sudden increase in demand.

He said that he had anticipated a small increase in business but did not expect such a big leap.

Sarbi said that customers had to wait for up to an hour for their food but the restaurant has been able to reduce the waiting time to about 20 minutes.

“We are monitoring our kitchen line to make sure that our customers get their food on time. Now we need to plan how to make our orders and food delivery smoother,” he said.

Both Rahman and Sarbi are grateful to the MRT for making their restaurants more accessible to customers and hope that the current boost in sales can be maintained.

Since the MRT was launched, people have been flocking to Kajang for the famous skewered meat dish.

Groups of friends were seen making a fun day trip to the district.

“We never drive to Kajang because it’s so far, even if we do we would only come during non-peak periods.

“But the MRT makes travelling to Kajang so convenient that we wouldn’t mind coming here anytime when we are free,” said 56-year-old Theresa Bock of Petaling Jaya.

Firdaus Danial, 17, and his schoolmates took the MRT from the Kota Damansara station after school to have their very first Kajang satay experience.

“We wanted to try the satay here because we’ve heard that it is delicious, but we wouldn’t have been able to come here if it weren’t for the MRT because it is so far,” he said.

Asked if it was worth the one and a half hour MRT ride just for the satay meal, Firdaus and his friends gave a unanimous yes.

“We are happy and satisfied with the meal,” they said.

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Published at Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:24:38 +0000