Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Satay (Malaysian Style)

I have such good memories of Satay.  When I was a kid the word Satay equals Kajang  ('Satay town' - located about 13 miles away from the capital city Kuala Lumpur) where I used to live.  It means an outing for my brothers and I.  We look forward to it with great anticipation.  It is a promise of delicious food and freshly squeezed sugar cane juice! Satay is definitely a favorite of my family and I hope it will become yours too!

1 lb. skinless chicken thigh meat or beef sirloin or flank
1/2 cup chopped shallots or red onion
1/4 cup grated fresh lemon grass
2 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, grated
1 (1-inch) galangal (Thai ginger), grated

1/2 Tbs. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground cummin
1 tsp. ground turmeric
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup oil

(About 20 bamboo skewers, soaked 1/2 hour before using)
Sliced cucumber and onion


1.  Cut the chicken or beef into 2-3 inch length strips (I find that this will make your job easier when you skewer the meat).  
2. Grate (or use a mircroplane) lemon grass, ginger and galangal for the meat marinade and the peanut sauce.  The reason you grate these 3 ingredients first is because you will end up with a smoother spice paste.
3.  Grind shallots, grated lemon grass, ginger and galangal in a food processor to a smooth paste.
4.  Place the chicken or beef slices in a mixing bowl and marinate meat with the spice paste, dry herbs and seasonings. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for about 3 hours.
5.  Heat a grill, preferably charcoal, to medium-high. 
6.  Meanwhile, thread meat on to soaked bamboo skewers.
7.  Grill for 3 to 5 minutes or until cooked through, turning halfway through.
8. Serve with Peanut Sauce http://thegluttonsquare.blogspot.com/2010/07/peanut-sauce-for-satay.html and sliced cucumber and onion.




  1. Looks so GOOD!!! You gotta help me make this if we makan bbq at my house! Hope all is well!

  2. This looks so good!! Love the flavors, YUM! I will be making these soon, thanks for the great recipe :)

  3. Hi Anonymous,

    Would love to help u make Satay but I've too many Malaysian/Asian friends. Would love to know where to go to make Satay :)!

  4. Andrea,

    When you make Satay, let me know how yours turns out and how you like it. Happy Cooking!

  5. Hi Peng,
    The satay looks so good.. can't wait till we visit KL again this Summer. Might try your recipe if I can't wait till then :)


  6. Don't have to wait until KL. You can do it right in your own kitchen. It is a very simple recipe. I know your family will love you :) !