This week’s BEC challenge is about most favorite Indonesian food. As an Indonesian living abroad and a foodie, I think about food all the time. Sometimes I long for certain Indonesian dishes. I have twenty – thirty most favorite Indonesian food/dishes but it is impossible to share them all here. Hence I chose sate. Sate is the proper spelling of this delicacy in Bahasa Indonesia, not satay (handy for English speakers to pronounce it right) nor saté (handy for the Dutchies due to the same reason).
Sate comes actually from the South East Asian peninsula. Those who have been to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand are familiar with or have even tried this dish. Sate is grilled cubes chicken, goat, lamb, pork, beef, prawns, mussels, fish, tempe or tofu on a skewer. Sate needs to be grilled on charcoal in order to get that characteristic intense smokey flavour. The cubes are marinated for a couple of hours, preferably overnight in a mix of garlic, shallot and spices with a dash of lemon/lime and soy sauce. Put the cubes on a skewer and grill it. The main rule to get a succulent sate is to keep it juicy during grilling.The secret is to keep drizzling the skewers with the marinade left on a grill.
This post is my guide to Indonesian sates. Most pics were taken during holiday in Indonesia, one was taken at my home.
Attention! Looking at the pics below can cause hunger. It is at your own risk.
This is chicken sate (sate ayam) from Warung Pulau Kelapa in Ubud, Bali. Only sate ayam is served with peanut sauce.
Other kind of sates are accompanied by a condiment or a simple soy sauce. Like this one. This is sate babi (pork sate) on a grill in my backyard. This is my signature dish together with sate ayam and urap (vegetable salad with desiccated coconut dressing) in the summer. My family and friends request this when the weather is nice. We will sit on our backyard and grill it!
This is how sate is served in Indonesian restaurant. This was taken in a restaurant in Magelang, Central Java. Buying sate from a street vendor, you will get it in banana leaves.
Sate ikan tuna or tuna fish sate. This is from a restaurant in Yogyakarta. Delicious!
This last one is beef sate from a restaurant in Yogyakarta.
Should you wonder how to make it yourself, just ask me the recipe. If you are interested in my food pics and recipes, look at my foodblog LoFoodie. It is in Bahasa Indonesia but those who want to try some recipes are welcome to ask by mail. After all, we need to eat every day and food connects people, right!
Selamat makan or have a nice sate meal!