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Daring Cooks: Satay!

Chicken satay |

I love satay, always have…. there is just something utterly satisfying about that lovely rich sauce and the marinated meat. I like all kinds of satay really, pork, beef, chicken and I would probably like it in a tofu version as well. So imagine my delight when I found out that the challenge for the Daring Cooks for the first month of the year would be to make satay! One of the mandatory things was to marinate the meat and to make your own sauce.

The January 2010 DC challenge was hosted by Cuppy of Cuppylicious and she chose a delicious Thai-inspired recipe for Pork Satay from the book 1000 Recipes by Martha Day.

So that was not too complicated to do and although not entirely within the limits of my healthy eating resolution… 🙂 it still was quite good! Making the marinade was simple; I put everything into the foodprocessor, gave it a couple of pulses and it was done. I chose chicken as unfortunately most of the beef in our supermarket is either too expensive or simply not that good, so I opted for the save thing to do here. Ofcourse considering that the marinating makes the meat more tender I could have tried it with a cheaper cut of meat but I only thought about that once I was back home and ready to start… Tsss..

The chicken was marinated for about 6 hours I think all in all. We had dinner quite late that night and I started the marinating around the afternoon somewhere. Didn’t really time it as I thought it would be sufficient. Looking at the marinate sauce it was a little chunkier than what I am used to. In most cases for satay we actually use a premade marinade (yes, yes, lazy I know) that is on a ketjap/soy sauce base which is darker and more fluid than this marinade. In terms of taste it was totally different then what we normally have. I didn’t change anything in the marinade recipe, so just went with the ingredients and roughly the qty’s that cuppy gave. And it was good, not thrilling or mindblowingly good, but good.. 🙂 I might change it for next time as I do think this makes a great base to start working on a marinade that has a little more punch. Overall the taste was very – how shall I describe this – flat maybe? That sounds a bit negative and it wasn’t but for lack of a better word…

Chicken satay |

Now on to the peanut sauce; for me a satay is not called a satay when it is not accompanied by peanut sauce, so naturally I opted to go for the peanut sauce instead of one of the other options which also sounded great by the way and I might try those at some point in the future.

This peanutsauce has coconut milk in it, which made the taste also different from the regular and I loved the coconut taste in it. Initially I thought it was a bit too overpowering if you kept to the qty’s in the recipe so I added more (probably double) peanutbutter and some of the other ingredients, but also here I would have liked it to be a little spicier. That was probably largely due to the fact that I thought I had forgotten to get dried chillies only to realize after the fact that I still had some stashed away.. :Y Hmmm, silly me…

Overall this was a great challenge, well, to be honest, not really a challenge as we have made our own peanutsauce before as well as the marinating but it was still interesting to work with a totally different recipe. Now what I did NOT like was the fried rice we decided to have together with the satay. I had chosen – for better speed during cooking – to add a prepackaged spice mix for fried rice from a well know brand here that we have used before, but while I added the rice and then the spice mix I already noticed that it smelt of… well, it smelled of old goat really. What the F…?

There was no meat in the mix as we already had the satay and it was truly in the spicemix as the smell only became noticeable once I added the mix in! I didn’t say anything but while eating it I really did not like the taste either, so I said to Tom (who never eats goat or goatcheese or anything closely goat-related) that I though there was a weird taste to the fried rice. And he immediately said that yes, it smelt and tasted like goat! And that coming from someone who has no experience eating goat-stuff…. Needless to say I will never use that mix again, nor did we finish it. Good thing the satay was filling enough!

So if you want to try the marinade and the peanutsauce I have included the recipes below; for all the other options check out the other Daring Cooks blogs!

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Chicken satay |
Chicken satay
Satay Marinade
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 T ginger root chopped (optional) (2 cm cubed)
  • 2 T lemon juice 1 oz or 30 mls
  • 1 T soy sauce 0.5 oz or 15 mls
  • 1 tsp ground coriander 5 mls
  • 1 tsp ground cumin 5 mls
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric 2-2.5 mls
  • 2 T vegetable oil or peanut or olive oil (30 mls)
  • 1 pound of pork loin or shoulder cuts (16 oz or 450g)
Peanut Sauce
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk 6 oz or 180 mls
  • 4 Tbsp peanut butter 2 oz or 60 mls
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice 0.5 oz or 15 mls
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce 0.5 oz or 15 mls
  • 1 tsp brown sugar 5 mls
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin 2.5 mls
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander 2.5 mls
  • 1-2 dried red chilies chopped (keep the seeds for heat)
  1. Cheater alert: If you have a food processor or blender, dump in everything except the pork and blend until smooth. Lacking a food processor, I prefer to chop my onions, garlic and ginger really fine then mix it all together in a medium to large bowl.
  2.  Cut pork into 1 inch strips.
  3. Cover pork with marinade. You can place the pork into a bowl, cover/seal and chill, or place the whole lot of it into a ziplock bag, seal and chill.
Peanut sauce
  1. Mix dry ingredients in a small bowl. Add soy sauce and lemon, mix well.
  2. Over low heat, combine coconut milk, peanut butter and your soy-lemon-seasoning mix. Mix well, stir often.
  3. All you’re doing is melting the peanut butter, so make your peanut sauce after you’ve made everything else in your meal, or make ahead of time and reheat.


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  1. Mmm…..satays! It’s my favourite…always. Looks very delicious here.

  2. Well done and thanks for the positive criticism……I can learn from you and simply add more spice to this recipe…

  3. I like how you varied the Satay sauce to suit your taste. I love peanut butter and would have probably done the same! Is the recipe you have for the satay already double the peanut butter from the original? Thanks! Your dish looks super!

  4. Beautiful photography, as always Simone!

    The goat-smell pack of fried rice mix is definitely a turn-off. A fresh home-made fried rice is always better 🙂

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  5. Nice Blog. Beautiful picture as usual. That fried rice is definitely a no, no to pair w/ that beautiful satay.

  6. Stunning. I loved your photography tutorial – very cool! These look sensational =D.

  7. Looks absolutely delicious! I have always wanted to make satay!

  8. your satay look really tasty! 🙂 I have not yet done my challenge yet. Hope it turns out as good

  9. I agree, it wasn’t really very challenging, but I enjoyed it. Sorry you didn’t like the rice so much though.

  10. Now, I want to make some chicken satay! It’s been too long. I like it with a good bit of chile heat too. Too bad about your rice. The goat smell sounds very wrong!

  11. Well done! I thought the peanut sauce was a little too coconuty too.

  12. I love Satay too! My favourite Thai starter. Actually I love all Thai food 🙂 I have to try this myself. I’ve only made Thai green curry at home yet.

  13. Your satay looks delicious. I think you made the right call adding extra peanut butter to your peanut sauce, I was disappointed at the weak flavors in the sauce. What did you put in the rice?

  14. even if that Rice tasted bad it looks good in that photo! congratulations on your challenge, I agree that the addition of some extra peanut butter would give it a bit more flavour depth. I liked the subtly of the original recipe, but having said that I do love nuttiness too!

  15. This was a fun and tasty challenge! Looks divine.

  16. Doh! Well, can’t win them all. 😉

    I’m glad you at least altered the peanut sauce to suit your tastes – should probably have done a different marinade? It still looks really wonderful, though. 😮

  17. Yay! Simone I’m so happy you enjoyed this challenge. Your satays look gorgeous and that sauce … YUM!

  18. Your final photograph is so appealing and so professional as always. I never do satay so this was a very interesting challenge for me and it seems that you have found reasonable base recipe for your taste. Well done on this challenge. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  19. peanut butter oh! no- use freshly ground toast peanuts.

  20. Looks so good!! It’s one of our national foods!! You’ve gotta try Malaysian ones, too … It’s a bit different from the Thai ones. But, it’s sure delish!! Loving the peanut sauce, too!

  21. Lovely pictures! Interesting that you didn’t like the peanut sauce. I thought it was decent, but I do have a preference for the one I usually make, which includes red curry paste, which makes it a bit spicier.

  22. Lovely…..Fried rice with goat’s cheese?…..Don’t kill me but I’d say only in the Netherlands :-)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I actually loved the satay sauce but then I haven’t grown up with it the way most people have. In Nigeria we have suya, also meat on skewers but we serve it with fresh slices/chunks of tomatoes, red onions and chilli peppers.

  23. Pretty. I actually like these non-technically-challenges. It stretches my cooking skills w/o making me panic (like daring bakers!)

  24. Simone, as I expected, your satays turned out gorgeous and the plating is phenomenal. I too found the dish good, but not mind blowing. I thought it could have used something more, with a little less ‘Indian’ flavor.

    That being said, I am so looking forward to your post about photos in low light. I’m at my wit’s end 🙁 Your photos continue to awe me, so who better to get advice from? 🙂

  25. I love satay sauce. I’ve never made it, though. This looks like the recipe for it. Gorgeous photos, of course!

    On another note, thanks for the offer of cake mix. I asked at the super market and they showed me where it was. I had just never looked for it very hard! Amazing what you can find if you look…

  26. ooooo, I”m so glad to have a peanut sauce recipe. Hubby loves it.

  27. Lovely photos! They made me hungry for more Satay}:P

  28. Simone, you know us Greeks like our skewered meats, satays included. The peanut sauce is a must!

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