Sate (Indonesian spelling) or Satay (Malaysian spelling) is one of the most loved foods in Southeast Asia. Today, I have the talented Dhi at Cooking Etcetera as a guest writer on Rasa Malaysia. In collaboration with Pepy of Indonesia-Eats, both of them will be writing about “Highlights of Indonesian Cuisine” and start the series with Indonesian sate. I am personally very excited to learn more about Indonesian cuisine and I hope you will enjoy (and follow) their guest posts here on Rasa Malaysia. Please welcome Cooking Etcetera.
In light of the growing interest in Asian cuisine, particularly Malaysian, Indonesian and Singaporean cuisine, Indonesia-Eats and I have started a guest post series “Highlights of Indonesian Cuisine” on Rasa Malaysia. We aim to introduce Indonesian food to the food blog community and explain what Indonesian food is really all about. To kick start the series, we are sharing some of the most popular Indonesian Sate recipes with you.
Indonesia is a nation comprised of more than 17,500 islands that span across a wide geographical area. As a result, Indonesian cuisine is diverse as it’s paired with the influences from the many culture in the archipelago.
Sate (or Satay) is a dish consisting of diced or sliced chicken, goat, mutton, beef, pork, or fish. Sate is commonly threaded onto bamboo skewers, grilled over charcoal fire or coconut-shell charcoal, and then served with various spicy dipping sauces. Sate is believed to have originated from Java, Indonesia, but it is also popular in many Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Sate is a very popular street food in Indonesia; it can be served as a side dish, or a main dish at lunch or dinner. (Source: Wikipedia)
Indonesia is THE home of Sate. Indeed, sate is claimed as Indonesia’s national dish, and its reputation can only be matched by “Soto” or the aromatic and higly fragrant Indonesian soup. There are no less than 29 types of Sate available in Indonesia and they are usually named after the town of its origin or its method of cooking. (You can scroll further down on Wikipedia if you are interested to learn more about Sate.)
SATE LILIT BALI (Balinese Minced Seafood Sate)
Balinese food is known to have stronger flavours and aroma due to the generous use of lemongrass, chilies, lime leaves, galangal, and other spices. The seafood sate sold in Bali has beautiful distinct flavours. Instead of being doused in rich sweet peanut sauce, it is served plain, fresh off the grill without any sauce–letting the sweet flavours of char-grilled seafood and exotic spices burst in the mouth. In my Sate Lilit Bali recipe, I added a special Balinese dipping sauce.
How do the Indonesians eat sate? We normally eat sate with cubed rice cake or with a bowl of steamed rice as a main/side dish for lunch, dinner, midnight snack, snack or appetizer in parties or social occasions. Certain sate is actually served for breakfast to go with Indonesian chicken congee.
Here is my recipe for Sate Lilit Bali.