Indonesian Sate (Sate Babi and Sate Ayam Bumbu Kecap/Kacang)
November 05th, 2009 35 Comments

Indonesian Sate (Sate Babi and Sate Ayam Bumbu Kecap/Kacang)

Indonesian Sate: The Sticks

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Please welcome Rita of Mochachocolata-Rita as a guest blogger on Rasa Malaysia. Rita is an Indonesian who currently resides in Hong Kong. Whenever I visit her blog, I feel “jealous” that she is constantly traveling and eating around Asia (she loves to shop, too!).  As a true Indonesian, Rita shares with us her mouthwatering and tantalizing sate recipe, and outlined the steps involved in making authentic sate (photos in the gallery). Her sate is seriously great looking and I can’t wait to try her recipe!

Living in Hong Kong, I am blessed with plenty Indonesian restaurants. Missing my home country’s food? No worries, they’re just a short MTR ride away. However, finding a great Indonesian sate dish is proven to be challenging. Most places simply deep fry their skewered marinated meat and call them sate. My Hong Kong friends thought these “Hong- Kongized watered down Indonesian sate” were yummy, until they tried mine. I developed the recipe based on the Sate Babi/Ayam Kecap I always ordered from my opposite neighbor when I was young. They came out pretty close. I promise you, those sate were the ones that made me spend my teenage years being not-so-svelte, despite the extra fast metabolism.

So, I’m sorry, baby. You’re never going back to those deep-fried-meat-on-a-stick no more.

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  1. Kearns says:

    Still not Sate Makassar, the Kecap Manis sauce NEEDS cabe rawit, in my ever so humble opinion… ;)

    • Not sate makassar indeed :D
      …and I am with you on cabe rawit
      However, most of my Hong Kong friends can’t handle the heat from cabe rawit…:(

      • Natalie says:

        For those of us that CAN handle the heat, what is cabe rawit and do you add it to both the marinade and the basting/dipping sauce?

        This looks great! Going to make it this weekend.

        • cabe rawit = bird’s eye chilli. they are tiny and super hot. chop a few pieces (test the heat with just 1 chilli first ^_^) and add to the dipping sauce. wait for the moment when you bite into them….and whoa! hottt!

          what to do when it’s too hot? = sugar, sweet drinks, not carbonated ones ^_^

          have fun!

  2. Kate says:

    I love sate but haven’t tried Indonesian sate. This looks really good, yummy!

  3. Ninette says:

    Looks absolutely delicious!

  4. noobcook says:

    I am a fan of Rita! hehe so glad to see her beautiful creation featured here! I’m hungry just looking at the photos =)

  5. Swee San says:

    oh yum it looks good !! I’ve always had Satay, malaysian style with spicy peanut sauce but not Indonesian style..

  6. Beautifully done! Fabulous photos!

  7. zenchef says:

    Ahhh.. Rita and Bee in the same room. This place is just too damn sexy. I can’t take it! :)

    Great Sate recipe btw. I wasn’t familiar with Indonesian Sate.. but now i am!

  8. Natashya says:

    Mm, they look totally delicious! I want to eat all of them. :)

  9. Javaholic says:

    Great looking sate babi, right down to the enamel plate. I agree with the need for cabe rawit (bird chilies, which are sliced and added to the marinade/sauce–it looks like one or two may have been snuck in).

  10. These look delicious – I can see how they might be addictive! ~ Belle

  11. That looks so good! I’ve heard so much about Indonesian sate from my dutch friend who gave me kecap manis so this may be a good time to try making it myself!

  12. Alta says:

    Oh man, this sounds delicious! The marinade is so rich with flavor. I agree, the bamboo skewers do look kinda cool as a decoration! The light coming through the window in that photo looks gorgeous too.

  13. AlmadenMike says:

    Growing up in the Washington, D.C., in the 50s/60s, our family’s favorite dinner dish was “Pork Sates,” the recipe for which my mom found in some cookbook long forgotten. We pronounced “Sates” as one syllable with a long-a sound. Years later, we learned from a Washington Post article by the wife of the Indonesian ambassador that the dish we loved was very similar to Indonesian “Satay” (with a two-syllable pronunciation and “ah” pronunciation for the “a”).

    Fast forward some years and I meet a cute nurse from Malaysia who’d been in the U.S. for six months and tells me she really misses satay. I tell her “I can cook some for you!” I invite her over for dinner and make our beloved dish. She likes it OK, but says it’s not the satay that she’d grown up with. I hadn’t known that Malaysian satay was different. Very different! (Starting with adding a bunch of the hot “chili padi” of course. :-) )

    I look forward to making your recipe and comparing it to my family’s “sates” and my now-wife’s Malaysian satays.

    Many thanks for posting this recipe!

    — Mike in San Jose (( saw this recipe in reference from my friend Nate of the “House of Annie’s” excellent Hawaiian/Malaysian/American/International food blog: )

  14. Andy says:

    Sate is originally from indonesia, as the word “SATE” is on indonesia vocabulary. I like this version of sate, taste fantastic! thanks for the recipe! but just wondering how do you blend the palm sugar into food processor? cos palm sugar is “hard” things…

    • Aldi says:

      The word ‘sate’ has exist long before the conception of Indonesian Language. Sate is a common dish which can be found in most part of Asia, with different names and styles of course.:)

  15. Aisa says:

    Hi there, why are you eating sate babi ? it’s not good, not healthy you know

    • Fran says:

      You’ll be surprised to learn that pork actually has the least grams of fat in its meat in comparison to beef, lamb… Unless, of course, you choose to eat the fatty cut like pork belly, pork butt…

  16. Fran says:

    I’m just wondering which pork cut did you use here? I was just thinking that maybe I could use pork shank to make my sate babi, what do you think? Will it make a juicy and tender sate still, or a tough one?

    Thank you for the recipes. So far I’ve tried char kway teow and KL hokkien mee, and yes they were superb!


    • Fran says:

      Oops, I forgot to ask my other question. For the amount of sauce and marinade sauce up there, how many lbs/kiloes of meat was it for?


  17. Avsky says:

    Coming from an Indonesian background, I have tied so many different Sate recipes, but this is one I cannot wait to try! By grandmother is coming over and I hope I can impress her with this one ;)

    Just a question – how much meat did you use with the marinade? Going by the photos it looks like 500g – 1kg? (1-2 lbs)

  18. Ashley says:

    Is there a substitute for the sweet soy sauce? Would brown sugar or molasses added to the soy sauce work?

  19. zafer çetinöz says:

    Looks absolutely delicious!

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  21. Serena says:

    Mochachocolata-Rita I LOVE this recipe! I made it a few times last year and the peanut sauce was divine (solving a mystery that’s been plaguing me forever). Two questions:

    1. How much meat is the marinade good for?
    2. I swear the first time I made this I heated the peanut sauce to carmelize the flavors a bit. And I thought there was lime juice in it as well. Am I going crazy?

    Thank you again for the gift of this recipe!

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