Thursday, May 6, 2010

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

A person once told me that they thought that an individual is not a good cook unless they could instinctively know how to make dishes without a recipe. After reflecting on the matter through all of my cooking endeavors, I can honestly state that I disagree. Everyone has to go through their own trials and tribulations, and I believe that the need for a recipe does not in itself make the individual an inept cook in any sense. We are also obviously not born with an apron on and a knife at hand either. We could certainly hope that at some point in our lives, there would be a time when we are intuitive enough to make some dishes instinctively. However, I believe in life we are all going through a journey, and part of the process is to learn from others and then adjust as needed to adapt whatever it is into our own lives. I guess this is why it is so important to taste during the cooking process. We all have preferences, and it is up to ourselves to adjust the seasoning to our liking. It is also at this time that we can tweak any recipe to possibly make it even better than the original.

The third entry of my Indonesian themed dishes is Indonesian Sate (Sate Babi and Sate Ayam Bumbu Kecap/Kacang). I used pork for my skewers, but the same recipe can be used for chicken. I think this recipe, also from the Rasa Malaysia website, would be great for barbecuing in the summertime. Our family is big on barbecues, so it is always nice to find another option since it is inevitable that we will be holding a slew of barbecues throughout the summer. I found that even without the dipping sauce, the pork was quite flavorful. We did end up using the peanut sauce for dipping though. It could also be eaten alone or just with some more Kecap Manis.


Cut your meat into bite sized cubes, and marinate with:
a good sprinkle of Garlic Salt
a couple dashes of ground Paprika
a dash of White Pepper
2 tsp. ground Coriander seeds
2 tsp. ground Nutmeg
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Olive Oil
2 cloves of Shallot (thinly sliced)
A dash of Soy Sauce
Lots of Kecap Manis (You want them to be almost drowned in this)

Marinate for a few hours, or for best result, let it marinate overnight in the fridge.

The skewering:

The next day, stick the meat cubes with the bamboo skewers. I stick 4-5 pieces of meat cubes per sate with some pieces of onion. If you’re using meat with fatty bits, mix fatty and lean meat cubes in each skewer


Before grilling, squeeze a bit of lime juice over the sate.

While grilling, baste the sate with a mix of:

Kecap Manis, this should be the dominant flavor
a dash of Fish Sauce
a clove of thinly sliced Shallot
juice of half a Lime


1 cup of roasted Peanuts (or use crunchy peanut butter)
1 clove of Garlic
2 cloves Shallot
1 tsp. ground Cumin
2 tsp. ground Coriander seeds
1 small block of Palm Sugar (or replace with brown sugar)
dash of Salt
dash of White Pepper
a bit of Olive Oil

Process everything in a food processor until well mixed.

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