Both my dad and I share a love for satay - especially a juicy stick of Hainanese pork satay! So when my dad asked me if I wanted to join him on a Satay trail around Singapore to "Make Satay Great Again", I did not hesitate to say yes! So with that, we embarked on our Ultimate Hainanese Pork Satay trail.
Ah Pui Satay: Ah Pui finally opens his own restaurant!
The good news is that Ah Pui has finally opened his own restaurant and you don't have to wait 6 months to get to try his satay! The not so good news is that if you rush down expecting to get blown away, then you might come away deflated. The satay still has that characteristic extra large piece of fat and Ah Pui is still behind the grill, but somehow, it seemed to have lost its mojo.
I started this journey because I wanted to get a snapshot of the state of the Hainanese pork satay on our little island. There has been much written about satay as a whole but no one has actually zeroed in on Hainanese pork satay which I feel is very unique to Singapore and parts of Malaysia like Malacca where there is a sizeable Chinese population.
This is yet another recipe which took me years to perfect. Sure, there are many Satay recipes online and in recipe books but none of them will actually give you the same result as the Hainanese pork satay that you get at the hawker stalls. Most of them are based on the Malay style chicken satay. What makes Hainanese pork satay different is not only that it is made of pork meat and lard, but the marinade is also different.
Yong Seng Satay: Still going strong after 70 years
This stall in Bukit Timah food centre is one of the oldest satay stalls in Singapore which has been around for over 70 years. Ask anyone out West where's a good satay and the name Yong Seng would invariably pop up.
There are two satays stalls listed in the Michelin Guide (Michelin plate) and this stall in Chinatown Complex Food Centre is one of them. Now I do think the inspectors do a fairly good job at reviewing fine dining establishments, but when it comes to local hawker food, I think they just don’t do enough […]
This stall, tucked in one corner of Old Airport Road Food Centre is the most underrated stall that we have uncovered during our Satay Trail. The most famous satay stall at the Old Airport Road is Chuan Kee where you may sometimes have to wait an hour before you would be served your satay. In contrast, there was hardly a queue at Chye Seng.
When I posted the our mission statement on Facebook recently, I was greeted with a few comments about why we even needed to do that since Satay has always been great, why is there even a need to make it "Great Again"?
Updated 26 Mar 2021 When I last wrote about Chai Ho Satay in 2013, the satays were going for 38 cents each! They have since increased to 50 cents but are still one of cheapest satays you can find! Not only are they cheap, I think the satays are actually better than the last time […]
Tiong Bahru Ah Pui Satay: Singapore’s most elusive Satay!
The first time I tasted Ah Pui's satay was back in 2012. It was a surreal experience. I still remember it was a Sunday morning and as per instructions, we were all waiting at Old Tiong Bahru Bak Kut Teh for Ah Pui's iconic pushcart to appear. When it finally did, the scene was like that of a flash mob. People scattered around the coffeeshop suddenly rose to their feet and still others appeared out of nowhere to descend upon Ah Pui and his rickety pushcart!
Updated: 16 Jul 2021 The stall is currently closed. Unfortunately Uncle had a stroke. Please pray for his quick recovery. My last post on Chuan Kee was back in 2007 when I just started blogging. In those days, I was still picking all the “low lying fruit” and when it comes to Hainanese pork satay, everyone […]
Back in 2008, I floated the idea of a Pork Belly Satay to Judy Wong, the 4th generation owner of Kwong Satay. Those were the days when Japanese Kushiyaki was just getting popular and I thought it was time that we bring our own Satay up a level by making it bigger, thicker and juicier! I am glad that the demand for Pork Belly Satay has grown steadily over the years and that it is now established as one of our hawker dishes!