October 1, 2016

Sun May Hiong Satay House, Melaka…Spectacularly Failed To Live Up To Expectations

I became a fan of satay since my childhood days when my grandpa introduced me to it.

Satay is nothing more than a bit of thinly sliced meat on a skewer. But the marinade — a rich and flavorful one, with ginger, coconut milk and spices — is the key to good satay. Here at Sun May Hiong, though the satay babi (pork satay) meat was well cooked and the satay sauce had a nice nutty pineapple texture, on the whole it was lacking the “bite” I was expecting. I am a huge fan of satay sauce, I could drink it! But Sun May Hiong’s satay weren’t as moreish as I’d hoped.

Maybe my expectations were just too high but the satay and sauce here spectacularly failed to live up to expectations. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…



June 29, 2014

Chuan Kee Satay, Singapore…..a deliciously juicy piece of skewered meat and the peanut sauce is the difference-maker!

Satay is my enabler. The Hainanese Satay at Chuan Kee Satay is phenomenal.  No doubt this place has the best tasting Hainanese Satay that I have had in Singapore & Malaysia combined.

Hainanese style satay usually means Pork Satay. Being exceptionally different from the usual Malay or pork-free satays that are in abundance in Malaysia and Singapore, it is definitely unique to the Hainanese community.

The truly succulent satay pieces here are smaller and the marinade is different, less sweet with a stronger hint of turmeric. This ensures a deliciously juicy piece of skewered meat! The peanut sauce is the difference-maker. It is a really good, very rich and tasty peanut gravy that comes with added grated pineapple which truly hit the spot. Taste-wise, it’s slightly spicy and more tangy with the taste of mashed pineapples and you will know you have reached what the buddha defined as “Enlightenment”.  Ok, so I do get a little more excited over a satay and its peanut sauce than most, but that’s how I operate.

The only downside is I had to wait FOREVER to get my satay.

But damn if it isn’t delicious! Good eatin’. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

old changi airport satay

old airport rd satay

February 6, 2011

Sun May Hiong Satay House, Melaka…not worth the time nor money

The uniqueness of this nyonya satay, I was told, is its peanut sauce which is mixed with some pineapple. It creates a sour n spicy taste. I don’t like my satay kuah to taste this sourish. The chicken, pork and innards statay here are sadly less than stellar and is nothing special.

They had two shoplots and when it’s full like it was today, the service was non-existent to the extent that you wait forever for a miserable few sticks of satay, because the kitchen simply couldn’t cope. After bringing a bunch of satay which worked out to one or at most two sticks per person, we were fortunate the next bunch arrived while we were still young. I gave up after waiting an hour and eating four sticks of satay.

At 60sen a stick of satay (70 sen including Chinese New year surcharge), and the satay – the size fit for a Liliputian – this is blatant daylight robbery.

Not enjoyable. Seriously, you WILL be disappointed here.  This is the true truth because I say it as it is…

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