Satay — grilled skewered meat
Satay (/sɑːteɪ/ sah-tay), or sate, is a dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat, served with a spicy peanut sauce. Satay may consist of diced or sliced chicken, goat, mutton, or beef; the more authentic version uses skewers from the midrib of the coconut palm frond, although bamboo skewers are often used. These are grilled or barbecued over a wood or charcoal fire, then served with various spicy seasonings. Satay originated in Java, Indonesia. It is available almost anywhere in Indonesia, where it has become a national dish. It is also popular in many other Southeast Asian countries, including Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, etc.
In Malaysia, satay is a popular dish — especially during celebrations — and can be found throughout the country. It can be found throughout all the states of Malaysia in restaurants and on the street, with hawkers selling satay in food courts and Pasar malam (night market). While the popular kinds of satay are usually beef and chicken satays, different regions of Malaysia have developed their own unique variations.
Traditionally, satay referred to any grilled skewered meats with various sauces, it is not necessarily served solely in peanut sauce. However, since the most popular variant of satay is chicken satay in peanut sauce (Satay Madura in Indonesia, Satay Kajang in Malaysia, and Thai chicken satay use peanut sauce); in modern fusion cuisine the term “satay” has shifted to satay style peanut sauce instead. Today ‘satay’ has become linked with peanuts.