Published on Jan 12, 2014

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Satay is a snack / light meal, that’s commonly eaten throughout southeast Asia, from Indonesia to Thailand. Thai satay (สะเต๊ะ) is often found with pork, but you can also find chicken available and beef at Muslim halal restaurants. Still pork is the most commonly found version of satay in Thailand, and there are a number of extremely famous places for it when you’re in Bangkok. I decided to go to a street food stall called Dee Moo Satay (ตี๋หมูสะเต๊ะ). It was my first time to go here, and I was immediately impressed like a kid, with the sheer size of their grill. Can you see it!? It’s literally the length of an entire bus, all filled with slow roasting Thai pork satay (หมูสะเต๊ะ).

But what exactly is a Thai satay (สะเต๊ะ)? It’s a bite sized piece of meat, on a skewer, that’s grilled. First the meat is cut into small pieces, it’s then marinated in a mixture of coconut milk, turmeric, sugar, some other spices, and should sit overnight for the flavors to really soak into the meat. The meat is then skewered, and grilled over charcoal until fully cooked. When I arrived to Dee Moo Satay (ตี๋หมูสะเต๊ะ) we ordered 30 sticks for three of us, and it costs 5 Thai Baht per stick (that’s 6 for a dollar!). The Thai pork satay (หมูสะเต๊ะ) came to our table very quickly, delivered hot and fresh off the grill. Satay in Thailand is often served with a dipping sauce that’s made from peanuts, palm sugar, and a hint of dry roasted chili pepper to give it a nice fragrance. It also comes with a small bowl of pickles made with cucumber and red onions in a sweet vinegar sauce. Many Thais also like to eat their Thai pork satay (หมูสะเต๊ะ) with a few slices of grilled bread, which are dipped into the peanut sauce to go with the meat… as for myself, I’m not so much a fan of the bread, I much prefer the meat!

How was the Thai satay at Dee Moo Satay (ตี๋หมูสะเต๊ะ)? To be honest, it wasn’t the best version of Thai satay I’ve ever had, but it was alright. The meat was a little on the sweet side, and the peanut sauce was even sweeter, too sweet for my liking. Since they cooked the pork in such massive quantities, some of them were a little over cooked, while others were perfect and juicy, not dried out. So it was a little hit and miss, some of the sticks were really good and others weren’t so good. I really didn’t like their peanut sauce as it was too sweet, but the cucumber pickle made up for it, so I ended up dipping my pork satay (หมูสะเต๊ะ) mostly into the pickle.

At Dee Moo Satay (ตี๋หมูสะเต๊ะ) they sell around 8000 sticks per day, and somedays, like on the weekend, that figure probably goes up from there. So while their satay isn’t the best I’ve ever had, it was pretty impressive and a lot of fun to see them cooking!

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