How are you in Padang language. Today I am giving you Sate Padang recipe (my own version). To my opinion, this is quite easy, if only this so called laziness can be kept away. But I was happy that I wasn’t too lazy the other day, and it resulted many portions of this food.
I remember the first time I ate Sate Padang I was a little girl. Living in a compound in Caltex Rumbai(Riau province in Indonesia), where there were no street food inside the compound available. But a little bit outskirt you will be able to find vendors with yummy food. Very cheap too! One of the vendor was a very kind man whom we called ”Bang Cun” (brother Cun). From a rather poor street vendor, who walked miles before he got close to our neighborhood to a very successful street food businessman. Yet, he is still a very kind man with a big smile. Saturday nights are always the most crowded night at his spot, where customers from different age range come and buy his food known as ”Sate Cun”. I’ve noticed one thing, he was never stingy to my family. Perhaps because we have known him forever. Then probably the most honorable gesture we did for him was to have him and his food along with his wagon to be part of my sister’s wedding (where she had our childhood favorite street vendors coming and serve their food for her 1500 guests!! ha ha ha ha… massive headache!!). Bang Cun was so happy he cried! By the way, My very first boyfriend was one of his favorite customer ha ha.. when we broke up Bang Cun was still talking about Steven for many years ha ha..
Well, since I am thousand miles away from Bang A-Chun, no more Saturday nights hang at his wagon, that means if I crave for Sate Padang, I only need to bust my arse to make some. Simple right??? ha ha ha..It took several trial and error before I can approach the taste characteristic that I want and thus, this recipe. But trust me, it won’t be that difficult, I promise you. Now bear in mind, that Sate Padang IS spicy(Padang food is well known with their spiciness, if it ain’t spicy, it ain’t Padang food ha ha..) But if you don’t want the food to be too spicy, you decide the amount of chili you want to use. In this recipe, I will give you the kindest level 😉
Here we go:
SATE PADANG a la Lanny
Serves app 4-6 persons
App. 1 kg beef (Padang would use buffalo meat and it’s tongue, but let us use the ´normal´ parts of the beef ha ha ha..) Use i.e Shoulder clod. Divide the meat into 4 and boil with 2 liters water and some salt.
2 tbs Caraway (also known as cumin)
10-12 shallots (alternative use 1 whole onion, but the taste will be slightly different)
2 red chili
a handful of candle nuts (alternative almonds
4 tabs coriander
turmeric 5 cm (alternative 1 tbs ground)
2-4 cm ginger
1/2 of nutmeg
1 tbs cardamom
5 cm galangal
5 lime/kaffir leaves
6 stinky beans (optional)
2 turmeric leaves (optional BUT the taste would be much tastier)
app. 100gr rice flour
After the meat is tender enough, take them out and thinly diced. Do not dispose the water you use for boiling.
Grind these spices in a food processor:
caraway, shallots and garlic, chili, candle nuts, cardamom, coriander, turmeric, ginger and nutmeg.
Smash/bruise and/or chop these:
smash Galangal; lemongrass(bruise and make two knots); thinly chop lime leaves; chop stinky beans.
Stir fry all the ground spices until it smells good and put them back into the cooking water. Put galangal, lemongrass, lime leaves, bay leaves, turmeric leaves and stinky beans. Put some more salt and pepper, and let it boil. Then throw the meat into the pot so it will absorbed the taste. Take the meat out again and when it’s cool enough, insert them into skewers. meanwhile, let it continue to boil until it is a little bit oily. Then mix rice flour with just a little bit of water and mix it with the gravy. Mix well and reduce the heat(keep the gravy warm since it will cool down very quick).
Grill the satay until they are brown and crispy( you don’t need to grill the meat for too long since it’s already cooked), and then dip satay into the gravy and grill them again just to get a crisper satay. Then place it onto your plate(tips: put a piece of banana leaves on your plate to get more flavor), and pour a lot of the gravy on top. If you’d like, sprinkle some fried onion and eat it with rice cake.