Simple ways…

I suppose everybody knows by now that all the things that I cook are simple and hassle-free and one thing you would not catch me dead doing would be barbecuing satay and making the peanut sauce. Much as I would love eating that and actually, we cannot get really good ones here, I would not be prepared to go through all that trouble.

Well, I’ve blogged about this before – the peanut sauce available in cans, Wee’s brand and no other…

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I gave two cans to my friend, Philip, in the US and he served it as a dip for his grilled salmon and he and his friends fell in love with it instantly and on his last trip back to Sibu in December, he went out and bought a few more cans to cart back to America. Believe you me, it is that good…and I’ve tasted some at the satay stalls that are not half as nice and of a rather horrendous off-putting colour.

I cooked some chicken with it the other day and for the added ingredients, I had one Bombay onion and a few stalks of serai (lemon grass). Peel the onion and chop finely and bruise the ends of the serai. Mix them with the chicken to marinate it…

Chicken 1

…and then, add a can of the satay sauce…

Chicken 2

You may want to use two if you want more gravy to go with your rice.

This is a little different from how I would cook it in the past when I would heat up a bit of oil to fry the onion and serai first which probably would help boost the fragrance a bit more but I thought I could do without the extra oil added – there is enough fat in the chicken and oil in the sauce already. Thus, I just put everything in a pan and turned on the heat…

Cooking

The juices would come out of the chicken and start to boil. Turn the chicken pieces regularly for an even colour and keep simmering till the gravy has thickened.

Remove the chicken pieces and place them in a bowl…

Satay chicken 1

You will see the oil/fat floating over the gravy in the pan – the fat from the chicken would have melted in the course of cooking. Tilt the pan slowly over the sink to pour away the oil and then, spread the gravy over the chicken and serve…

Satay chicken 2

Was it any good? I would not need to answer that… Wink! Wink! LOL!!!

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42 thoughts on “Simple ways…

  1. Looks so delicious!!! =]

    It most certainly is. So delicious that I consider it fit to serve during dinner parties e.g. for Christmas or during our Chinese New Year open house – it’s that good.

  2. I can just see how delicious that is! I love peanut sauce and peanut sauce with chicken sounds lovely.

    I didn’t know you make peanut sauce though. ;)

    Hah!!!! If only, if only!!! I would be filthy rich, I’m sure. ;) It is very nice…and the best part is it is so very easy to cook…unlike going through all that hassle to get the meat cooked on skewers and to prepare the sauce to use as a dip.

  3. Brilliant idea to cook something that looks so complicated to make and take ages to prepare when in fact, it comes out of a can ( the sauce la ). We only have the ayam brand satay sauce here and a few other brands from Singapore, I think but have never tried them. Is this Wee Satay Sauce a Sibu product?

    Ayam tastes good – I’ve used it before when wee’s was not available/out of stock…but I didn’t like the colour – it was very yellowish like they had too much kunyit in it. You can add your own pounded (dried) chilies top make it red, I guess.

    No, it’s a West Malaysian product – they have others like chicken curry and what not…but I’ve never tried those. I just saw Sunstar brand satay sauce the other day – but so far, we did not like their products…so I don’t think I would want to try that.

  4. Are they available in NZ? It looks (and probably tastes) decent.

    According to Shereen, only Ayam Brand and others from Singapore…

  5. I never knew peanut sauce come in cans!

    There is Yeo’s curry gravy too, you know? Since a long time ago…but I’m not too crazy about that.

  6. Eh, Wee’s brand? Kah ki lang? Hee..hee…I don’t think we have that over here. I have tried canned satay sauce before but I don’t like it. Maybe this Wee’s brand is different. Very interesting the way you cooked the chicken. I am sure it is good, all the fragrant aroma from the serai, onions and satay sauce. Must try it someday when I have any leftover satay sauce.

    I wonder which brand you used. Come, let everyone know so we know which to avoid. I think I’ve ssen some in packets – Brahim’s and some Singapore ones. Never tried those. But I’ve tried Ayam. It’s good – just the colour…and the taste is nice but not as nice. I’d give 75%…and wee’s 100%. Go ahead! Grab a can. Cooking has never been easier!

  7. Ever thought of conducting a cookery class? hehe…

    Aiyor…all my cooking’s so simple, what is there to teach? ;)

  8. oh the WEE’s brand!! did you come out with this?? hehe, you should seriously consider selling your food in cans huh.. then you can make a good fortune.. :p

    I wish! Ya…I probably would. ;)

  9. Wah sedapnya… I would love to try this recipe next time.

    Go ahead. Your in-laws wouldn’t grumble – apa malas sangat…and insist on the real thing? Hehehehehe!!!!

  10. Satay kajang, sate baung kelantan, satay malaysia, pengkalan chepa suddenly come to my mind. Somehow, the west Malaysian Malay are really good in making satay sauce. Though the malacca satay celup sauce is great too. It never dawn unto me that satay sauce can be easily used to make a dish. Thanks for the recipe. Will try it one of these days

    Go ahead…but over there – you can always go out for satay. I’m sure they have good ones there – not like here. :( I cook this way – much nicer.

  11. YummY! Guaranteed sedap. Not seen these in our local supermarkets…or perhaps I have not been looking properly :P

    This particular brand – not easily available before. Once I saw it, I would stock up at least half a dozen tins. These days, seems more easily available but still, not available everywhere like Yeo’s or Ayam products.

  12. STP is a damn great cook! Look at the dishes, so yummy but I cannot eat now else lau sai again! lol

    Stomach flu, can eat lah! Let it churn, just tahan…but with solid food – no lau sai one. I’m ok already… ;)

  13. wheres the nasi himpit? hahaha… am going to Kajang for satay, wanna follow?

    Great with ketupat…but all the packets, too big – can’t possibly eat all unless it’s for a party. Hmmm…went KL so many times, never took me to Kajang pun… :(

  14. STP, I can just wallop this chicken without rice la! Looks good, all your cooking looks good one.

    …and no added oil, plus oil reduced some more. Great, eh?

  15. wow..I didnt know they have satay gravy in tin cans! I must be very outdated.. or perhaps they are not sold over here? But I know that my colleagues always buy from one Malay lady who sells the gravy in packets.. I have yet to try.. but after seeing your chicken in satay gravy, it gives me an idea! :)

    Hah!!! If the Malay lady’s one is nice, you might as well use that – so much better than anything that’s canned. This one’s exactly like good satay sauce…but yunno lah! When they sell in cans, sure got preservatives one. Nothing beats homemade. We don’t get really good satay here and the sauce as well – often, not that great either.

  16. Yes, it is that good. You had a post on this and I have tried it too. It has been quite some time already. You know me well, only cook easy and hassle free recipe. Thanks for reminding me.

    Actually, this has been around since a long time ago and my mum was the one who first cooked “satay” meat using this sauce and everyone loved it and we have not looked back since…just that at time, it was not always available. Thankfully, these days, it may be found at a few places around here – not so much of a problem anymore.

  17. Satay chicken! Gorgeous dish indeed! Now I need to find out whether they say Wee’s satay sauce in the Asian groceries here….

    I’m sure they have Ayam or other brands there – just add a bit of chili sauce to give it the desired red colour if it is too yellowish.

  18. ooo, satay sauce! i love it, especially when it’s all creamy and nutty. i think i could just buy a can, heat the sauce up and eat it on its own! :D

    Eyew!!! I would eat with bread or cream crackers…if I do not have rice or ketupat.

  19. Hi Arthur! I don’t think I have seen these cans here in Singapore. Would be nice to have the peanut sauce for steamboat…

    Not too sure if you have this there but they may have it in JB – considering that it is manufactured in Masai, Johore.

    I love those steamboats – used to have that at Newton Circus a long time ago where you cook everything on skewers in a pot of boiling water in the middle of the table…and you dip in your own bowl of satay sauce to eat.

    I don’t like the ones in Malacca where they boil the satay sauce and everyone will share and dip in their sticks of whatever, never mind if it’s half-eaten and saliva-coated at times. The bubbling reminds me of the mud pools in Rotorua…or worse, what you may end up with if you do not cook those clams and stuff really really well….if you get what I mean. Hehehehehehe!!!!

      • Wei…you also buying me a few cans? ;) And must be autographed by the wee Chef Wee :). Can bring into Perth lah, Customs sayang me leh.

        Am I? Hehehehehehe!!!!

  20. oo this is how you cook it la. Sound so simple

    It is!!! I can’t imagine why people have to make cooking so difficult and such a terrible and torturous chore. The list of ingredients and the preparation will be enough to put me off.

  21. What’s a satay sauce without lots of nuts and your brand, I would say, is good…coz it’s nutty :) Ooooo, real chicken satay for me very soon, yum yum!!

    Make sure you make a trip to Kajang! Best lah!!! All the peanut sauce you want to eat with your satay.

  22. Aiyoh, STP. Peanut sauce is not hard to make lar… OK, so a bit troublesome to fry and grind those peanuts (you can buy already grinded peanuts anyway) but making the sauce is actually very easy. :)

    That trouble part is the part that I can do without….and I’ve seen greyish, greenish coloured ones…and I’ve had not very nice ones, even burnt ones too. Might as well buy in a can – sure will be just right. You go ahead and fry your own, thank you very much.

  23. another cooking lesson huh,
    well it seems great as always, i would ask for a lot of rice
    for this haha

    Yes, the chicken and the gravy go very well with hot steaming rice.

  24. arthur! you manufacture satay sauce without telling me?! possible for me to get 1 free? :)

    Give me a tinkle when you’re back in town and I can get you a can or two – no problem at all. ;)

  25. Oh no! Look so yummy :( I just came back from work and this is very tempting.

    If you had a can, you would be able to get this dish ready in under 10 minutes. It’s so easy.

  26. That looks lovely, I love peanut sauce and use it in vegan and non-vegan meals.

    We use it for gado-gado – an Indonesian-style salad. Just pour the sauce over bean sprouts, fried tofu or tofu cakes, boiled potatoes, shredded cucumber…and eat. Non-vegans can have eggs with that as well. Very nice!

  27. Since your gal is around, you both enjoying cooking together right? Satay sauce chicken…looks yummy delicious.

    No lah! This is so easy I just did it on my own. Nothing much to prepare and do.

  28. hehe… so conicidence that its a Wee brand!! ;)

    yeah, some of those satay sauce is not good at all, forgot what I had tried before one of them was powdery, tasted awful….. I love satay sauce so hope to go hunting for this brand ya…

    This one is definitely good, no worries.

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