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Sate Padang

A side street dish from Padang, Indonesia

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Addicted to Ganja

  • Sep 27, 2009
Sate Padang (Padang is a city of West Sumatra) is my favorite street vendor food.
I had this since I was a kid and remembered all those days where I looked forward to either the recess or the end of the school day where I'd (well, not just me naturally, but many other students as well) rushed off to get my fair share of Sate Padang! 

Sate Padang is one of the best known of Sumatran dishes and though Sate is a typical Indonesian dish, I only like Sate Padang. Sate is cooked on the spot as soon as one orders it. The common Sate is grilled with charcoal and then served with a spicy peanut sauce but Sate Padang has a different kind of sauce. I don't know what's in it and neither can I describe the taste. It's out of this world and my aunt used to comment on my addiction and talked about "ganja" being one of the ingredients. ;-)

Different kind of meat can be ordered including the "Lidah" (cow's tongue); this is one of the best!
There is also babat (ox tripe) and usus (intestine). It's definitely NOT for the unadventurous!

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September 27, 2009
Great picture! That sauce looks delicious and very rich. What is it served on, is that a leaf?
September 27, 2009
Yes, that's banana leaves. That's how most of Asian hawkers serve their food, on banana leaves.
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Quick Tip by . April 30, 2011
posted in Go Indonesia
Sate Padang is skewered meats and offals served with a special sauce which I have no idea what it's made of other than it's the best I've ever had! I ate this as a child when I was living in Indonesia almost on a daily basis after school. Sate Padang is my most favorite food in Indonesia! Darn, I miss it!!!
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Sate (as in the Indonesian language) or Satay (as in the Malay language) is a dish of diced meats (commonly beef, chicken or mutton) served on skewers and grilled over wood or charchoal fire. It is then eaten with various spicy seasonings (grounded peanuts are common). 

Sate Padang is the Padang version of Sate. Sate has probably originated in Java, Indonesia but can now be found in other South East Asian countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Sate is similar to Yakitori in Japan & Kebab in Turkey. The sauce is different though.

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