Sunday, November 24, 2019

Shi Xiang Satay : the decades old goodness

Young, the owner, 50, has taken over the stall and is running it with his mother, 75. The stall has been around for about 35 years since 1955, started by his parents and has been in this food centre for more than 2 decades, serving Hainanese style Satay. While waiting for the dishes from Claypot & Cooked Food Kitchen, we wanted to order some to share. The light of the signboard was still off then. Young was there and so I asked, "How much longer before it is ready?" He asked me to go back at about 1 pm. I went back at about 12.50 pm, the signboard was lighted up. I ordered 5 pieces of chicken satay and 5 pieces of pork satay at $0.60 each. He asked for my table number and offered to deliver later and he sent over about 8 minutes later.

It was served with wedges of red onions and chunks of cucumber accompanied by the peanut sauce in a disposable bowl. Each stick of pork satay consists of a piece of fat sandwiched between 2 chunks of meat. The meat was lightly marinated then grilled it over charcoal, charred it slightly without compromising its tenderness. It tasted different from those by Malay, mild-tasting, less sweet and the sauce is different too. The chicken satay is as good though using a leaner meat, still as flavorful with a nicely charred flavor.

There is usually a dollop of fresh pineapple puree added to the peanut dipping sauce for Hainanese satay, it added a hint of tanginess though the pineapple taste is not too distinct.

335 Smith Street #02-079 Chinatown Complex Food Centre SINGAPORE 050335
Operating Hours: 12.30 pm to 8.30 pm (Closed on Mondays)

1 comment:

    Hijack your post again. There's this fish ball noodles stall at West coast market 726 Clementi.
    Seems like father and son running side by side.
    $3 comes with generous amount of ingredients including fish dumpling.
    I like the taste. It's got that sesame flavor to it.
    The aunty at soon Lee on the left says the stall on the right is relative. I think could be the son. But I might be wrong. Both are good.