Mini Chicken Satay (Inspired by the Singapore Flyer)

Serving 4 pax
Preparation Time 1 hr
Skill Advance

Rempah (Spice Blend)
8 slices Galangal*
10 cloves Garlic
25 Shallots
3 stalks Lemongrass (white section only, sliced)
1¼ tbsp Coriander powder
1 tsp Cumin powder
2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Powdered ginger

500g Skinless and boneless chicken thigh, cubed*
of the Rempah*
2 tbsp Oil
1 tsp Salt
2½ tbsp Sugar

Satay Sauce
120ml Warm water
1 tbsp Tamarind paste (assam)
6 tbsp Oil
of the Rempah*
2 tbsp Dried chilli paste*
3 tbsp Gula melaka
A pinch of salt
1½ tbsp Sugar
150g Coarsely ground peanut
450ml Water

Satay sticks, soaked in cold water overnight*
Banana leaf (optional)*
300g Lontong rice*
1 Cucumber
1 Red onion, sliced

*Available at your nearest FairPrice store.

  • Prepare the Rempah
    1. Blend galangal, garlic, shallots and lemongrass in a food processor until fine.
    2. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix well.
    3. Divide into ⅓ and ⅔ portions for the marinade and satay sauce respectively.
  • Prepare the Satay
    1. Marinate chicken with ⅓ portion of rempah and the rest of the ingredients, then cover with cling film and refrigerate for six hours, best overnight. Once ready, skewer 4-5 pieces through each satay stick.
    2. Place the satay on a pre-oiled grilling rack. Brush with oil and grill in preheated oven for about 6-8 minutes at 200 to 220°C. Flip, brush with oil again and grill for another 4 minutes until nicely charred.
  • Prepare the Satay Sauce
    1. Add warm water to tamarind paste and separate flesh from the seeds to make assam juice.
    2. In a wok, heat up the oil over medium-low heat. Add the remaining ⅔ portion of rempah and fry till aromatic. Add the dried chilli paste. Fry for another minute until the chilli oil starts to separate out.
    3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until the sauce thickens.
  • Decorating
    1. Plate the banana leaves, satay, satay sauce, lontong rice and cucumber in the shape of the Singapore Flyer using the template.

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