My Time Capsule: March 2012


Indonesian Saté

Saté is one of Indonesian traditional delicacies. It is a dish of marinated, skewered and grilled meat. It's a very popular in Indonesia, you can find it almost everywhere from traditional satay cart on street to 5 stars restaurant.

It's been said that Indonesia has the richest variations of satay in the world, usually named after the region its originated, the meats, parts or ingredients its uses, also the method of cooking.
Meat commonly used includes beef, mutton, pork, venison, fish, shrimp, squid, chicken, rabbit and tripe. Some have also used more exotic varieties of meat, such as turtle, crocodile, horse, lizard, and snake meat.

Sate Plecing (beef sate with plecing sauce)
Sate Sum Sum Plecing (bone marrow sate with plecing sauce)
Sate Plecing is named after the sauce, which made from chilies, shrimp paste, tomato and a dash of kaffir lime juice. It tastes quite spicy, sweet and a little bit tangy.

Sate Babi (pork sate)
Sate Babi is popular among the Indonesian-Chinese community. It's marinated with the mixture of garlic,shallots, sugar, salt, pepper, soy sauce and etc. Serves with sweet soy sauce, chili slices and a dash of lime juice.

Sate Lilit Ikan (Balinese Fish Sate)
Sate Lilit is originally from Bali. Commonly made from minced fish which is then mixed with grated coconut, thick coconut milk, lemon juice, shallots, and pepper. Wound around bamboo, sugar cane or lemon grass sticks, it is then grilled on charcoal.

Sate Padang
Sate Padang is named after an area in west Sumatra. It uses beef, boiled in spicy broth then grilled. The yellow sauce is made from rice flour mixed with spicy offal broth, turmeric, ginger, garlic, coriander, galangal root, cumin, curry powder and salt.

Sate Kakul
Sate Kakul
Sate Kakul, the Balinese term for freshwater snail which normally lives in the rice fields. It's marinated with the mixture of shallot, garlic, salt, palm sugar, ginger, etc. Can be served with plecing sauce.

Sate Kambing (lamb sate)
Sate Kambing is different than other satay because it's not usually pre-seasoned or pre-cooked. Raw lamb is skewered and grilled directly on the charcoal. It is then served with sweet soy sauce, sliced shallots, and cut-up tomatoes.

Sate Ayam (chicken saté )
Sate Ayam is made from sliced marinated chicken meat. The sauce is the mixture of sweet soy sauce, palm sugar, peanut paste, garlic, deep fried shallots, shrimp paste and salt.
I think sate ayam is the most popular and can be found easily almost everywhere, specially in Java island.

These are just a few pictures of satay that I've tried. Some of them vanished before I got the chance to whip my camera out. Oh well :p
Which one is your favorite satay ?

UPDATES 14/08/2012 

Sate susu sapi (cow udders sate)

I've just found and tasted this new kind of Indonesian saté which is called Sate Susu Sapi or cow udders satay. As weird as it sounds, it tasted good though. The texture is a bit chewy and smells like cheese. It's served with spicy plecing sauce. Beside cow udders satay, I also had Sate Torpedo or cow testicle satay which I already tried before in Africa. I'll update again later because I accidentally deleted the picture of cow testicle satay *sigh*


South Africa: Beautiful Cape Town

South Africa, December 2010

My South Africa journey came to an end, the last destination was Cape Town.
It's been said to be one of world's most beautiful cities, which I totally agree. I was instantly fall in love with this city. Cape Town is uniquely beautiful, it’s home to colourful characters from a cross-section of cultures and it has a fascinating history.
With the breathtaking view of Table Mountain which is towering 1085 metres above the city of Cape Town, Table Mountain is often covered with cloud known as the table cloth. This is how Table Mountain got its name.

Waterfront, Cape Town

beautiful Cape Town

Table Mountain without its table cloth

Camps Bay
I think she's blind :(

boat trip from  Hout Bay to Seal island 

hundreds of seals

it's sunbathing time ! :p

colourful toilet

huge portion of seafood platter for each person
After lunch we visited Boulder Beach which is very popular due to its inhabitants, a colony of some 3000 African Jackass penguins, a pair of penguins were first spotted at Foxy Beach in 1982 and the colony has steadily grown ever since.
They are very adorable creature, but nearby residents suffered as the birds invaded their gardens and were generally very noisy and messy.
Boulders still remains the only place in the world where people can actually swim amongst the penguins as they have continued to invade more beaches. They are remarkably untroubled by people but you should avoid harassing them by getting too close or chasing them. They have a vicious bite !!!

Boulder Beach

African Jackass Penguin

lovey dovey Penguin

Cape Point where Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet

Cape of Good Hope

sunset in Cape Town

South Africa was definitely one of my best trips. It's truly an amazing country where I experienced such great times there. From my dream Africa safari, had ox testicle for dinner and straddled an ostrich. I would really love to stay longer next time, to explore more its beautiful places.
I would not say "good bye".......I would rather say "till we meet again"!


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