We all know sate, Indonesia’s famous scrumptious meat-on-a-stick treat that has sizzled its way into our hearts, but while the rest of the archipelago nation is munching on sate madura (billed as Indonesia’s original sate), here are seven kinds of sate khas Bali, nuances that the Island of the Gods claims as its own.
1. SATE BE PASIH
In Bahasa Bali, we’re talking about seafood when we say be laut. Check out these giant insta-worthy prawns. We’ll be laut or whatever we need to be to get our hands on that grilled set of awesomeness.
2. SATE KAKUL
At a glance, there doesn’t seem to be anything special about sate kakul, but really it’s the escargot of the sate world—literally. Sate kakul is made with snails, usually topped off with that signature Indonesian peanut sauce we all know and love and paired with nasi beras merah aka red rice, that wholesome brown bread alternative to white rice.
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3. SATE KABLET
Sate Kablet sure looks a lot like Bali’s most famous meat-on-a-stick, sate lilit (up next), but it’s actually served on a wooden skewer and the meat is specifically tuna. For sate kablet, the tuna is cut up in cubes, ready to roll on into our palates.
4. SATE LILIT
Hand’s down Bali’s most celebrated sate, sate lilit can be made with chicken, pork, or seafood. What characterizes this special stick-treat is that instead of stabbing meat onto the skewer as is typical of other sate varieties, meat is wrapped around for this one (which is where the word lilit comes in). Sate lilit is too speical for a mere wooden skewer. This sate commonly gets served up on lemongrass, but is traditionally served on a flat wood piece from a coconut palm.
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5. SATE PLECING
This sate is most commonly packed with pork, but other meats can be substituted. Sate plecing is for spicy food fans as it is topped with sambal tomat to add a jolt of flavor.
6. SATE PENTUL
Made from beef or chicken, sate pentul is quite similar to sate lilit: the meat is ground up and wrapped around the skewers. However, the condiments set it apart: sate pentul is taken with soy sauce for its own distinct flavor.
7. SATE PENYU
Sate penyu is more a delicacy of the past. Made from turtle meat, this sate is proving to be quite difficult to find across the island, understandably, as turtles are now a protected species by the government. We’d much rather go with the six other sate’s listed above, but had to put on the list to give you a complete overview.
Photo: Penulis Hidupku
This article is based on a post done by Makanan Indonesia. See the original post in Bahasa here.
Photo at the top: Matthew Packer/Flickr