When you go to Singapore, there is no excuse viable enough for you not to try their Satay. Why? Because Singapore is home to some of the most affordable and delicious Satay that you will ever taste in your life, and you don’t even have to go to a restaurant for most of them! In this list, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best Satay stalls that Singapore has to offer, and everything that you can get in between. Because satay isn’t just a dish, it’s a whole experience.
But wait, what is satay?
Satay is an Indonesian dish filled with Southeast Asian flavors. Satay takes the form of pieces of meat skewered on a wooden stick and grilled to perfection and covered in a special peanut sauce. I know, grilled skewers aren’t anything new! But when I called the peanut special, I meant it. The sauce used for Satay is a combination of peanut butter, curry spices, and whatever other ingredients the cook may include! The sauce gives the meat a tender, sweet, and salty flavor profile.
So without further ado, here are 10 amazing Satay stalls in Singapore that are worth a visit.
|Address||20 Kensington Park Road, 01-34 Chomp Chomp Food Centre S(557269)|
This little satay stall in the Chomp Chomp hawker center is famous among locals and foreigners alike. Awarded with a Michelin special commemorative plaque, this food stall has some of the juiciest and most flavorful satays in Singapore. Satay is a simple recipe, one that is easy to learn but hard to perfect, and I can easily say that Chomp Chomp has indeed perfected the satay formula.
At a surprisingly low price point, these satay skewers will leave you wanting more. There is no chance that you are walking away from this satay stall with just three skewers, you are getting at least 5-6 with an extra serving of cucumbers and pineapple puree. This type of meal is best served with drinks, and the surrounding hawker stalls for sure have you covered. Get your Satay in either pork, beef, chicken, or even mutton.
Chuan Kee Satay
|Address||Old Airport Road Food Centre, Stall #01-85|
Block 51 Old Airport Road, Singapore 390051
This satay stall serves what is heralded as one of, if not, the best pork satay served in Singapore! This long-running satay stall has been grilling along since the 1970s, so they for sure know what they’re doing. Drenched in their own pineapple and peanut gravy, this satay stall has attracted many loyal customers, often having queues that take 30 minutes or more. Regardless of the queue time, people still line up for this delicious satay because you should never rush perfection.
The minimum order for this satay stall is 10 sticks, letting you choose from a variety of meats such as chicken, beef, or mutton. Their pork satay specifically is quite notable, featuring alternating cuts of pork meat and fat to ensure that each stick is juicy and flavorful. The open-flame charcoal grill also adds to the flavor of this delicacy, charring the edges of the meat to perfection, creating a wonderful smokey flavor with each bite.
|Contact Details||+65 6441 0495|
+65 9362 3707
|Address||1220 ECP, #55 East Coast Lagoon Food Village, Singapore 468960|
If you’re looking for a meal with a view, then look no further than Haron Satay. This Malaysian-Muslim food stall is located in the East Coast Lagoon Food Village, a bit further away from the busy business centers of Singapore, but the view is surely worth it. This hawker stall is placed right beside the sandy beaches of Singapore, bringing in the refreshing sea salt air to go along with your perfectly grilled satay.
This satay stall has become a favorite for most Singaporeans because of the copious amount of meat they skewer on the stick. Choose from a variety of meats such as chicken, mutton, or beef, all of which are best paired with their own rice cakes. Each order of Satay comes with its own small bowl of satay gravy if you ever need to pack even more flavor into a bite, or maybe just slather on some rice on the side. If the location is too far away for you, you could always opt to instead order online where they deliver island-wide straight to your doorstep! Or order ahead for pickup if you want to avoid long queues.
|Address||20 Kensington Park Rd, Stall 15 Chomp Chomp Food Centre, Singapore 557269|
Another food stall is located in the Chomp Chomp Food Center! This Muslim-owned famous hawker stall takes a different approach when it comes to eating satay and the flavors and textures associated with it. Most hawker stalls would simply put their satay gravy on the side, this hawker stall instead chooses to pour the gravy on top, drenching the meat and skewers in their signature sauce. This results in a dish that will have you smacking your lips and coming back for more.
The satay sticks themselves do not stray away from the usual satay formula. I mean, why fix something that isn’t broken right? They offer chicken, beef, and mutton sticks grilled over an open charcoal fire to give it that extra smoky flavor. Order yours for dine-in to immerse yourself in the Singaporean hawker experience, or order your fill via foodpanda or Grab now!
|Address||Pang’s Satay, 335 Smith St, #02-213, Chinatown Complex, Singapore 050335|
Pang’s Satay is a family-owned hawker stall in the heart of Singapore’s Chinatown Complex. If you’ve ever wanted to try Hainanese-style satay, then this is your chance! Pang’s Satay is marinated using a mix of different Chinese ingredients to put a small twist on the usual satay formula. What’s more impressive is that everything, from the sauce to each individual ingredient, is made from scratch and cooked fresh daily.
Their satay comes in a variety of meats, including chicken, pork, mutton, and their specialty: pork belly. Their pork belly uses the pork belly cut to its advantage, making each satay chunky but still insanely juicy and flavorful. This rich cut of pork is then grilled to perfection over an open-flame charcoal grill. Cut through the richness of the pork by pairing it with a side order of rice cakes, or cucumber slices!
|Contact Details||+65 9755 2771|
|Address||517 Geylang Road, Lorong 27A S(389473) 27A Eating House|
Perhaps a testament to the success of hawker centers and Malaysian cuisine, Kwong Satay now stands tall with its own satay factory. But these high reigns didn’t happen overnight, you see this Singaporean business was once just a stall in a hawker center, and luckily for us it still is. Although the company has grown, it hasn’t left behind the reason for its success: flavorful and juicy satay sticks grilled to perfection.
Kwong Satay offers the usual variety of Satay meats such as pork, pork belly, chicken, and mutton, all of which are drenched in their signature secret marinade. What sets this satay stall apart from all the others is that it also sells and distributes sticks of raw satay, giving diners the ability to bring home their favorite dishes complete with its own marinade. But I am a firm believer that nothing will ever beat the added taste of charred edges you can only get when you order from their hawker stall.
Yong Seng Satay
|Contact Details||+65 9626 5173|
|Address||51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-123, Singapore 588215|
Singapore’s hawker centers are about more than just food, in fact, they’re more about culture and heritage than anything else. Most of the hawker stalls that you’re eating from now have been built generations ago and have continued to produce and perfect the very same dishes that they serve now, and that stays true for Yong Seng Satay. This hawker stall was opened in the 1970s and has continued operation to this very day because of loyal customers who keep coming back for their delicious satay.
When you eat at Yong Seng Satay, you’re not eating just for the meat, but also for everything that comes with it! Coming in either chicken, pork, or mutton, this dish’s flavors go well with the rice cakes that are also offered by the shop. Although this satay stall follows the same formula for their satays, the same couldn’t be said for their satay gravy which is considerably sweeter and tangier than some of the other stalls on this list. That’s because Yong Sent’s satay sauce has copious amounts of ripe grated pineapple added, giving the sauce its sweet and tangy flavor profile.
|Contact Details||+65 9002 5986|
|Address||79A Circuit Rd, Singapore 371079|
If you are a vegetarian, then I congratulate you for making it this far down the list. I know there has been a lot of talk about animal meats, but Victor Veggie has you covered. One look at this satay stall and you wouldn’t think that it’s anywhere remotely vegetarian, but looks can be deceiving. You see, although the satay may look, feel, and taste like meat, it is 100% vegetarian.
Their satays are made with all the same spices and ingredients that you would find in any other satay, but instead opting for a soy protein substitute instead of meat! The difference is…well, you can’t really tell. The soy still chars up to give you a smoky flavor, and the marinade and sauces do their job extremely well to mask this fact. If you’re looking to sate your satay cravings without renouncing your vegetarian commitment, this is the hawker stall for you!
Chai Ho Satay
|Address||448 Clementi Ave 3, #01-10, Singapore 120448|
Satay can never be complete without the signature peanut sauce, and Chai Ho understands that rule very well. Chai Ho is a hawker stall that specializes in satay, offering much of the same in terms of meat variety and inclusions. What sets Chai Ho apart from the rest of the pack would be its incredible peanut sauce, something that most diners swear by! For the full experience, don’t forget to pair your Satay with their rice cakes, perfect for dipping and scooping out huge dollops of peanut sauce.
Lau Pa Sat
|Contact Details||+65 6220 2138|
|Address||18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582|
And here we are, the place that might be one of Singapore’s most famous and recognizable destinations for amazing satay. Lau Pa Sat is more than just a stall, it’s an entire street lovingly called Satay Street because of its focus on satay. The smell and atmosphere of Lau Pa Sat are dizzying, everywhere you look and every breath of air you take is riddled with the taste of satay. This is the mecca of Malaysian satay for everyone who wants to try everything at least once, including another international and local cuisine. There’s a reason why this was chosen as the filming location of Crazy Rich Asians, the food is good and the streets come alive because of it.
Come for the people, stay for the satay.
And that concludes our list of satay food stalls in Singapore. It’s very hard to get satay wrong considering its simple flavor profiles and ingredients, but in the times when it’s done right, those flavors stay with you forever. If you find yourself around Singapore’s hawker centers, remember to try any stall for satay, even the ones not on this list. Each satay stall is deceptively different from the others, and it’s up to you to find out which stall is your favorite.
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