Recipe #46: THAI CHICKEN SATAY with PEANUT SAUCE & CUCUMBER RELISH

Perhaps, one of my biggest regrets while living in Thailand was not being able to blog about my life there. But then again, I also wanted to detach myself from the usual things that I did before I left Manila. I wanted to experience living in another country with a certain level of immersion into a culture that is similar yet so different from my own, away from the familiar crowd and scenes. Besides, that’s one of the many reasons I decided to take refuge in the the land of smiles anyway.

So, yeah, why regret.

Now that I’m back, and while I can still remember snippets of my life in Thailand, I’ll probably share one or two Thai recipes that I really enjoyed (and definitely going to miss) while I was there. Let’s start with one of my favorite street foods — Thai Chicken Satay.

Thai Satay 1

Here’s the thing — satay or sate (pronounced as sa-té) is not originally from Thailand. Its country of origin is in fact Indonesia, historically akin to the Indian kebabs. But because Thailand’s cuisine is more popular than its neighbors, satay became more associated with Thailand.

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Thai Pork Satay sold as a street food in Thailand

Aside from Thailand and Indonesia, satay is also a well-known street food in Malaysia and many parts of Southeast Asia. Yes, it can also be found in the Philippines, in the south where it is known as satti.

Just like in any culinary adaptations, ingredients and preparations vary from one region to another. In Thailand, chicken and pork satay are common where it’s served with peanut sauce and cucumber relish. But in Islamic countries, chicken and beef are more preferred, although pork may also be found in non-halal food establishments. 

Try the recipe below and let me know what you think:

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Recipe #17: FILIPINO CHICKEN CURRY

So, today is a special day because I’m giving you another personal favorite — Filipino Chicken Curry.

I like my Chicken Curry hot and spicy because I think that’s how curry dishes are supposed to be. But then again, some people prefer it mild, so it really depends on how much heat your taste buds can take. If you don’t want it too fiery, especially if you are serving it to kids, take it easy on the curry powder and the chilies. Of course, you may ought to scrap the chilies altogether.

Additionally, I prefer the ginger grated because it produces better flavor once incorporated with the rest of the ingredients. I also like adding the bell peppers on the last part because I want to retain its crunch.

There! Enough of the chitchat. Here’s the recipe for Chicken Curry:

Filipino Chicken Curry

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