Satay Celup — A Signature Dish from Malacca

Posted by on May 4, 2011 in Destinations, Malacca, Wanderfood Wednesday | 16 comments

Here we are for another week of Wanderfood Wednesday, kindly hosted by Wanderlust and Lipstick. Update…this is my contribution to the August 28th edition of Foodie Tuesday, hosted by Inside Journeys. 

When I decided to spend a week in Malacca last December the first thing I did was research the food. One of the first dishes I came across was Satay Celup. At it’s simplest Satay Celup is beef and pork on skewers cooked in peanut sauce. Today, many other foods find their way onto the skewers; including lots of great veggies.

I discovered that my homestay was just around the corner from Capital Satay Celup Restaurant. Diners rave about Capital Satay, so it was my first choice. I arrived there around six, only to find this long line-up.

This had to be the slowest moving line in history. An hour after arriving I was still standing in the same spot. I guess the diners inside were really enjoying and lingering over their delicious satay celup. Had I been with other people I probably would have continued to wait. Instead, almost next door was “Old Village Satay Celup”, and I decided to give it a try.

They were doing a brisk business, and by that time my stomach was begging for food. The tables are round, stainless steel, with a hold in the middle to hold the vat of peanut sauce. When you sit the waitress brings the peanut sauce and turns on the flame to get it bubbling.

My job was to pick out the skewers that I wanted to eat. I have to say that I didn’t recognize a lot of what was on offer. I ended up playing it safe and staying mostly with the veggies.

Satay Celup

Simple describes the cooking process. Plunge the skewers into the peanut sauce, and before you know it you’re sampling your first taste of satay celup.

Honestly, I found the peanut sauce to be a bit overwhelming. Maybe it’s an acquired taste. I would definitely try satay celup again, and if you’re in Malacca don’t miss eating one of Malacca’s signature dishes.

Old Village Satay Celup has two locations. I ate at the Lorong Bukit Cina branch. They are open daily from 5pm.

Old Village Satay Celup



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  1. A long line at a local eatery is almost always the harbinger of a meal worth waiting for!

  2. That actually looks like something I would enjoy! Like you, I would focus on the veggie skewers. Thanks for sharing! So glad I found your blog through WanderFood Wednesday.

  3. Yum, this is the kind of food I like to feast on, i love strong flavour and spicy food. Hope to try some again when we visit Malaysia this year 🙂

  4. Sounds like it was a Malaccan fondue! I don’t think I would have waited that long. . . 1 hour and no movement.

  5. awww you were in Melaka. Should have called on me to meet up 🙂

  6. Oh, those pics make me so hungry. I am really looking forward to Malaysian food when we hit Penang in July. I don’t think we’ll make it to Melaka though.

  7. Hungry now!

  8. Looks like a street of good food! 🙂 Lines are always a good sign, but I agree, I can almost never wait!

    • I might have waited had I not been alone. However, seeing the same type of restaurant with seats available was just too tempting!

  9. Yum! I’m a big fan of peanut sauce, so I imagine I’d really love this. 🙂 And that photo of the skewers makes them look so pretty!

  10. I’ve never heard of cooking satay by plunging it into the peanut sauce, but it sounds exactly like something I’d find tasty. I’ll have to remember to try this in Melaka.

    • Michele, the next time you’re in Malacca be sure to try it!

  11. The beef and pork skewers dipped in peanut sauce sound wonderful!! I had that years ago a restaurant? Maybe Thai? Trying to remember what restaurant but I know it was good! 🙂

    • Hi Mike, have never seen this in Thailand, but that’s not saying it isn’t 🙂

  12. I love peanuts but can only take the sauce in small doses. As you say, it might be an acquired taste. Did you make it back to Satay Celup?
    Thanks for linking up, Nancie. Hope you have a great rest of the week.

  13. Hi Marcia, I like peanuts, too, but I found a found a vat of peanut sauce sitting in front of me a bit much :). I have not tried it again, but one of these days!

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