While I can be definite that Malaysia has better Prawn Noodle and it’s a draw for Chicken Rice, what about satay? Before I came to Singapore, a friend told me that Singaporeans weren’t impressed with our Satay – especially Sate Kajang.
After surveying around and tasted countless sticks of satay in Singapore, I have to agree with the Singaporeans and conclude that their satay is generally more delicious. And my vote for the nicest halal satay goes to Haron Satay at East Coast Lagoon Food Village. Until I can find a better one, I have set Haron Satay as the standard to beat for future satay comparison.
If you are in Singapore looking for a relaxing spot next to a beach with plenty of food, then East Coast Park is a great choice. A huge food court is situated here and I estimate there’s about 50-60 stalls here mainly selling satay and seafood.
One of the things I like most about Singapore food is the affordability. Compared dollar-to-dollar, you will realize how cheap the food is for the locals. It costs $0.50 for a skewer regardless of the chosen meat may it be chicken, beef, mutton or babat (cow’s stomach).
But if you insist on converting then it’s about RM1.20 for every stick, which is quite pricey if you are having it in Malaysia. For tourists it’s hard not to convert, I understand. I used to do that for the first few weeks after I arrived in Singapore and everything seemed so expensive in RM! But now I am starting to get used with it.
What makes Haron Satay really stand out is the marination of the satay meat. I just never tasted any juicier, tender satay that could be so flavorful even eaten on its own. Even after being dipped into the peanut sauce, the meat’s marinade dominates the taste through the burst of flavor upon chewing. Simply delicious.
And among chicken, beef and mutton satay, I would say the beef satay had the best marinade, which is the must try and surprisingly tender meat meat as well. I don’t know about you but beef satay had always given me an impression of being harder and more chewy than the rest.
They do not skimp on the ingredients too, each skewer comes with thick chunks of meat. Also, I found that while some satay are good, you can get ‘jelak’ of them pretty soon maybe after the fifth skewer or so. But I didn’t have this feeling when I was having Haron’s Satay. Instead, I felt like having more!
Because of the stiff competition among the many satay stalls, touts occur. So, if you are bothered about the touts, just observe from a distance first before walking to the chosen stall to avoid any discomfort.
I have actually brought a few Malaysian friends to try Haron Satay and they all love it. And getting to ECP (East Coast Parkway) is really simple. There’s a bus operating from Bedok Interchange on every weekend that goes to ECP, which takes only about 20 minutes to reach. The bus number is 401 and do note that it only operates during the weekends, starting 2pm on Saturdays and 10am on Sundays.Haron Satay (Stall 55)
East Coast Lagoon Food Village
1220 East Coast Parkway, 468960
GPS Coordinates: N1 18.413 E103 56.115 (malfreemaps)
Wow… Nice satay… ^.^
I agreed that Satay Kajang was always a bit over-rated and have tasted better ones from other outlets not in Kajang. But comparing Satay in Malaysia vs Singapore, hmm….not sure lar. In terms of certain types of food, I still think Malaysia Boleh. Then again, it’s just me.
I don’t mind pay more for a good satay.
Looks really juicy and delicious. For a working Singaporean, it is damn cheap as compared to ours which is much smaller in size. For the bigger ones we have to fork out around RM1.
still prefer kajang satay…have much variety
Ya they do have more variety.. but the taste.. really gone down hill lor
Next time if I visit to Singapore, I will sure try this out.
Previously, Sate Kajang (Hj Samuri’s) was not as bad, but after mass commercialization, the quality took a downward spiral. Yeah, and I do agree with you that hawker food in S’pore is generally cheaper (without conversion), and even the restaurant fares also seem so much more affordable than ours.
looks good but have u tried satay kepong? its near the MCA blik gerakan. In desa jaya to be exact. i think its sueprior than samuri!
Do you mean Sen Kee Satay? The duck satay?
East Coast Park is a place where we can find lots of tasty food… Just hope that I have the chance to go to there again, and taste the Satay as well.. hohoho.
maybe u can try satay @ Bandar Baru Bangi , shop named Sup Urat Kering.. so far in KL and Selangor this is the nicest satay i’ve tried. :)
visit Sate Kajang (Hj Samuri’s) at Taman Melati (MRR2) branch to taste how mass commercialization has changed the secret recipe of famous Haji.
I’ve never tried Kajang satay but I did try the ones in M’sia and S’pore countless times, taste the same to me but with one big distinction. The ones in S’pore are packed with leaner meat instead which I appreciate.
Being at East Coast foodcourt countless times, I always got very ‘scared’ and try to avoid the touting satay sellers from afar, never get to figure out which satay stall is the one to go for.
Whoever recommended this stall to you, I thank you to him/her and for your review here! Now I know which one to order from :)
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