Satay Celup is one of the specialty in Malacca. Can you believe that I have never ate satay celup during my first year in MMU Malacca? I was very confined back then. I have heard about Ban Lee Siang’s Satay Celup long ago and never had the chance to try it. Therefore, during our trip to Malacca, we decided give it a try to satisfy our curiosity even though we were not very familiar with the place. We managed to find out way to Ban Lee Siang’s Satay Celup by relying on the directions pointed out by a friend.
What is Satay Celup anyway? No, it is not the conventional grilled satay but it is “lok lok” cum “satay sauce” steamboat. Satay Celup Malacca is a dish where an assortment of raw or semi-cooked seafood, meat and vegetables on skewers are dunked into a hot boiling pot of satay gravy. On each table, a pot of boiling-hot thick satay sauce were placed in the middle. All you need to do is just to dip in the skewers of raw or half-cooked seafood, meat or vegetables into the boiling satay sauce. Then, steadily cook it until it is ready. Constantly, stir the sauce as the sauce may dry up at the bottom of the pot.
There are many types of satay ingredients you can choose here. Balls of spinach, “Yau Ja Guai”, mushrooms and “Fu Chuk” are some of the many ingredients they have. You need not worry that the ingredients will run out here as the ingredients will be replenish quite quickly.
One side-back about satay celup is that the satay sauce will be “recycled” thoughout the night. Yes, it will be refilled and it will not be changed with every change of table. So be sure not to dip in after you’ve taken a bite or you will contaminate the whole pot. So how do you make sure that the patrons before you doesn’t dip in again after a bite? All you can do is just to prevent yourself from dipping in again and then pray that the others will follow too.
Each sticks were labelled according to it’s price. Sticks with red paint at the end are priced at RM0.60 per stick.
Meanwhile, the rest, mostly meat and vegetables were priced at RM0.50 per stick. Quite reasonable if you ask me. At least, it is cheaper than the “lok lok” we have at the night market.
There are several other satay celup restaurant next to this shop. Judging by the crowd, I believe this is the more popular one, compared to the rest. The main point that makes the difference here could be the satay sauce. Which sauce doesn’t taste good after it has been boiled over and over again for hours?
Although I did not have any upset stomach after my meal, this will be my first and my last try for satay celup. However, I may give in if I get to try the best satay celup in Malacca. I heard that the Capitol Satay celup is not bad though.
This particular restaurant that I’ve visited is Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup restaurant, located at Jalan Ong Kim Wee, Malacca.