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Sate Babi (Pork Sate)

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Indonesian Pork/ham


  • 1/2 kg (1 1/4 lb) fillet of pork
  • 1 tb Melted pork fat or butter
  • 1 Clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 ts Dark soya sauce
  • 2 ts Lemon juice
  • 2 tb Clear soya sauce
  • 2 Cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 ts Ground ginger
  • 1 ts Five spices
  • 1 tb Clear honey
  • 1/2 ts White pepper


An important difference between this and other kinds of sates is that we do not usually eat pork with peanut sauce. We eat it by itself, or with Sambal Kecap.
Cut the pork into small thin squares and marinate for 2 hours. Push on to bamboo or metal skewers. Put these on a rack or in a roasting tin and cook in a preheated oven at 350F (gas mark 4) for 30 minutes, turning them over several times.
Mix the fat (or butter) with the crushed garlic, soya sauce and lemon juice. just before serving, brush the sate with this soya and lemon mixture, and grill for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.
Most readers will know that the 'five spices' used in this recipe are a Chinese ingredient, the mixture being composed of star anise, fennel, cloves, cinnamon and pepper.
Makes 4 servings.
From "Indonesian Food and Cookery", Sri Owen, Prospect Books, London, 1986." ISBN 0-907325-29-7.
Posted by Stephen Ceideberg; March 1 1993.