Disaster!Â Our favourite Chinese takeaway says they can’t do the chicken satay the way I like it any more.Â It turns out that nobody else round here likes it.Â Â The one that everyone likes and which every Chinese place in town does is not the right colour, not the right texture and has the wrong flavour.Â Perhaps it is a Chinese or Thai version and I am used to the Singapore/Malaysia style.
Looks like I will have to do it myself.
I have had a look around for satay recipes and they look like a lot of work, involving dried chillies, ground peanut, tamarind juice, candle nuts and all sorts of stuff.Â Â I don’t even know what a candle nut is let alone where to get them.Â The first recipe I found listed “4 candle nuts”.Â I can’t go in a shop and ask for that without feeling like Ronnie Barker – I’ll come out with a pile of fork handles won’t I?
Before I resort to that I might try a few of the supermarkets’ sauces or see if the Asian food store in town has anything that might do the trick.
I shall miss having it cooked by an expert though.