My husband and I actually got lost again on our last night in Malacca. We were lost all the way into Bukit Cina, the Chinese cemetery in Malacca where the legendary Princess Hang Li Po was laid to rest at. Actually it was a rumour that the legendary princess from Ming dynasty were buried there. There’s no actual historical evidence that says she was laid to rest in Bukit Cina.
I wonder what’s with me and my husband? We keep getting lost and ended up in cemetery where the ancient figures were buried… is someone trying to tell us something? I don’t know, but when we were in Bukit Cina, I was too freaked out to snap pictures. Bukit Cina is really, really scary at night, and my imagination started to run amok and I started to shiver and get goosebumps. I practically begged my husband to get out of there as soon as possible, and while we’re looking for a way out back into Malacca town, we ended up in McQuek Satay Celup.
Satay celup is just like steamboat. The only difference is while steamboat consists of soup and various seafood and meat, satay celup consists of all sort of seafood and poultry the special peanut sauce.
We didn’t plan to go toÂ McQuek Satay Celup, and we found out later on that the place is actually very famous both locally and internationally.
We arrived rather late. It was around 10.30pm when we were there. My family were the last few people who patronized the restaurant that night, and thank God for that. I really do hate crowds and it makes dining less pleasurable.
It’s well known even all the way to Taiwan. Celebrity Chef Chen Hong (Taiwan version of Chef Wan) went there to eat before too, in the year 2003.
My mouth was gaped open when I saw it. Who would have known, such a small restaurant in a secluded area in Malacca captured the heart of an International chef. Surprising indeed.
If you wonder how much the ‘steamboat satay celup’ cost, just look at the picture above. It costs around RM0.55, and there’s discounts offered for group of tourists and whatnot.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the peanut sauce. Locally, it’s known as kuah satay or kuah kacang. It’s made from ground peanuts, chillies, coconut milk as well as sugar. It’s sweet and spicy, and it’s very thick. Yes, it’s very thick and not diluted, so it tasted really, really heavenly.
I took a lot of satay and dumps it into the hotpot so that it can be cooked.
Satay… chicken satay, beef satay,seafood satay…
There’s also veggies, quail eggs and fishball satay….
But my favourite got to be these… the sweet and succulent king prawn satay. It’s really yummylicious, and I daresay we ate more than 30 sticks of these king prawn satays.
We ate a total of 60 satays… and the total damage to the pocket including 2 can of iced cokes is… Rm 36.00. 😀 Not bad, eh? The food was absolutely fresh and the peanut sauce was to die for too…
Cleffairy: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5… once I caught a prawn alive… 6, 7, 8, 9, 10… and they’re all in my mouth and down my tummy… 😀