Malaysian's are all too familiar with satay. We can't seem to get enough of these wonderful sticks of honey glazed meat, that are grilled over a hot flame to get that amazing smoky flavour. In the state of Melaka, there are a number of restaurants who've taken this delicacy and turned it on its head to form a new local favourite, known to locals as satay celup. Satay celup is basically a mixture of the core ideas of both satay and lok lok/buffet steamboat. This result in a delicacy that consists of raw meat and vegetables that are cooked in a pot of slightly diluted satay sauce. The dish has gained significant attention by people from other states, to the point that many restaurants and stalls outside of Melaka are doing their rendition of the dish as well.
One of the more prominent vendors of this dish in Melaka is Restoran Ban Lee Siang, located along Jalan Ong Kim Wee. As far as the skewers themselves go, there are plenty of options to choose from such as pork, cockles, mushrooms, Chinese crullers, prawns, spinach, beancurd sheets, pork and fish balls, and much more. These skewers are stored in a refrigerator in the store that customers have immediate access to, which helps keep the skewers fresh and allows customers to pick and choose their options easily. Similar to lok lok, the skewers are colour coded to represent a particular price range, which further allows customers to gauge their options when dining.
So if you're looking to experience satay celup in Melaka, Restoran Ban Lee Siang is certainly a great place to start.