Sate Maranggi is one of many satés in Indonesia that don’t include peanut sauce. Most foreigners especially the westerners know that Saté(s) in Indonesia have to have peanut sauce which is not true.
Sate and Satay are two the same words that refer to meat cubes that are thread into bamboo skewers and grill prior to enjoy. One of the foods that originally from Indonesia and spread out all over South East Asian countries, hence I prefer the word SATE instead of SATAY.
With 30 different SATÉs that I have been counting so far, I was quite amazed on how many of them that I haven’t tried. Different region is creating its own style in term of food in Indonesia.
There are 2 versions of Sate Maranggi based on where the sate is originally from; Cianjur (read: chee-aan-joor) and Purwakarta (read: poor-wha-kaar-taa). Both are cities in West Java province in Indonesia.
Both Cianjur and Purwakarta versions are needed to be marinated with some spices prior to grill. The taste should be sweet, spicy, a hint of tart with coriander seed aroma as the result of 15 minutes to a day marinating period.
The difference between Sate Maranggi Cianjur and Purwakarta are the condiments to serve with. Sambal oncom (fermented soy-pulp sambal) and uli bakar (grilled glutinous rice cake) will company Sate Maranggi Cianjur. Meanwhile in Purwakarta, it will serve with kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) and acar tomat (tomato pickle). The coriander aroma kick will be greater on Cianjur version as well. The Purwakarta marinade includes kencur (sand ginger) while the Cianjur marinade has NO KENCUR. Aside of very small distinct aroma and spice to be added, the Purwakarta version has 2 choices of meat to apply; Goat (Kambing) and Beef.
In this recipe, I combined both the Cianjur and Purwakarta as I love coriander seed and kencur aroma so I added more both of those ingredients.
Indonesian Beef Maranggi Sate Recipe
Resep Sate Maranggi
1 lb (454 g) beef tenderloin or sirloin, cut in to bite sizes
5.3 oz (150 g) beef fat, cut in to bite sizes
12-15 bamboo skewers, soaked in a cold water for at least 15 minutes to prevent burning
Spices to be ground for marinade:
6 shallots, peeled
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon kencur/kaempferia galanga powder (preferably the fresh root)
1 1/5-inch or 3-cm galangal (preferably the young one)
3/5-inch or 1.5-cm fresh ginger
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
3 teaspoons gula Jawa (Indonesian coconut sugar)
3-4 tablespoons kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)
3 tablespoons tamarind paste
seasalt to taste
Acar Tomat (Tomato Pickle)
1 tomato (I used 1/2 green and 1/2 red tomato)
3 shallots, peeled
6 bird’s eyes chilies
cuka lahang (canesugar vinegar)
canesugar and kosher salt to taste
Cook’s Note: Most beef sate in Indonesia will need to be covered with papaya leaves or mix with pineapple juice prior to marinate. Papaya leaves produce papain enzymes that will tenderize the meat. Pineapple juice has the same power as papain enzymes. However, I once did try that way. It basically ruined my meat. The meat was falling apart on the grill. I don’t use that method anymore as I learned that Canadian beef doesn’t need that treatment.
1. Marinate the beef cubes with maranggi marinade for at least 15 minutes and store them in the fridge. I prefer to do it over night.
2. Thread the beef cubes into bamboo skewers.
3. Grill to your doneness preference. Serve with Acar Tomat.
Cut or slice tomatoes, shallots (thinly), and chilies. Mix with other ingredients.
SELAMAT MAKAN🇮🇩!!! EET SMAKELIJK 🇳🇱!!!
See other SATES that Indonesia Eats has on the blog:
- Sate Ayam Madura (Madura-Style Chicken Saté with Peanut Sauce). Serve with lontong (rice cake wrapped in banana leaves) and acar timun
- Sate Rembiga (Lombok Style Spiced Beef Saté). Serve with Plecing Kangkung.
- Sate Padang (Padang Style Beef Saté). Serve with Ketupat (rice cake wrapped in palm leaves) and Keripik Sanjay (Balado Cassava Chips) or Karupuak Jangek (Kerupuk Kulit or Cow Rinds).
- Sate Komoh or Sate Bumbu Rujak (Pasuruan-Style Spiced Beef Saté)
- Sate Pentul (Minced Beef Saté with Spicy Kecap Manis)
- Sate Kerang (Surabaya-Style Blood Cockle/ClamSaté with Sambal Petis. Serve with Lontong Kupang (Tiny Clam Soup with Rice Cake) or enjoy as it is.
- Sate Klopo (Surabaya Style Coconut Beef Saté). Serve with steamed rice and chopped chilies.
- Sate Odheng (Madura-Style Prawn Saté).
- Sate Cumi Kecap (Sweet and Spicy Squid Saté)