The Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) has organised the Urban Kampung carnival with The Ultimate Satay Challenge 2016 held on 22 October 2016 at Queen Elizabeth Walk (former location of the old Satay Club). The carnival aimed to foster understanding towards Islam and the Malay-Muslim culture through various activities, as well as unite Singaporeans through our common passion for food.
The Ultimate Satay Challenge 2016
8 famous halal satay stalls were specially invited to participate in The Ultimate Satay Challenge 2016. Winners were determined by a combination of public votes and a panel of judges, comprising Adam Shah from The Halal Food Blog, Chef Kamal Fondueman from the Singapore Halal Culinary Federation, Dr. Leslie Tay from ieatishootipost and Dr. William Wan, General Secretary of SKM.
The 8 halal satay stalls are Haron Satay, Jamil Sate Classic, Salam Satay Inc, Satay Power 6, Kam Satay, Lina Satay, The Hungry Bazterdz and The Ugly Duckling.
The participating stalls are Haron Satay, Jamil Sate Classic, Salam Satay Inc, Satay Power 6, Kam Satay, Lina Satay, The Hungry Bazterdz and The Ugly Duckling.
There are 3 award categories; Ultimate Satay, Best Satay Meat, and Best Satay Sauce. Visitors who purchased the voting tickets were treated to 2 satay sticks from each of the 8 satay masters. They casted their votes for the 3 categories. A special category called Kindest Satay Master was also presented at the Award Ceremony. The judges observed how the various staff of the stall served the visitors. The winners were:
Ultimate Satay Master: Haron Satay
Best Satay Meat: Haron Satay
Best Satay Sauce: Jamil Sate Classic
Kindest Satay Master (special SKM category for the night): Hungry Bazterdz
The 8 Satay Masters participated at The Ultimate Satay Challenge 2016 are below:
1220 East Coast Parkway, Stall 55, East Coast Lagoon Food Village, Singapore 468960
Tel: +65 6441 0495
Haron Satay is the winner for both the Best Satay Meat and Ultimate Satay award. They were my favourite satay stall among the 8 too. As the satay meat were tender with a little char flavour. Most importantly, the meat was well marinate in a good and balance mixed of spice. The peanut sauce augmented the flavour with the lightly sweet peanut flavour.
Jamil Sate Classic
The extremely reddish peanut sauce shocked me as I did not expect it to be so. So much for the look, this sauce won the Best Satay Sauce award. Beside the colour, the sauce was spicy and strong in peanut flavour. Little wonder why they are the best.
Salam Satay Inc.
Tel: +65 9422 1874
Personally, I find Salim Satay Inc. extremely disappointing. The meat was a tad tough, marinate remained on the surface. Lastly the sauce was a little too diluted in flavour.
Satay Power 6
Tel: +65 9384 7148
While the Jamil Sate Sauce shocked me, Satay Power 6 shocked me with its red satay. Each satay has a piece of distinct fat meat. Meat on stick though was well marinate but overall was a little too sweet and chewy.
Tel: +65 8669 2593
The meat on the Kam Satay is rough and a tad tough with strong tumeric flavours while sauce was mainly sweet, lightly spicy with weak peanut flavour.
Lina Satay Club
Tel: +65 9004 8715
Though the satay has a nice spice and herb marinate but it was too tough. The lightly sweet sauce did not stick to the satay and somehow didn’t complement well. I rather eat the satay alone without the sauce.
11 Collyer Quay, #01-06, The Arcade, Singapore 049317
Tel: +65 6816 3213
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 0700 to 1800; Saturday 0800 to 1500; Closed on Sundays
Flavour of the tough meat satay from Hungry Bazterdz was with a modern twist. And the marinate for the chicken stick again was only on the surface. Overall, the savoury hint didn’t complement the sauce.
The Ugly Duckling
Tel: +65 8179 0094
Last but not least, at The Ultimate Satay Challenge 2016 was The Ugly Duckling. Their selling point is the special Duck satay. I thought it was refreshing. The texture is inclined to smoked duck. While Beef satay did get much marinate; I didn’t enjoy. The sweetish peanut sauce has chunky peanut pieces. Overall texture of sauce was rough.