I, being a big fan of Malaysian-style satay, love the peanut sauce more than the satay. Having said that, they still complement each other perfectly. To have one and not the other, it won’t be a complete meal to me.
A while back, I chanced upon a satay dip recipe in Annabel Karmel’s Family Cookbook Magazine. I truly liked her brilliant idea in using this satay dip as a way to encourage children to eat crunchy vegetables. As her recipe called for sweet chilli sauce which was considered too spicy for my son back then, I had to shelve the idea.
So, recently, when I noticed that my son could easily adapt himself to more peppery and gingery dishes, I knew it’s just the right timing for me to make my favourite peanut sauce. I followed a peanut sauce recipe from JustasDelish (originated from Amy Beh) with some slight modifications. This recipe is a bit different than the one from Annabel. It includes herbs and spices, and uses red chilli rather than sweet chilli sauce. If you want a kid-friendly version, feel free to adjust the amount of chilli or omit it totally. This recipe makes my life a lot easier as it calls for fresh milk instead of coconut milk which I seldom store in my kitchen. Being innovative, I added some homemade creamy peanut butter to power up its nutty flavour, and another tablespoon of crushed peanuts for a more crunchy sensation. If you don’t have enough time to make peanut butter and roast peanuts, that’s fine. Just substitute them with the ones that are sold in the supermarket.
To my surprise, the sauce turned out to be very delicious even though it may not be as authentic as the one you get at the satay joint. I served it with sticks of carrot, cucumber, capsicum and celery as a side dish to my family. My family had a great time chomping down raw vegetables non-stop. For me, it’s the first time that I had even eaten so many raw capsicums and celeries in my entire life. What an amazing dip!!
This peanut satay sauce is not only good as dips but can be used in a variety of ways such as salad dressing, pasta sauce, stir-frying sauce and marinade. So, if you plan to make this sauce, be prepared to double or even triple the portion. Or else, you may regret.
Peanut is one of the most common food allergies. Hence, this recipe is not recommended for kids below 3 years old (age as recommended by American Academy of Pediatrics), kid who has a family history of allergies or kid who has had a food allergy in the past. If you want to introduce peanuts to your child, please consult your pediatrician for further advice.
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