Thursday, October 15, 2009

Easy does it - Tomato and onion relish

Singapore-style Satay at Lau Pa Sat's Satay ClubImage via Wikipedia

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FairPrice Pan Fry Satay takes the elbow grease out of this perennial favourite


Satay is one of those all-time favourites that can take ages to make but is eaten in seconds.

From the marinating of the meat and preparing of the accompanying peanut sauce, to the slow grilling process, it can take almost an entire day, not to mention plenty of effort, to yield this dish of succulent skewers of marinated meat.

FairPrice Pan-Fry Satay takes all the elbow grease out of satay without sacrificing flavour and tenderness. Its chicken, mutton and beef varieties (all of which are halal) are free of MSG and preservatives. They are made by following a traditional recipe, using fresh and good quality ingredients that include various herbs and spices.

My personal favourite is the chicken satay, which is juicy, moist and extremely tasty.

The accompanying peanut sauce is also delicious and not too greasy.

Best of all, FairPrice "healthier choice" Pan-Fry Satay can be ready in just minutes. Take it out of the freezer, give it a whiz in a microwave to defrost and then pan-fry until the marinated meat is slightly caramelised.

And to make them easier to eat, they do not come on skewers.

Still, for purposes of presentation - if, perhaps, you're having guests over - you can skewer the meat with bamboo sticks after frying it. No one would ever know that your satay came from a vacuum pack.

I'm not a fan of raw onions or cucumbers. So, I decided to serve my satay with a side of tomato and onion relish.

Refreshing and tasty, this salad is a great accompaniment to any spicy dish (especially sambals and curries). Its piquant combination of tomatoes, onions, coriander and lemon cuts through any oil and helps cool the palate.

FairPrice Pan Fry Satay ($6.06, 500g) is available at all FairPrice supermarkets.

Tomato and onion relish

Serves 4

  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 ripe tomatoes (preferably vine), diced
  • A handful of coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar

  1. Place onion and lemon in a glass or plastic bowl (don't use a metal bowl as it will react with the onion and acidity of the lemon juice, affecting the taste). Mix, cover with cling film and leave in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Place the rest of the ingredients in the bowl and mix well. Serve.

From TODAY, Food – Thursday, 17-Sep-2009

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