Satay Bee Hoon – 沙嗲米粉

Satay Bee Hoon (沙嗲米粉) is a fusion of different cultures, mainly between the Malay and Chinese, as you can guess from the name the reason why its call Satay Bee Hoon is because of the peanut gravy which is similar to satay dipping sauce.

The result is a sweet savoury dish with marvelous flavours and crunch from the key ingredients cuttlefish, prawns, tau pok and kangkong. Another important thing aside from the sauce, is to make sure that when poaching the rest of the ingredients they are drained properly as the excess water dilutes the taste of the sauce.

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  • Servings: 4

  • Time: 30 min

  • Skill: Easy

Satay Gravy:

  1. 500g ground peanuts

  2. 2 large red onions

  3. 12 cloves garlic

  4. 40g galangal

  5. 1 stalk chopped lemongrass

  6. 1 tbsp fennel seeds

  7. 1 tbsp cumin seeds

  8. 6 candlenuts

  9. 20g belacan

  10. 4 tbsp oil

  11. 2 tbsp dried chilli paste

  12. 1 tsp salt (adjust to taste)

  13. 4 tbsp tamarind paste mixed with 4 tbsp warm water

  14. 2 litres of boiling water

  15. 3 stalks bruised lemongrass

  16. 5 kaffir lime leaves

  17. 100g palm sugar

  18. 2 tbsp fresh chilli paste

  19. 2 tbsp white sugar (adjust to taste)

  20. ½ cup kecap manis


  1. 1 tbsp salt

  2. 3 kaffir lime leaves

  3. 200g dried beehoon (soaked in water for 30mins)

  4. 20 medium prawns (shelled)

  5. 1 processed cuttlefish

  6. 1 bundle of kangkong (washed and cut into 5 cm length)

  7. 4 toasted tau poks

  8. 2 green chillies


  1. Blend half of the ground peanuts in a food processor until fine and set aside

  2. Blend in a food processor, 2 large red onions, 12 cloves garlic, 40g galangal, 1 stalk chopped lemongrass, 1 tbsp fennel seeds, 1 tbsp cumin seeds, 6 candlenuts, and 20g belacan into a fine paste.

  3. To a pot add 4 tbsp oil and stir fry spice paste until fragrant

  4. Add 2 tbsp dried chilli paste and tamarind mixture (4 tbsp tamarind paste mixed with 4 tbsp warm water)

  5. Season with 1 tsp salt, then add 2 litres of boiling water

  6. Add 3 stalks bruised lemongrass, 5 kaffir lime leaves, 100g palm sugar, 2 tbsp fresh chilli paste,

  7. Bring to boil, then add the finely grounded peanuts and cook for 10 mins

  8. Next add the rest of the coarsely grounded peanuts.

  9. Mix in ½ cup of kecap manis and and 2 tbsp white sugar (adjust amount according to taste)

  10. Bring to boil, cook for another 10mins. Turn of the heat and set aside


  1. Soak 200g of dried bee hoon in hot water for 30mins

  2. Drain bee hoon and set aside

  3. Cut 4 toasted tau poks into strips

  4. Cut 2 green chillies into slices

  5. Wash processed cuttlefish with salt and remove out layer

  6. Dry cuttlefish, score and cut cuttlefish into 2 cm thick stripes

  7. Cut kangkong into 5cm long and set aside

  8. Deshell and devein 20 medium prawns

  9. To pot of boiling water add 1 tbsp salt and 5 kaffir lime leaves

  10. Boil kangkong and beehoon for 2 mins, drain excess water

  11. Poach handful cuttlefish for 2 mins

  12. Add 5 prawns and poach for another 2mins, then drain

  13. Plate cooked beehoon, kangkung, cuttlefish, prawns and tau pok in individual portions and add satay gravy

  14. Garnish with sliced green chillies