Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Satays and Shizzle and Macho Men: Cooking at Street Feast London



This is 2 weeks late, but all you lovely patient readers are probably used to my rubbish blogging schedule by now. Two saturdays ago, I did a stall at Street Feast London. You might have caught a few photos on instagram or twitter, or you might even have been one of those who came down for a bite (thank you).

It was all a bit mad (but all you lovely readers again probably know I have a penchant for signing up for crazy things and at least this time there was no risk of dying in the mountains.) Here's how that crazy week went:
Monday– Got an invite from the Street Feast guys to do a stall for #bloggersaturday (Ooh! Yes!.. Oh no what did I just do)
Tuesday– Planned the menu and conned my friends into joining me
Wednesday– Sweet-talked my wonderful butcher into chopping pork belly and leg of lamb into 0.5 inch cubes
Thursday– Picked up vegetables from the farm shops and achar-pickled them
Friday– Got sauces, marinades and rice cakes made. (Char, you are a nocturnal angel, thanks)

Just a note, I'm not lounging around on summer break here; I work, full-time. Oh what madness. But oh what fun madness.



The day started beautifully with a classic spot of English rain, and homemade bacon-and-egg crumpets (washed down with blueberry gin, oh yeah) by Erik DA MAN. We lazed around watching the rain get heavier, decided it was time to get set up, got set up, had the leaking roof flood our stall, got handsome manly boys to fix our roof (coos), got set up again and stood by the barbecue pit warming our hands while waiting for the first order.



I wanted my menu to be about what my blog is about, so: Suffolk pork belly/ Cornish summer lamb satays, come complete with steamed rice cakes and kickass peanut sauce and achar, a sweet spicy nonya pickle made with the best of this season's vegetables. Yes, all that shizzle. Styled and plated prettily for your instagram shots of course. I think that pretty much shouts me.


If you were one of the brave customers who ventured out in the storm to eat satay, or takeaway satay for your daughter in Oxford, thank you so much an I hope it was worth getting wet for. Thank you also to my amazing team– Charlene the real chef, and Erik the grillmaster; Adam and his Street Feast possum; and the rest of the bloggers who stuck it out in the rain with us (and who fed us delicious fritters/ rice balls/ lemon tarts). #Vibes.


More cooking gigs
Yum Bun popup
My first plusixfive supperclub

Related recipes
August's Nonya Achar
The BEST Sg Satay Peanut sauce  (Pedro the vegetarian i.e. Sorbitium Ices pretty much scoffed it simply with rice cakes)

Note: Marinades for pork/lamb satays are a bit different from the one in blog; give me a shout below or tweet me if you want it.


31 comments:

  1. I loved the Pork Satay and the peanut sauce really kicked ass!!! I'm really glad you joined #BloggerSaturday! It was great to be part of it - despite the rain!! :)

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    1. Was so much fun giulia! Everything at your stall looked amazing- I only had wendy's lemon tart and it was delicious, but I need to try one of your famous cakes one day too! x

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  2. A pity I missed the event - well, is not that I live that close - I'd have liked to visit your stall a grab some sataly :-) It looks delicious! Next time...

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    1. One day, we will meet each other and I will make you satay and you will make me apricot challah:)

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  3. Amazing! Well done. Especially with a full time job - heroes. Wish I could have been there to have some.

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    1. Argh you and cherry have such bad timing! x

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  4. My favourite- satay. nice pictures.

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  5. Looks like you had a fantastic day even if it was raining! Wish I could have got myself over there. Sounds like I missed out on some amazing food. Great pics as always.

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    1. The rain was a bit of a downer but I guess thsi only made the day feel even more ghetto ha! Thanks Caz, credits to my friends Erik and Selina who took some of the shots too.

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  6. This was so much fun!
    Cooking in the pouring rain, with leaking roof and flooded work space was definitely an experience!

    (☆^O^☆)
    x

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  7. Mmm! Satay! Yes, please! And look at you getting all busy with the professional cooking gigs! Wahoo, girl!

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    1. Wahoo! Nah not the least professional- I'm always fooling around!

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  8. Nice Shu - looks great, and so much fun too... would love to do something like that :(. Nothing like that here alas :(

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    1. Aw- start your own Charles ;)
      Or come over to London one day and do a pop up of your delicious fried breads. I'll be there in an instant.

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  9. Seriously I wish I could be there to sample all of the dishes... the rain won't stop me!! I just got back from Singapore and so inspired by all the delicious dishes I had there. Yum.

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    1. You went to singapore! Well then I'm the jealous one here! Yeah, hope to finally see you sometime soon Michael (apart from on youtube) xx

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  10. You're living my dream!! Damn I wish I could've been in town for that. I've still been getting the Street Feast emails, which make me sad but not as sad as unsubscribing would. This looks amazing and sounds like such a feat. So impressive, Shu! What's the deal with your new job situation, by the way? I haven't heard since your CSM show.

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    1. Haha unfortunately my life is not half as exciting most of the time love. It would have been so nice to see you! Maybe we could meet up again sometime when you're back? Are you back?

      Well I'm interning at a studio now, so fingers crossed this leads to something permanent. If I have to leave London I'll cry for a month.

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  11. It looks like you have had lots of fun in spite of the rain (I suppose one gets used to it in Britain!). The food looks fabulous. As always, I wish I had been there...

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    1. As I type this the rain is falling, and just a couple of hours ago I was completely drenched on my bike, boo. I guess we do get used to it..

      I so wish you could have been there Sissi! And I so wish to see you one day- maybe I'll head your way one day :)

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  12. I always order satay chicken or beef when I go to a Malaysian restaurant (sadly there is any sg restaurants in NYC!!) and I can never get enough of that peanut sauce. I wish I lived closer so I could sample all of them! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. No way! I went to a pretty good one in chinatown when I visited nyc a couple of months back. I do wish you lived closer too- we could do food swapsies haha! Do make that peanut sauce- you can then have a giant jar of it to go through yourself ;)

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  13. What an amazing opportunity! I'd have definitely come by if I had known about it - delicious menu. Looks like it was a great success!

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    1. Aw shame! I put a little note at the end of my previous post , but not everyone saw it of course, Would be lovely to see you in person one day! And thank you, it was so much fun :)

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  14. Hi Shu Han, thanks for sharing your very well taken pictures. Satay look really good.

    Have a fun week ahead.

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  15. lovely dishes and sounds like it was a great success despite the rain - I saw lots about it on Twitter. Hope i can make it along to a supper club some time !

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  16. Sounds like you had a great time! You seem like the person who make friend easy. I would love to join you in the event like that.

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  17. Hi Shu Han,
    stumbled on your blog. love it. Just subscribed too. BTW, can i have the recipe for pork satay instead?
    Carol

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