Succulent, Smoky, Charcoal-grilled Pork Belly Satay

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Hey Makan Kakis! Our foodie friend Lyn Lee of Awfully Chocolate & Sinpopo Brand joins us to recommend an incredible accompaniament to awesome Fried Hokkien Mee – SATAY. Not just your regular grilled meats on a stick, but luscious, decadent, chargoal-grilled PORK BELLY SATAY! Served side-by-side to the folks behind the famous Geylang Lorong 29 Hokkien Mee, which we’ve previously featured here.

Said Hokkien Mee is charcoal-fried for that deliciously smoky wok hei and the same charcoal-smokiness is front and centre in the pork belly satay, which comes with gorgeous charred marks seared in stripes across the succulent meat.

What also struck Lyn was the sheer size of the pork belly satay, easily four times the size of a regular stick. Indeed, ample, rectangular slabs of striated meat were skewered and grilled over charcoal to juicy perfection. First, the mouth-watering fragrance of smoky, spicy barbequed pork overwhelms your senses and then you see the glistening meat, unabashedly layered with decadent bands of fat, streaked with char marks and crispy burnt edges. You have to sink your teeth into a smoking-hot piece almost immediately and soon, you’ll be in hog heaven!

The marinade is aromatic, giving the moist, tender meat a spicy, savoury-sweet depth of flavour and the accompanying peanut sauce is thicky and creamy, exuding a toasty nuttiness and an interesting hint of spice (is it coriander powder?). Lyn had hers with a dollop of pineapple puree, the way purists like, which gave the not-too-sweet sauce an extra tang.

Eaten together with the charcoal-fried hokkien mee, you’re in for a sublime experience, best enjoyed dine-in at the coffee shop when everything is served hot and fresh off the coals.

The famous charcoal-fried Hokkien Mee – smoky & packed with ingredients for a $10 portion.
Crispy, fluffy, tasty $10 portion of oyster omelette – look at those fat, juicy molluscs!
A generous $6 portion of fried carrot cake.

All-in-all, the pork belly satay really elevated the familiar taste of familar hawker favourites, adding an extra meaty oomph to the meal. A trip to East Coast Road for a smoky surf & turf feast is highly recommended! Just one last note – squid and prawns were generously served in the hokkien mee, but unfortunately the grilled prawns and sotong from the satay stall were not available when we visited, which means another visit is in order. And soon!

Geylang Lorong 29 Charcoal Fried Hokkien Mee
396 East Coast Road, S(428994)
Open Daily: 11.30am – 8.30pm
Tel: +65 97331388
Also available for home delivery via foodpanda or deliveroo

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