We were at Old Airport Road Market and Food Center to dabao (pack) food back to my grandparents’ house to celebrate my cousin’s last day before his National Service enlistment. One of the foods we wanted to get was satay, and although our regular satay stall at Old Airport Road is Fatman’s satay, it was too early (4ish pm) and Fatman’s wasn’t open yet. In the end, we looked around and Chuan Kee had the most ‘media awards’ and so we decided to give it a shot!
We bought 30 chicken satays and 30 pork satays! As this is the traditional Hainanese satay, it did sell pork, and the satay sauce came with pineapple mush – something that you won’t get when you order satay from a Malay stall.
Pork Satay – S$0.50 per piece (minimum order of 10 pieces): The pieces of pork are well seasoned in a lemongrassy seasoning. I wished the pork pieces were more tender because they were quite hard. Also, there was only one piece of fat (the skewer was meat-fat-meat instead of the traditional meat-fat-meat-fat-meat) and I kinda wish there was more meat too.
Chicken Satay – S$0.50 per pieces (minimum order of 10 pieces): The chicken was much more tender than the pork satay. I really liked the chicken satay a lot. That said, I have also had as good as, and perhaps better, chicken satay before too. Still, this is good chicken satay!
Ketupat – S$0.50 per piece: The ketupat tastes like regular ketupat. Nothing different or special. Not bad, but nothing great either!
Honestly, I don’t know what the hype for Chuan Kee is about. I think they sell good food, but I don’t think it is worth the 45 minute wait. That said, the food is good enough for me to come back again! 🙂
Chuan Kee Satay
Address: Old Airport Road Food Centre, #01-85
51 Old Airport Road
Hours: Tu, Wed, Fr – Sa | 6pm – sold out (around 10pm)
Su | 1pm – sold out
[Closed Mon and Thurs]
Price Range: $ ($0 – $10 per person)
Overall: Will come back again!