Monday, June 23, 2008

Tasty Satay Beef Burger - Murphy's Law: The Culinary Experience

Have you experienced these circumstances?

The Public Transport Experience
When you're trying to get a cab:
- there's no cab in sight, not even after you walked 5 blocks to find one
- oh there were cabs, but all occupied
- in Hong Kong: oh yeah, there were cabs, but all will ONLY go to places other than your destination
- whichever bus you normally waited for more than 30 minutes, kept passing every few minutes
...and vice versa

The Culinary Experience
When I saw this fabulous blogging event,
Burger Bonanza, I knew I just have to join! I have just the perfect idea for it, and when I went out to get the materials I needed yesterday morning, feeling all charged and excited...and...
- there's NO MINCED BEEF in the nearest supermarket (normally they are ALWAYS package after package of minced beef, especially when I didn't need them)
- I went to another supermarket which is further from my place, under scorching hot summer sun, and still found none
- I went to the wet market, and the beef stalls were CLOSED

The same thing happened when I needed mushrooms. I found none. When I don't need them, there were mushrooms EVERYWHERE in the market LOL

Anyway, finally I could get HK$30 worth of beef, got it minced and I was ready to South East Asianize my burger (why do I always make everything South East Asian??!!! Well, that's just my thing, get over it LOL)

Tasty Satay Beef Burger

The Satay Sauce
You could use ready made satay sauce, such as
Lee Kum Keee's Satay Sauce, dissolve a couple of tablespoons with a bit of hot water, mix in chopped corriander. Add finely chopped chilli if you like your satay sauce hotter

The Caramelized Onions
Half roughly chopped onions, a small clove of garlic (finely chopped), saute with a bit of olive oil, add 2 tbsp soy sauce, 4 tbsp
Indonesian sweet soy sauce (or replace with brown sugar or palm sugar), a bit of hot water, cook until the onions are caramelised

The Buttery Buns
Butter your buns and heat them on a fry pan. Yes, I did mine in a wok. Thus the pressing LOL

I don't like my buns too crispy, just a bit of browned edges and I'm a happy girl

The Juicy Burger Patties
Minced beef, salt, pepper and chopped corriander. I browned and grill 'em until well done to get rid of any microscopic creepy crawlies. Add some satay sauce about one minute before you get them off the heat.

Pour more satay sauce on top. That's one juicy 'n tasty patty. Start to build your layers.

Add the caramelized onion and a bit of the sauce

Add sliced cucumber. Fresh or pickled (acar timun : Indonesian pickled cucumber, marinated in vinegar, sugar, shallot and chilli, refrigerated overnight). Add fresh corriander. Serve with oven grilled chips with some satay sauce and a glass of iced dry ginger ale

I polished off this plate while watching a horror movie on a hot and lazy Sunday afternoon. The meal distracted me from the movie. Thus, the movie didn't feel scary at all, it was bloody tasty. Hehe

...see you in my next culinary quest, trying desperately to find a material I needed, which of course will NOT be so easily available :p


Anonymous said...

samaaaaannn qiqiqi, aku juga baru bikin burger..:P..tar coba pake resep m Rit, keliatan enak..pake bumbu sate :D

Anonymous said...

ritaaa...:P, kekekeke aku baru ikutan yang japanese dishes :D..thanks for the link :D

tigerfish said...

Oh wow, what great extent to make your own burgers but I think they are well worth it. Awesome, they are!

Mama Mia said...

that looks sooooo good!

Retno Prihadana said...

burger bumbu sate kayaknya okey juga, apalagi dimakan sama lontong..he..he.

Peter M said...

Ummm, Rita, what a wonderful Asian take on the American classic...I'll have one cold Tsing Tao please!

Anonymous said...

I hear ya on the Murphy's Law - happened to me this past weekend when I wanted to make some Rendang. No lemongrass anywhere - and this is almost always available at my grocery store! You have a lovely blog, will definitely be coming back often. Cheers! :)

Wibowo Kosasih said...

Gulp ... I'm hungry already...
Looks delicious ...
I Got to find burger king immediately ... Cheers

Salt N Turmeric said...

i like my burger a little bit charred too just like urs. did u use wok or did u grill it? hubby might not like it this way but I, might give it a shot. it sounds good. ;)

Little Corner of Mine said...

I love your satay beef burger! It will sure be my thing to cook when I make my own patties. Mmmm...I can see how good it will taste already!

sefa firdaus said...

ide bagus nih Rit, pake bumbu sate.. *ngiler*

eh kalo pake bumbu pecel enak juga kali ya *menghayal*

ICook4Fun said...

This really is a East meet West dish. Burger and satay. What can be better than that :)

SIG said...

*sob sob* I wrote such a long comment and blogger wasn't working yesterday or the day before and my comment didn't go thru. :( But what I said was that coincidentally I got a recipe from the supermarket where you can print out recipes which give you meal ideas and I had printed out the satay patty recipe just like yours. You're a step ahead of me. Hehe. I also suggested you could maybe make a ketupat burger instead of bread to tie in with the satay burger. ;)

Elle said...

Wow! Those look fabulous! I love burgers, all kinds of ways. Sorry you had such trouble finding what you needed!

Anonymous said...

This is a beauty! Wow.. Love the idea of a satay burger. I can almost taste it from here thanks to your pictures. Despite all the abuse and domestic violence your sous-chef has to endure from you, he's still a lucky guy! Haha. Kidding' :-)

A.G said...

wah iki perpaduan east and west... :) sambel sate I love it.. cang kacang.....

test it comm said...

Those burgers sound really tasty!

Anonymous said...

Ritaaa! This is the most wonderful looking burger I have ever seen! I am bookmarking this one to try soon! YUM! Thanks for posting it!