When the sun goes down, the street light begins to emit light, the streets begin to be closed for cars, giving space for hawkers to prepare tables and chairs in the middle of the road. The largest barbecue in Singapore begins soon.
Every 7pm, Singapore Boon Tat Street magically turns into a street food lover’s paradise. Located behind the Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center, Boon Tat Street, or commonly known as “Satay Street” contains many traders who serve roast cuts in all models and flavors, along with delicious sauces.
The bustling atmosphere begins with the quick arrangement of folding tables, plastic chairs and the start of charcoal burning. Barbecue smoke that carries the aroma of satay is a street sign that will start a Singapore-style barbecue party. Visitors will enthusiastically fill the place to eat and joke with old friends or colleagues, making this place the most interesting food spot in Singapore to enjoy the best satay with cold beer.
The taste of the satay that is burned reminds us of the time before Singapore’s modernization took place very quickly. In the 1940s, the scene had developed into “Satay Clubs” – or a large meeting of satay sellers – around the city.
The importance of Satay Street is to bring people back in time – nostalgia, when food was on the streets; especially satay that was everywhere. “You used to be able to find satay anywhere and now only in a limited place,” said Allaudin, one of the satay sellers, reported from CNN.
A street vendor selling satay and preparing his food with a portable charcoal grill was a common sight in Singapore until the late 1970s, according to the Singapore National Library Agency.
“In the past – before all these skyscrapers existed, satay sellers would bike to your house and cook behind their bikes,” said Allaudin, remembering his first satay memory. Basically, satay is a celebration meal. In the past, satay was only eaten when you got a bonus or during payday.
Satay party! Shrimp, beef, pork, chicken and goat satay are grilled to perfection and served with peanut sauce, rice cakes and salads. You have to try it because it’s very tasty and cheap. The best satay is at Stall 7 and 8! Just a reference, you can also taste all foods sold by all the stalls because they are grilled by the hands of traders from generation to generation. For example, Stalls 3 sells satay with curries and Stalls 10 serves fat shrimp! Don’t forget to bring your own tissue when you eat here. The price of the dishes varies, can be collected around SGD 30-40.
Satay Street is located in the Singapore’s Central Business District and is within walking distance from the Raffles Place MRT station.