The New Meaning of Eating Off A Stick

By Mark Wiens 7 Comments

One of Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia’s favorite late night food groups is “Satay Celup.” A restaurant offering satay celup skewers up a large and random assortment of edible bite size things, creating a new definition of what it means to eat off a stick.


There are really only two restaurants to eat satay celup at as suggests, Ban Lee Hiang and Capitol Satay.  I chose the latter.

The basic drill is as follows:

1.  Grab a tray and choose as many sticks from the fridge as you want.

2.  Bring them back to your table and dip them in the greasy boiling peanut sauce (that table after table has been dipping them in).

3.  After the sticks finish cooking, or are fully greased through and through, eat stick after stick after stick after stick (they really go down pretty easily).  By all means, don’t worry about double dipping, the peanut sauce will go to the next hungry table.

The price is per stick, so after you are finished munching, a worker will count up the sticks and charge you accordingly, showing you how fat you were.


There is a pretty decent variety of skewered edibles, definitely something that will please everyone’s palette. The sticked items include everything from squid balls, bread, mushrooms, and watercress, to hot dogs, pork,  shrimp, and crab.


It’s a messy meal, but every bite size chunk counts as a burst of flavor.

If you ask the owner, he will unleash the raw jumbo prawns from the kitchen.  They are excellent cooked in the peanut sauce.

-Migration Mark

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  • sully86

    12 years ago

    mark: totally agree upon that statement

  • sully86

    12 years ago

    I would have eaten something before i par take on the satay celup….hahahahaa…guess I am a big eater…that doesn’t want to over spend on sticks of satay celup. Crazy story though, my friend ate like 60 or close to 70 sticks once..

    • Mark Wiens

      12 years ago

      They are tasty, but I think they are best just for a fun snack!

  • Mark Wiens

    15 years ago

    Yes I remember. This eatery was potentially healthier with less deep friedness, yet still extremely tasty.

  • Ali Pepler

    15 years ago

    Remember that vendor with all things fried on Gurney Street in Penang, that’s what that picture reminds me of!!!