Indonesia used to be a Dutch colony, and Indonesian food still plays a major role in the Dutch food culture. One of the most common Indonesian foods is “saté”, grilled marinated skewers of chicken or pork served with a peanut sauce that is referred to as “satésaus”. This sauce is even served with french fries (“patatje oorlog”, also with mayonnaise) and other snacks. Home-made peanut sauce has a more interesting taste and you can make adapt it to your own preference. Most satésaus is store-bought, but apart from finding the right ingredients it isn’t hard to make by yourself from scratch. I cheated a little and used store-bought peanut butter rather than making that from scratch as well (from peanuts).
3 red chile peppers, minced (with or without seeds) or 1 Tbsp “sambal ulek” (Indonesian raw chili paste)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp trassi (Indonesian fermented shrimp powder)
1/2 tsp powdered galangal/laos (or 1 cm fresh galangal root)
1 1/2 tsp assem (tamarind syrup, substitute with lemon juice)
2 tsp gula jawa (Indonesian brown sugar, substitute with regular brown sugar)
3 dried lemon or lime leaves, stem removed and shredded
1 tsp salt
6 Tbsp ‘crunchy’ peanutbutter
50 grams santen (creamed coconut)
If the sauce is too thick and/or too strong, you can dilute it with a bit of milk or water.