Leo Satay Singapore Hainanese Chicken Satay – SGD$6.30
- 12 Chicken Satays – that’s $0.525 per stick
- Satay Sauce
These are already pre-cooked, and come in airtight packages. Pretty decent packaging.
The preparation guide says to allow to thaw, then microwave, grill, steam or bbq for about 2 minutes. But sometimes you gotta break the rules a little and use the oven. I popped these into the oven for about 5 to 10 minutes at about 170 degrees celsius just to warm it through.
For the sauce, I followed the instructions more obediently and simply added some water in a pan to a consistency I like.
Meat looks pretty good. Well marinated. Doesn’t look like the pictures, but I blame that for not having a grill and using an oven instead.
And for the taste… It tastes good! Meat is tender and fragrant with various spices. Not too salty or sweet, and very savoury. Very well balanced flavour.
In fact, it tastes exactly like some chicken satays you can find in hawker centres. Only after checking their history did I realise they supply satays to some hawkers and coffee shops.
Satay sauce they give is moderate – just enough to coat 6 sticks and have about 1 or 2 spoonfuls if you feel like gobbling that up.
Peanuts are not very chunky, but there are definitely some larger pieces of peanuts here and there. Rather sweet and goes really well with the chicken. Again, tastes exactly like what I’ve eaten at some hawker stalls.
With it tasting so good I got a bit worried about the nutrition and ingredients. But in fact, their ingredients only contains whole food ingredients. It’s almost the same as making your own satays and home freezing them, but instead it’s Leo Satay doing it for you with their recipe.
Nutrition also looks good; nothing stands out as alarming and even sodium levels are low even for frozen food.
Everything seems perfect!! So whats the catch?
As calculated, satay sticks come out to SGD$0.525 per stick. That’s basically the same cost as what you buy outside in hawker centers!
But I guess you do pay for what you get. It doesn’t make cooking cheaper, but only more convenient since it’s easy to cook but expensive. The food product itself is great.
Worth-it-meter for Leo Satay Chicken Satay:
I rate food based on how far I am willing to travel, as well as whether I think the price I paid for it justifies it. You can read more about why here. But for frozen food, travel-meter doesn’t make as much sense.
In terms of the food, I got more than what I expected for a frozen product. But it is the price that brought the rating down since it is no more cheaper compared to eating out. I definitely will however keep a look out for this brand since the food was delicious.