Have you tried sacha sauce (沙茶醬; aka satay sauce or Chinese barbecue sauce) before? It is a savoury sauce made from brill fish, dried shrimp and a mix of spices. I’ve been using sacha sauce mainly for hot pot dips, but I discovered recently that it is great in stir fries too. This sacha sauce pork (沙茶猪肉) is a quick stir-fry and so good with rice.
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To me, any homely stir-fry will be given an instant boost of savoury deliciousness when you add sacha sauce to it. If you don’t eat pork, try this recipe with chicken or beef slices, they will taste great too.
Bell peppers and snow peas add colour and fiber to complement the sacha sauce pork.
Sacha sauce is really popular in Taiwan which was where I first learnt about it. It is present in the condiment station of every hotpot restaurant in Taipei, and almost every 7-11 outlet in Taipei city sells bottled sacha sauce too. Pictured above is the most popular brand (Bull Head) of sacha sauce in Taiwan. I always buy a few bottles back home when holidaying in Taipei. There is also a mala version which is even nicer if you love spicy food. In Singapore, I think one can find it at Yue Hwa or Kwong Cheong Thye. Otherwise, you can get other brands such as Lee Kum Kee at the local supermarkets.