Satiating in Satti

Saturday, December 09, 2017

zamboanga satti

Dawdling Drabbles is a collection of 100-word (or less) attempts at remembering every moment in my travels, but they really are just ramblings, to be honest. Here's more of them.

Breakfast at Zamboanga City is fascinating. Satti – three bits of either beef, pork, or chicken in a skewer, and slathered with red sauce – is the staple morning food. Paired with puso, it makes for a filling meal. Throw in this dishes' etymology and you can't help but be amazed. According to our guide Errold, satti comes from "satay" which makes sense. A little digging, however, told me it is derived from "shaitan" – the devil. Hence, it's "devil food". The delicious red sauce signifying the fires of hell. Nothing like a macabre origin story to wake you up.
satti red sauce

puso with satti

satti puso

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