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A Day in the Kitchen: Satay made from scratch

Sisters Shima Salim (left) and Harlina Haron took over their father's business in 2009. Haron Satay in East Coast Lagoon Village was named a Singapore Hawker Master by The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao.
Haron Satay in East Coast Lagoon Village was named a Singapore Hawker Master by The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao. ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH/PHILIP CHEONG
Sisters Shima Salim (left) and Harlina Haron took over their father's business in 2009. Haron Satay in East Coast Lagoon Village was named a Singapore Hawker Master by The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao.
Sisters Shima Salim (left) and Harlina Haron took over their father’s business in 2009.ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH/PHILIP CHEONG

At Haron Satay, a stall in East Coast Lagoon Food Village, everything is made from scratch.

Sisters and second-generation owners Harlina Haron, 45, and Shima Salim, 52, say their satay is made in-house using only fresh meat. Beef, mutton, chicken and beef tripe, marinated in a secret spice mix, are painstakingly skewered by hand, while their Javanese-style peanut gravy is made fresh in large batches twice a day. The stall also sells honey chicken wings.

Haron Satay was started by Ms Harlina and Ms Shima's late father, Mr Haron Abu Bakar, in 1978.

In 2011, the stall was named a Singapore Hawker Master in the satay category, an award organised by The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao.

The sisters took over the stall full time after their father fell ill in 2009. He died two years ago from heart complications and kidney failure.

The stall, which opens at about 2pm, is busiest at dinner time, between 6 and 10pm. It closes at 11pm, after which it takes another 1½ hours to clean up before the stall assistants and owners head home.

Watch a behind-the-scenes video on how a satay stall is run.

The video is the third in a six-part series by The Straits Times in partnership with the Infocomm Media Development Authority.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2018, with the headline 'Satay made from scratch'. Print Edition | Subscribe