Malaysians are very clever to adapt themself with new things. This is because Malaysian people are very open to new idea. We always love to try new things and if we like, we try and make it part of our life also. We love adventure, travel, all these things which take you to new things. We also always game to try new foods.
See how Tony Fernandes take a cheap discount airline and turn it into the most success cheap airline in Asia - AirAsia. See how Lim Goh Tong take a mountain and make it into a very successful casino resort in Asia - Genting Highlands. See how we take the Japanese car and then call it "Made in Malaysia" like Proton car. See how the Straits Chinese (also known as Baba Nyonya or Peranakan) take Malay food and culture and mix it with their own to make Peranakan culture and foods. See how successful Korean tv serial is in Malaysia - and somemore not many Malaysians can speak Korean. We even start our own Guiness Book of World Record so that we can make our own "made in Malaysia" records.
That is why I am not surprise that we also take the BBQ and make it to our own taste - satay. Satay (sometime call "sate" also) is BBQ meats with the sticks poke through it. Then you take hte meats and put it on a grill over a charcoal fire. You use a fan to make the fire strong and you must continue to turn the sticks so that the meats don't burn and turn black.
The most common meats you can find for satay is chicken, beef and sometimes goat. The one in the picture here is chicken satay. But if you try harder, you can find pork satay (in Penang there is very famous pork satay, and I hear in Malacca also got). You can also find rabbit, deer meat, cow's stomach, cow liver, cow lung, cow intestine, cow many things. (You can see that Malaysians don't like to waste anything that we can eat).
Satay is usually serve with peanut sauce which is a little bit spicy. In some places like in Kajang (not far outside KL), they give you peanut sauce which is not spicy and give you separately chilli sauce to add yourself. So you can control how spicy is your peanut sauce.
Also together with the peanut sauce, you usually get cucumber and raw big onion sliced. There is also ketupat (pressed rice wrapped in leaves) or nasi impit (press rice not wrapped in leaves). To eat it, you just use the stick like in the picture to poke the onion, cucumber or rice.
If you are so lucky to fly first class or business class for Malaysia Airlines, you will get serve satay on the plane. I remember I see on TV before how the plane satay is made - the satay is actually BBQ on a real charcoal fire inside the Malaysia Airlines kitchen in the traditional way. That is why the satay really taste very good. If I flying first or business I will take a photo of the satay to show everyone, and it will be a good advertisement for Malaysia Airlines.