Dubbed the Satay Queen of San Francisco, Elly Suraya Greenfield is the only Singaporean that serves Halal Singaporean Concept dishes from a food truck in San Francisco. Satay, being their most popular dish, is marinated overnight and grilled to order. Served alongside her iconic homemade peanut sauce made from a family recipe handed down by Elly’s grandmother.
Apart from her signature Satay, Elly’s food truck sells other Singaporean-inspired dishes such as chili crab sandwiches, chili crab fries, rendang burgers, and of course Tahu Goreng! Now, close your eyes and just imagine, sinking your teeth into crispy hot fries slathered with the oh-so-heavenly rich and luxurious mildly spicy chilI crab sauce…
A PICTURE TELLS A THOUSAND TASTES
While food trucks are a common sight in the United States, Elly and her family have surely made us proud. By setting up shop in a foreign land, she allows Singaporeans residing in the states to have a taste of home despite being miles and miles away.
Elly’s food truck first began as a pop-up food stand back in September 2019. This was before she left her full time job as an insurance agent and committed to setting up a full-fledged food truck in March 2020.
If you happen to be around the SF Bay area, check them out at their latest known whereabouts pinned at Ghost Town Brewing, 1960 Adeline St, OAKLAND or Temescal Brewing, 4115 Telegraph Ave, OAKLAND a day prior. They travel from place to place so it might be a good idea to drop them a message before heading down to patronise.
PAYING HOMAGE TO HER ROOTS
“This is my clan. One of the biggest families in Singapore. I was not in the picture, as well as a quarter of our clan due to some living abroad. I don’t think you would even be able to spot me if I was in that picture. This is where the peanut sauce originated. The lady who created the peanut sauce and this clan (bless her soul)! My grandmother birthed 14 kids and then the family multiplied like rabbits! If you have not tried our peanut sauce yet, come try it…and feel our soul.” says Elly on an Instagram post, paying homage to her roots based in Singapore and more specifically, to her grandmother whose peanut sauce recipe belonged to.
Singaporean Soul Food? How apt! why hasn’t anyone thought of that term? Have you tried their food? Let us know via email or in the comments section what you think about their homely dishes! We wish Elly and her family all the best and owe our gratitude to her for spreading the glory of Singaporean cuisine far and beyond.