I grew up in a town in the Netherlands where a lot of Indonesian and Moluccan people lived. If one of my Moluccan friends had their birthday, their mother would “not make just birthday snacks, they would make a whole ‘rijsttafel‘. And a rijsttafel is not a rijsttafel without satay, or sate as it is called in Indonesian and Malay spelling.
Satay originated in Java, Indonesia. It is available almost anywhere in Indonesia, where it has become a national dish. It is also popular in many other Southeast Asian countries, and also in Suriname and the Netherlands, as Indonesia and Suriname are former Dutch colonies.
There is a wide variety of satays. You can make it with pork, goat, mutton, veal, fish, tofu you name it. One of the most popular satay however is Sate Ajam, or Chicken Satay.