Celebrating the Baba Nyonya culture in style and taste!
For the opening of the 26th International Baba Nyonya Convention in Kuala Lumpur, guests from all over the region were treated to a gala dinner in the Vintage Ballroom of Holiday Villa Hotel, Subang Jaya. The night was centered on the theme A Peranakan Wedding, and was a colourful galore of beautiful nyonya kebayas, beaded silk smocks, and of course, baba nyonya food!
The convention brought in delegates from neighbouring countries such Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore to experience the performances and cuisine presented for the night. The Peranakan culture is richly embroided with history and influences from the archipelago, which fuses Chinese heritage with almost all aspects of their lives, from clothing, to household ornaments, to courting etiquettes, and culinary techniques.
The mock wedding reception which we were invited to is the climax of a Peranakan Wedding celebration. As the customs of their wedding include various sequential events such as Chim Pang (Unveiling of the bride), Sohjah Tiga Hari (Paying homage or respect to the deities), a tea ceremony, Tuang Teh, to address family members, all within a celebratory period that lasts for twelve days.… Continue reading »
Off Changkat Bukit Bintang, away from the vibrant nightlife, lies a quieter street: Jalan Mesui. Near the end of this street is a place out of time; a place where, when you step in, you’re taken to a life from ‘ago’. Welcome then, to Limablas Restaurant.
Limablas is a small, maybe 25 seat restaurant specializing in Peranakan classics. The seating is spartan but comfy, and the whole restaurant is made to look like a period-piece set; you’ll see old school telephones, a rickety bicycle, old-timey posters and various other retro knick-knacks adorning its walls and shelves. It really does seem like you’re in one of those small, family-run kopitiams in Jonker Street or Penang! But the place is young; only about ten months old.
The terrific Gerang Pedas Pari
The menu is not that extensive, and features all time Peranakan favourites. Experience though, has taught me that restaurants that have smaller menus tend to excel more than ones with hundreds of dishes. My colleagues and I eventually settled on the Pai Tee (RM1.50/piece), Ayam Pongteh (RM15), Gerang Pedas Pari (RM25), Sambal Bendi (RM12), Sambal Petai Udang (RM25), Telur Cincaluk (RM9) and the sambal belachan (RM2). We had this with rice, and for refreshments, Longan and home-made Peranakan Ginger Ale.
Calling all Foodsters, let's head over to the 26th International Baba Nyonya Convention 2013 Kuala Lumpur
this Saturday, 30/11/2-13.
This ONE day event, held at Holiday Villa Subang between 9am to 4pm, will showcase many aspects of Baba Nyonya culture, which is a huge part of this country's colourful history and heritage.
We'll be going there for the food, of course, and also because our friend, Nyonya Debbie Teoh, will be having a cooking demonstration as well! In addition to that, there'll be other cultural demonstrations on batik, bedak sejuk and many others. Furthermore, a 'Baba-Zaar' of 20 stalls will be selling various Baba Nyonya goodies ranging from snacks to souvenirs and artwork.
So come on down to Holiday Villa Subang this 30th November and check out the 26th International Baba Nyonya Convention 2013 Kuala Lumpur.
See you there!
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Sambal Belachan: perhaps THE condiment of this country. Very few condiments gives so much flavour and spice to so many dishes. A good sambal belachan can brighten even the blandest of foods, and best of all, a good one is super easy. This recipe is pared down to the very basics, and is nuclear-strength! More »
"Meet some cool cats who can cook!"
Kulcats’ chefs are derived from various respectable culinary backgrounds, with experiences in Holiday Villa Subang and a number of other restaurants around Kuala Lumpur. The union of their talents offers a fusion food menu, and as mentioned by one of the co founders, the dishes are presented with twists of Barrio flavour, and all food is delivered in generous portions to encourage sharing, interaction, and basically a good time. Truly, the portions per plate seems almost for two, and since the menu’s filled with a long list of offers, we’ll give you the top dishes to taste.
Firstly, there’s the pizza. There’s a whole selection to choose from, but we were recommended their ‘Meat The Kulcats’. Handmade thin crusted dough, with a hint of salt, baked to light, crisp bites. The slices are slathered with tangy Pomodoro sauce and drizzled with gooey Mozarella. The pizza’s meat part comes in with its hefty toppings of spiced pepperoni, turkey ham and beef bacon, topped with a sprinkle of herbs. You can really taste the tomatoes and garlic in the sauce, and the pizza does the trick to aid your hunger issues with its flavorful bites.
Besides that, Kulcats also has burgers and sandwiches. Its ‘SloppyCats Burger’ though, includes a sloppy slap of chili corn carne, pickled jalapeno and jalapeno mayo. If you’re one to dig a mildly spicy zinger, then this one’s for you. The minced beef in the corn carne provides just the right level of chewiness to its lightly sour and peppery slop, and the jalapeno adds an extra kick to the cheddar and onions in the burger. Worth noting is the home made beef patty. It’s evenly spiced, and the patty crumbles quite easily upon contact. The burger buns can be quite dry, but the moist patty and heavy sauce makes up for it nicely.
As far as main courses goes, Kulcats’ selection ranges from teriyaki salmon, sirloin steak, to pan seared sea bass. But our eyes fell immediately upon its signature Kulcats Lamb Chop. The dish came in with two big lip-smacking shoulder chops, with side servings of salads and fluffy mashed potatoes. The chops are thick and tender, if a little chewy. But the seasoning that goes into the dish is deliciously done. It’s douse of sour and tart balsamic glaze is set off by the sweet rosemary in the sauce, completing the dish with moisture and aroma.
This beautiful Nyonya dish is a classic and a local treasure. It is a dish that requires some time, patience and TLC, but when it comes together, boy, is it worth it: Tender chunks of chicken, potatoes and mushrooms, simmered in a sweet, savoury sauce that is 100% delicious, you wouldn’t want to stop eating it! More »
Pasta Aglio Olio is a pretty straight-forward dish to make, but it can get pretty flat if not done right. This recipe, however, is packed full of prawn flavour and goodness! Best of all, the ingredient set is still pretty simple. This recipe is quick to cook, and just about perfect for those lazy weekday nights or weekend afternoons. Best enjoyed with family and friends, everyone will love this pasta dish! More »