Category: Main Dish

Ayam Pongteh (Nyonya Chicken and Potato Stew)

Ayam Pongteh (Nyonya Chicken and Potato Stew)

Many readers asked me for my Ayam Pongteh recipe, or Nyonya chicken and potato stew. Believe it or not, before this post, I have never had ayam pongteh, even though I grew up with my late grandmother, who was a true blue Penang Nyonya. Much like the Cincaluk Omelet (telur dadar cincaluk) recipe that I shared, Ayam Pongteh is a…

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Cincaluk Omelet (Telur Dadar Cincaluk)

Cincaluk Omelet (Telur Dadar Cincaluk)

Even though I grew up with Penang Nyonya food, Malacca (Melaka) is the origin of Nyonya food. Back in the old days of the Malacca Sultanate some 600 years ago, Malacca was the most important trading ports for the East and West. With trades, it came Chinese merchants to the Malay peninsula and many of them settled down and married…

Nyonya Fried Chicken Recipe (Inchi Kabin)

Nyonya Fried Chicken Recipe (Inchi Kabin)

Inchi Kabin is the Nyonya version of deep-fried chicken. It was one of my late father’s favorites. I remember countless occasions when we were dining out at restaurants in Penang and he would always ask for Inchi Kabin, which was not always on the menu…

Vegetarian Loh Bak (斋卤肉)

Vegetarian Loh Bak (斋卤肉)

Ever since I posted the recipe of loh bak/five-spice pork rolls (卤肉) on Nyonya Food, many people have asked me for a vegetarian version of the recipe. Talking about vegetarian loh bak, I just can’t stress enough how great they are, and how I have missed my aunt’s version. They are simply the best and one of the great dishes…

Perut Ikan (Nyonya Stewed Fish Stomach with Vegetables)

Perut Ikan (Nyonya Stewed Fish Stomach with Vegetables)

(Recipe and the photographs are courtesy of Madam Kwong.) Perut ikan is one of the most requested recipes on Nyonya Food. It’s also one of my favorite Nyonya dish. Even though it’s a Nyonya recipe, I believe it’s mostly found in Penang, and not Melaka and Singapore. All my family members love a great serving of perut ikan, or Nyonya…

Gulai Tumis (Tamarind Fish Curry)

Gulai Tumis (Tamarind Fish Curry)

Reading through this post and looking at the pictures of this mouthwatering gulai tumis or tamarind fish curry was especially torturing and painful as I haven’t had this for a while. First of all, fresh fish, especially stingray is hard to come by, even here is California . (The closest fish I could get here is skate wings but it…

Popiah (Fresh Spring Rolls)

Popiah (Fresh Spring Rolls)

My family loves popiah—Nyonya fresh spring rolls with shredded jicama, shrimp and/or pork, plus diced bean curd wrapped with fresh popiah skin. In many Strait Chinese or Nyonya households, making and eating popiah is a much celebrated family ritual where all family members come together, preparing, rolling, and eating this scrumptious food. I can remember many occasions when my family…

Chai Buey

Chai Buey

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Chinese New Year reunion dinner and a festive and fun celebration for the first few days of Chinese New Year. I looooove Chinese New Year, it’s the occasion that brings family and friends together, and it’s a tradition that reminds all Chinese of our root, culture, and civilization. Never mind the obnoxiously loud…

Udang Masak Lemak Nenas (Pineapple Prawn Curry)

Udang Masak Lemak Nenas (Pineapple Prawn Curry)

Please welcome Nyonya Pendek Melaka, also known as Petite Nyonya as a guest writer today. Nyonya Pendek Melaka is a wonderful food blog with many delicious and authentic Nyonya recipes. Today, she shares with us her family’s udang masak lemak nenas recipe, or pineapple prawn curry. I tried out this classic Melaka Nyonya recipe and absolutely loved it. Enjoy! Guest…

Salted Fish Bones Curry

Salted Fish Bones Curry

I don’t really have a recipe to share today, but I am going to show you some pictures of one of my favorite Nyonya curry dishes—salted fish curry or gulai kiam hu kut. My second sister is here in the US and she brought me some instant curry paste for salted fish curry. We went to the market and gathered…

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