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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 Lam Mee

Nyonya Lam Mee

When I was growing up, one of the biggest family celebrations was my late grandmother’s birthday. Every year on her birthday, our family would host a big birthday party for her and friends and relatives were invited to our home for her birthday dinner. On the day itself, we would make many Nyonya dishes for the dinner as well as…

Pulut Inti

Pulut Inti

Looking at these beautiful pictures of Pulut Inti, a decadent Nyonya kuih, it suddenly dawned to me that I haven’t had pulut inti for the longest time. Pulut inti was my late grandmother’s favorite Nyonya kuih. When I was growing up, there was this Benggali/Punjabi kuih hawker (he would carry his kuih container on top of his turban) who came…

Kaya Bao (Kaya Steamed Buns)

Kaya Bao (Kaya Steamed Buns)

Contributor: Ho Siew Loon Welcome back to our Bao series! We shall start the series with our ever green Kaya Bao. Bao or steamed buns are popular among the Chinese communities and is usually eaten during breakfast or as a snack at any time of the day and it goes very well with a cup of coffee…

Kaya Recipe (Nyonya Coconut and Egg Jam)

Kaya Recipe (Nyonya Coconut and Egg Jam)

Siew Loon and I will be starting a pao/bao (steamed buns) series on Nyonya Food. We are kicking it off with a kaya recipe (Nyonya coconut and egg jam), and then follow with kaya pao/bao (kaya steamed buns), and a couple more scrumptious bao recipes. Whenever I am home in Penang, I love ordering various types of puffy and pillowy…

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…

Pandan Chiffon Cake

Pandan Chiffon Cake

When I was a teenager, my sister-in-law taught me how to make chiffon cake. I love chiffon cake of all kinds—pandan, orange, or coffee, but my true love is definitely pandan chiffon cake. Pandan leaf (screwpine leaf) is widely used in Malaysia, and this chiffon cake is infused with the sweet fragrance of fresh pandan juice. If you love Angel…

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…

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