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Nyonya Stewed Pork Ribs

Nyonya Stewed Pork Ribs

Stewed pork ribs with taucheo (fermented bean paste) was one of my mother’s recipes, one that I am fortunate to learn. It brought back a lot of sweet memories as I was preparing it today. It was my father’s favorite dish–one that garnered special attention as my mother would spend hours slowly stewing the pork ribs until the meat falls…

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Spring Rolls Recipe (Fried Popiah Recipe)

Spring Rolls Recipe (Fried Popiah Recipe)

Spring rolls, or locally known as “popiah” (簿饼) is a popular snack for Nyonya households in Penang. In fact, spring rolls or popiah are so popular that every ethnic group in Malaysia–be it Chinese, Malay, or Muslim-Indian (known as “mamak“)–has their own interpretation of spring rolls. So, there is no exception that Nyonya has their own take on this popular…

Sambal Udang Recipe (Prawn Sambal Recipe)

Sambal Udang Recipe (Prawn Sambal Recipe)

Sambal udang (prawn sambal) is a much celebrated recipe in my family and everyone loves it. My late mother made a killer dish of sambal udang…it was always the most popular dish on my family’s dining table. Whenever she made sambal udang, everyone would be waiting in anticipation for a great meal. Sambal udang is quite easy to make and…

Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Penang

Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Penang

If you are interested to learn more about Nyonya culture and have a glimpse of Nyonya or Peranakan heritage, you ought to visit the Pinang Peranakan Mansion in Penang, Malaysia. (Peranakan culture or Nyonya-Baba culture can mostly be found in the British Straits Settlements: Penang and Melaka of Malaysia and Singapore.) The Pinang Peranakan Mansion is precisely a museum that…

Introduction to Nyonya Food

Introduction to Nyonya Food

Nyonya food, as the name suggested, is the food of the Baba-Nyonya in Malaysia and Singapore. Known also as the Peranakan or the Straits Chinese (Straits-born Chinese), these groups of people are descendants of the very early Chinese immigrants to the Nanyang or 南洋 in Chinese–which literally means the “south sea” region. The origins of the Baba and Nyonya could be…

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