NYONYA BREEZE Penang Finest Nyonya Cuisine

nyonya breeze

Nyonya Breeze located at Abu Siti Lane is yet another delicious nyonya heritage gourmet that not to be missed if you are in visiting the Penang Island. Upon the invitation of Uncle Lee, we headed to Nyonya Breeze right after our baking class ended.

nyonya breeze 2

According to my google search, six centuries ago, China’s Ming Dynasty began courting the kingdoms to the south, dispatching Admiral Zheng He on his seven epic journeys, during which he made port in Malacca and Singapore. To cement budding diplomatic and commercial ties with the kingdom of Malacca, the Imperial Princess Hang Li Po was married to Sultan Mansur Shah, the Sultan of Malacca at that time. Her entourage settled in Bukit Cina, marrying the local Malays and eventually growing and evolving into a class of straits-born Chinese, the ‘Peranakan’. Peranakan communities continue to grow in Malacca and later extended to Penang and Singapore.

Peranakan ladies were called Nyonyas while their male counterparts were labeled Babas. They retained many traditions and beliefs of their Chinese forefathers, and adopted many more from the local Malay community. Hokkien was enriched with Malay words, and the sarong and kebaya became everyday clothes for this emerging class. The Peranakan adapted – to the land and its colonial rulers

nyonya breeze 1

Today’s Nyonyas and Babas have largely been assimilated into the Chinese community but the Nyonya art of cooking has been preserved, passed on from mothers to daughters through the centuries. Fusing Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western styles, Nyonya cuisine is prepared meticulously with great attention to detail, balancing aesthetics, aroma and taste. While Malacca and Singapore Nyonya cooking were influenced by their proximity to Indonesia, Penang Nyonya cuisine is laced with Thai secrets, being more sour and spicy. This is most evident in the many Kerabus the Penang Nyonya holds in her recipe book.

The preparation and cooking of Nyonya food can be a laborious, meticulous and time-consuming affair. The grinding, blending, pounding, and marinating of the ingredients can take several hours. Typical Nyonya spices complemented by the subtle fragrance of lemongrass, lengkuas (galangal or wild ginger), kunyit (turmeric root), fresh or dried chillies, candlenuts, shallots, kaffir lime leaves, pandan (screwpine), daun salam (fresh bay leaves), daun kesum(Thai basil leaves),daun kunyit(turmeric leaves) and ginger buds are crucial in the making of authentic Nyonya cuisine. Sauces made from coconut milk, tamarind seeds and curry pastes (freshly pounded with shallots, garlic, lemon grass, ginger and selected curry mix) is a testament of an excellent cooked meal at Nyonya Breeze

read more »

Pages: 1 2

A Birthday Cake for Markus

Markus one year old Birthday Cake

Last week I was cake racing having my fingers on cake sculpturing. I had to preparare a macaron tower, a few white wedding cakes for the bridal fair and this awesome cute 2 tier cake for Markus one year Birthday Celebration!!!

read more »

LA LA CHONG Seafood Village

.
We had Sidney’s birthday dinner celebration at La La Chong together with CK Lam, Teoh, Shirley, Shirley’s Juniour, Sidney and myself. It was not an easy to find hidden in a housing estate near the old Subang Airport. But I would say it was a discovery of jewel, the food that night was awesome delicious. Just perfect!

Lala Chong poached baby octopus
Poached Baby Octopus

The poarched Bay Octopus was dliciously done, the chilli sauce gave it a kick! A perfect dish to start off with! Lovely! :)

Pages: 1 2

Wedding Cakes by Sunny Yaw

.
.

bigboysoven bunting printing 20100107

.
.

Sunny Yaw Wedding Cake Collection 1
WHITE DREAMS

Last weekend it was my first participation in a wedding fair and it was the Princely Wedding Fair 2010 held at The Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur. It had been a long time that I wanted to have something beautiful, simple and pure for my wedding cakes, therefore this time it drove me heading toward to create a collection of white wedding cakes.

read more »

Pages: 1 2 3

Seang Lim Toptaste Prawn Mee Famous Hokkien Mee Penang

Seang Lim Toptaste Prawn Mee Hokkien Mee 1

It was early morning weekend breakfast where we meet up for a bowl of Prawn Mee or Famous Penang Hokkien Mee at Seang Lim along Macalister Road, located at a small food court which can’t be missed.

read more »

Penny’s Macaron Tower by Sunny Yaw

Tamarind Juice at Tamarind Hill Restaurant

While waiting for Penny to arrive at the restaurant, they served me this awesome chilled tamraind juice at the bar. Thank you Tamarind Hill Restaurant (one of the most beautiful and authentic restaurant in the heart of the city of KL), they are so kind!

read more »

Morning Breakfast at Eng Loh Cafeteria and Hotel Penang

cafeteria and hotel eng loh

I though I was going to have breakfast at Tiffany but CK Lam brought me to this place called Eng Loh Cafeteria and Hotel for a morning brewed coffee. This coffeechop is one of CK Lam’s favourite due to a good cup of brewed cooffe and a great and very desirable bread toast.

cafeteria and hotel eng loh 1
“It is difficult to resist of not having a cup of good morning coffee”, CK Lam explains.

cafeteria and hotel eng loh 2

I was recommended to have a plate of homemade chinese red wine chicken egg noodle, and it was so gorgeous, very flavorful, tender chicken and crunchy noodles, amazing how beautiful can be found hidden in such places. I was told that the owner herself came from KL and settled in penang here.

cafeteria and hotel eng loh 3

This was what i was waiting for, Indian hot toasted bread top with peanut butter and crushed peanuts, just freaking good! I am amazed of such simple food and yet so delicious and hard to find, truly a heritage toasted bread . . . . I just love it, you better grab a toast if you are in the neighboourhood, me Sunny Yaw!

Kafeteria Dan Hotel Eng Loh
Jalan Gereja (Church Street), Penang
8.00am – 3.00pm Closed on Sunday

Sunny Yaw Wedding Cake Collection at Princely Wedding Fair 2010

Wedding Cake by Sunny Yaw
Sunny Yaw Wedding Cake Collection

This week is rather a busy week for me. I am preparing some of my 2010 Wedding Cake Collection for The Princely Wedding Fair 2010 starting from this 9-10th January 2010 at Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur. Not only that, I will be setting up a wedding dessert table featuring my sweet tooth limited desserts specially for you and the guests on this 9th January at about 1pm. So at the moment it is not fun at all as loads of hot steam flourishing through my studio! lol! :( If you want to know what will be installing for you this coming weekend, just come to the Princely Wedding 2010 starting from 11am.

Princely Wedding 2010 will be another exciting event where lucky ladies will get Bubbly Brides make over and will be dressed in awesome beautiful gown plus one portrait shot photography. Guests may also enter the Princely Wedding Contest and the most exciting of the day will be Bridal Fashion Show by Carven Ong’s Couture presented by DIVA production. If you are free on this saturday morning, do drop by at this wonderful event and you never know who you may bump into, hey come and see me also, me me! :) . . . so see you yeah, have to be back to my studio, my cake is burning :( , love Sunny Yaw !

2 Days Sale Only
UP to 70% Discount @ Carven Ong Couture on 9th – 10th Jan 2010

Princely Wedding fair 2010 advertisement

Lam Ah Coffee Shop Lebuh Chulia Penang

Kedai Kopi Lam Ah

Lovely Penang, unique and full of culture. I just love walking along the narrow streets, glancing through the old pre-war shop lots. This time I stopped at Lebuh Chulia, a street where a heaven for backpackers, affordable lodging. I was introduced to this small corner coffee shop named Lam Ah Coffeeshop which was really unique by itself, a very old coffee shop but served the best most refreshing fresh nutmeg juice. I just love it at the first sight, delicious beyond imagination, just speechless. A drink that you must try yourself if you are in the area.

Lam  Ah Fresh Nutmeg Juice
One of the great discovery, an awesome nutmeg juice to kill the thirst!

Pages: 1 2 3

Satay Ah’Basri Penang

Ah'Basri Satay Penang 8

Having to be in Penang and yet to try Ah’Basri Satay means you had missed an awesome delicious luxurious satay in the country! Yes the BEST satay in town!

Recently, I had tried a few fantastic delicious satay such as Prince Hotel Satay, Serai Satay Bar and Ah’Basri Penang is really fantastic. I am amazed with the varities of meat and the different type of marinations available waiting to be served. It can be very eye refreshing!

Ah'Basri Satay Penang
I gave the thumbs up! Just amazingly delicious charcoal caramelised satay a truly heaven!

This place offers chicken, beef, lamb, deer, ostrich, horse, rabbit, duck, turkey, squid, prawn and fish. It also offers normal, black pepper and also tom yam flavoured satay. Truly an eye opener to me, and definitely creative!

read more »

Pages: 1 2

Mini Macaron Tower Sunny Yaw

maraon mini tower

2010 will be a great year as I had been eating non-stop since Christmas Day and lots of new project to atend to. I was wondering maybe I can put my magical fingers on wedding planning, event photographing and even a wedding reception decorating, well I guess I might be too ambitious but you never know, right. Excitiment will defintely be flourish in me if maybe someone would walk in and partnering me on opening a sweet dessert shop, well you never know, 2010 anything goes, sounds like a mysteriously interesting year.

Anyway last evening I manage to deliver a pair of mini macaron towers specially ordered by Didie as part of the bride & bridegroom’s main table deco during the wedding reception this morning. She also specially ordered 40 pieces of purple and pastel macarons as one of the “hantaran” gifts to the bridegroom during the wedding. The macarons were placed carefully in the crystal ‘dulang’ jar.

Pages: 1 2

Kelly & Matt Wedding Reception Parkroyal Tanjung Ferringi

Kelly & Matt Wedding Reception Park Royal Hotel Penang

HAPPY NEW to you! It’s great to know your are reading this at this moment. What is 2010? Well I pray this 2010 will be a start of our journey for more wonderous challenges and hope Big Boys Oven will continue to pursue the dreams and continue to flourish with passion! And here we would like to give A BIG HUGE THANK to you the awesome and amazing ones who had supported us through out our journey.

Early this morning, Veron of Kitchen Musing remindered me about life, love, struggle and passion. I can relate to Veron in many many ways, we had nothing, we fought hard, we struggle, we keep on moving and for now we can see a light in this tunnel that make us realise the risk was worth taking for, every tear worth millions. I believe if we beileve in oneself we can achieve the dreams! How heavy the storm we are facing, we will be able to get through!

read more »

Pages: 1 2

Related Posts Widget for Blogs by LinkWithin