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NYONYA BREEZE Penang Finest Nyonya Cuisine

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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.

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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

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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

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LA LA CHONG Seafood Village

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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!

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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! :)

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KEN WELL Seafood Restaurant Batu 11 Cheras

Ken Well Seafood Restaurant
If there is good food, we will defintely travel, had always been my practice and that’s how we found this restaurant by the name of KEN WELL (accidently this place is not related to Ken Chan, lol) located at 11miles of the Cheras Road. KEN WELL served delicious chinese food at an affordable price and here is our discovery . . . .

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HOR POH YUEN The Hakka Affair

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We are now in Penang conducting my cake decorating class and Ben Beh at moment is conducting his artisan bread baking with his students, Penang is always beautiful and vibrant . . . I just love being here great food and lovely people.

This morning while I was having my breakfast coffee and reading the morning papers Quang Ming and guess what, I was featured on Christmas ginger cookies. It was so awesome . . .will post about later when I am back in KL.

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Oyster King at The Gardens

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Recently Coco had invited us for a food snack at Oyster King located at the food basement of The Gardens which offered a range of Chinese tradisional delights such as Fried Oyster, Oyster Noodle and many more. That night there were about twenty guests attended this gathering and SuperWilson recieved a small surprise birthday cake. :)

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Getting ready to eat!

Oyster King Wilson and Racheal
SuperWilson & Racheal celebrating SuperWilson’s birthday!

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A GE Monogram Culinary Experience with Chef Martin Yan

Culinary Experience with GE Monogram by Chef Martin Yan

Chef Martin Yan, the celebrated who hosted over 3,000 cooking shows, broadcast worldwide, a distinction certified Master Chef, a highly respected food consultant, a cooking instructor and a prolific author was in Kuala Lumpur for a series of cooking and culinary exoerience and it was his first time cooking in Kuala Lumpur just over the weekend and I got to the chance sitting in one of his cooking class thanks to GE Monogram.

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DANNY’S CHINESE CUISINE – Solaris Mont Kiara Best

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It was Saturday weekend, Richard had invited a few of us for a chinese meal get together at Uncle Danny’s Chinese Restaurant located at 1st floor, Solaris Mont Kiara. This time, Richard had take charge in ordering the dishes, when asked, he refused to tell us what he had ordered and it was supposed to shock all of us, phew! Well I don’t think so but I know it will be a defintely be a good dinner, yes we always do! :)

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THE ENTRANCE DANNY’S CHINESE CUISINE

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A SHOWCASE OF THE RESTAURANT’S BEST DISHES

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A Year Older Birthday Celebration at Pasta Zanmai

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Today we had a small get together to celebrate Sunny Yaw’s birthday at Pasta Zanmai.……….

……….HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUNNY !!!

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Italian Restaurant Johor Bahru Best – IL GIARDINO

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Having to be in the city of Johor Bahru and tried the local food, I decided to put my taste buds on western food, this time I visited a local Italian restaurant called Il Giardino which was very interesting, simple and do have the Italian feel, great atmosphere.

We ordered Aglio Olio (with beef ham and squid) and Seafood Carbonara. Both were deliciously done to my expectation and we meet the owner too, Ms Kentt as she saw us kept snapping photos of our food. Later we were invited back for a food tasting that night by the owner herself.

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EMINENT FROG PORRIDGE AT LRG 19 – Singapore Geylang Unique Gourmet

Mum doesn’t like it and doesn’t eat it but I do, it’s awesome, it is soft, tender, sweet and taste awesome delicous, just perfectly done like we do with chicken fillet. I usually have them in dried chilly stir fry or even with pan fried slice fresh ginger and fresh sping onions. While my stay in Singapore, I got the chance to indulge into dishing it at Geylang, Singapore. Me and Jak got ourself into the taxi heading toward Geylang for this awesome gourmet, the claypot frog porridge. While in the taxi, the friendliness of our driver (truely singapore) had recommended us to this restaurant called eminent frog porridge at “lorong 19″ lane 19. You want to know why? We were informed that the restaurant offers buying two frogs, get one free . . . . sounds like a fanatastic bargain, and we truly agreed without any negotiation.

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Penang’s Finest Hokkien Dishes | Hock Chuan Heong Restaurant Reclaimed My Roots!

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Looking at both of this photographs of Hock Chuan Heong Restaurant, it just reminded me of the black and white photographs taken during the 60’s & 70’s that I inherited from my dad. It was fully beautifully painted of his growing up and some were with my mum too, part of her young teen. I guessed it was the time dad courting mum, just lovely. Do you keep such treasures?

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SAN REMO PASTA CHALLENGE RESULT!

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In February this year we had SAN REMO PASTA CHALLENGE COMPETITION whereby contestants have to come up with a local delicious recipe using San Remo pasta and we have two incredible creative winners, they are Teckiee from Eat First Think Later and Lianne from Imbi & Itchy.

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Teckiee’s entry is Caramelised Pork with Spaghetti Omelet and it is very creative in presenting this dish. A unique dish layered with spagehetti pancake over the delicious sweet caramelised pork. This dish can be served individually too.

Lianne’s Kampong Pasta is such a cultured dish and truely transport us back to the origin of local delicate malay cuisine. The taste of the fish in this dish is awesome, and with the freshness of the herbs and sprouts, they enrich this dish. I would describe this as a delicate pasta salad to die for.

Both of our winners will recieve each a beautiful stainless steel pasta pot from San Remo. San Remo will get in touch with you very soon. Thank you for your gorgeous recipes.

Yours Sidney

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