November 11, 2009
Nyonyas Letting their Hair Down!!
Only a handful of pure Peranakans can be found in Miri while some others have a grandmother or a mother who is Peranakan.
Anyway we ladies decided to have a Nyonya themed night sometime ago so that we could have a Nyonya themed potluck dinner. It was time for us to refresh our cooking skills too as Nyonya cooking is time consuming and painstaking (though some are really easy). And so we dressed up and struggled with our kerongsang. But we did let our hair down which is too short any way.
Here is a photo to show us all "dainty" and smart. One of the Nyonyas actually had grandmother's earrings and kerongsang.
the photo also showed some of our dishes - Babi Chin-fried beehoon - tumeric/tandoori chicken- nasi lemak (2 styles) - sago pudding melaka - black glutinous rice - prawns and green beans masak pedas and young mango kerabu.
Fried Mee Hoon with lots of limau perut - bunga kentang - dried prawns and fresh chilies.
Below is assam pedas prawns with long beans.
Babi Chin a recipe which requires more than 2 1/2 hours of slow cooking and 2 hours of standing to give the aroma of a good Nyonya dish - (spiced up with lots of coriander powder and aromatics) It is best eaten the next day!!
Black glutinous rice and gandum porridge - to be dressed up with gula melaka and a little saltish coconut cream. Gandum is hard to buy in Sarawak so we usually buy a few packets from West Malaysia whenever we travel over.
Tandoori Chicken prepared by the hostess - seasoned early in the morning and oven baked just before the dinner.
Two styles of nasi lemak - truly fragrant and delectable.
Here's the iced gula melaka served in small dainty bowls.
Beautiful pot of Chinese tea and dainty tea cups served by the Baba of the house.
It was a fun night with good food and table topics . The healthy and humourous interchanges made us feel young. Nothing is too challenging for us Nyonyas if it is to put a good spread on the table!!
Stay tuned to hear more about our fun themed nights !