Traditional Malaysian cuisine from Malacca served in a relaxed garden setting
$55.79 per guest
$55.79 per guest
I grew up in Malacca in the 70's. Malacca is the birthplace of the Baba and Nonyas - the Straits Chinese - and was ruled by the Portugese, Dutch and English. Today Malacca is a UNESCO world heritage site. My great grandmother was a Nonya. All my Father's family are Malacca born of Portugese descent. From a young age, I sampled the incredibly rich flavours of both the Nonya's and the Kristang people - the name for the Malacca Portugese.
The collective name for this cuisine is Peranakan. Few Peranakan restaurants exist as the food requires a lot of care and time in preparation.
Peranakan cuisine sets itself apart from Malaysian cuisine by its complex mix of flavours which are a hotch potch of many different influences - Goanese, Portugese, Chinese. Many of the traditional dishes can only really be sampled in a home setting.
We live in an old low rise condominium spread over a large area. We have a ground floor unit with a garden in front of the patio. There are many plants in our garden and a 1 km path leads around the buildings with a drop on one side to the city centre which can be viewed through a sloping forest. Its is very quiet apart from the chirping of cicadas ( tonight we saw fire flies moving through the garden ).
We have a table set up on the outdoor patio with aircon and fans blowing from indoors to avoid it being too warm.
Our neighbourhood is in Bangsar, an affulent suburb to the south west of the city centre, relatively close to the main Sentral station which is the arrival point for most people from the airport. We are also 10minutes by taxi from KL Hilton/Le Meridien/St.Regis hotel.