Penang Nyonya Food

Post date: 09-Apr-2015 18:11:24

25th April 2015

Penang is known as the foodie capital of Malaysia. Predominantly populated by Chinese, the local food is typically Nyonya, which are Straits Chinese - Chinese immigrants who have adopted local customs, and also local ingredients in their cooking. Three of the most famous dishes of Penang are Asam Laksa, which is a spicy noodle dish in a tamarind fish soup, Penang Rojak, which is a kind of fruit/salad in a tangy shrimp sauce, and Or-Chien, which is an oyster omelette. You can usually see the Chinese influence in Nyonya dishes but they use local ingredients such as hae-ko, a local shrimp paste, and laksa leaves (polygonum), which would be unheard of in China.

As I've spent the last 2 weeks in Penang we will celebrate Penang Nyonya food with these 3 dishes (my aunt taught me to make her great Penang Laksa today), as well as home made chicken satay (let's hope the weather is good enough for barbequeing!) and the interesting dish of Joo Hoo Char, which is dried cuttlefish and vegetables fry, and anything else I feel like cooking at the time! Perhaps Curry know you never leave hungry ;-). Definitely Nyonya Kuih for dessert, which are local sweet snacks...

I'll be bringing back some of the specialist ingredients for this supperclub direct from Penang so book up quick as this won't be repeated till my next trip to Malaysia!

The price of the dinner will be £45 of which £35 will go direct to the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres.

To book, please email us at

We have one remaining space in our Malay cooking lesson on the 30th April and a final space in the Syrian one on the 23rd April, all other lessons this month are fully booked! Please email us to snap up these spaces. We will also be planning a Nyonya lesson based on this supperclub so contact us for more details.