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Nyonya Kueh

Nyonya Kueh are traditional Straits Chinese delicacies which are bite-sized desserts or cakes. The Straits Chinese ladies (or Nyonya) have long been famed for their culinary prowess which harmoniously blends Chinese, Malay, Indian and Thai cooking influences which also extended to their dessert repertoire which relies heavily on coconut cream, pandan (screwpine) leaves and brown [...]

Chee Cheong Fun

World travelers to Hong Kong may already be familiar with Chee Cheong Fun, which literally means pig’s intestine noodle in Cantonese. Chee Cheong Fun refers essentially to the flat rice noodles which are served in rolls resembling its namesake, pig’s intestines. However, the Penang take on this Cantonese noodle delicacy is a rather different offering.

While [...]

Rojak

Rojak is the local fruit salad which consists of bite sized pieces of crunchy cucumber, pineapple, green mango, “Jambu Air” (Eugenia Javanica or Java Apple), turnip (jicama or yambean), bean sprouts, soybean puffs and fried dough fritters. The salad is dressed with an exotic mix of sugar, chilli, lime juice and “heh ko” or a [...]

Chendol

Chendol is a Nyonya shaved ice dessert which is an excellent treat on hot, humid days. While it may strike the first time traveler to Penang as bowl of green worms, this dessert is much more pleasing to the tastebuds than first impressions! Chendol refers to the translucent jade green gelatinous noodle that is the [...]

Oh Chien

Oh Chien is essentially a Chinese oyster omelete. The additional ingredient to the omelette is tapioca flour which lends a sticky and slightly gooey texture to the dish. The watery tapioca flour batter is ladled into a hot wok and is flash fried before the eggs are added into the mixture. Meanwhile, small oysters are [...]