LIVE Peranakan Cooking Demo at The Straits Hotel and Suites Melaka

The Straits Hotel and Suites Melaka is having Peranakan Buffet Dinner every Friday and Saturday from 20 January to 11 March 2017. 

When I got invited by the hotel to do a LIVE cooking demo featuring Peranakan dishes, I knew I should get my mom, the true blue Peranakan Nyonya to do this with me as she is the master chef of our family :lol:

The hotel’s promotional poster.

These are the lovely family members and close friends who came to support us during our LIVE cooking demo.

I helped my mother; making sure all ingredients are chopped, sliced and prepared accordingly.

The MC also asked us questions during our cooking demo so that the guests can get to know us and the dishes that we are about to prepare better.

It was such a fun session with Sous Chef Al-Araj Abas lending a helping hand. It was nice ‘exchanging notes’ with him as we shared our kitchen tips with each other.

From left: Executive Sous Chef Tong Fah Shiun, my mom Nyonya Lilian, F&B Manager Mr Dass, Nyonya Merryn and Sous Chef Al-Araj Bin Abas.

About an hour later, we are done with our two dishes – Ayam Satay Buah Keras and Sup Ayam Masak ‘O’.

Ayam Satay Buah Keras

Buah keras is widely used in Peranakan cooking and in this particular dish, it serves to enhance the richness of the dish (without the use of coconut milk) as well as to thicken it. With ingredients such as serai, daun limau purut, cili merah, kunyit and red onions, you can be sure this is one fragrant and delicious dish. Goes well with a bowl of freshly steamed white rice.

Check out the recipe here.

Ayam Masak ‘O’ is a popular simple Peranakan soup dish. One of the quickest and easiest soup around, it is easily the favourite among children as well as adults with its soupy gravy, soft potatoes and flavorful chicken with lots of ginger. Though we use ginger to cook this, it is not gingery hot but rather just nice to complement the whole thing.

Best eaten while it is still hot, it remain as one of my favourite comfort food especially on cold, lazy nights.

My mom was on a roll as she also won the Best Kebaya Nyonya Award that evening thanks to her complete assemble of beautiful Nyonya Kebaya, kain sarung, kasut manik as well as neatly dolled-up hair with fresh flowers.

Congratulations mummy!

My mom with her number 1 fan – my Dad:lol:

Besides our LIVE cooking demo, the highlight of the evening includes the delicious PERANAKAN buffet spread.

I particularly love their mee siam and pejeri terung.

Among some of the Peranakan dishes I sampled that evening were udang masak lemak nenas, ayam rendang, sotong cili garam, ikan pari asam pedas as well as laksa Nyonya.

A variety of Nyonya kuih were also served in the buffet spread.

It has been quite some time since I last ate tauhu sumbat!

Ikan bakar and satay station

Koperasi members from Persatuan Peranakan Baba Nyonya Malaysia (PPBNM) were also present to showcase stuffs related to the Peranakan community such as kasut manik, keronsang, Nyonya Kebaya and pinggan mangkuk Peranakan. All these were also available for sale that evening.

Melaka Hari Ini published a write-up on this event in their 21 February publication. 

If you wish to experience this Peranakan buffet dinner, you can still do so as it is still on going every Friday and Saturday from 20 January to 11 March 2017. Priced at RM68nett per adult, it is half the price for children above 9 years old as well as senior citizens 60 years and above.

For further details and reservation, please call 06-2898 555 x 202

12 Comments + Add Comment

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    Your mother is so talented, can cook so well while wearing clothes that are so intricate and beautiful. Congrats to your mother! And you too!


    Merryn Reply:

    Yes, I am impressed that she can cook wearing those too. Haha! Actually it is not a problem as she wears the kebaya so often, she’s rather comfortable in it. She even dances in those :)


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    Wah! Mak dan anak sama cantik!


    Merryn Reply:


    Thank you Lina <3


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    I love to see ladies in sarong kebaya, so elegant, so classy. My mum and my maternal grandma and aunties, all wore sarong kebayas when they went out one but my missus does not like to wear. Very uncomfortable, she says. :(


    Merryn Reply:

    I’d love to get my very own kebaya too one of these days. The ones I have are both my mom’s. She presented them to me. Though I love them a lot, I still wish to get one tailor made for me one of these days but they are quite costly now.


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    Nice mum and daughter collaboration. Beautiful and great event.


    Merryn Reply:

    I hope to collaborate more with my mom or even my dad. He’s also talented :)

    It is more meaningful to have my parents with me especially when I am in Melaka.


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    Whooaaa! Your mummy is very cantek and young! Now we know where Merryn inherited the looks. Now both are real celebrities of Malaysia. Should we call you Bibik Merryn? LOL

    I love to eat all the Nyonya food sooooooo much and also admire the antiques too. Did I ever show off my Nyonya antiques to you before in my earlier dated posts?


    Merryn Reply:

    Haha. If only I can inherit her talent for cooking as well :D

    I think I missed your post on your Nyonya antiques. Do drop me a link so I can read all about it? Thank you so much :)


    Twilight Man Reply:

    I think it is easier to give you my hobby’s link rather than dig up my old dated blog posts. This antique website needs to get updated soon as I have been hibernating to snap photos since both my parents are gone now.



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    Always love kebaya (Both Nyonya and Malay), but it really need a fit body to carry the clothes well. The plates and tiffin carrier are so pretty, I want I want!


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