Friday, October 31, 2008

Frying the Mama Nyonya Style

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Located strategically along the famous straits is one factor to boost the pride of this oriental pearl of an island.
Besides the historical value, the different entries of influences and culture have borne the unique identity of Baba and Nyonya.
The fascinating part of an addition to our already varied society is the new culture and the cuisines introduced.

The cross culture of the Peranakan have introduced us to the unique Nyonya cooking styles
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Sweet and sourish, the toss of little ikan bilis and sliced onions with the garnishing of the sauce was tantalising to your taste buds; to whet your appetite before the start of a meal
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While you stare at your empty plate when waiting for the main dishes to be served
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If you are ready to try new things, be prepared to be wowed by the simple stir-frying of this unique vegetable with the slightly spiced belacan with some eggs.
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Served with shrimps, this vegetable which tasted like it came from a cross-breed of spinach and pea sprouts was a clear winner.
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Choon Piah; rolled up like any normal popiah found in Penang, is lightly fried and served with home made special sauce
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To have another side dish to crunch on, the prawn fritters would be a good choice to dip into the chili sauce
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Deep fried and lightly battered, this is not to be brushed off as yet another plain prawn fritters that can be found along the roadside stalls.
It was not a piece of fried flour cake with 1-2 miserable prawns; but it was full with the little prawns and the flour layer was really thin.
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A home-styled interior; it makes one feel at home when you are seated comfortably against the cushioned chairs, flipping pages of the magazines, and admiring the nice lights and old-fashioned photographs and framed articles on the wall.
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With home-cooked chrysanthemum tea to accompany, who could say no to this distinctive nyonya food in home-cooked and motherly style?
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Mama Nyonya that is, yet another gem of our Malaysian unique culture.

17 comments:

  1. I visited this place twice and took some photos but most of it didn't turn out great...Happy to see yours that are so clear...makes me hungry.

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  2. Wahseh.
    Your order so many foods ?
    Aiks. I haven't try before the Nyonya in Penang ><
    *Waiting*
    *Waiting*

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  3. hie ck, oh yea...sometimes pictures can be such a let down!:(

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  4. jeromefo, 3 dishes and the appetizer was given by them; though not for free:(
    Hehehe...are you giving hints that you want us to bring you for Nyonya the next time you're here in Penang? *winks*

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  5. Christy, address oh....

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  6. The vegetable is called "Sarumi", but I'm still not able to figure out its actual name.

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  7. Hey girl ..... address and business hour please .... dun hog it for urself only .... you got a hungry AH BA here wanna go try .... :P

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  8. Poor Christy, you must be having hard time getting the name of the veggie that you just took. I am always having that problem too. Btw, from the picture shown, I love the unique veggie that you mentioned. It fried with balacan and is nice. Tasted of veggie a bit bitter but eventually after freid it's covered up by the balacan taste and it became delicious.

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  9. cariso and email2me, it's Mama Nyonya at Abu Siti Lane:)

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  10. little inbox...oh, I thought it's only rumi:)

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  11. steven goh, hahaha....I just realized to mention the name Sayur Rumi in my post....aiks!

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  12. I love the appetizer! Can easily replicate at home.

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  13. I felt that this is the best Nyonya food in town. The appetizer is the best.

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  14. hello..

    love to read ur blog...appreciate if you let me know whether this nyonya rest is a halal place to dine...

    thanks.
    Ela

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  15. Anonymous5:45 AM

    Been there B4 but really a let down Mama's n Nyonya Breeze. After tasting food from these 2 restaurant,the good food write up by penang bloggers seems to be a setback. I dun think the real penangnites have not tasted real nyonya food. I'm a food critic from Australia.

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  16. i just back from Mama's, and to be frank, the standard has been dropped. i would totally agree with anonymous (food critic from Australia), penangnites will lost their golden day, if they still arrogant and proud of what they have today, but not the past. Pls lah keep the quality from the past generation!

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  17. Anonymous5:04 AM

    I always inspired by you, your opinion and way of thinking, again, thanks for this nice post.

    - Norman

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