Let’s leave the cakes and coffee alone for a moment and indulge in some homegrown, wholesome Malaysian meals.
Peranakan #foodporn 1: Asam Laksa
A dish that made it to the World’s 50 best foods! This is a thick rice-noodle soup rich in tamarind flavour. The fish-based soup contains a variety of vegetables including diced pineapples, onions, and cucumber as well as spices such as coriander and mint leaves which further enhance its unique and pungent flavour.
Peranakan #foodporn 2: Chicken Pongteh
A dish to go for if noodles in spicy broth is not really your thing! This dish contains tender-braised chicken with potatoes in dark soy sauce. The dish is perfect for kids and adults who do not tolerate spice well. It can be paired with rice, porridge or bread.
Peranakan #foodporn 3: Mee Siam
Here’s a stir-fried rice noodle dish served with a fiery gravy. it is usually made of tamarind, sugar, shrimp, shrimp paste (aka belacan) and salted soy bean which together is so scrumptious it calls out to you.
Peranakan #foodporn 4: Sambal Udang
Springy, succulent shrimp anyone? Get yourself some warm steamed rice or spice things up with something fusiony –toasted French bread perhaps? And enjoy delicious shrimp cooked in sambal!
Peranakan #foodporn 5: Pai tee
Crispy and delicate top hats…yes, you got that right! Here’s a snack consisting of tiny shells filled with turnip or yambean stir-fried with carrots, egg and shrimp. You can never have too many of these! Pai tee makes amazing appetisers or tea time snacks!
On days where a trip to Penang or Melaka is just a bit too far to satisfy your Peranakan cravings, fret not! Peranakan restaurants are available all over Klang Valley, and here are just a few:
11, Lorong Kurau,
59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Monday to Saturday 7:00 am to 10:00 pm
LG09, Lower Ground Floor,
GLO Damansara, No 699, Jalan Damansara,
Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm; 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
50, Jalan Doraisamy,
50300 Kuala Lumpur.
Monday to Saturday, 12:00 nn to 3:00 pm; 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
2, Jalan Abdullah,
59000 Kuala Lumpur.
Every day, 10:00am – 10:00pm
Lot 2, Mezzanine Floor,
Central Market, Jalan Hang Kasturi,
50050 Kuala Lumpur.
Every day, 11:00am – 10:00pm
Words by Treshi-marie Perera