Let’s leave the cakes and coffee alone for a moment and indulge in some homegrown, wholesome Malaysian meals.

Peranakan Cuisine - Asam Laksa

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 Cuisine - Chicken Pongteh
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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 Cuisine - Mee Siam
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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 Cuisine - Sambal Udang
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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 Cuisine - Pai Tee
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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:

Baba Low

Address:
11, Lorong Kurau,
Bangsar,
59100 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 7:00 am to 10:00 pm

 

The Tranquerah

Address:
LG09, Lower Ground Floor,
GLO Damansara, No 699, Jalan Damansara,
Kuala Lumpur.

Opening Hours:
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

 

Lima Pulo: Baba Can Cook

Address:
50, Jalan Doraisamy,
Chow Kit,
50300 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday, 12:00 nn to 3:00 pm; 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

 

Straits Food Company

Address:
2, Jalan Abdullah,
Bangsar Utama,
59000 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening Hours:
Every day, 10:00am – 10:00pm

 

Precious Old China

Address:
Lot 2, Mezzanine Floor,
Central Market, Jalan Hang Kasturi,
50050 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening Hours:
Every day, 11:00am – 10:00pm

 

Bon appétit!

 

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Words by Treshi-marie Perera