after watching Little Nonya, do you get tempted by the array of peranakan dishes on the table when we had tok panjang (long table feast)? I'm sure the Peranakan restaurants all over the island are experiencing a new flurry of activity in their businesses these days! Hehe...
you know what, once you get started on it, YOU NEVER STOP WANTING TO HAVE IT!!
that's what happened to me!
in the show playing Huang Zhenzhu, I had absolutely no interest in cooking or following whatever Peranakan traditions. However, in real, as Eelyn Kok, I couldn't wait to try making those lovely cuisine myself!!
at 1st I dabbled with the spices myself after filming the scene where i was pounding them furiously. I pounded the spices by hand and after half a day of doing that, besides getting a well toned right arm and my hands dyeda beautiful yellow due to the tumeric, I managed to whip out a decent Chicken Buah Keluak. And man, the taste was jus awesome!
Next I went on to try the Ayam Lemak (chicken curry), Babi Ponteh (pork) and also assam chicken.
I have cravings for Peranakan food every week ever since!! I have also tried a few great Peranakan restaurants... (those interested to try can leave your email, and I'll mail u some reccomendations)
I think the Peranakan women in those days were culinary geniuses in putting different spices together and getting such a savoury, delicate taste to their food!
*will post pics of the food i cooked soon! ;)