Nyonya Chicken Curry (Nyonya Kari Ayam) This is a traditional Nyonya dish that the northern Straits Chinese in Penang have adopted and adapted from Malay traditions. Locally, it is know as the Nyonya Curry Kay (“kay” is chicken in Hokkien) and despite its bright yellowish and orange tint, it is a mild curry infused with spices for a flavourful meal. This thick, aromatic curry can enjoyed with a bowl of rice or with bread.
One of the more well-known dishes in Bukit Mertajam has to be steamed cup rice. This simple, wholesome and tasty dish is childhood food for many Penangites especially in Bukit Mertajam. If you go around the Jalan Pasar and Jalan Danby area right in the middle of this small town, you are bound to find a “cup rice” stall. The name of the dish is derived from the small aluminum bowl in which the rice is steamed in. The preparation… Read More »Cup Rice
Honey Chicken This is a sweet and savoury dish that has a bit of Asian and a bit of Western influences. The chicken is fried first to preserve its flavours before it is stir-fried with the condiments for a flavourful chicken dish. It was definitely a favourite for children (and adults too) that one can say it is better than finger-licking good.
Roasted duck rice may not be as popular or ubiquitous as Hainan chicken rice but Penang does have a few hawker stalls offering really good roasted duck rice alongside chicken, roast pork and Chinese sausages. Duck is the lesser liked poultry possibly due to its strong gamey flavours and tougher texture but when roasted to perfection, it is something worth chewing over. Roasting a whole duck is not an easy task as the marinade has to be able to bring… Read More »Roasted Duck Rice
Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, or Khoo Kongsi for short, is one of the most interesting and distinctive Chinese clan association in Malaysia. It is well known worldwide for its extensive lineage that can be traced back 650 years ago, as well as its closely-knit and defensive congregation of buildings and a magnificent clanhouse. It is part of the goh tai seh (five big clans) that formed the backbone of the Hokkien community in Penang. Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi… Read More »Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi
Scorching charcoal fire that fragrant up a distinctive smoky flavour, claypot chicken rice is probably one of the few hawker foods that is cooked and eaten direct from the receptacle it is cooked in claypots. The old-style cooking of chicken rice in claypots as opposed to simply cooking it in shiny new rice cookers has withstood the test of time. The authentic smoky earthy flavours from boiling the rice, sauce and chicken all within the claypot. The claypot is slow-cooked… Read More »Claypot Chicken Rice
Easy Chicken Broccoli Stir-Fry Sometimes we don’t have time to prepare complicated meals so here is a simple dish that can be done in under 20 minutes. All you need are chicken tenders, broccoli, carrots, peppers (capsicums), tomato and mushrooms for a one-pan dish that has everything in it.
Ayam Goreng Kunyit Fried chicken is a favourite among adults and children alike. It is easy to eat and can be paired with rice or eaten on its own. Rather than the usual fried chicken, we decided to add some spices and herbs – turmeric, garam masala, curry leaves and lemongrass – for extra flavours.