Savour the titillating essence of Nyonya cooking at Nyonya Breeze Desire
Penang is synonymous with Nyonya cuisine and many locals would have Chinese Peranakan parentage. This means they would have tasted exquisite Nyonya cooking prepared by their grandmothers, mothers and aunties, and for some, even uncles. With this in mind, it would be quite impossible to please their palate simply because they would always compare similar dishes served elsewhere to those prepared at home. Any Nyonya restaurants that intends to out-gun grandma's recipes would be engaged in a challenging endeavour.
Nyonya kasut manek (beaded shoes) – timeless objects of beauty
The British presence in the three Straits Settlement states had a profound influence on Peranakan culture. Suddenly, the hitherto unknown suits and skirts became à la mode for men and women respectively.
Western techniques also influenced the art and craft of fashioning Peranakan footwear. The style of embroidery, for example, once influenced by the Malays was in turn influenced by Western culture. The fine beadwork for shoes with which the Nyonya is identified is a comparatively recent invention from 19th century Britain and Continental Europe.
My Kebaya shirt – a journey where novelty meets sublime beauty
Having grown up in a Chinese Peranakan household, I have always been intrigued by the beauty of the kebaya. It is not just about how the entire ensemble – when matched with a traditional floral sarong is wearable art, one that gives a veritable statement on the opulent cultural heritage of the Nyonyas.
Penang House of Music: Going beyond its boundaries
Buletin Mutiara | 28 May 2023 | Story by K.H. Ong | Photos courtesy of Penang House of Music
(From left) Michael Yong-Haron & Saniza Othman (Michael & Saniza Collection, Hong Kong), Paul Augustin (Director, Penang House of Music), Jay Xu (CEO Asian Art Museum, San Francisco), Xie Xiaoze (Professor of Art, Stanford University), Dacia Xu (Qualia Gallery, California) and Lee Khai (Chairman, Penang State Art Gallery) rejoicing at the Penang House of Music.
PENANG is noted for having many tourist attractions, including the unique Penang House of Music (PHoM) located on the fourth floor of KOMTAR in George Town.
Archipelago Penang – a hidden bar serving fabulous cocktails to soothe the soul
Cocktails were initially inspired by British punches, which contained spirits, fruit juices and spices in big bowls. The term “cocktail”, known to be an alcoholic beverage, appeared in The Balance and Columbian Repository (Hudson, New York) 13 May 1806. Editor Harry Croswell answered the question, "What is a cocktail?" as “a stimulating liquor composed of any kind of sugar, water and bitters".
Banh Mi Kitchen – serving up authentic Vietnamese bánh mì and more
As the name of the restaurant highlights, Banh Mi Kitchen focuses mainly on offering the iconic Vietnamese bánh mì sandwiches. Freshly baked baguettes, spread with pâté and margarine, are packed with a selection of stuffings (including ham, barbecue pork, roasted chicken, meat balls, prawns, fish, eggs or pork floss), topped with cucumber, pickled daikon and carrot, fresh cilantro and fiery chilli peppers for an extra kick.