September 28, 2009

Nyonya Aunty's Home Cook Food

Nyonya aunty demonstrating her culinary skills to nyonyachef....

One evening I was invited by my friend to check out his family's version of Loh Bak. The mom who is also from nyonya descendant was showing me her family recipe. According to her, this is how her grandma and her mom taught her how to cook Loh Bak.

I was trying to figure out the origins of this dish, whether it's from Melaka, Johor or is it different cooking methods from different Chinese dialects...Teochew,..Hokkien,..Hakka...or a mixture of here and there.

My personal findings; Because of distance and a period of time !...our ancestors carrying the recipe across many provinces and countries, and meeting many different men and women has altered the ingredient and appearance resulting no one to prove which is the original.

Well,...just enjoy and appreciate the varieties of cuisine !..Be happy

Check out this Nyonya aunty taking her precious time to show me her ancestors recipe....


Nyonya aunty in action dishing out 4 spectacular dishes....

The main highlight....Loh Bak !


Loh Bak or meat roll made from pig's intestine, minced meat, carrot, yam bean, eggs, beancurd sheet, tapioca flour, oyster sauce, five spice, sugar, salt & pepper.

This differences between Nyonya aunty and Penang Loh Bak; She uses pig intestine as the wrap and minced meat. Taste unusual but...still tasty! By using minced meat the taste is quite similar to the meat balls and the pig's intestine will give different texture to the Loh Bak.

The Rounded Loh Bak...

Same taste but instead of a roll...it's made into a ball shape. Something different !

Sambal Stuffed Fish....


Another nyonya's creation...really taste like mom's cooking.

Sambal Stuffed Fish made from heavenly spices; turmeric, chillies, shallots, garlic and belachan...pound it, stuffed into the fish and deep fry it.

Sweet and Sour Prawn


Prawn cooked with tamarind juice and sugar. Simple appetizing home cooked food !

Kudos to the Nyonya aunty for fixing up the spectacular dishes !

You can also check out Penang Loh Bak recipe here

7 comments:

msihua said...

Gosh.. can she be my aunty too? lols...

This means I shall go home and take pictures of my popo's cooking... who is Penang Hakka... Woot!...

NyonyaChef said...

Erh..I have to check with the aunty first! Such a capable women like you should be widely accepted....

Yes, show us your popo's secret recipe and what is Penang Hakka cooking all about!

The Little Teochew said...

Homecooked goodness. Wah. That sambal fish is just ... mouthwatering. Lucky you! :)

petite nyonya said...

Nyonya aunty is a really good cook! The loh bak, don't think it originates from Melaka. More like Penang if you ask me. The stuffed fish, definitely very popular dish amongst nyonyas in Melaka. We call it ikan cencaru goreng cili sumbat. I love this stuffed fish so much!

NyonyaChef said...

The Little Teochew,

I always like home cook food, as you can alter to your likely based on your desired taste.

petite nyonya,

Penang loh bak don't use pig intestine as the wrap,...Yes, the ikan cencaru sumbat was excellent.

I would normally prepare the tamarind juice, belachan, shallots & chilli padi as a dip. Prefecto !

backStreetGluttons said...

This site got so many pretty cooks dropping by. So lucky , when can have a nyonya delight feast ah ?
Surely the fragrant lemongrassy bunga kantun pandanan assamy tastes will be like heaven , together the iressistible scent of beautiful wom..n

NyonyaChef said...

They are coming from all over the world, we need to find a meeting point.