We had the pleasure of attending a Nyonya-themed Supperclub hosted by Guan Chua aka TheBoyWhoAteTheWorld. You may have seen Guan fly the Malaysian flag on Channel 4’s The Taste, cooking several amazing Malaysian dishes along the way.
To start, Guan introduced us all to Nyonya cuisine, a large subsector of Malaysian food that originated from Chinese merchants from the 17th Century adapting their dishes from home to include the spices and flavours from the port towns of Penang and Malacca. These towns today are still the food hubs of Malaysia where you can be treated to an array of the traditional dishes.
Our entry course featured delicious little Kuih Pai Tee ‘Top Hats’; crispy, hand fried batter shells filled with beansprout and chilli salad topped with shallots. These little bites were delicious and was a perfect introduction to the meal.
The two dishes to follow were arguably the best of the night. Firstly, a spicy yet refreshing Kerabu Chicken Salad with Woodear. The chicken was cooked in mint, belacan and chillies. With these strong flavours I was expecting to be overwhelmed by the strong taste but they balanced themselves out perfectly. The Kerabu was followed by Lobak; 5-spice pork rolls deep-fried, served with a chilli and sesame seed sauce. The Lobak was presented beautifully on a slate (pictured) and they tasted as good as they looked!
Our mains were also superb. There were Assam king prawns, fresh from Billingsgate Fish Market that morning, marinated in tamarind and then deep-fried to perfection. The accompanying main was a nutty and fragrant Chicken Kari Kapitan with steamed rice. The chicken was cooked on the bone as it typically would in Malaysia, which really added to the dish.
The puddings were a fantastic end to the meal. The first was a banana and salt caramel tarte tatin, which was a highly praised dish of his on The Taste. It was light, sweet and had just the right amount of salt. The second pudding was Pandan Madelines. They came straight out of the oven and were piping hot. They were a fun ending to what was a brilliant night and we highly recommend the experience.
If you want to book a slot at one of Guan’s Supperclubs, check out his blog where you’ll be able to find out dates and menus!