Thursday, April 14, 2011

New app: asia! feasts Peranakan

Peranakan culture is on the wane and soon, all we will have left are beaded slippers, bits of silver jewellery and pieces of gaudy porcelain, stored behind glass in our museums, the final physical remains of what was once a vibrant and politically important community in this part of the world.

Fortunately, while few people these days speak Baba Malay or adhere to Baba customs, the tradition of Peranakan food is still being kept alive by Nonyas (and Babas) who slave away in the kitchen to prepare dishes like Babi Pongteh or Ayam Buah Keluak.

Now with asia! feasts Peranakan (free), you too can join them in whipping up traditional Peranakan dishes. The app has recipes for Assam Babi, Kari Ayam, Rojak and a few other dishes (sadly not Babi Pongteh or Ayam Buah Keluak though). It also talks about the different ingredients needed like coconut milk and the spice paste (rempah) and tells you how to make them.

For those curious about the history of Babas and Nonyas, the app has a nice section that touches on the origins of Baba culture as well.

The app is a taster for those interested in Peranakan food and culture. Hopefully, the developers will add on more recipes in future.

You can download this app here.

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