Nyonya: Female descendants of a Chinese ethnic group who relocated to the Malay archipelago in the 15th century.
I am a Peranakan descendant (Nyonya) and moved from Malaysia to Germany in March 2011. As a young and modern Nyonya, I found myself trapped in the hustle-bustle of growing a corporate career while settling down in a new culture.
The typical qualities of a Nyonya, which is to love and obsess with food, blossomed in me when I started to spend more time in the kitchen during the weekends to recreate delicious Asian dishes which I knew from home.
Coming from a multicultural country, I cook Malay, Chinese, Indian, and of course, fusion Asian cuisine such as the Peranakan Cuisine.
It all started in 2011 with a Nyonya Cooking photo album on Facebook which evolved into the “Nyonya Cooking” YouTube channel and website. Over the years, I recreated the taste of home or other delicious dishes which I have tasted around the world. I came to learn that preparing food is not just about the recipe itself but also its ingredients and an awareness for choosing each element to create a dish.
Eating well with the best ingredients is a choice and a lifestyle. We hope that Nyonya Cooking can inspire you in every way!
Prepare food using fresh and regional ingredients whenever possible. It may not be easy to recreate the real taste of Asian food abroad without ingredients imported from Asia. Fresh ingredients like meat, eggs, vegetables and fruits from nearby regions is important to us.
Cook real food. I believe in enjoying food that was prepared with quality and fresh ingredients! We need to be conscious of the ingredients and food we consume. Small efforts like using less sugar, salt or oil will be beneficial in the long run. Indulge in your cravings but go easy on them.
Avoid waste of food. We always cook food freshly and do not like to store food overnight. We almost never throw any leftover food. Portioning your meals according to your appetite and planning your meals in advance by understanding the consumption in your family is helpful.