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Grace moves to Germany to start her journey of food discovery.

Everyday Southeast Asian Comfort Food

That is what Nyonya Cooking is all about! I’m Grace, a Malaysian living in Germany. My husband, Matt, and I are the hungry people who founded Nyonya Cooking. We want to provide you with the knowledge and simplest methods to cook Southeast Asian comfort food at home.

We share written recipe instructions and video instructions with my big smile. Our step-by-step instructions are helping thousands of busy parents, students and professionals around the world every day. The aim is to always provide you with easy-to-understand recipes, the fastest instructions and a list of ingredients with the best substitutes. You can cook these dishes in any part of the world!

“No one is too busy. It’s all about priorities.”

Living a life with home-cooked meals can be troubling. If you are ready to cook Southeast Asian dishes to surprise your loved ones or want to eat healthier at home, check out all of our recipes here and share a photo of your dishes with the world!

How Nyonya Cooking started

I moved from Malaysia to Germany in March 2011 to continue to build my career in Finance and IT. In my first project, I was sent to Munich and it was hard looking for Southeast Asian food that tasted like what I remember from back home. That was upsetting. So I made it a must to cook every weekend and shared recipes in a photo album on Facebook which then evolved into the “Nyonya Cooking” YouTube channel. All this would not be possible had Matt not initiated the recording of videos. Starting with a basic Canon EOS 600D in September 2012, we soon added a tripod and improved our camera gadgets along the way.

Soon after, we launched using WordPress, but we realized we wanted to have more functions on the website. Matt (who is already the camera operator, video and sound engineer and Chief Food Taster) took up another role as Nyonya Cooking’s back-end and front-end developer.

Over the years, we shared numerous recipes and recreated the authentic taste of Southeast Asian dishes.

What kind of recipes can I find here?

Recipes of Asia’s most delicious food! We only share recipes which we both really love. Matt spent 6 years in Tokyo, Japan before returning to Germany whereas I am loyal to my Southeast Asian roots. You will get Malaysian recipes, Chinese recipes, Indian recipes, Japanese recipes, Vietnamese recipes, and fusion Southeast Asian cuisine such as the Peranakan Cuisine.

All of the recipes have been tried and tested before we put them up for you to recreate. It would not be approved by Nyonya Cooking if it’s not good enough. As we live in Europe, we love sharing recipes of trending foods which are popular in Asia but not available in Europe just so we could still get to enjoy the delicious food.

What is “Nyonya”?

Nyonya is a term for the female descendants of a Chinese ethnic group who relocated to the Malay archipelago in the 15th century. I am a Peranakan descendant (Nyonya). Hence, Nyonya Cooking.

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Food Principles of Nyonya Cooking

Cook with fresh and regional ingredients.

I believe in enjoying food that is prepared with nutritious, fresh and regional ingredients. Fresh ingredients like meat, eggs, vegetables and fruits from local farmers are important.

Reduce harmful ingredients.

We need to be conscious of the ingredients we consume. Small efforts such as using less salt, oil and especially sugar will be beneficial in the long run. Indulge in cravings but go easy on them.

Avoid food waste.

We always cook food freshly and do not like to store food overnight. We almost never throw away leftover food. Portioning our meals according to our appetite and planning meals in advance by understanding the consumption in the family is helpful.

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