Monday, February 2, 2009

The Wok Cafe

Bring back memories of the 50s cafe in Penang.Serves you the real authentic of Penang cuisine.

The Wok’s new concept that is deceptively simple but involves a complex balance of Nyonya food and local hawker favourites has something for every diner to enjoy. In Asia, where the family is both microcosm and the foundation of society, the experience of sharing a meal both unifies and nurtures. Sharing and enjoying a variety of dishes together is the standard practice in Asian households.

The Wok not only offers our dining guests traditional Penang Nyonya cuisine such as the timeless Jiu Hoo Char, tasty Gulai Tumis Fish, all time favorite Inche Kabin and the appetizing Assam Prawns, but also provides local delights like the Hokkien Prawn Mee, Assam Laksa and Or Kuih with a delicate blend of many special herbs and spices. You have the options to dine with comfort in the air-conditioned area or the Kopitiam setting while enjoying your legendary Curry Kapitan, Perut Ikan and Assam Prawns. You can even slurp down your favorite Hokkien Prawn Mee with a plate of crispy Roasted Pork, completing your meal with a good old cup of Kopi “O”.

It is also a known fact that every diner will reserve some tummy space for desserts. Do try out our special Cendol (Chilled Green Pea Jelly with Red Kidney Beans, topped with Gula Melaka and Coconut Cream), Sago Nangka (Chilled Sago with Fresh Jackfruit in Coconut Cream) or even our Sago Honeydew. We also have homebrewed Chestnut Cane Juice (Ma Tai Tek Chia) and Nutmeg Juice (Lau Hau) are also available to rejuvenate your body system after a hard day's work.

The Wok is the ideal place for gathering as it is always the place for everyone to satisfy his or her sense of taste. Just tell us what you have in mind and we will wok it right for you!

Baba-Nyonya, Peranakan, Straits Chinese are terms related to the culture of the early Chinese immigrants to Malaya in the early nineteenth century. Majority of these immigrants intermarried with the local Malays, Siamese and Indian and later spread throughout the British Straits Settlements to Penang, Malacca and Singapore.

Peranakan means "Straits-born" in Bahasa Melayu and is also used to describe this ethnic illustrious community. The women are known as " Nyonyas " and the men " Babas ". The Straits Chinese culture is neither Chinese nor Malay but rather a curious blend of influences derived from both these cultures which include customs, traditions, arts and crafts and cuisine. The traditional Baba-Nyonyas speak a language known as "Baba Malay", a corruption of Malay and Hokkien words and members of the older generation still use it in daily life.

Their women-folk is easily recognizable with her profusion of ornate floral spray printed sarong (pario), baju kebaya (figure hugging blouse) and chignon.

Nyonya cuisine is an exotic art itself, fusing the distinctive tradition, spices and herbs and culinary skills of the Chinese and Malay. With its unique mixture and preparation, it is only natural that the best of both worlds is manifested in Peranakan cooking which is inevitably timeless and interesting. The experience into the endless variety which combines spicy and non-spicy dishes of curries, fries, soups and stews can be imaginative, tasty and extremely subtle and Nyonyas housewives of the past are fiercely proud of their cuisine. The Penang Nyonyas drew inspiration from Thai cooking style with preference for sour food, hot chilies, fragrant herbs and pungent shrimp paste (belachan).

One should always leave room for desserts because Nyonyas are noted for their gloriously colorful cakes and sweets and sticky delicacies using generous amount of creamy coconut milk!

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