Updated: 12 November 2007
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A PRIVATE DINNER WITH CATHY VAN ZYL MW @ PERAMAKAN RESTAURANT 17 NOV 2007
All smiles or just comfortably high after a surfiet of good wines & delicious Peranakan food.
Our Champagne expert, Mr. Andrew Yap, releasing the golden nectar of Dom Perignon 1985 for all the guests.
Kindred spirit in the realm of Wine. Cathy & Angela enjoy the fruit of the vine.
|We were delighted & excited when Cathy emailed to say that she would like to stopover in Singapore on her return trip to Sydney to judge the "Sydney's Top 100" wine competition. It was a brief overnighter but gave her a whole day and a night to experience her first time in Singapore. My wine enthusiast friends would not let this opportunity pass, so we whipped up a unique experience for both Cathy and ourselves. Individual Asian cuisines were already a challenge to pair with wines. Various theories abound & opinions expressed. Now, we decided to up the ante further. We shall take on a blend of Malay, Chinese with touches of Indian and Thai style cuisine and search for wines to match them. This cuisine is called "Peranakan" or the homecooking of the Nyonyas of the Straits Settlements of Malaya.||These trading outposts were established by European powers seeking trade with Asia since the 16th century led by the Portuguese. However, the Chinese were already well established since the 15th century, when a huge entourage of Princess Hang Li Po arrived in Melaka. She became a wife of the ruling Sultan to seal the diplomatic relationship between strategic trading partners. The Chinese traders that accompanied the diplomatic entourage remained largely urban, taking local wives and imported eligible women from China. These wives ruled their husband's expansive household, catering for his taste of both Malay spices & chillies as well as his hunger for homecountry cooking. I guess both the local wife and China-born eventually worked together to satisfy his varied tastes resulting in an Asian fusion cuisine - PERANAKAN||To this day,
this cuisine remain distinct and largely homecooked. A few
entrepreneurs encouraged their wives out of the home kitchen resulting
in a small number of Peranakan restaurants. PERAMAKAN is one of these,
helmed by the owner's wife. The best dishes may only be savoured via
personal invitation to their homes.
In planning the evening's menu, I sought authentically Peranakan dishes cooked in different cooking methods.Each dish contain a different main ingredient. The result is a menu of dishes with each unique taste and texture.
The final selections is on the next column.
|DISHES OF THE NYONYA
served with Jasmine rice
AYAM BUAH KELUAK
UDANG GORENG ASSAM
SAYUR NAGKAH MASAK LEMAK
CHOICE OF DESSERT
Cathy and friends digging into the dishes and wines. L-R - Florence, William, Stephanie, Cathy
Is Cathy getting confused with the variety of flavours and textures? With about 16 wines to choose from besides. L-R - Cathy, Tony, Desmond
The happy table. L-R - Susan, Moon, Anthony, Siau Miang and Bibiana
The morning after. Downstairs from my flat at Jumbo Coffee Hub for some local pick-me-ups to start a full day around Singapore.
|CHAMPAGNE WHITES ROSE
Dom Perignon 1985
Martin Codax Albarino 2006
Pichler Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2002
Domaine Ostertag Grand Cru Muenchberg Pinot Gris 2001
Sevenoaks Hunter Chardonnay 2006
Cullen Chardonnay 1999
Castello Maetierra Rosado
The ultimate flavour test. Cathy having a go at Durian Custard with sweet potato cubes. She passed 100% with the help of Bodegas Castano Monastrell Dulce 1999
Martinez Bujanda Special Selection Garnacha 1989
Cavallotto Barolo Vignolo Riserva 1998
Sevenoaks Hunter Cabernet 2006
Glatzer Blaüfrankisch 2005
Prieuré de St-Jean de Bé Bian 1996
Yarra Station Pinot Noir 2005
Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2004
Bodegas Castano Monastrell Dulce 1999
Miranda Golden Botrytis 2000
Catch Cathy's take of her first Singapore experience HERE (http://www.grape.co.za/Cathy/blog.htm)
A photo album by William Chong HERE
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