What’s with Peranakan or Nyonya that I can’t live without? For those of you who are clueless, this cuisine combines Chinese and Malay resulting into a unique and distinct blend. As they say, this food culture is produced from inter-racial marriages – Chinese cooking style + Chinese ingredients + Malay spices. And yes, our craving is just too much sometimes. Well, blame it on 9 years living in Southeast Asia.
In Beijing, there were 2 particular restaurants that we frequent when the craving comes. One is Lau Pa Sak opposite the Canadian Embassy on the corner of Donzhimenwai and Xindong Lu. A Singaporean friend introduced us to the place. Food is great in humongous servings with reasonable prices. Parating puno ito lalo na ng Singaporeans. You get greeted right away with its gracious owner. Very simple decor but you just can’t say no to hawker style street food. (Dito ko rin naharbat ang Beijing Magazine kung saan lumabas ang pagmumukha ng anak ko….)
We also discovered Kafe Peranakan located behind Kuntai Hotel, few minutes walk from Landao on its east and the Russian Market (Yabalou) on its south. Successful discovery! We were walking along the streets and saw it… “wow, peranakan! kain tayo!.” And it was always good.
Below are few food photos taken from these places. Of course, eaten on separate occasions.
Sup Tulang (Beef Bone Soup)
Nasi Lemak (A platter of coconut rice cucumber, anchovies, peanuts, egg and sambal sauce)
Nasi Ayam Goreng (Fried Rice/Chicken)
Beef Rendang (Beef cooked in coconut milk and spices)
Kangkong Belacan (River spinach with spicy shrimp paste)
Mi Goreng (Fried Noodles)
Ayir Batu Campur (Dessert ala-Halo-Halo)
Ah, I remember Cafe Sambal that used to be along the streets of old inner Gulou. Nandun pa kaya sya? Food is A-yummy. Hutong-atmospehere, good place for expats to chill out. Food comes in tiny portions with big prices though. Pwede na din mapapatawad ko na dahil uber-sarap naman. Besides, it is more like a bar than a restaurant anyway.
Lasang Pinoy, Sundays. RESTO-rant. Lemme find our peranakan choice in Auckland and I will let you know next time.