8 DECEMBER- 7pm - £10 Milk cake
The Peranakans were descendants of Chinese seafarers who sailed from Southern China to the Nusantara (Malay Archipelago). The term ‘Peranakan’ is a Malay word which approximates to mean ‘first-born’ or ‘locally born’ – the first generation of intermarriage in tropical southeast Asian locales, mainly Penang, Malacca and Singapore.
Peranakan cuisine is therefore the product of centuries of cultural fusion and innovation through exposure to myriad southeast Asian ingredients and principles of food preparation. Indeed, food is the undisputed touchstone of all Peranakan communities whereby kinship is prized above all else. It is not merely a means of sustenance but a means for the family to gather. Peranakan food does this in three main ways – to celebrate festivals / the seasons / auspicious moments, to seal vows, and to honour deities as well as ancestors.
This event invites you to celebrate the spirit of lau jiat (merriment) with us over a sumptuous spread of iconic Peranakan dishes.