Cook-and-Lunch session #107 (Malaysian)

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Date(s) - 12/12/2018
09:30 - 13:00


In the 15th century, Malacca was the most important trading port in Southeast Asia and the Sultanate of Malacca was a powerful empire.  In 1511, the Portuguese conquered Malacca and started the colonization era of Malaysia.  However, many Portuguese settled down and married local women and formed the Cristang/Eurasian community in Malacca.

Cristang” has its roots in the Portuguese word “cristao“; a nomenclature adopted by the mestizos of Malacca to avoid persecution by Dutch papists.  The Dutch conquered Malacca around 1641, and remained for 150 years.  During the Dutch occupation of Malacca, the Cristang were accepted for their European features, and were favoured with jobs in the administration.  Some Dutch officers even chose to remain in Malacca by marrying Cristang women.

People of this ethnicity have, besides Portuguese, a strong Dutch heritage, as well as some British, Malay, Chinese and Indian heritage due to intermarriages.  Hence,  Cristang cuisine is a hybrid of Portuguese Asian with a Dutch influence.

When:  Wednesday, December 12th, starting at 9.30am till about 1.00pm thereabouts

Where:  Faeimm’s home in Nußloch (address will be provided to those attending)

What:  We start with a simple Cristang salad to whet our tastebuds.  Up next on the menu is “Caldu Pescador“, a simple yet satisfying soup traditionally prepared by fishermen using the catch of the day.  A Cristang menu will not be complete without “Kari Debal“, a specialty of the Eurasian community in Malaysia.  This fiery chicken dish is usually served during Christmas.  Dessert will be the glutinous rice-based “Bubur Pretu“.

There is space for 8 participants.  Online registration opens mid-November.

Faeimm Tang

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One comment

  1. says:

    Am missing a very educating session of cook-n-lunch. .The authentic history based introduction was in any case enjoyable. Thank you Faeimm for the trouble you always take to word these write ups.

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