Preserving Cultural Identity through food : Florence Tan’s Chicken Pongteh of Nyonya Cuisine

Written by @Lan
(Photos by curiostraveller.com)

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Thought of the day-“Food is not just fuel. Food is about family, food is about community, food is about identity. And we nourish all things when we eat well.”-Micheal Pellan

Thanks to Chef Florence Tan, I’ve expanded my culinary range. It’s not that I’ve not tasted food of Malacca’s Nyonya before. I had some, years ago but cooked by someone not of Nyonya’s. The experience was lacking of good memory as food was not cooked with soul, lacking that magic touch. Chef Florence Tan cooked some of Nyonya’s delicacies. One of that many dishes was Chicken Pongteh. She mentioned about the 600 years old heritage, the starting period and origin of Nyonya’s amazing food. Something that’s old is definitely a culture, I say. Recipes being passed down from the first generation to many generations in order to preserve Nyonya’s culture.

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Sabah Fest 2016-A Cultural Extravaganza:Gulu-Gulu

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I am a bit excited for this coming Sabah Fest 2016. The reason for being excited is because I am invited to witness the extravaganza cultural show. Being a blogger, attending such event is a must as this will help me to post more related content into my blog. My blog is about food, culture and travel in Sabah. Obviously, I need to attend this exciting event. The event will be held three days in a row starting 29 April 2016 to 1 May 2016. The slot for 29 April 2016 and 1 May 2016 are open for public while the 30 April 2016 is reserved for VIPs.  I will be attending the event on the 1 May 2016 slot.

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