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Penang’s Must Do Cooking Class

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Destinations, Food, Foodie Tuesday, Malaysia, Penang | 1 comment

Pearly Kee, with her husband Chandra, run the popular Penang Home Cooking School. If you are in Penang, don’t hesitate to book a class and try your hand at cooking some authentic Malaysian cuisine. Your class will begin with a tour of the Pulau Tikus Market. Delicious veggies, herbs and spices, fresh meat and fish; all available here for your cooking pleasure. Pearly is very knowledgeable about all the ingredients that she uses in her cooking, and loves to share this knowledge with her students.

Have you ever tried fresh lotus root? It’s very popular in Asian cooking. The Korean’s love them pickled. I’ve never cooked with the fresh, but often buy it pickled, here in Korea.

 

Penang Homecooking School at the Pulau Tikus Market

Penang Homecooking School at the Pulau Tikus Market

 

Purple carrots! There’s a first time for everything.

 

Fresh Vegetables, Pulau Tikus Market

 

Black chicken is very popular, throughout Asia.

 

Penang Homecooking School, and black chicken at PulauTikus Market

Penang Homecooking School, and black chicken at PulauTikus Market

 

This lady serves up delicious Nyonya cuisine from her popular food cart.

 

Nonya Food at Pulau Tikus Market, Penang

Nonya Food at Pulau Tikus Market, Penang

 

Then it was off to Pearly’s lovely home to cook up some delicious Nyonya cuisine. The menu included Curry Chicken, Roti Jala, and Pie Tee with chicken filling.
The kitchen is set-up so that each student has their own cooking surface. With Pearly demonstrating, and assisting, we all had the opportunity to get in on the cooking action.

 

First up, Chicken Curry…

We prepared the fresh veggies, lemon grass, chili and garlic. Soaking everything in water made for easy skin removal.

 

Ingredients for the Curry

 

Cooking the curry. The smells wafting from the clay pot brought on instant hunger!

 

Cooking the curry chicker

 

My chicken curry is ready to enjoy, one flavorful bite at a time…

 

Penang Home Cooking School, Curry Chicken

Penang Home Cooking School, Curry Chicken

 

But first, we need to prepare the Roti Jala…(recipe below)

This is a little bit tricky. The pan must be hot, and the batter spread evenly. Don’t walk away while this is cooking!

 

Roti Jala

Roti Jala

 

Ready to eat…I’m drooling as I take this shot!

 

Eating

 

 

 

The recipes…

Curry Chicken

3 chicken legs, cut to 9 or 12 bite size pieces
3 potatoes; peeled and quartered
50 grams coconut cream
200 grams water

Dried spices for sauteing:
2 cm cinnamon stick
4 pips Star Anise
4 cloves
6 Tbsp cooking oil

Seasoning:
1 tsp salt
Garnish: kaffir lime strips

Wet paste: (pulverize until fine, add the dry powders and mix well)

4 red chilies
2 lemon grass
80 grams onions
2 cloves garlic

Powders:

2 tbsp dried chili powder
2 tbsp coriander powder
2 tbsp cumin powder
2 tbsp fennel powder
2 tsp turmeric powder

Preparation:

In a pot over medium heat, saute the curry paste with dried spices and cooking oil for 3 to 5 mins., or until fragrant.

Add water, chicken pieces, potatoes, and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Open lid, and turn up heat to allow water reduction,
if still too watery.

Once the chicken is exposed add coconut cream and salt. Adjust seasoning, turn off heat once it boils. Garnish with Kaffir Lime strips.

 

Roti Jala

220 grams bread flour/ 1/2 tsp salt/ 2 tsp of cooking oil/ 2 eggs/ 400 grams milk, water, or coconut cream/ 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Preparation

In a blender, add all ingredients and blend well. Let stand for 30 minutes. Use a Roti Jala cup to fill the mixture, and move in a circle over the non-stick pan to form a lacy pattern. Cook and fold to serve with curry.

 

Pearly’s class is both entertaining and delicious. If you’re in Penang, or planning a visit, I highly recommend that you include a cooking class from Pearly.

Website: Penang Home Cooking School/ email: nonyapearl@gmail.com/ phone: 016-4374380 (Pearly responds very quickly)

 

Do you take cooking classes when you travel?

 

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Travel Photo Thursday — 28/8/14 — Penang’s Padded Art

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Malaysia, Penang, Travel Photo Thursday | 21 comments

Here we are for week 191 of Travel Photo Thursday. Welcome! Happy to say that my back seems to be on the mend (touch wood). Classes start on Monday, so lots of prep work happening here. The funny thing is, we have a major holiday, Chuseok, beginning on September 7th. We don’t come back to classes until the 12th. I am anticipating that more than a few students won’t be back until after! There was no end to the art work on display in Penang, and some of it was just a tad on the quirky side.

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I wonder how many women are missing their bras, in Pengang! :)

Can you imagine riding around Georgetown on this?!

 

Bra Art, Penang

Bra Art, Penang

 

Or, how about a padded trishaw?

 

Bra Padded Trishaw, Penang

Bra Padded Trishaw, Penang

Bra Padded Trishaw, Penang

Bra Padded Trishaw, Penang

 

How about an order of  “padded bra” on the side? :)

 

Padded Bra Food Cart, Penang

Padded Bra Food Cart, Penang

 

Let’s take a road trip!

 

The Bra Mobile, Penang

The Bra Mobile, Penang

I found this quirky exhibit at the Hin Bus Depot Art Centre. In case you missed last week’s Travel Photo Thursday that is also home to the Ponytail Girl. You can read the art centre’s opening hours and location over at that post.

What’s the quirkiest street art you’ve ever encountered?

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Travel Photo Thursday — 21/08/14 — Penang’s Ponytail Girl

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Malaysia, Penang, Travel Photo Thursday | 18 comments

Welcome to week 190 of  Travel Photo Thursday. I’m back in Daejeon, bad back and all. Sitting is a bit of a challenge at the moment, and right now I am alternating between cold and heat. Hopefully, this won’t last too long. Penang is an outstanding destination for anyone who likes art. The city has an abundance of wall murals, many of them the creations of professional artists. One of my favorites is what I call “The Ponytail Girl”. I her discovered my last day on the island. Have a look, and see why I like her so much.

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Created by Ernest Zacharevic, the artist credited for bringing mural street art to Penang.

Perfect spot for the Ponytail Girl…

Love, love, love  the contrast of the red bow on her yellow dress.

 

Ponytail Girl Mural, Penang

Ponytail Girl Mural, Penang

 

I love the facial details…

m_Ponytailgirl

 

 

Her colorful bow really finishes things off…

 

m_bow

 

 

You can find The Ponytail Girl at the Hin Bus Depot Art Centre, in downtown Georgetown; 31A Jalon Gurdwara. The Gallery is open from noon to 7 pm daily. Admission is FREE.

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