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Nyonya/Malaysian Cookbook

almcg Sep 28, 2009 11:57 AM

Hi there, i'm looking for recommendations for a Malaysian, preferably Nyonya, cookbook. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    celeryroot Apr 2, 2010 10:31 AM

    Oseland's book is excellent on both techniques and a great read


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    1. re: celeryroot
      jen kalb Apr 2, 2010 03:21 PM

      Cradle is a great regional book but its main focus is neither malaysian or Nyonya.

      Here are some books (not sure of current availability) that might fill the bill
      Makan - Lah - Carol Selvah Rajah's excellent Malaysian book, originally published in Australia
      Rasa Malaysia, by Betty Yew Published by Times Books , Singapore and KL - very comprehensive and presents Malaysian Recipes state by state. Ingredients might be a challenge as with some of these books which intended for an in-region audience
      Penang Nyonya Cuisine, by Cecelia Tan published by Times Books - I see she also has a mini Nyonya book out which is currently available
      More from the Singapore side
      by Terry Tan - Straits Chinese Cookbook (an older book) and Shiok! by Terry and Christoper Tan (a new Periplus book by him)
      books by Mrs Leong Yee Soo - the best of Singapore cooking, and Festive Recipes, the Best of Singapore's Recipes - I have not yet cooked from these but she is authoritative on the Straits Nyonya cuisine
      The Periplus Malaysian and Singapore books are also quite good but, like Shiok in a 2pg and pics per recipe format, dont set out to be comprehensive.

      1. re: jen kalb
        qianning Apr 29, 2011 01:19 PM

        I finally got a hold of a copy of "Terry Tan's Straits Chinese CookBook".....and am planning to try to start cooking from it soon....are there any recipes in it that anyone can especially reccommend?

    2. jen kalb Sep 28, 2009 12:41 PM

      How serious are you about this? Are their particular specialties/regional dishes you are looking for? for example, there is at least one Penang Cookbook out there. Would Singapore Nonya cooking do? Terry Tan and Mrs. Lee both have good books out in this area.

      There ae a number of books available, I have a few but it would help to know more about what you are looking for.

      Or you might want to get started at the KL Star Online's recipe site

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      1. re: jen kalb
        beeleetan Apr 2, 2010 05:03 AM

        If you are interested in Penang Nyonya Cuisine, there is a site on

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