OpenRice Malaysia is organizing a food tasting session, namely MakanVenture, to try out six different types of mouth-drooling Nyonya dishes for free. All you ever need is a transportation to bring you to and from The Tranquerah, one of the best places to savor Malacca Nyonya cuisine in Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya.
In order to join this MakanVenture, simply click on this link and fill up the form on the right accordingly, and submit it. You must have at least one approved review submission in order to join MakanVenture, which is as easy as ABC. Hurry up! It is only on a first-come, first-served basis! Chosen members will be notified via email, and each can bring one more guest along. Please take note that you and the guest must be 18 years old and above.
P/S: All of the photos posted are credited to OpenRice Malaysia.
According to OpenRice Malaysia, The Tranquerah is nestled in The Strand, Kota Damansara, founded by Stephanie and her partners, who share the passion for Nyonya delicacies, in 2011. The restaurant is named after the Tranquerah Road in Malacca, also known as Jalan Tengkera, a place where Stephanie's husband who came from a pure Peranakan family used to spend his childhood days. Stephanie's sister-in-law is a celebrity, Chef Florence Tan, who played an important role in conceptualizing and developing the recipes for the restaurant's menu.
The restaurant adopts the concept of a Peranakan house by making use of many Peranakan elements, including wooden doors, wooden windowpanes, oil lamps, batik stamps and classic F&N bottles, as interior decorations. The classic and traditional ambiance brings you back in time to experience the distinctive culture and lifestyle of Malacca Peranakan in the 40s.
The restaurant is currently promoting its new menu featuring a dozen of innovative dishes that are prepared using buah keluak and cincaluk to bring a new twist to Nyonya cuisine. Invited OpenRicers will be able to try 6 delicious Nyonya dishes during the food tasting, including Pai Tee, Cincaluk Seafood Platter, Ayam Pongteh and Ikan Goreng Chili Tenggiri. The details of the dishes are as follows:
Pai Tee is a popular Nyonya appetizer. The crispy flower shaped biscuits are filled with shredded turnips and topped with chopped egg, chili, cucumber, and celery. Dip the Pai Tee into the homemade dipping sauce to add a spicy kick to the taste!
The Cincaluk Seafood Platter consists of squids, prawns, and chickens that are deep-fried with cincaluk, a sauce made from fermented small shrimps, to enhance the taste. The fried prawns are so crispy and crunchy that even the shells can be eaten!
Ayam Pongteh is one of the signature dishes of The Tranquerah. The chicken pieces are stewed with mushrooms, potatoes, and spices for long hours until the chicken is tender and rich in taste. It is best to be eaten with sambal belacan.
It's their Ikan Goreng Chili Tenggiri! The Spanish mackerel fish is deep fried until the fish turns golden brown. Chili paste that mixes fresh chilies, buah keras, and shallots is placed on top to enrich the flavor. Sink your teeth into the fried fish that is crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside.
Additionally, their Keluak Bendi consists of steamed lady-fingers topped with keluak sambal made of buah keluak, a popular ingredient that is commonly used in Peranakan cuisine. The Tranquerah is claimed to be by far the only restaurant in the district that offers Nyonya dishes with sauces made of original buah keluak sourced from Indonesia. Try it once, and you will be addicted to the unique taste of buah keluak!
As mentioned previously, The Tranquerah has created several new dishes using buah keluak, including fried rice, fried pasta, and mutton soup. The Stir-Fry Sweet Potato Leafs with Sambal Keluak is yet another attempt to combine vegetables with buah keluak, making the leaves spicy and rich in keluak flavors. Definitely a must-have dish for keluak lovers!
To make it more interesting, participants will be granted an opportunity to learn how to make Pai Tee in a simple DIY workshop during the event! Don't want to miss the fun? Sign up now to join the MakanVenture food tasting on 14th of May 2013 at 6.30pm!
62A-G, Red Carpet Avenue Encorp Strand,
Jalan PJU 5/22,
47810 Petaling Jaya.
Facebook: The Tranquerah