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Title The Peranakan Kitchen: Savouring the Best from a Rich Culinary Legacy  
ISBN 9789814893305
Imprint Marshall Cavendish Cuisine
Philip Chia
Specifications 255 x 210mm / 152 pp / Paperback with flaps
Publication Date Mar-2020
Target Audience General
Price (SGD) SGD 32.00
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About the Book

The Peranakans are the descendants of early Chinese immigrants who settled in the Malay Archipelago and married local women. They are well known for their prowess in the kitchen, where they draw from Chinese and Malay culinary traditions and pepper their food with influences from the Indians, Thais, Portuguese, Dutch and British. The result of this fusion is a repertoire of dishes that are aromatic, moreish and unique.

In this collection, renowned Peranakan chef Philip Chia takes you into the kitchen and guides you in the ways of his culinary heritage. From dishes that he grew up with, to newer creations that celebrate Peranakan flavours and ingredients, Philip’s recipes are equal parts exciting and soul-stirring.

“Perhaps nothing expresses better the soul of a community than its cooking.
For the Peranakans, it is also perhaps one of the most expressive
and engaging aspects of the living heritage.
This book, comprising so many family recipes, is a wonderful addition to the
large corpus of books on this unique and living aspect of Peranakan heritage.” 
—Lee Kip Lee
Honorary Life President, The Peranakan Association Singapore

About the Author

Philip Chia is a fourth generation Chinese Peranakan. He began his love affair with cooking from the age of six when he was taught to pound spices for sambal belacan using the batu lesong (pestle and mortar).

As a teenager, he became the youngest finalist in a nation-wide cooking competition, which was judged by the late Mrs Lee Chin Koon, herself a doyenne of Peranakan cuisine. This event spurred him on to hone his cooking skills further. Throughout his growing years, Philip picked up tips and secrets of authentic Peranakan cooking from the older generation of Peranakans. His expertise in Nyonya food has made him a celebrated chef and a stalwart in the local Peranakan scene.

Today, Philip is highly sought-after as a Peranakan chef by renowned hotels and restaurants. Apart from being featured in countless publications, he has also appeared on radio and television programmes as guest chef and food consultant.
As the food consultant for the international remake of The Little Nyonya, Singapore’s all-time highest-rating drama serial, he was also invited
to play a cameo role as a chef in the show.
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