Tropical Spice Garden will be hosting a “Book Launch and Cooking Demo” with Dr Ong Jin Teong on September 8 (Saturday) at 10am

Price is RM120 per person and includes a complimentary, signed copy of Penang Heritage Food and goodie bag.

To reserve, kindly call 04 – 8811 797 (Eleanor/Evelyne). As places are limited, a 30% deposit will be applicable to secure your booking.

The author, Dr Ong Jin Teong

The event aims to highlight and promote Dr Ong’s culinary biography Penang Heritage Food, a collection of recipes for the classic and forgotten dishes of Penang. More than just a cookbook, Penang Heritage Food also sheds light on the different cultural influences that has made Penang’s fusion cuisine a unique national heritage.

A nostalgic collection of long-forgotten recipes

The cooking demonstration will showcase traditional dishes−Hainanese Chicken Pie, Chicken Stew and BuBur Pulut HItam−and will take place at the al-fresco style Pavilion area next to the Tropical Spice Garden Cooking School.

Pulut Hitam

As the last of the Chinese immigrants to arrive in Penang in the early 1920s, the Hainanese immigrants found it difficult to find jobs. Most of the men ended up as cooks and domestic helpers in British homes and establishments.

They not only learned to prepare British dishes, but they also very successfully adapted these dishes with locally sourced ingredients and spices. This resulted in dishes like Min Chee, Curry Puffs, Pork Chops, Chicken Pie and Chicken/Mutton Stews.

Hainanese Chicken Pie

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