Nyonya Supper Club
Despite having travelled the world in search of the best eats and completing my culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu, there’s still no cuisine closer to my heart than the Malaysian Nyonya food from my childhood.
Also known as Straits-Chinese or Peranakan cuisine, the term ‘Nyonya’ generally refers to the descendants of 15th and 16th century Chinese immigrants who moved to Malaya from Southern China. As they settled in Malaya, a new breed of Malaysian cuisine combining Chinese and Malay influences emerged, incorporating local ingredients such as chillies, lemongrass and fermented shrimp paste (‘belacan’) amongst others. All this makes for food with a balance, depth and complexity of flavours like no other.
Growing up in Malaysia, I was lucky enough to be nurtured with some of the finest Nyonya cuisine in the comfort of our family home, all lovingly prepared by my godmother who hails from Penang. Over the years, I have watched her every move in the kitchen, soaking up recipes and techniques that have been passed down through the generations. And it’s through this Malaysian Nyonya Supper Club, hosted out of my home in Aldgate East or selected Pop-up venues across London that I hope to share with you my passion for all things Nyonya over a multi-course tasting menu.
Upcoming Supper Club Dates
We are back hosting Supper Clubs at some of our favourite Pop-Up venues around London such as the Hackney Chinese Community Services centre as well as Sambal Shiok Laksa Bar. Please follow us on our instagram (@guan_chua) or drop us an email (guanleong(AT)gmail(DOT)com) to be added to my Supper Club newsletter to hear about any upcoming events.
Past/Upcoming events are below:
CHINESE NEW YEAR EXTRAVAGANZA (@OishinBoy |X| @Guan_Chua at @SambalShiok – Feb 2022
Nyonya Supper Club @HackneyChinese Community Services – May 2022
Cantonese-Nyonya Pop-Up (@FeedTheTang |X| @Guan_Chua) at @HackneyChinese Community Services – July 2022
Nyonya Supper Club @HackneyChinese Community Services – Aug 2022
@OishinBoy |X| @Guan_Chua Pop up @ HCCS – Oct 2022
@TheAdobros |X| @Guan_Chua Pop Up @ HCCS – Nov 2022
Nyonya Supper Club @HackneyChinese Community Services – Nov 2022
@TiffCooksALot |X| @Guan_Chua Pop Up @ HCCS – Dec 2022
CHINESE NEW YEAR EXTRAVAGANZA (@OishinBoy |X| @Guan_Chua at @SambalShiok – Jan 2023
@RangoonSisters X @Guan_Chua Pop Up at HCCS – Sat Mar 4th 2023
Nyonya Supper Club @HackneyChinese Community Services – Mar 18th 2023
@JokeBakare X @Guan_Chua Pop Up at HCCS – Sat Apr 1st 2023
Nyonya Supper Club @HackneyChinese Community Services – Apr 15th 2023
** We are taking a break from Home Supper Clubs until further notice **
Home Supper Clubs
Minimum donation of £60 / person to cover food cost and effort. It’s 10 seats per session so get in there quick if there are any remaining spaces! All events are BYO wine / beer and start at 7pm.
Aldgate East, Aldgate and Tower Hill underground stations are all within a 10 minute walk from my home. Address details will be made available once a booking is confirmed.
How do I Book / Attend?
Please email me at guanleong(AT)gmail(DOT)com with the subject line ‘Malaysian Nyonya Supper Club’. A deposit of £30 per guest (via Internet Bank transfer & deducted from your minimum donation amount on the night) is required to secure your booking. Please also include all the below info in your e-mail:
- Date you’d like to attend
- Number of guests in your group
- Guests’ names & e-mail contacts
- Any allergies/dietary requirements for you & your party (substitutions will be made where possible. Due to the small scale nature of the supper club however, it will not be possible to cater specifically for vegetarians or serious shellfish/nut allergies)
- Mobile number (required for the lead member of the group making the booking only)
LATE CANCELLATIONS hurt! Apart from the obvious wasted food and effort, empty seats also affect the ambience of the supper club. Please provide at least 72 hours notice if you can’t make it (or get a friend to come in your place). Provided I can get the seats filled by somebody else, I’m more than happy to return your deposit (otherwise, the deposit will go towards covering the cost of the event).
What should I expect?
10 guests round the table. Up to 8 traditional Malaysian and Nyonya-inspired courses, all served in the middle for sharing as it would be at my family’s dinner table. Below is a sample menu and sneak peek of some of the dishes you can expect.
New to the whole Supper Club thing? Do have a read of this excellent write-up here about what to expect.
Hope to see you soon at one of the upcoming sessions!
this is really brilliant Guan! We wanna join the supper club too!! 🙂 but we’re so far away *CRIES*
@Christine: Will try and host one next time I’m back in KL!
OMG this is what I need to get through the winter!
@Sarah: Drop me an e-mail if you want to hear about future dates Sarah! Tx for stopping by the blog.
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Sadly not in London…:(
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Do you show people how to cook in your Friday supper club? Or do you prepare all the meals ready when guests arrive?
@Kim: The Supper Club is more about feeding people than demonstrating dishes. Majority of the preparation is done in advance (some of the spice pastes are quite time intensive), but there is of course some last minute stir-frying and cooking done on the spot to finish dishes off. I do talk through the origins and ingredients used in every dish served though.
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This looks and sounds amazing! I want to come!!
Yes feeling homesick and can’t wait to try your food in the new year
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Do you do any cooking classes pls
@Shakira: Yes, have some classes coming up at the School of Wok near Covent Garden later this year if you are based in Central London. Next one is on 3rd July, details here: http://www.schoolofwok.co.uk/cookery-classes-london/cookery-class-london/fri-3rd-jul-2015-tv-chef-guans-malaysian-feast-6pm-9pmcookery-classes-london – drop me an e-mail at guanleong[at]gmail[dot]com and can add you to my mailing list to keep you posted about future events.
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Helen and I, together with a group of foodies really enjoyed Guan’s supper club dinner. So much so that I have written a post http://bit.ly/1hpELVQ of the event. This supper club dinner is highly recommended.
@Michael: Was a pleasure hosting u & Helen! Thanks so much for taking the time to write about the experience, glad you enjoyed it.
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Just wanted to say thanks again for your supper club last Thursday (11th Feb). The food was delicious with flavours like I’d never tasted before, plus you can tell how much heart and soul had gone into it. I’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in supper clubs and/or Malaysian food and the company was also fantastic!
Thanks again and I hope to attend another one again soon!
@Kat: Aw, thanks again for coming Kat! Glad you enjoyed it and hope to see you back again here soon.
Hey Guan – I don’t suppose you still host supper clubs these days? We’re not active on instagram so not sure if we missed any updates. Would love to join the next session whenever you do organise one!
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Would you do private hire supper club for ten friends please?
@Elsie: Sorry Elsie, I’ve cut down the number of Supper Clubs I host these days, so only hosting mixed group events that are open to the public to attend.
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