Our menu offers Southeast Asian & Chinese cuisine that started out as the favourite dishes of the founder of the café. It was served to him by an old Nonya cook when he supervised the restoration of a 200-year-old building in Malacca, every weekend for two years.
Thus, we serve food that originates from the Baba Nonya communities of Malacca as well as Penang as another Nonya cook from George Town joined the café in the early days.
Straits Chinese or more accurately, Baba Nonya cuisine, features Chinese ingredients cooked with Malay spices and cooking techniques.
Malaccan Nonya food has evolved since the 15th century to become a distinct cuisine that has absorbed influences from the Chinese, Malay, Portuguese, Dutch and even the English. Also, if Malaccan Nonya food had benefited from Indonesian influences then likewise, Penang Nonya cuisine has certainly been enriched by the Siamese influence.
The Southeast Asia food we eat today is derived from ancient cultures that utilise unique herbs and spices of the region such as clove, star anise, cinnamon, turmeric, galangal, candlenut, lemongrass, torch ginger and kaffir lime leaves.