24 Feb '12, 12pm

Philip Chia's recipe

Philip Chia's recipe

Chef Philip Chia, one of Singapore's noted Peranakan chefs, talks about his life, his food and his culture. Peranakan means "locally born." "We are also known as Straits Chinese, of a colorful, unique and rich ethnic cultural heritage," says Chia. The first Peranakan community was said to have arisen in Malacca through intermarriage between Chinese immigrants and Southeast Asian women. "Umbok-Umbok" is another term used to refer to the Peranakans, particularly in the areas of their cuisine and dressing: the ladies, known as Nyonyas and Bibiks, wear Sarong Kebayas and Baju Panjang; and the men, known as Babas, wear Baju Lok-Chuan (mandarin collar with Chinese woven buttons and later batik shirts. Peranakans speak mainly Malay with a unique twist that uses "Hokkie" with some English. This language is commonly known as "Baba-Malay" or "Baba patois." Youngest child "My great g...

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