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Welcome & “Mutu mecir per beng naki!”

Mutu mecir per beng naki! which means "Thank you for coming here" in papiar Cristang, the language of the Cristang community of Malacca. I hope you enjoy the information that my site offers, which includes several aspects of the Cristang. This site is as much a showcase of Cristang cuisine, as of its culture and people.

A little about myself, I have been promoting Cristang cuisine at home and abroad since 1998 through gourmet exhibitions held in various hotels in Malaysia and Australia. Over the past decade, I have successfully presented demonstrations in four countries on three continents, written three books – in English, Malay and Dutch, and have presented Cristang cuisine on television, and in 2005 was recognized by Malaysian publishers MPH as one of its 20 Celebrity Authors. I have been a featured chef at the Pasar Malam Besar in the Netherlands since 2000.

Enjoy the recipes and read on …
 
Some Cooking Tips
Tip 1 You may need to make stew spice powder for some recipes, stew spice is a combination of 4 different spices for some of Cristang cuisine. In case you don't have it in the stores, here are the ingredients and portions for stew spice powder: 2 cinnamon sticks, 30 cloves,  3 star anise and 1/2 dried nutmeg, dry roast in a frying pan and then grind together in a dry blender.
Tip 2 An alternative to pot roasting is to roast the meat in an oven for 40 minutes at 165C, 325F or gas mark 3.
Tip 3 Leitu obu bateh (eggnog) contains milk, which may be substituted by black coffee. This makes an interesting drink instead of the traditional version.
Tip 4 An alternative to mangoes, use sour green apples or cooking apples.
Tip 5 If you can't get candlenuts use blanched almonds instead.

Mutu Mecir  please tell your friends or link my site to yours (but with the usual acknowledgments). Follow my events, find new ideas and tips at my blog.

About me

Chef Celine J Marbeck is a true Malaccan, and of Portuguese-Dutch ancestry. Her family can trace its roots for more than four generations. She was born in a medical dispensary in A Formosa, graduated from the University of Leicester, England. She has promoted Cristang cuisine at home and abroad since 1998. Over the past decade, she has successfully presented demonstrations in four countries on three continents, written three books – in English, Malay and Dutch. and presented her cuisine on television. In 2005 she was recognized by Malaysian publishers MPH as one of its 20 Celebrity Authors.

CRISTANG RESTAURANTS IN MALAYSIA
Kristao: Kuala Lumpur off Jalan Sultan Ismail in Asian Heritage Row; +603 2691 8768
Restaurant Felice: Petaling Jaya New Town, Petaling Jaya, Selangor; +603 7954-5587 (Closed Thursday)
Useful Links
Malacca History 
Portuguese Colonial History of Malacca 
Dutch Colonial History of Malacca 
Dutch in Malacca – a history

About Malaysian Food 
All about spices
Pasar Malam Besar
Malaysia Food Shop
  1. Dec 2007: Demonstrated Caldu Pescador at the Heritage Cooking Exhibition held at the Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.
  2. Featured chef at the Pasar Malam Besar in the Hague, Netherlands.
  3. Food exhibition on Cristang cuisine at Shook! in Starhill, Kuala Lumpur.
  4. Masakan Perkahwinan at the Kuala Lumpur Craft Centre where 3 dishes were demonstrated - vindaloo, arroz pimenta, and bolu cocu with cardamon custard. Introduced cucumber fizz - a refreshing cool drink with kaffir lime juice and sugar syrup.
  5. Television appearance in Masakan Ramadan with Chef Wan.
  6. Private cooking classes for tourist groups and women's organisations.

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