Spring Menu at the Malaysian By May Supperclub Friday 18, Sat 19 Apr

 

 

It’s Springtime in London and we are all set to host another series of Malaysian supperclubs in London. As usual we like to showcase Malaysia’s diverse cuisines from Nyonya to Mamak (Indian Muslim) and not forgetting our favourite Malay and Chinese dishes too.

The 8 course menu for these series of Supperclubs will include some favourite Nyonya dishes like Prawn Sambal, prawns in a spicy tamarind based sauce, made famous recently by our friend Guan on The Taste on tele.

Venue: A private home overlooking the river near Putney Bridge

Dates: Friday 18 and Saturday 19 April 2014

Tickets: £38 BYO , please email bookings [at] MalaysianByMay.com to book.

About our supperclubs

At our supperclubs, we like to take everyone on a taste journey and introduce them to Malaysia’s varied fusion cuisine and flavours. From Nyonya food to familiar Malay curries like Beef Rendang to Indian Muslim Mamak dishes and Malaysian Street Food like laksa.

This Malaysian Supperclub in London Hosted by May of Malaysian by May, who hosts Malaysian Supperclubs and Pop Ups at venues around London including a Popup at Oliver Peyton’s National Gallery Cafe recently.

You can come in a group or by yourself as our communal table settings are very friendly.

Book Now by emailing us at bookings [at] malaysianbymay.com

Testimonial: Here is what one our supperclubbers had to say about our events:

“We had such an incredible time at May’s supper club – wonderful food in such a wonderful atmosphere. It really added to the evening having May explain the history of Malaysian cuisine so we knew why we were eating what we were eating. I cannot fault the evening, May and her team went above and beyond to produce some really exciting dishes – we didn’t want to leave! We will most definitely be returning soon. Thank you May. Dawn ”

Note: We are also available for private parties too, drop us an email for more details.

 Book Now by emailing us at bookings [at] malaysianbymay.com

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Chinese new year lion dance

Extra Date: Chinese New Year Supperclub 16 Feb

It’s the Year of the Horse! We love celebrating Chinese New Year as it always involves lots of parties and a lot of food. For the Year of the Horse we are planning a special Chinese New Year Feast ( but no horse meat on the menu ;-) )

Chinese New Year is celebrated for 15 days in the first month of the lunar calendar. In London, the Chinese community celebrate this with a big festival in Trafalgar Square (Sunday 2 Feb) and around London Chinatown. In Malaysian, Chinese New Year is celebrated with a 2 day public holiday and we usually visit family and friends in their homes. It is a Malaysian custom to have an open house where you invite your friends of all races to visit, eat and party. Children love Chinese New Year as they will receive lucky red packets full of money when they visit family and friends.

 

Since all my transplanted Malaysian friends in London really miss Chinese New Year we usually celebrate with a big feast.

At our Malaysian Chinese New Year Supperclub will serve 8 auspicious courses of Malaysian and Chinese dishes.  We will definitely have the famous Malaysian New Year dish, Yee Sang, the raw fish salad that is usually only served during Chinese New Year.

Venue: A private home in Putney

Dates: 16 February

Tickets: £38

To Book, please email bookings [at] MalaysianByMay.com

About our Malaysian Supperclubs

At our supperclubs, we like to take everyone on a taste journey and introduce them to Malaysia’s varied fusion cuisine and flavours. From Nyonya food to familiar Malay curries like Beef Rendang to Indian Muslim Mamak dishes and Malaysian Street Food like laksa.

This Malaysian Supperclub in London Hosted by May of Malaysian by May, who regularly hosts Malaysian Supperclubs and Pop Ups at venues around London including a Popup at Oliver Peyton’s National Gallery Cafe recently. You can come in a group or by yourself as our communal table settings are very friendly.

Book Now by emailing us at bookings [at] malaysianbymay.com

Testimonial: Here is what one our supperclub guest had to say about our Chinese New Year Supperclub:

“Was at the supper on Friday night – my first one, & I loved it. Great food & company. Really well organised, felt I learned a bit. Arrived in a room of strangers and went home having met new friends. Highly recommended.” Alan

 

 

 

 

 

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Chinese New Year’s Parade

Chinese New Year Supperclub Jan 24th and 25th

It’s the Year of the Horse! We love celebrating Chinese New Year as it always involves lots of parties and a lot of food. For the Year of the Horse we are planning a special Chinese New Year Feast ( with no horse meat on the menu ;-) )

We will definitely have the famous Malaysian New Year dish, Yee Sang on the menu and lots of other favourite dishes.

Venue: A private home in

Putney Dates: 24 and 25 January

Tickets: £38

To Book, please email bookings [at] MalaysianByMay.com

About our Malaysian Supperclubs

At our supperclubs, we like to take everyone on a taste journey and introduce them to Malaysia’s varied fusion cuisine and flavours. From Nyonya food to familiar Malay curries like Beef Rendang to Indian Muslim Mamak dishes and Malaysian Street Food like laksa.

This Malaysian Supperclub in London Hosted by May of Malaysian by May, who hosts Malaysian Supperclubs and Pop Ups at venues around London including a Popup at Oliver Peyton’s National Gallery Cafe recently. You can come in a group or by yourself as our communal table settings are very friendly.

Book Now by emailing us at bookings [at] malaysianbymay.com

Testimonial: Here is what one our supperclubbers had to say about our events:

“We had such an incredible time at May’s supper club – wonderful food in such a wonderful atmosphere. It really added to the evening having May explain the history of Malaysian cuisine so we knew why we were eating what we were eating. I cannot fault the evening, May and her team went above and beyond to produce some really exciting dishes – we didn’t want to leave! We will most definitely be returning soon. Thank you May. Dawn ” Note: We are also available for private parties too, drop us an email for more details.

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Nov 14,15 &16 – Malaysian Street Food Supperclub

The theme for our Malaysian Supperclub in November will be on Malaysian Street Foods. Our menu will have a variety of flavours of Malaysia’s many and varied fusion cuisine.

The Malaysian menu will feature our favourite street foods like Curry Laksa KL Style, Kajang Satay, Penang Rojak and some Nyonya dishes too.

Kelantan Style Roast Quail Percik

Kelantan Style Roast Quail Percik

Venue: A private home near Putney Bridge

Dates: 14,15,16 Nov 2013

Tickets: £38 , please email bookings [at] MalaysianByMay.com to book.

About our supperclubs

At our supperclubs, we like to take everyone on a taste journey and introduce them to Malaysia’s varied fusion cuisine and flavours. From Nyonya food to familiar Malay curries like Beef Rendang to Indian Muslim Mamak dishes and Malaysian Street Food like laksa.

This Malaysian Supperclub in London Hosted by May of Malaysian by May, who hosts Malaysian Supperclubs and Pop Ups at venues around London including a Popup at Oliver Peyton’s National Gallery Cafe recently.

You can come in a group or by yourself as our communal table settings are very friendly.

Book Now by emailing us at bookings [at] malaysianbymay.com

Testimonial: Here is what one our supperclubbers had to say about our events:

“We had such an incredible time at May’s supper club – wonderful food in such a wonderful atmosphere. It really added to the evening having May explain the history of Malaysian cuisine so we knew why we were eating what we were eating. I cannot fault the evening, May and her team went above and beyond to produce some really exciting dishes – we didn’t want to leave! We will most definitely be returning soon. Thank you May. Dawn ”

Note: We are also available for private parties too, drop us an email for more details.

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Kelantan Style Roast Quail Percik

Malaysian Street Food Supperclub 17,18 19 Oct

Our next Malaysian Supperclub will be on Malaysian Street Foods. Our menu will have a variety of flavours of Malaysian many and varied fusion cuisine.

Dishes includes Curry Laksa KL Style, Kajang Satay, Penang Rojak and some Nyonya dishes too.

Kelantan Style Roast Quail Percik

Kelantan Style Roast Quail Percik

Venue: A private home near Putney Bridge

Dates: 17,18 19 Oct 2013

Tickets: £38 , please email bookings [at] MalaysianByMay.com to book.

About our supperclubs

At our supperclubs, we like to take everyone on a taste journey and introduce them to Malaysia’s varied fusion cuisine and flavours. From Nyonya food to familiar Malay curries like Beef Rendang to Indian Muslim Mamak dishes and Malaysian Street Food like laksa.

This Malaysian Supperclub in London Hosted by May of Malaysian by May, who hosts Malaysian Supperclubs and Pop Ups at venues around London including a Popup at Oliver Peyton’s National Gallery Cafe recently.

You can come in a group or by yourself as our communal table settings are very friendly.

Book Now by emailing us at bookings [at] malaysianbymay.com

Testimonial: Here is what one our supperclubbers had to say about our events:

“We had such an incredible time at May’s supper club – wonderful food in such a wonderful atmosphere. It really added to the evening having May explain the history of Malaysian cuisine so we knew why we were eating what we were eating. I cannot fault the evening, May and her team went above and beyond to produce some really exciting dishes – we didn’t want to leave! We will most definitely be returning soon. Thank you May. Dawn ”

Note: We are also available for private parties too, drop us an email for more details.

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Shanghai Moon Pop Up With Jason Li

September Moon Festival Supperclubs

This September, we are hosting 2 supperclubs celebrating the Chinese Moon Festival (Mid Autumn Festival) . The first will be an 8 course feast  of Malaysian Chinese dishes (24 September) and the second will be a special Shanghainese Pop Up evening (Monday 30 September) .

One off Special: The Shanghai Moon Pop Up

This is one night only event with guest Shanghainese chef Jason Li. The menu will feature an array of unusual Shanghainese dishes, a cuisine not easily found in London as we don’t have any proper Shanghainese Restaurants. Shanghainese food is very different from Cantonese cuisine, which is what most of the Chinese restaurants serve and Szechuan cuisine which has recently become increasingly popular.

Tickets: £38 includes a welcome drink

Venue: The Jam Tree, Old Town, Clapham SW4

Nearest Tube: Clapham Common

Unmissable! (Tickets are moving quickly on this one so book early)

Book Now by emailing us at bookings [at] malaysianbymay.com

Guest Chef Jason Li

Jason Li is a fantastic Shanghainese cook and he is regularly featured at food festivals demonstrating Chinese cooking. He is also the ambassador for some
recognisable Chinese food brands.

The 10 Course menu he has designed will be a celebration of the Moon Festival, Shanghainese style.

About our supperclubs

At our supperclubs, we like to take everyone on a taste journey and introduce them to Malaysia’s varied fusion cuisine and flavours. From Nyonya food to familiar Malay curries like Beef Rendang to Indian Muslim Mamak dishes and Malaysian Street Food like laksa.

This Malaysian Supperclub in London Hosted by May of Malaysian by May, who hosts Malaysian Supperclubs and Pop Ups at venues around London including the National Gallery Cafe recently.

For more details, a sample menu and testimonials of previous events, please have a look at our website:

http://www.malaysianbymay.com

Book Now by emailing us at bookings [at] malaysianbymay.com

You can come in a group or by yourself as our communal table settings are very friendly.

Testimonial: Here is what one our supperclubbers had to say about our events:

“We had such an incredible time at May’s supper club – wonderful food in such a wonderful atmosphere. It really added to the evening having May explain the history of Malaysian cuisine so we knew why we were eating what we were eating. I cannot fault the evening, May and her team went above and beyond to produce some really exciting dishes – we didn’t want to leave! We will most definitely be returning soon. Thank you May. Dawn ”

Note: We are also available for private parties too, drop us an email for more details.

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September Moon Festival Supperclub

This September, we are hosting 2 supperclubs celebrating the Chinese Moon Festival (Mid Autumn Festival) . This will be a regular feast consisting of 8 courses of Malaysian Chinese dishes on 24 September. 

The Chinese Moon Festival

On the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, we celebrate the Moon Festival or Mid Autumn Festival, the second most important
festival on the Chinese calendar.

The Chinese community in Malaysia celebrates this day by having massive
feasts,  eating mooncakes and the kids parade the streets with lanterns.

At our supperclubs, we like to take everyone on a taste journey and introduce them to Malaysia’s varied fusion cuisine and flavours. From Nyonya food to familiar Malay curries like Beef Rendang to Indian Muslim Mamak dishes and Malaysian Street Food like laksa.

This Malaysian Supperclub in London Hosted by May of Malaysian by May, who hosts Malaysian Supperclubs and Pop Ups at venues around London including the National Gallery Cafe recently.

For more details, a sample menu and testimonials of previous events, please have a look at on our supperclub page.

Book Now by emailing us at
bookings [at] malaysianbymay.com

You can come in a group or by yourself as our communal table settings are very friendly.

Here is what one our supperclubbers had to say about our events:

“We had such an incredible time at May’s supper club – wonderful food in such a wonderful atmosphere. It really added to the evening having May explain the history of Malaysian cuisine so we knew why we were eating what we were eating. I cannot fault the evening, May and her team went above and beyond to produce some really exciting dishes – we didn’t want to leave! We will most definitely be returning soon. Thank you May. Dawn ”

Note: We are also available for private parties too, drop us an email for more details.

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Travel Tips and Places to Eat Penang Malaysia (5)

Things to Eat and Places to See in Penang

I keep getting asked the same question, what to eat and where to go in Penang?,  and I usually reply personally with an email but it’s about time I added this to the blog.

First, a little history

Penang is an island on the West Coast of Malaysia at the top end of the Straits of Malacca. It was one of the major cities from the days of the Spice Trade hundreds of years ago. Sir Francis Light leased Penang from the Sultan of Kedah on behalf of the British East India company and it flourished as  a busy trading port.(His son, Colonel William Light was responsible for Adelaide being chosen as the capital and also for it’s town planning.)

Travel Tips and Places to Eat Penang Malaysia

Choppy Waves on Batu Feringgi Beach

It is also one of the few places in Malaysia that still has a population of Nyonyas and Babas and their influence can be seen in the old heritage shop house architecture in Georgetown. Nyonya food is a fusion cuisine that is a combination of Chinese and Malay cooking traditions and is really unique and there are several restaurants in town that serve this amazing cuisine. The Penang version of Nyonya food has more of a Thai influence owing to its proximity to the Thai border.

Today, Penang Island besides being a favourite for local beach holidays, it is also a favourite for the grey haired immigrants who have settled in Malaysia under the Malaysia Second Home visa scheme.

In recent years, there has been an explosion of residential and hotel construction along the coveted real estate of Tanjung Bungah up to Batu Feringgi. As you drive up along the beach, modern apartment blocks perch precariously along clifftops overlooking this stretch of the coast line. This road is also majorly congested as is common in Malaysia, the planning permissions for construction were given without any heed for the need for better infrastructure.

The populationof Penang is mainly Hokkien speaking Chinese and is one of the few states held by the political opposition parties. Besides being a touristy island, it also boasts a sizeable technology industry.

Penang Food

Travel Tips and Places to Eat Penang Malaysia

Street Food Stall in Gurney Drive Penang

Visitors to Penang flock to the many open air hawker centres and coffee shops for Penang’s unique street food. Here is a list of things to try:

Penang Hokkien Mee – a Prawn noodle soup in a prawn stock

Penang Laksa (Assam Laksa) – Laksa noodles (Lai Fun) in a tamarind flavoured fishy and herby broth, eaten with a generous dollop of the treacle like pungent Heh Ko, prawn paste. This laksa was voted by CNN as one of the top 10 dishes in the world.

Penang Rojak – called Rojak Buah elsewhere, is a sweet and savoury fruit salad dressed with a sauce made with the same Heh Ko

Char Kway Teow – A fried rice noodle dish. This is found all over Malaysia but the Penang version is paler, fried without the use of dark soya sauce and has prawns and chinese wind dried sausages in it.

Chee Cheong Fun – The basic chinese rice noodles drizzled with Penang’s version of sauce made with the ubiquitous Heh Ko again. This is surprisingly moreish.

Lor bak – Is a sort of sausage wrapped in a soya bean sheet, deep fried and dipped in a special sauce

Pasembur – An Indian street food which involves a large array of fried foods, from prawn fritters, battered crabs to coconut crunch, all doused in a special rojak sauce. (In KL, we have something similar with Indian rojak) Sidenote:”Rojak” just mean “Mixed” in Malay.

Travel Tips and Places to Eat Penang Malaysia

Pasembur stall laden with deliciousness

Kway Teow Teng – Is translated as flat rice noodle soup, which sounds boring but pick the right stall and the stock is rich, the noodles are smooth and altogether quite iconic for Penang.

Nasi Kandar – This is an Indian Muslim rice dish which gets its name from the way it was sold in the old days, from a street hawker balancing 2 bamboo baskets with a long pole on his shouldlers. The dish is usually served with a heaped serving of white or flavoured rice, drenched in a curry sauce of your choice and accompanied with a variety of side dishes of fried chicken, fried fish, meat curries and vegetables. There are versions of Nasi Kandar is several other northern Malaysian states and they are all slightly different in flavour.

The best Hokkien Mee – Penang specialty (Prawn Mee Soup) is on Jalan Burma ( Burma Road) at Swee Kong Coffee Shop, directly opposite the Pulau Tikus Police Station. Available daily except Thursdays. From 6.00am to 8.30am.

Best Char Koay Teow is of course the Lady With the Red Beret on Lorong Selamat. Daily 11.30am to 5 ish. You might have to queue for this one.

Gurney Drive (an open air hawker food centre, just past Georgetown and before the start of the road to the beach resorts). Best time to visit is early evening as not all the stalls are open at lunchtime and it is way too hot. There are many other hawker food centres around Penang and you will find a similar selection of stall food at each. Each dish will cost you about RM5 or £1. You can have a real feast for a tenner.

Food you must try there:

  • A bowl of Assam laksa (Penang laksa) which is very fishy
  • rojak (Malaysian fruit salad)
  • Soya bean curd and soya bean drink from the special soya bean from the stall (van) there – everyone knows it
  • Pasembur or Indian rojak (Indian muslim stall food which is a mix of lots of veg and fried bits in a special sauce
  • Lor bak – sort of like a sausage wrapped in a tofu skin
  • Penang chee cheong fun – rice noodles with a black sauce
  • Mua Chi – pieces of glutinous rice rolled in peanuts and sugar
  • Ch’ng Teng – a refreshing and cooling cold drink with dried fruits
  • Cendol – A sweet coconut soup sweetened with palm sugar

You must have some proper Nyonya food in Penang as they still have really authentic cooking in Penang.

The best Nyonya Restaurant is Rumah Perut on Kelawei Road, I think it is halal. Otherwise try E.T Restaurant on Rangoon Road. It is a steamboat restaurant but for the locals in the know, they serve home cooked Nyonya Food. i.e. Joo Hu Char, Gulai Assam Fish, Lor Bak, Assam Prawns. Also try Nyonya Breeze or Mama’s on Abu Siti Lane which are both good too. These are really popular and you will need to book ahead.

On the way down from the beach – there is a charming run down, rustic seafood restaurant on the beach that does BBQ crabs: The Sea Pearl Lagoon Cafe in Tanjong Tokong. This is too downmarket for a lot of my local friends but I think it has a certain Je ne sais quoi and is worth a visit. Have the crabs, salt baked prawns, the oyster omellete from the stalls and the char kway teow (friend noodles). All taxi drivers know this place. Don’t be alarmed if the taxi takes you down some dirt lanes as this is in one of the older villages in Penang and it does look like a real third world country down there.

If you are staying by Batu Feringgi beach, don’t miss the Goreng Pisang/ Banana Fritters stall along the way. Also try their yam and new year cake too. If you are going by cab, they will all know it as they have been there for decades. They have upgraded from a basic open air stall to a couple of large vans. Best goreng pisang in town!

Other things to look out for, find a restaurant that does Nasi Kandar and ask some locals for their favourites. Everyone has an opinion on this one.

Things to see and do in Penang

Besides eating, there are quite a few interesting places to visit

Travel Tips and Places to Eat Penang Malaysia

The Sleeping Buddha, Penang

  • Take the heritage walk in the old part of Georgetown
  • See the Banksy like street art around the old town
  • The snake temple, although there aren’t many snakes anymore
  • Take a ride up the cable car to Penang Hill
  • Then drop by at the Kek Lok Si temple
  • See reclining buddha and visit the only Burmese temple outside of Burma next door
  • If it is in season, visit a durian orchard and sample some of Penang’s special varieties. For durian fans, this is like a pilgrimage.
  • Drive around the island, see the Buddha’s footstep in the rock at the far end of the island.
  • Try paragliding or water skiing on the beaches of Batu Feringgi

Where to Stay

Travel Tips and Places to Eat Penang Malaysia

If you fancy a beach holiday then stay at one of the many beach hotels in Batu Feringgi. It is about a 30 minute drive into town when the traffic is flowing.

In the past few years, there has been a whole range of small boutique hotels opening up in Georgetown. Most of these are converted from old Shop Houses and most have been painstakingly restored. These might be a better option if you plan to spend more time exploring the historic part of Penang.

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July 2013 Malaysian Supperclub in London

The sun is shining and it’s time to announce our next hot and spicy Malaysian Supperclub dates.

Thursday 18th July and Friday 19th July 2013

Location:  a private home near Putney Bridge

Nearest tube: Putney Bridge

Price: £38 and BYO

About our Malaysian Supperclub

We normally serve about 8 courses of delicious Malaysian dishes, from Nyonya curries to favourites hawker stall food incorporating Indian Muslim, Malay and Chinese flavours too.  Here is a sample menu.

Book by emailing us at Bookings (at) MalaysianByMay.com or fill in our contact form here.

(Note: Sorry, the menus are not suitable for vegetarians as it is not easy to subsitute the ingredients in the dishes)

What the Malaysian By May Supper Club is all about

It is an evening of feasting on Malaysian Home Cooking

  • It’s normally about 8 courses and the menu is usually a combination of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Nyonya and our other unique fusion cuisines.
  • Seating is on communal tables where you will get to meet other foodies and make some new friends. Our guests so far have been really friendly and singles don’t feel left out if they come on their own.
  • Be adventurous, you can come by yourself and meet some friendly new people. A lot of people do.
  • It’s unique
  • Charming hosts, if we may say so ourselves !

Read The Reviews Of Our Previous Malaysian Supper Clubs

Dawn Tuckwell wrote:
We had such an incredible time at May’s supper club – wonderful food in such a wonderful atmosphere.  It really added to the evening having May explain the history of Malaysian cuisine so we knew why we were eating what we were eating.  I cannot fault the evening, May and her team went above and beyond to produce some really exciting dishes – we didn’t want to leave!  We will most definitely be returning soon.  Thank you May.  Dawn

elefrend wrote:
This is our first supper club experience and it will be one that is hard to beat! We attended May’s Malaysian Supper Club and the food was great – both quantity and quality. Hosts were all so friendly and hospitable and we had a really great time. Thank you once again and I look forward to another session. Tiffany

Book by emailing us at Bookings (at) MalaysianByMay.com

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National Gallery Cafe Friday Night Socials

Malaysian Pop Up at The National Gallery Cafe

Friday 22 February 2013

For one night only, I am doing a Malaysian Chinese New Year special at Oliver Peyton’s National Gallery Cafe as part of the Friday Night Social events.  More details here.

You can make a reservation on their site or you can also call them to book:

Call: 020 7747 5942 BOOKING FORM

Address:
The National Café,
The National Gallery,
Trafalgar Square,
London WC2N 4DN

National Gallery Cafe Friday Night Socials

The menu will consist of some canapes, Chinese New Year Yee Sang, Nasi Lemak and sago gula melaka.

Tickets are only £25 and you get a cocktail with that too.

I’ve been to a couple of events there and they are really fun.

 

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