2018 Sep 22nd PAA NSW 7th Anniversary Dinner

Dear Members,

It’s time to celebrate our PAA’s 7th Anniversary Celebration with 11-course dinner at Crystal Seafood Restaurant, a sprawling establishment for Chinese specialties, and an evening of great entertainment and attractive prizes to be won.

Date/Time: Saturday, 22nd September 2018, 6.00 pm
Venue: Crystal Seafood Restaurant, (Located in Strathfield Plaza)
Address: Shop 29, Strathfield Plaza, 14 Churchil Ave, Strathfield NSW 2135
Dress code: Sarong Kebaya (Ladies or Evening Cocktails)/Baju Cina or Smart Casual (Men)

Featuring top artistes:
A 2-piece band by Guinn Ragel,
Connie Francis of South East Asia – Patricia Pestana – all the way from Perth
Our very own renown Eliza and her dancers.

Our annual Raffle with exciting and wonderful prizes to be won. Silent auction. Sarong Kebaya Parade, plenty of dancing to sweet memories of yesteryear, and many more entertainment. Karaoke for anyone who loves to sing.

Price: Members – $60.00 per person and Non-members – $75.00 per person
Single table booking: 10 people to a table – $650.00 per table

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Kindly register and make payment to:

PAA, CBA Bank, BSB 062010, Account No:1034 7340

Reference: Anniv18/your name
Deadline: Pay by September 15th, 2018
Registration: https://tinyurl.com/paa2018anniversary

For more information of the event – contact: events.paansw@gmail.com

To join as a member: ($20 per single, per annum), or ($30 per couple per annum) please follow this link:
http://peranakanaustralia.org/index.php/membership/

Come join us for a memorable evening of delicious cuisine, and where great entertainment, fun and laughter awaits all those who join in our PAANSW anniversary celebration.

We look forward to an enjoyable time together!

Evelyn Tian
President, PAA NSW
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PAANSW features Bibi Teo in the month of August

PAANSW has come a long way and joyfully, it is celebrating its 7th year anniversary on 22nd September 2018. This month, PAANSW is happy to feature one of the founding members of the association – Bibi Teo.

More information on our Anniversary Celebration coming soon! Babas and Nyonyas in Sydney, make sure you enter this date in your diary!

One of our founding members and executive committee member of PAANSW is none other than Bibi Teo, who is also our counsel for food (of course!). Gardening and cooking are her passions. In her garden, she has more than 45 rose plants and many other plants including hydrangeas, hibiscus, azaleas and plenty of herbs for cooking. Most of all, she loves to cook for her family.

Bibi Teo, is an excellent cook but is modest about it, Generous at heart, she shares her cooking tips and mouth-watering Peranakan delicacies that she enjoys preparing for the Saturday Social afternoon tea.

Bibi has also done a few demonstrations on how to prepare Peranakan dishes during afternoon tea gatherings. She continues to inspire other members to learn, cook and share.

Hand crafted dishes by Bibi Teo

To join as a member: ($20 per annum), please follow this link:
http://peranakanaustralia.org/index.php/membership/

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Social Saturday August 18th, 2018

Come and join us at our 18th August Saturday Social Afternoon Tea!

Enjoy delightful “kueh kueh” such as red bean glutinous rice ball and ondeh ondeh and watch a popular Peranakan theatre play.  A fun way to get in touch with our culture!.

 

There will be a demonstration on how to prepare Red bean glutinous rice ball by Peggy Lim.

Venue54 Agincourt Road, Marsfield, NSW 2122
Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018
Time: 1:30 pm
Cost$5.00 for members and $8.00 for non-members
Tea & coffee will be provided.

In order for us to cater a once-a-month event for the PAA Community, we do ask that you come and support your PAA community and enjoy a warm fellowship and makan kueh2 session. It will be an enjoyable afternoon of fun and laughter!

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL for catering purposes. Kindly register and make payment to:

PAA, CBA Bank, BSB 062010, Account No:1034 7340
Reference: Aug 18th SS- your name
Deadline: August 15th, 2018

Registration: https://tinyurl.com/PAANSWRedBeanAug

Buah Tangan – If any member or guest would like to bring along a plate of snacks to add to our Afternoon Tea, you are very welcome to do so.

For more information of the event – contact: events.paansw@gmail.com

To join as a member: ($20 per annum), please follow this link:
http://peranakanaustralia.org/index.php/membership/

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Health and Pamper Day

Its Healthy Day for Saturday June 16, 2018. We are holding a Pamper Day for everyone! These sessions are a MUST know-all for those interested in a healthy lifestyle.

By Elvan Tong
On Saturday, June 16, 2018, Elvan Tong, a member on the PAA Executive Committee, will do a 15 – 20 minutes demonstration on the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi. He has been practising this gentle exercise for 20 years.

Tai Chi is a ‘soft and passive’ art form as opposed to the ‘hard and aggressive’ kung fu martial art form. It consists of a series of 38 moves, accompanied by hand movements and constant shifting of body weight from one foot to the other. When these moves are done in a slow and continuous manner with steady breathing, it gives the impression of “meditation in motion”.

The most important benefit of Tai Chi is the strengthening of the spine, which in turn strengthens the internal vital organs and brain. Using muscles and joints in the exercise itself prevents arthritis, rheumatism and other skeletal ailments. Breathing and slowness promotes mental relaxation and emotional calmness.

With regular practice over time, chi (energy) is built up in the body that gives one much physical and mental well being.

Elvan is also a certified Swedish masseur. He will do neck and shoulder massage after his Tai Chi demo. Time permitting, he will also do Zone Therapy or Reflexology.

By James Chin
Trigger Point Therapy (TPT) is an ancient art pioneered and mastered by monks in the Shaolin temples in Southern China. Modern medical science refers to Trigger Points (TPs) as palpable points in taut bands of your muscle fibres beneath the myofascial sheath. TPT is different from acupuncture although it might appear that some of the TPs correspond with the meridian points that map acupuncture protocols. The best TPT practitioners are those who have natural skills that can search for the TPs to redistribute your “Chi”. With a skilled practitioner, TPT therapy is able to alleviate pain such as back and neck aches, stiff shoulders, tennis elbow etc in a non-invasive way and with about 50% of individuals, has an almost immediate effect in making you feel more “loose”, relaxed and painless.

Skin Care demonstration
Since it is a “Pamper” Saturday, there will also be a Skin Care demonstration for the Ladies and Men — as men do want to look good and feel good as well, regardless of age.

Buah Tangan – A Peranakan culture
What is Buah Tangan and what does it mean?  Buah meaning fruit, and Tangan means hand.  So it literally means – fruit on the hands. It is interpreted as, we do not go empty-handed to any invitation extended to us.  When visiting family or friends, we would always bring along something or a small gift such as fruits or cakes.  As we are a Peranakan family, if you could, do bring a Buah Tangan the next time you join us at our Saturday Social.  An interesting tip from Bibi Teo, our Special Counsel

Whilst PAANSW plays host to these enjoyable Social Saturdays, our Executive Committee extends its appreciation to all for their attendance to share and enjoy all thing PERANAKAN.

PAANSW provides tea and coffee. If any member or guest would like to bring along a plate of “Kueh Kueh” you are welcome to do so.

To join as a member: ($20 per annum), please follow this link: http://peranakanaustralia.org/index.php/membership/
Contact: events.paansw@gmail.com for more information about PAA NSW membership.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL
Reservation is required for catering purposes.
Deadline: Thursday, 14th June 2018

Registration:
Cost: Member: $5 per person  Non members: $8 per person.
Date: Saturday, 16th June 2018
Time: 1 pm – 4.00 pm
Venue: St Anthony’s Parish, 54 Agincourt Road, Marsfield, NSW 2122

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Cultural Talk – Historical overview of Peranakan communities in South East Asia Part 2

Cultural Talk – Historical overview of Peranakan communities in Malaysia, Singapore, and tracing the origins and formation of Peranakan communities throughout Southeast Asia by Dr Marc Rerceretnam PART 2

About the speaker:

Dr Marc Rerceretnam is a freelance academic author and historian. He is the principal researcher at Yesteryear Heritage Researchers. He has taught at various universities and has a Ph.D. (Econ History) from the University of Sydney. He also served as an elected representative in Local Government from 2004 to 2012. He has a special interest in social and political trends and movements in colonial and present-day Singapore, Malaysia and Australia and has published a book and many academic journal articles on a variety of issues.

Buah Tangan – A Peranakan culture

What is Buah Tangan and what does it mean?  Buah is fruit, and Tangan is hand. Hence, it is interpreted as ‘fruit on the hands’. It means we would not go empty-handed to any invitation extended to us.  When visiting family or friends, we always bring along something, a small gift for the family such as some fruits or cakes. As we are a Peranakan family, if you could, do bring a Buah Tangan the next time you join us at our Saturday Social.  An interesting tip from Bibi Teo, our Special Counsel.

Whilst PAANSW plays host to these enjoyable Social Saturdays, our Executive Committee extends its appreciation to all for their attendance to share and enjoy everything PERANAKAN.

PAANSW provides tea and coffee. If any member or guest would like to bring along a plate of “kueh kueh”, you are welcome to do so.

Fried Bee Hoon will be served for afternoon tea

To join as a member: ($20 per annum), please follow this link: http://peranakanaustralia.org/index.php/membership/
Contact: events.paansw@gmail.com for more information about PAA NSW membership.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL
Reservation is required for catering purposes.
Deadline: Wednesday 16th May 2018

Registration: https://tinyurl.com/May2018PeranankanTalk

Date: Saturday, 19th May 2018
Time: 1 pm – 4.00 pm
Venue: St Anthony’s Parish, 54 Agincourt Road, Marsfield, NSW 2122

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The benefits of Traditional Food – using Assam Laksa for example

At each month’s talk, PAA hopes to establish a forum that involves audience participation. This month, the focus is on Assam Laksa.

There are many ingredients used in Nonya cooking and apart from their nutritional value, we seldom query the benefits if any regarding the health aspects of some of these ingredients. More importantly, the relationship between Nonya dishes and many diets advocated as part of weight control has never been formally addressed. For instance, can we regularly consume our favorite Nonya dishes if we have high cholesterol, or high blood pressure or high HBA1c and what if we are also on medication for one or more of these disorders? Come and find out at this month’s makan event.

Speaker: Dr. James Chin, CEO The Wellness Focus

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a proven track record in clinical trials involving nutritional supplements and synbiotics (pre and probiotics) for maintaining health, wellness and fitness. Qualified practitioner in the use of Genetic Profiling for diagnostic analysis of risk factors that predispose individuals to chronic diseases of metabolism and aging. Skilled in Research and Development (R&D), Nutrition Education/Advice, Fitness Coaching & Use of Supplements for improved immune performance.

Penang Assam Laksa Made Simple

Assam Laksa demo by Peggy Lim, a nonya direct from Penang & you will get the chance to sample Assam Laksa after the demo.

Penang Assam Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup from the Peranakan culture, which is a merger of Chinese and Malay elements found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Penang Assam Laksa is a sour, fish-based soup.

It is ranked at number 7 on World’s 50 Most Delicious Food complied by CNN Go in 2011. It is made with mackerel (ikan kembung) soup and its main distinguishing feature is the assam or tamarind which gives the soup a sour taste. The fish is poached and then flaked.

Other ingredients that give Penang Laksa its distinctive flavor include lemongrass, galangal (lengkuas) and chilli etc. It is served with cooked thick rice noodle and typical garnishes include: mint, pineapple slices, thinly sliced onion, cucumber, lettuce, cooked fish meat, Ha-Ko, a thick sweet prawn paste, and use of torch ginger flower.

Buah Tangan – A Peranakan culture

What is Buah Tangan and what does it mean?  Buah meaning Fruit, and Tangan means Hand.  So it literally means: fruit of the hands. It means we never go empty-handed to any invitations extended to us.  When visiting family or friends, we always bring along something, a small gift for the family.  Just some fruits or cakes.  We are a Peranakan family so please bring a Buah Tangan next time you come to our Saturday Social. Article — from Bibi Teo, our Special Counsel and Guru.

PAA usually holds demonstration on different types of cuisine for your enjoyment and education.  PAA charges $5.00 only for members, and $8.00 for non-members for these demonstrations to help cover costs of ingredients and the use of our venue.  PAA NSW would truly appreciate your generosity.

We would like to advise everyone, that whilst PAA NSW plays host to these enjoyable social events, our Executive Committee extends its appreciation to all members and guests for their attendance to share and enjoy all things PERANAKAN.

Come join us for a time of fellowship and friendship on Saturday, 21st April 2018 and enjoy assam laksa for afternoon tea. Tea & coffee will be provided.

Please register for catering purposes.

AFTERNOON TEA: Assam Laksa
RSVP link: https://tinyurl.com/21AprilAssamLaksa
(Maximum 40 people for this event)

Cost: Member: $5 per person  Non members: $8 per person.
To join as a member: ($20 per annum), please follow this link: http://peranakanaustralia.org/index.php/membership/
Contact: events.paansw@gmail.com for more information about PAA NSW membership.

LAST DAY OF REGO: Wednesday, 18th April 2018

Venue: 54 Agincourt Road, Marsfield, NSW 2122
Date: Saturday, 21st April 2018
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Payment method:
Cash deposit or internet transfer directly to:
PAA NSW – CBA account
BSB – 062-010, Account No. 1034-7340
OR mail cheque to PAA NSW Inc, P O Box 3810, Marsfield, NSW 2122
Reference: Your name/Assam Laksa

Kindly email your payment receipt with your Name/ Assam Laksa to: events.paansw@gmail.com

 

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Peranakan Cuisine – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

APOLOGIES! THE REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED!

This month is about  Sharing!

This is not a health talk, but we are going to explore Peranakan cuisine as a key component of Peranakan culture.

Peranakan cuisine (PC) tastes GOOD to just about everyone. If the cuisine is to be passed on as a culture, who are the ones that can best do it? – The old matriarchs of Peranakan cuisine, but they only do so within the family line and what is BAD about this, is that little secrets are never divulged to non-family members.

Did you ever realize that there is not a single Peranakan restaurant in Penang, Malacca and Singapore that is able to serve EXCELLENT-tasting Peranakan cuisine for every dish?

They may serve one, maybe two excellent dishes at best and that would distinguish one restaurant from another, Why is this?

If you approach the cook or owner about watching how they do that excellent dish, they will most likely shake their heads and look at you incredulously for even making such a request. This is what is so UGLY about Peranakan cuisine.

How can we perpetuate the culture of Peranakan cuisine if there is no SHARING?

It is the intention of PAA NSW to encourage a culture of sharing so that even though we are far away from our home, we continue to perpetuate the Peranakan Culture through a sharing of the Peranakan cuisine.

Using Nasi Lemak as an example, Dr James Chin will share with PAA NSW members his research into Peranakan cuisine over the years and the audience would be encouraged to participate in this journey.

Speaker: Dr. James Chin, CEO The Wellness  Focus

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a proven track record in clinical trials involving nutritional supplements and synbiotics (pre and probiotics) for maintaining health, wellness and fitness. Qualified practitioner in the use of Genetic Profiling for diagnostic analysis of risk factors that predispose individuals to chronic diseases of metabolism and aging. Skilled in Research and Development (R&D), Nutrition Education/Advice, Fitness Coaching & Use of Supplements for improved immune performance.

How to cook the “perfect” NASI LEMAK!

Nasi Lemak (coconut rice) is a much loved favourite of the common man & woman with sambal ikan bilis & shrimp accompanied by delicately cut cucumbers, acar, curry, sambal, peanuts etc.

We are going to explore how to cook the “perfect” NASI LEMAK!

 

 

This will be the last time you will ask:

  • How come some “nasi” (rice) is more “lemak” than others? or
  • Why doesn’t the “nasi” cook properly (“berati”)? or
  • How to make the “nasi” more tasty and fragrant?

What are the secrets…?

This month is about SHARING!!!

This is one Masterclass with Bibi Teo you DO NOT want to miss!

Nyonya Bibi Teo will reveal her best kept secrets on how to cook the “perfect” nasi lemak, PLUS we will be serving nasi lemak for afternoon tea!

AFTERNOON TEA – Bibi Teo’s Nasi Lemak

Whilst PAANSW plays host to these enjoyable Social Saturdays, our Executive Committee extends its appreciation to all for their attendance to share and enjoy everything PERANAKAN.

PAANSW provides tea and coffee. If any member or guest would like to bring along a plate of snacks, you are welcome to do so.

Cost: Member: $5 per person  Non members: $8 per person.
To join as a member: ($20 per annum), please follow this link: http://peranakanaustralia.org/index.php/membership/
Contact: events.paansw@gmail.com for more information about PAA NSW membership.

LAST DAY OF REGO:  APOLOGIES.  Registration for this event is now closed.

Venue: 54 Agincourt Road, Marsfield, NSW 2122
Date: Saturday, 17th March 2018
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Payment method:
Cash deposit or internet transfer directly to:
PAA NSW – CBA account
BSB – 062-010, Account No. 1034-7340
OR mail cheque to PAA NSW Inc, P O Box 3810, Marsfield,
NSW 2122
Reference: Your name/Nasi Lemak
Kindly email your payment receipt with your Name/Nasi Lemak
to: events.paansw@gmail.com

Register NOW:

Apologies!

Registration for this event is now CLOSED.

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PAA Chinese New Year THANK YOU!

President Evelyn Tian & Vice President Dr. James Chin addressing the crowd

I would like to say a BIG thank you to all our members, our new members and the peranakan community that came together to celebrate the Chinese New Year Tok Panjang Dinner on Saturday.

We had the opportunity to personally meet you, and introduced the peranakan culture through Tok Panjang, its significance and the peranakan cuisine that we normally serve.  It was truly a memorable event, being the first Tok Panjang dinner.  Apologies we had to close off our reservation before the deadline date as we were way over our targeted number – so thank you again to all our members.

We also thank our awesome chefs Robbie and Christina Fong from Christina Gourmet for their great  dishes served, the food was in abundance, deliciously prepared and served.  Sweet Rita’s “nonya kueh” brought back memories of our childhood –  kueh tair, kueh blanda, kueh bangkek, sugi cakes (from Angeline), kueh bengka and coconut jellies — and the drinks of yesteryear that we enjoyed during Chinese New Year back home in our countries – Sarsparilla and red syrup drinks.

We thank the ‘dancing queens’ for an evening of songs down memory lane and their dance, dance, dance!  Thank you from our wonderful members for the many awesome feedbacks on the whole event – from the decorations, to the feast, and to the evening’s program.  Thank you!!!

We have uploaded some photos of the dinner, please head to the Facebook page to view them.

March’s Cultural Sharing Event

For our March 17th cultural sharing and gathering educational session, we are going to look at the Good, Bad and the Ugly of the Peranakan cuisine with our Speaker – Dr. James Chin.

As from the Peranakan Kitchen – we will be demonstrating the proper way of cooking nasi lemak – coconut rice.

So come and join us for a cultural sharing afternoon on Saturday, 17th March 2018.

Details: http://peranakanaustralia.org/index.php/2018/02/21/peranakan-cuisine-the-good-the-bad-the-ugly/

Wishing all of you a wonderful week.

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Wishing All Of You a Happy New Year – YEAR OF THE DOG !

Good morning.

Wishing all of you a Happy Chinese New Year  – the YEAR OF THE DOG !

It is that time of the year where family members will be busy heading home to celebrate the new year with their families.  As for us who had migrated overseas, how will you be celebrating your chinese new year?

When we live far away from our family friends, it is always important to remember our roots, our loved ones overseas, and most of all, share our traditions and values with the  younger generations, such as enjoying steamed boat, yee sang or cooked dishes together with all your families.

Personally, I feel that it is important to share your culture with your children or grandchildren, and more so when you are living overseas and far away from your families and community?

Because our culture is about our identity; it is about who we are as a person and as a community. And since we are all living overseas, our children can only learn the values through us and the few family and friends within our network.

That’s why PAA NSW is passionate about sharing our cultural heritage with you and your family, by introducing the peranakan cuisines, rituals and how the peranakan celebrate chinese new year right here in Sydney through our monthly events.

As such, I would like to end this note by proudly announcing that the registration for our Chinese New Year dinner is now officially over our targeted numbers. Therefore we have to apologise to all members who would like to attend but have not booked, with the over whelming support from our members and new members, we have closed the registration for this event earlier than intended.

What we will be sharing in this event is to introduce our peranakan cuisine to the community (7 course of Peranakan dishes and desserts as well as yee sang), plus our traditional way of hosting social events –  the Tok Panjang (Long Table) style. Throughout the event we will be sharing the peranakan culture through our cuisine, lifestyle, music, dance and much much more.

If you missed out on our dinner, please join us for our future monthly events as well as our annual dinner, which is going to be held in September. More details to come.

I would like to end this note by saying a BIG thank you all members for your continual support and we look forward to a mutually fun and empowering relationships together.

Happy New Year to you and your family.

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PAA NSW Chinese New Year Dinner 2018

Let’s celebrate Chinese New Year

Tok Panjang Style!

Authentic Peranakan Cuisine TOK PANJANG style!

Joget and music down memory lane to welcome 2018.

7 Course Authentic Peranakan Cuisine:

Nasi Kemuli (nyonya spiced rice and steam rice) served with the following dishes: 
Nyonya Chicken Rendang
Sek Bak served with cucumber and a bed of lettuce, chillie sauce
Bak Pontay
Sambal Sotong Champor Udang
Chap Chye with Fatt Choy and Mushrooms
Kerabu – served with bawang, udang kering and sambal belachan

 

Yee Sang

Peranakan Dessert & Drinks:

Agar Agar
Kueh Bengka
Kueh Blanda (Love Letters)
Kueh Tair (Pinepapple Tarts)
Kueh Bangket
Suji Cake

Venue

ST ANTHONY’S PARISH

54 Agincourt Road, Marsfield, NSW 2122
Date: Saturday, 24 February 2018
Time: 6.00pm to 10:00 pm

Dress code:
Ladies: sarong kebaya, chinese new year theme or evening cocktails
Men: batik shirt, baju china, evening sports jacket or chinese new year theme

Parking:

Plenty of parking along Agincourt Road.

Cost:

Member: $55 per head.
Non Member: $70.00 per head
Children (*ages 12+): $35 members children and $40 non members children

Membership details: http://peranakanaustralia.org/index.php/membership/

Booking: FULLY BOOKED

Our apologies!

The Chinese New Year Dinner is fully booked. We will not be taking any more registrations for this event.

RSVP link: https://tinyurl.com/paacny2018

 CLOSING DATE: 20th FEBRUARY, 2018

 Payment method:
Cash deposit or internet transfer directly to:
PAA NSW – CBA account
BSB – 062-010, Account No. 1034-7340
OR mail cheque to PAA NSW Inc, P O Box 3810, Marsfield, NSW 2122
Reference: Your name/# of people coming with you
Kindly email your payment receipt with your Name/CNY Dinner
to: events.paansw@gmail.com

PAANSW thank its Sponsors:

A Clouet & Co, for their 4 Ayam hampers for our door prizes to our lucky winners.

Christina and Robbie Fong, from Christina Gourmet for their generous donation of 5 Aged Bottles of Wine to be AUCTIONED during our dinner.

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