'Babzaar' for the best of the Peranakan

'Babzaar' for the best of the Peranakan

SUBANG JAYA - Baba-Nyonya cookery demonstration shared centrestage with chanap (carved preserved papaya) tutorials and stalls selling elaborate kebaya tops and sarongs at the "Babzaar" held at Holiday Villa Subang Jaya in Selangor yesterday.

There were also Peranakan jewellery and porcelain, spice blends, cincalok, books on Peranakan culture and healthy helpings of cendol.

Tailor Lim Swee Kim, 81, a Penang nyonya, said the event was an exciting way of featuring the dying Peranakan culture.

"I have been creating kebaya em­­broidery since I learnt about tailoring from my mum as a child," she said.

Peranakan beaded-slipper maker Joyce Ngiow, 44, sells shoes that can fetch up to a whopping RM1,800 (S$700).

"There are several types of designs and the popular ones include peacock and goldfish motifs with different kinds of beading," she said.

Another stall which attracted a lot of attention was run by chef Tan Teik Bing. She gave out freshly-made bedak sejuk (cooling powder) and also sold her own recipe book.

Sharifah Seri Lailah and her sister Sharifah Seri Ratna were wowed by the array of goodies there.

"For a first-time experience, it has been amazing," said Seri Lailah.

The one-day "Babzaar" was part of the three-day 26th Baba Nyonya Convention organised by the Kuala Lumpur-Selangor Peranakan Baba Nyonya Association.

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