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Peranakan and Baba Nyonya in Penang


Peranakan, or commonly known as Baba-Nyonya are descendants of the 16th century Chinese immigrants who migrated over to Malaya. It applies especially to the ethnic Chinese populations of the British Straits Settlements of Malaya, namely Penang, Singapore and Melaka!

Penang’s Baba and Nyonya were colorful and refined, especially their older generations. Their rich yet unique cultural identity was indeed their very own. Drawing from the cultures of Chinese and Malay combined, this culture unfortunately has been dying away over the turn of the last century.

Peranakan Baba and Nyonya at Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Photo Courtesy of Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Penang



In Penang the Peranakan heritage and culture is well preserved. A lot of their artifacts are displayed in Pinang Peranakan Mansion such as household items, crockery and personal items.

Pinang Peranakan Mansion at zoom2see.com


The elaborate fine cooking of Nyonya cuisines using many flavors are available in a few restaurants around George Town. One example of such Nyonya restaurant is Hot Wok Nyonya & Local Cuisine located in Burma Road, Penang.


Penang Nyonya restaurant - Hot Wok at zoom2see.com

Penang Nyonya restaurant - Hot Wok at zoom2see.com
Zac Teo

Zac Teo

Zac Teo is a Penang boy, being born and raised on this island. A music lover that always seeks new music to enjoy along with his daily dose of coffee; he loves traveling, exploring and also hunting for the latest food around the island. His penchant on writing about his beloved island led to him starting up Penang365.com in 2015.

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