MARI MEMASAK 10TH ANNIVERSARY AND CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION NYONYA STYLE
Story by Lita Chan
Photos by Peter Chai
Mari Memasak celebrated its 10th anniversary and Christmas on December 15, 2018 at the MSBCA Clubhouse. It was a sold out event with about 50 attendees.
It was wonderful to see the ladies decked out in their embroidered kebayas and the men looking dashing in their batik shirts. The tables were beautifully covered in batik tablecloths with a Christmas centerpiece placed on a banana leaf platter.
The appetizer was kuih pie tee with ingredients made from scratch including the shells. Our main dish was chicken rending, blue rice coloured with butterfly pea flower, peanuts and keropok. Dessert was an assortment of nyonya kuih – kuih lapis, kuih kosui and gula melaka agar agar. We also had a special treat after dinner to cleanse the palate – traditional Teh Tarik. A jug of bandung was available at each table. Bandung is a popular and refreshing drink in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei made with evaporated milk, rose water and cream soda. Every item on the menu was delicious and authentic.
The whole evening was filled with entertainment. A silly photo booth was set up with some really hilarious props and many great photos were taken! Diane Lindsay sang beautiful carols throughout the evening and surprised us with a wonderful rendition of Teresa Teng’s Tian Mi Mi in mandarin. We played some games, sang some carols, and then Linda Platon patiently showed us basic line dancing. It was good to get up and move around after a sumptuous meal.
We sang happy birthday when the birthday cake was brought out. After a few speeches about the history of Mari Memasak and more dancing, we wrapped up the evening.
Thank you to the many volunteers who worked behind the scenes to make this event a huge success. Peter Chai for giving us lasting memories in the photos, Lian Tan for emceeing and last but not least Adeline Chan and her team for the countless hours spent in the preparation of our authentic nyonya meal and the bake sale. Special thanks go out Diane and Linda who led us in singing and dancing the night away. Our collage of photos says a thousand words – a great time was had by all!.
More photos in the Gallery