Peranakan food lovers are in for a treat at Copthorne

  • Eat And Drink
  • Friday, 07 Jul 2017

Joo Hoo Char (left) and Kari Ayam Kapitan (right) are among the signature dishes in Copthorne’s Nyonya Buffet Dinner.

COME and experience one of South-East Asia’s finest culinary offerings, the Baba-Nyonya or Peranakan cuisine, at Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang’s Terrace Bay Restaurant.

A staple of the hotel since May 2011, its Nyonya Buffet Dinner promotion is popular due to its distinct and indulgent flavours.

A collaboration between head chef K. Manokaran and Chinese chef Ph’ng Hon Loon, this buffet is available from 7pm to 10pm every Saturday.

Featuring a unique fusion of Malay herbs and spices with the best of Chinese cooking techniques), the diverse spread tempts with over 25 items from two rotational menus.

Start off with appetisers like Acar Awak (pickled mixed vegetables), Kerabu Young Papaya or Green Apple, and Acar Cucumber and Pineapple while soup choices include Kiam Chye Ark (salted vegetable and duck) or Salted Fish Bone Soup with Tofu.

Hot dishes consist of Gulai Tumis Ikan (fish curry with fragrant herbs and spices), Deep-Fried Fish in Fermented Soybean Paste, Kari Ayam Kapitan (Nyonya-style chicken curry) and Ayam Pongteh (fermented bean paste chicken stew with potatoes).

Kari ayam kapitan is one of the signature dishes (Copthorne 

To tantalise diners further are Sambal Udang (prawn with chilli paste), Pineapple and Prawn Curry, Char Chap Chye (stir-fried mixed vegetables) and Telur Belanda (fried egg with tamarind sauce).

Perennial favourites like Chicken Lorbak (deep-fried chicken rolls) and Joo Hoo Char (cuttlefish and shredded vegetables) are must-haves.

Over at the action stalls, try whipping up your own Lam Mee (braised longevity noodle) or Assam Laksa (piquant and sour hot noodles with fresh vegetables in a fish broth), Pie Tee (thin and crispy pastry tart shell filled with stir-fried mixed vegetables) and Inche Kabin (Nyonya version of deep-fried chicken).

The Nyonyas are also famous for their desserts. Choices here include Kuih Bengka Ubi Kayu (baked tapioca cake), Kuih Talam (screw pine and coconut- layered cake), Pulut Tai-Tai (glutinous rice cake with coconut jam) and Kuih Dadar (pandan pancake with sweet coconut filling).

There are also Bubur Cha-Cha (coconut-based dessert with yam, taro, sweet potatoes and bananas), Bee Koh Moey (black glutinous rice), Kuih Ee (glutinous rice balls), an assortment of cakes, agar-agar and puddings.

The Nyonya Buffet Dinner is priced at RM42 nett per adult, RM32 nett per senior citizen (Malaysians only) and RM25 nett per child (aged 5 to 11 years). Come as a group of 11 adults and pay for only 10.

Some of the Nyonya creations are also available in the a la carte menu, with more to be included soon so that patrons get to enjoy their favourites whenever they want at the 24-hour Terrace Bay.

With its backdrop of lush greenery and a setting which overlooks the pool, the restaurant is ideal for private functions such as birthdays and anniversary celebrations.

Get a complimentary 500gm sponge cake for a group of 10 paying guests and above, and complimentary orange cordial for 30 people or more.

For bookings and enquiries, contact 04-8923333 ext 8701 or email

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