Now that the Omega has settled in well, I’ve decided to host a piano party at my home on Saturday 21st February.
I had originally considered making it an open house event for PW members in Singapore, but the lack of space in my flat ruled that out. So, its an invitation-only event. The invitees include some PW members whom I’ve corresponded with, and some of Wzkit’s and Alvin’s piano friends. One of my friends is trying to rope in one of the piano professors from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, but we are secretly hoping that he can’t make it — would be too intimidating for us amateur pianists! For variety I’ve also invited a friend who is a violinist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. There are about 20 people confirmed attending. Should be a fun day.
For lunch I’m having a buffet catered. The menu is all peranakan cuisine, also known as nonya food. For those who aren’t familiar with peranakan cuisine you can find out a little more about it HERE and HERE.
If you are adventurous in the kitchen (and can get the necessary ingredients where you live), then the cookbook by Shermay Lee is a good starting point. (There is a second volume.) These cookbooks are actually updated versions of the cookbook written by her grandmother, Mrs Lee Chin Koon. (Mrs Lee is the mother of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding Prime Minister.) Unfortunately these two volumes don’t cover peranakan desserts, something that the cuisine is famous for too. The cookbooks by Mrs Leong Yee Soo have been around for a long time as well, but they are not recommended. Many of the recipes just don’t work — they’ve obviously never been tested.