Peranakan Museum In Malacca

                                     Photo: The Peranakan Museum entrance


This is the best place to learn about the Peranakan culture in Melaka. 'Straits Chinese' or the Baba and Nyonya, are Chinese of noble descendants who have adopted much of the Malay culture. The public can now view this unique Baba Nyonya heritage at the private museum, called the Peranakan Museum, run by the Babas and Nyonyas of Malacca. This traditional 19th century Peranakan townhouse which is located along Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock has become one of Melaka's famous tourist attractions. The structure of this unique building is a longish residence with an interior that opens into a courtyard which allows sun and rain. This type of design is a typical rich Chinese Baroque and Chinese Palladian style homes.


Some exhibits that can be admire here include the heavily embellished hardwood furniture which is made from Chinese rosewood with a combination of Chinese, Victorian and Dutch design whereby rich mother-of-pearl inlay showing cherry blossoms and birds can be seen on certain pieces. Hard to find Nyonya-ware from Jiangxi and Guangdong can also be seen here together with interesting Nyonya ceramics and tilework. Visitors too come here for the unique food whereby the nyonya cuisine, a combination of Chinese and Malay cooking, has become tremendously popular and among the favorites are acar, crabmeat cooked in coconut sauce (ketam lemak), duck soup with salted vegetables, jantung pisang (banana shoots) and sambal.




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