Nyonya cuisine is a fusion of Malaysian, Chinese and Indonesian foods! Well, I had never heard of Nyonya till a couple of days back when I was reading about Simply Cook – subscription based food boxes that get sent to you every two weeks or monthly. I am always in a rush to cook and this sounded quite appealing so I thought I’d give it a go and if I wasn’t happy with the trial box (which btw I got at just £3 for four recipes) I would cancel my subscription!
I went through all the recipes and choose four for my trial box which got sent to me in a couple of days. I had read a lot of positive reviews about Nyonya so decided to start with that. My little sous chef Si was super excited too! She wanted to surprise Neel so we didn’t tell him anything.
Each recipe comes with three pots containing spices, pastes and garnishes and of course an easy to follow recipe card. For each recipe you just add 4-6 items of fresh ingredients (many of which you may already have in your pantry or fridge). The boxes fit your letterbox so if you choose to subscribe it can be delivered even when you are not at home…which is brilliant! They often have ‘recommend a friend’ subscription deals so if you are reading this and would like to subscribe let me know and I’ll give you a code so you can get a discount on your first trial box!
What I liked best is that I can cook meals which are not part of my usual cooking (but I would still happily eat at restaurants) without having to go out of my way looking for unusual ingredients and difficult to find spices!
Si and me cooked Nyonya yesterday which was very easy as promised….ready in under 30 minutes! And it tasted lovely too! And whats interesting is you can easily change the ingredients and make it a completely different dish using the same three pots provided. For example for this one I had to add chicken, potatoes and green beans as the fresh ingredients. I think it would go very nicely with prawns too….along with some veg maybe baby corn and peppers. That sounds quite nice – will try that out when I get this box again!