Saturdays at the NUS Baba House [May]

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NUS Baba House

Paid Admission
  • Starts on 4 May 2019
  • Ends on 25 May 2019
NUS Baba House 157 Neil Rd
Singapore, Singapore


Dates: 4, 11, 18 & 25 May

Times: 1.30pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm & 4.00pm

On every Saturday of the month, we will be throwing open our doors at four entry timings within the day. After a short introduction, you will be free to discover the intricacies and beauty of the house at your own pace through a self-guided tour.

This month, come learn more about Peranakan culture through two ExploreTalks by our erudite speakers (a 4.00pm ExploreHour registration on these dates is necessary to attend the programmes).

ExploreTalks - Characterising Straits Chinese Cuisine (with food demonstration)

Date: 18 May

Time: 4.30pm

Ever wondered what makes Nyonya cuisine so delectably unique? Join us at this talk where food writer, Dr Ong Jin Teong, will discuss the distinct characteristics of cuisine from the Straits Settlements. He will highlight the regional differences of Nyonya cooking from Melaka, Penang and Singapore, identify the distinctive  ingredients used and explain cooking techniques which often employ Malay practices, distinguishing Nyonya food from those of later Chinese immigrants. As a special treat, he will demonstrate the making of ondeh-ondeh where guests may get a chance for hands-on learning.

About the Speaker

Dr Ong Jin Teong is a heritage food writer and consultant. The retired professor from the Nanyang Technological University's College of Engineering was born into a Penang Peranakan family and was exposed to home cooking at an early age. He has published two award winning books, Penang Heritage Food – Yesterday’s Recipes for Today’s Cook, and Nyonya Heritage Kitchen – Origins, Utensils and Recipes.

ExploreTalks - Christianised Peranakan Communities in Early Singapore: Circa 1830 -1900

Date: 25 May

Time: 4.30pm

The Christian Peranakan community played a significant role in the development of the churches in Singapore, with many key figures acting as prominent community leaders. Join Dr Marc Rerceretnam, a historian studying the role of religion within colonial society in Singapore, in this talk where he elaborates on the historical convergences between the Straits Chinese community alongside the beliefs and practices of the Christian religion.

About the Speaker

Marc Sebastian Rerceretnam is a Sydney-based historian and research consultant with a Ph.D. in Economic History from Sydney University. He has been affiliated with the Peranakan Association of New South Wales (Sydney) for many years. Having published extensively, Marc is a current recipient of the 2019 Lee Kong Chian Fellowship issued by the National Library Board. He is completing a research project on the formation of early Roman Catholic communities in Singapore, going back to the 1830s.


Co-Organiser: The Peranakan Association Singapore

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