Peranakan, also called Nonya cuisine is from the Peranakans, descendants of early Chinese migrants who settled in Penang, Malacca, Singapore and Indonesia and who married local Malays. The Malay word Nonya is a term of respect for women of prominent social standing and refers to the cuisine of the Peranakans. Nonya cooking is the result of blending Chinese ingredients with distinct spices and cooking techniques used by the Malay and Indonesian cooking styles and are at once tangy, aromatic and spicy. The flavor of of Nonya recipes is determined by the Rempah or spice blend. Various spices are pounded with a pestle and mortar in a specific technique that yields a taste that is unique to the preparation method. Recipes are handed down through the generations, with each family holding a secret combination of this intense blend.
A home for the royals, this water palace is renowned for its grand architecture that wonderfully blends the beauty of Dutch colonial style with the intricate details of Chinese and Balinese cultures. Such grandiosity provides the base for Rumah Luwih’s architectural design. The resort, which occupies 2 hectares of lush greenery, is the setting for this lavish private residence where all guests are treated as royals in their very own tropical sanctuary. Deriving its name from a Sanskrit word, Luwih translates as “more”. More than a house, Rumah Luwih is a home. Its architecture epitomizes a beautiful beachfront mansion where all family gathers to relax and unwind. From its classic Dutch era tiles, to the curated antiques, teakwood fittings and use of beautiful silk, every detail of Rumah Luwih is designed to create an intimate feeling as if coming home to your loving grandma’s mansion.