Pearly Kee is a well-known food ambassador for Penang and her cooking classes have attracted students from all over the world, drawn by her encyclopaedic Nyonya recipes (over 500 and counting) and her willingness to share and teach. With her straightforward, no-nonsense style, Pearly is definitely a true-blue fifth generation Penang Nyonya… don’t play-play!
PEARLY IS A bundle of cheery energy and it’s apparent that her enthusiasm for life translates into intense, rapid-fire cooking classes. “An American student called me a ‘chopping Nazi’ once,” she confided. “I was so-o upset!” The student in question had been dutifully cutting up a turnip for joo hoo char. Noticing that she was struggling to cut the turnip into ultra thin strips, Pearly jumped in and took over. In a blur of steel and honed motion, the turnip was shredded in minutes. Maybe “chopping ninja” would have been more apt. She laughed, “I know she meant it as a compliment, I heard from other people that she raved about the class.”
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