I am a Public Relations Consultant and a former journalist. I still do a lot writing, translation work and work on projects for clients and the National Autism Society
Hasnah is a great host and both my friend and I had a great evening. Food was really good and different than what we had had before in Malaysia which was exactly what we wanted. The conversation was also super enjoyable.
This was my first Place Culture dinner and it has definitely fulfilled my expectations.
Hasnah was incredibly gracious and went out of her way to prepare two separate meals (for two courses plus a vegan dessert for both of us) for me and my friend for a midweek dinner – I'm vegan; he isn't. He was visiting from the Netherlands, so I wanted him to experience authentic, home cooked Malay food.
Hasnah and her friend Rose greeted us at the door. Her home is warm and comfortable. The dining table was set-up like something out of a photo shoot for a fine dining magazine with crystal (non-)wine glasses, serving platters, etc. She also showed us the dining ware she uses for catering which was even grander.
We started with tofu, tempeh and sambal stuffed grape tomato kebabs for me and chicken rissoles for my friend. For mains, I had a vegan bihun, while he had Hasnah's laksa Sarawak. We ended the evening with sago gula Melaka and rose petal tea. Too, Hasnah prepared home made root beer that we enjoyed throughout the evening – I couldn't stop eating my bihun. It was so tasty. Hasnah even gave me some in a container to take home (my friend had sambal). I finished it later that night before morning hit.
Hasnah's food was flavorful and delicious! She was such a nice host ... we met three of her four sons who stopped to say hello and chat with us. We had so much in common, so conversation flowed. It was a great night!