Chef Wan Collaborates with Penang Culture for Limited-Time-Only Signature Dishes

By Ridhwan Abu Bakar | 14, Jan, 2021
Chef Wan Collaborates with Penang Culture for Limited-Time-Only Signature Dishes

When traveling to Malaysia doesn't seem possible, Malaysia will come to you!

Award-winning celebrity chef Datuk (Dr) Chef Wan is bringing some of his favorite dishes that are bound to take you on a gastronomical trip across the causeway. This collaboration will be the first time in many years that Datuk (Dr) Chef Wan is lending his star power and stellar recipes for you to enjoy in Singapore.

Catch the Datuk Chef Wan's Specialty Dishes at all Penang Culture outlets, only available from 15 January to 28 February 2021!

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Penang Culture x Datuk (Dr) Chef Wan's Signatures

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The Penang Culture x Datuk (Dr) Chef Wan Signatures features 5 dishes that are personally curated by the celebrity chef himself! "I have worked closely with Penang Culture's chefs to create this menu and am confident that they are able to execute them to perfect Malaysian taste." said Datuk Chef Wan. If you're wondering what the dishes look like or of course, how it tastes like, hop on the ferry cos' we're going to Penang! 


Mackerel in Spicy and Sour Gravy [Gerang Asam]
Chef Wan Penang Culture Mackerel in Spicy and Sour Gravy Gerang Asam

First up is the Mackerel in Spicy and Sour gravy or also known as Gerang Asam, an iconic Peranakan dish. It's a fish curry that marries a unique blend of spices with kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, and laksa leaves. Cooked to perfection with the dried shrimp base. The ingredients give away the fact that the Gerang Asam is unlike any other form of fish curry that we are used to eating here in Singapore. The gravy is pleasantly light with some hints of tanginess that is just right.

Personally, Gerang Asam reminded me of Asam Pedas, another form of fish curry. I mean it in a good way, as the light and slightly less thick gravy makes it a perfectly great gravy to sip away during the meal, just like how you would do with some Tom Yum.

Here's a tip: Be sure to try out the Mackerel in Spicy and Sour gravy [Gerang Asam] with Mum's Fried Rice [Nasi Goreng Emak], the next item on the menu!

Price: SGD 28 per portion


Mum's Fried Rice [Nasi Goreng Emak]
Chef Wan Penang Culture Mum's Fried Rice Nasi Goreng Emak

Datuk (Dr) Chef Wan probably thought to himself "Just like mum used to make 'em" when he came up with this dish. The Mum's Fried Rice or Nasi Goreng Emak may look like any other fried rice that you can find elsewhere but, this humble and comforting fried rice proved to be the perfect accompaniment to the other 4 dishes because of how well it balances and complements the other 4 dishes beautifully.

The rice is filled with anchovies, eggs, and kang kong all on one plate. Whether you choose to eat it on its own or mix it with the other dishes, the Mum's Fried Rice is a really great addition to the menu.

Price: SGD 18 per portion


King Tiger Prawn Rendang [Rendang Udang Galah]
Chef Wan Penang Culture King Tiger Prawn Rendang Rendang Udang Galah

One word, Rendang. What could be better than that? Marrying it with the King Tiger Prawns that are freshly shipped from Malaysia for the King Tiger Prawn Rendang, that's what! Averaging at 60 grams per prawn, these juicy King Tiger Prawns are paired with the rich flavourful taste of Rendang that we all know and love.

Cooked over medium heat until the turmeric and coconut milk transforms into a fragrant dry stock that emphasizes the sweetness of the King Tiger Prawns. Beef lovers don't be disappointed, if you're looking for beef you can look forward to the Massaman Beef [Daging Massaman], another item on the menu!

Interesting Fact: They make an opening on the prawns so it's really easy for you to enjoy them!

Price: SGD 28 per portion


Stir Fried 4-in-1 Vegetables with Sambal [Sambal Goreng Empat Sayur]
Chef Wan Penang Culture Stir Fried 4-in-1 Vegetables with Sambal Sambal Goreng Empat Sayur

Don't forget your greens! The Stir Fried 4-in-1 Vegetables with Sambal or Sambal Goreng Empat Sayur, is a melody of flavors (and crunchiness) with a mix of long beans, petai beans, eggplant, and ladies fingers. A representation of the love for Ulams or vegetables in Malaysia.

The quartet is dressed up with the sambal made with a generous amount of chilies, dried shrimp paste, shallots, and dried prawns that makes the dish pleasantly fragrant.

Price: SGD 18 per portion


Massaman Beef [Daging Massaman]
Chef Wan Penang Culture Massaman Beef Daging

Last but not least on the menu is the Massaman Beef or also known as Daging Massaman. A traditional Thai beef curry but with Datuk (Dr) Chef Wan's twist! The beef used in this dish is cooked to perfection - tender, and not dry at all. The beef is simmered with an array of spices like coriander, fennel, cinnamon, and star anise. "Rich" is the perfect word to describe this dish!

You may be asking how is this different from the other Massaman Beef curries out there, well Datuk (Dr) Chef Wan adds in a dash of evaporated milk and peanuts which really adds to the richness that really makes this dish the one to try! Personally, it was my favorite item on the menu. The added milk and peanuts made an already great dish even better, in my honest opinion.

Price: SGD 28 per portion


Stand a Chance to Join Chef Wan Live
Chef Wan

The Penang Culture x Datuk (Dr) Chef Wan Signatures can be ordered ala carte or as a set menu. What's more, for the set menu Penang Culture is having a 25% OFF from the usual price! The set menu is able to accommodate 4-5 pax for SGD 90++ after the discount, as opposed to SGD 120++. We were pleasantly surprised that the full set serving is ample for 4 people.

New year, new me?  Start the year by leveling up your kitchen skills and repertoire with Chef Wan! If you purchase the full set menu, you will be entitled to join Chef Wan's live cooking demonstration conducted via Zoom! In the culinary masterclass Chef Wan will let you in on some new recipes, share cooking tips and tricks, and more. An unmissable chance to learn from the award-winning chef himself!

The MasterClass with Datuk (Dr) Chef Wan is subject to availability. While Seats Lasts. So come on down to the nearest Penang Culture near you to take a gastronomical trip to Malaysia with Datuk (Dr) Chef Wan!


Penang Culture Outlet Locations

NEX Shopping Mall

Address: 23 Serangoon Central, #B1-76, Singapore 556083

Operating Hours: 11AM to 10PM (Last order at 9.30PM)


Compass One

Address: 1 Sengkang Square, #03-13, Singapore 545078

Operating Hours: 10.30AM to 10PM (Last order at 9.30PM)


White Sands

Address: 1 Pasir Ris Central Street 3, #03-21, Singapore 518457

Operating Hours: 11AM to 10PM (Last order at 9.30PM)



Address: 50 Jurong Gateway Road, #04-27, Singapore 608549

Operating Hours: 11AM to 10PM (Last order at 9.30PM)



Address: 1 HarbourFront Walk, #B2-23E, Singapore 098585

Operating Hours: 11AM to 10PM (Last order at 9.30PM)

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