Written by: Kampung Eats
s a peranakan, Auntie Christina loves preparing this traditional Malay-infused Chinese dish that does not only clear ‘heatiness’ but also acts as a dessert treat for her children at least once a month. Just like peranakan culture, this dish brings together the diversity of two cultures into one bowl. The dish is well-liked, especially by Auntie Christina’s children and extended family.
“Just like peranakan culture, this dish brings together the diversity of two cultures into one bowl.”
Unlike usual green bean soups, Auntie Christina incorporates gula melaka and coconut milk, enhancing the sweetness and creaminess of this dish. It is no wonder her children enjoy this dish so much!
Auntie Christina mentions the Peranakan tradition of ‘Soja’, which means to bow or kneel as a form of respect towards elders. This tradition has been known to strengthen the family bond and respect, strongly reflecting the Peranakan culture. However, she shares that in her household, she prefers not to have her children kneel before her. Instead, she encourages a handshake gesture or a simple greeting to acknowledge the presence of the elders.
Nevertheless, while some cultural traditions change with time, Auntie Christina’s green bean soup will remain rooted in her family’s heritage.