As Bee Lee Tan says in her introduction to Penang Authentic Nyonya Cuisine (Mother’s Recipes),’No recipe can be perfect or accurate, chiefly because there are so many variables in cooking.’
One person’s Penang Laksa might be prepared slightly differently or add or subtract a particular ingredient. However, the basic dish does shine through and a Penang Laksa will have a commonality that is recognizable as’Penang Laksa’ to all.
Bee Lee goes on to say that there are many Nyonya cookbooks out there but many end up fusing the modern with the traditional and each chef, rightly, puts their own twist on an old favourite to improve it to their own taste. Bee Lee’s recipes go back to the roots of the dish and tell you what is essentially and Authentically Nyonya cooking.