Friday, January 18

Cook 'N Sew Workshop in Tokyo

Hello everyone!

I am happy to be back to my blog, my desk and my many projects for 2013. Time to get working! And we are starting the year with one very exciting workshop, the first one to be held in Tokyo!

I am teaming up with Ruth Tan of The Little Happy Shop in Singapore to bring you an interesting experience this coming February 7: Ruth will teach you to cook a delicious Peranakan dish called babi pongteh and you will sew your very own tote bag using traditional batik fabrics.

The entire workshop will highlight the rich Peranakan culture and its traditions. According to Wikipedia, Peranakan Chinese is a term used "for the descendants of late 15th and 16th-century Chinese immigrants to the Indonesian archipelago of Nusantara during the Colonial era."

Singapore is still home to a small Peranakan community and there is a wonderful museum presenting to the public a very comprehensive story of the community and its tradition such as the gorgeous wedding ceremony - if you ever visit Singapore, make sure you check it out {link}.

With this workshop, we wish to share with you a tiny bit of the Peranakan culture in a friendly environment. The workshop will take place in my own home, and we will have lunch together once the workshop is over. We will of course taste the babi pongteh that has been cooking while you are sewing!

Here below are all the necessary details, including the workshop fee. Once your registration has been confirmed I will email you my address and look forward to meet up with you!


About Ruth TAN of The Little Happy Shop:

Before life as the Happyshop-keeper, Ruth was a research analyst, then a high-school teacher. Born, bred and lived all her life in sunny Singapore, Ruth now runs The Little Happyshop, a little retail gift-store situated at Holland Village. In 2011, she started Crafty Workshops in collaboration with skilled crafters, on a quest to teach craft to the everyday man. A mother of two, she inherits the love for cooking, eating and crafting from her half-Peranakan grandma and Hakka mother. 

The Little Happy Shop:


Date: Thursday 07 FEB 2013
Time: 9:30AM - 12:30PM
Venue: Private home / Tamagawa-Denenchofu/ Tokyo
Fee: 3,800yen (lunch included)

Take a peek into the wonderful and rich Peranakan Culture by attending this three-hour sewing & cooking workshop held in the privacy of my own home.

Cook lunch with us: learn the tips to making the special bean paste from basic ingredients for babi pongteh, Peranakan style stewed pork that is moist, tender and delicious, perfect with a hot bowl of rice. Then decorate a plain tote bag in Peranakan bride-inspired batik style. You will learn a mish-mash of fun beginner's craft essentials, including the all-purpose backstitch, creating a bag lining, iron-on hemming.

Designed for beginners, this sewing project is however open to anyone as you will be free to customize your bag according to your sewing skills.

At the end of the workshop, we will all enjoy lunch and taste the babi ponteh dish that will have been slowly cooking... Yum!


Skills learnt:
+ no-sew tricks & techniques (iron-on hemming)
+ all-purpose backstitch 
+ creating a bag lining 

All materials and equipment will be provided for this workshop.


SIGN UP NOW ! Limited slots available!!

If you are interested, please take the following steps:
1. Email your name and phone number to 
2. We will email you back with payments instruction: by cash, bank transfer or Paypal.

- Your booking will only be completed after payment has been confirmed. 
- We will not refund last minute cancellation. Sign-ups are transferrable as long as announced at least three days before the workshop (name, email & hp number of new participant must be communicated to us).

Please make all your workshop enquiries to OR contact Marie at 080.4888.1980 


So are you up to the challenge? will you join us in February?


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