traiteur & kruidenier
specialiteiten uit maleisië.singapore.japan
di - zo 16.00 - 20.00
1013 tc amsterdam
tel 020 3379376
mobiel 06 33732548
The name Yayang is derived from the Malaysian word “Sayang” and means “Most Beloved”. The shop takes its name from Yayang, a Malaysian friend of the owner, Anja Aurin. Yayang taught her the secrets of authentic Malaysian cooking.
Anja: “Because food in South East Asia is so delicious, I made many trips in the last 25 years to Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.” In all of these countries I would stick my nose in every pot, every kitchen I could find. I wanted to learn how to make my favourite meals myself.”
One day, Anja was invited to a small Malaysian fishing-village. Initially she only planned staying there a few days. She ended up staying there a whole year long. Anja learned how to prepare and cook authentic Malaysian meals in that little village. Anja: “I lived with a big family in their house. I learned the language and the recipes, every day something new, as the family had a little restaurant-stall on the local market.”
One of the married daughters living with the family was called Yayang. A gorgeous young mother of 24 years. Anja: “Yayang always made it clear how happy she was that I was there. She made meals for me that just got more and more delicious each time and gave me little presents for me and my family. It was as if we were sisters.“ That was in 2002.
In the following years Anja visited Yayang's family regularly. She watched the children grow up and learned more and more recipes. Sadly, Yayang was diagnosed with breast-cancer and passed away in 2009. Anja called her shop 'Yayang' as a tribute to her.