Lion Dancing began in China over 2,000 years ago. The Lion Dance is performed to ward off evil and bring good fortune. Lion Dance is performed accompanied by the music of beating of drums, cymbals, and gongs instruments synchronize to the lion dance movements and actions.
See the lion dancers up close as they move throughout the garden to the beat of the loud drum song to welcome the Year of the Horse to Peninsula Malaysia Cuisine.
The lions express joy and happiness. The lion dance is an important tradition that we observe during Chinese New Year to usher in good luck and prosperity. It is also an opportunity for us to share our tradition with customers.
On February 1, lion dances will be performed at 4pm.
Last update: March 08, 2006 - 4:00 PM
A new Malaysian outpost serves up the real thing: skillfully prepared
native dishes in a stylish contemporary setting.
Jeremy Iggers, Star Tribune
Exploring a new cuisine is a bit like visiting a country for the first time -- there is
much to learn and, if you have guides who know the territory, you'll get more out
of the experience. Peninsula, the new Malaysian restaurant on Eat Street (a k a
Nicollet Avenue), isn't really the first Malaysian restaurant in the Twin Cities, but
it's certainly the most ambitious, with the most extensive menu, and a level of
ambience and amenities that other local Malaysian restaurants can't match. My
own guides to this cuisine were three natives of Malaysia, who joined me on one
My companions started out skeptical. In Malaysia, they told me, the quality of
food at restaurants and street stalls is very high. Fresh fruits and vegetables
and spices are available year-round, and competition is so tough that
second-rate eateries don't last long. So Malaysian restaurants away from the
homeland can be disappointing -- the cooks aren't always as skillful, and the
flavors aren't as fresh.
Surveying the menu, they picked out the different ingredients of Malaysia's
multicultural cuisine. Only 7 percent of Malaysia's population is of Indian
ancestry, but many Malaysians, regardless of their background, start their day
with roti canai, an Indian flatbread served with a mild but savory brown potato
and chicken curry.
About a quarter of Malaysians are of Chinese ancestry, a heritage represented
on the menu by numerous dishes such as beef chow fun, Hainanese chicken,
and pork with preserved egg porridge. Thailand borders Malaysia, so it's no
surprise to find some Thai dishes on the menu as well, such as a Thai green
curry, Thai eggroll and a Malaysian version of tom yum, a popular Thai hot and
But the majority of dishes on the menu are traditional Malaysian preparations.
What distinguishes many of these dishes is the complexity of the flavors -- a
palette of spices that includes cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, kaffir lime leaves,
hot peppers, lemongrass, fermented shrimp paste, chili paste and cloves.
The food can be spicy: About half of the dishes on the menu are printed in red,
as a warning. But I didn't encounter anything nearly as hot as some of the fiery
Thai and Sri Lankan preparations I've sampled locally.
There is no symbol on the menu to warn diners about smelly dishes, but
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Restaurant review: Peninsula has tradition, ambition
perhaps there should be. On another visit, the waiter tried to warn us away from
the penang rojak, a salad of cucumber, jicama, mango and pineapple, drizzled
with a dark sweet sauce made with belacan, a fermented shrimp paste. He told
us that he personally couldn't stand the smell of it, and that he had been told to
discourage Westerners from ordering it. (It turns out that this attitude is not
uncommon: The Wikipedia entry for belacan notes, "To Westerners -- and even
Asians -- unfamiliar or unappreciative with shrimp paste the smell can be
extremely repulsive.") But the dish wasn't quite as pungent as advertised, and I
found it rather refreshing.
My favorites among the traditional Malaysian dishes included the beef rendang
(slow-cooked chunks of beef, lemongrass, chili paste, coconut milk, cinnamon,
cloves and red curry) and the panggang ikan (a fresh fish --we chose flounder-
covered in a paste of aromatic seasonings, deep-fried and then wrapped in a
banana leaf). It takes a lot of work to extract all the succulent morsels of meat
from the Malaysian-style (Oungeness) crab, but the complex blend of spices
makes it well worth the effort.
Other recommended dishes include the achat (a salad of pickled cabbage,
carrots, green beans and cucumber in a lively peanut sauce), the satay tofu (big
crisp wedges of deep-fried bean curd filled with bean sprouts and topped with a
similar, savory peanut sauce), and the asam laksa, a sour and spicy broth with
very fat noodles.
Nothing we had was bad, but I probably wouldn't order the belacan eggplant
again -- too much fried eggplant, not enough flavor -- or the popia, a very bland
spring roll stuffed with jicama, egg and bean sprouts. And none of us cared
much for the Malaysian Buddhist delight -- a stir-fry of fried tofu and mixed
There is a lot more on the menu that I would like to try, ranging from the red
curry beef stew hot-pot, the mango shrimp and the kambing rendang (Iamb
simmered in coconut milk, chiles, ginger, cinnamon and cloves).
Servers are young, friendly and inexperienced. A limited selection of
inexpensive but decent wines from familiar producers is available by the bottle
or glass, along with a short list of domestic and imported beers.
At the end of our dinner, all three of my Malaysian companions gave the
Peninsula a strong endorsement: They said the food was as good as at the
restaurants back home.
By the way, there are several other local restaurants that serve Malaysian
cuisine. I haven't dined recently at Rasa Salang (2480 Winnetka Av. N., Golden
Valley) or at Singapore Chinese Cuisine (1715 Beam Av., Maplewood). But I
had a delightful dinner recently at Singapore (5554 34th Av. S., Minneapolis),
the world's only Malaysian-Ethiopian restaurant. And I have also enjoyed the
Malaysian fare I have sampled at K-Wok (1813 Riverside Av., Minneapolis),
which has a short list of Malaysian dishes hidden away on the back of its mostly
Chinese and Vietnamese menu.
Restaurant review: Peninsula has tradition, ambition
Location: 2608 Nicollet Av. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-8282.
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday,
11 a.m. to midnight.
Atmosphere: Contemporary Asian with open kitchen and natural woods.
Sound level: Moderate.
Recommended dishes: Spicy Malaysian crab, fish in banana leaf, beef
rendang, sambal sotong (sauteed squid).
Price range: $5.95 to $16.95; seafood specials sometimes higher.
Jeremy Iggers • 612-673-4524
Posted on Thu, Feb. 02, 2006
BY KATHIE JENKINS
You've got to wonder what the neighbors are thinking.
Eat Street has always been a 17-block stretch of hole-in-the-walls on Nicollet Avenue - from Grant Street to 29th
Street in Minneapolis. But things have started to change.
First came the trendy restaurant Azia at the corner of 26th and Nicollet. Then, the hip Bad Waitress Cafe debuted
across the street a few months ago, followed by Anemoni, an oyster and sushi bar complete with champagne and
sake lists and DJs.
Now comes Peninsula, a honker of a restaurant. Once you see it, you instantly want to eat there. It's got an
industrial look with chrome accents and walls painted earthy warms tones like mustard, sandstone and spruce. The
black-clad waiters have colorful sarongs jauntily tied around their waists. And there's an open kitchen, so you can
watch the cooks at work.
The Malaysian food is truly exciting. The lengthy menu offers something for everyone. And everything - smoky mee
goreng noodles with shrimp, tofu and potatoes; roti, the multilayered pancake filled with egg, onion and green
chiles; rich, fragrant curries slowly simmered in coconut milk, chiles and ginger, cinnamon and cloves - tastes like it
was cooked to order.
The restaurant debuted last week, so there are probably still a few kinks to be worked out. A second printing of the
takeout menu might also be in order since Minneapolis is misspelled Minneapollis. But if they keep serving food this
good at these prices, Peninsula is bound to be a star.
JOIN THE CLUB
It's clear the new Clicquot Club Cafe in Minneapolis was conceived by somebody with great taste and an even greater
sense of color. The walls are cheery orange, yellow, green, rust and gold. Even the red concentric circles on the
dessert plates and the individual pink teapots are perfectly coordinated with the rest of the decor.
Tucked away in the sleepy Seward neighborhood in the landmark Orange Crush building, Clicquot Club turns out a
simple menu of soup, salad and sandwiches on the order of what you'd make at home. There are also organic teas
and coffee and an array of baked goods so appealing you want to eat your way through the whole lot of them.
Best dishes I tried? A prosciutto and pesto panini and a seven-layer bar that made me wish I could run right home
and start baking.
Throw in the friendly service, the delicious lattes and the fact you don't have to pay to be a member at this club, and
it's easy to understand why, during a recent visit, every single table was taken.
Small Bites are first glances - not intended as definitive reviews - of new or changed restaurants. Pioneer Press
Peninsula, 2608 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-871-8282. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Prices, $2.50 to
Clicquot Club Cafe, 2929 E. 25th St., Minneapolis; 612-724-4700. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
Prices, $2.95 to $8.95.
The upscaling of Eat Street continues apace with the opening of Peninsula, a stylish new Malaysian restaurant at 26th Street and Nicollet Avenue S. Track lighting, natural wood and an open kitchen create a casual, sophisticated setting, but prices stay comfortably in the Eat Street range. Except for the seafood dishes, most entrees are under $12, with many noodle soups and rice dishes priced at $7 or less.
A sprinkling of Thai dishes is offered, including Thai green curry and tom yum soup, as well as a few dishes representing Malaysia's Indian and Chinese ethnic minorities, such as Indian-style spicy chicken, and Cantonese beef chow fun. But most of the offerings are distinctively Malay, such as the ayam rendang (chicken with lemon grass, chili paste, coconut milk, ginger, cinnamon and cloves in red curry sauce), or sambal sotong, sautéed squid in spicy belacan shrimp paste.
A wine and beer license is expected soon. In the meantime a wide selection of southeast Asian beverages and smoothies is offered, including fresh coconut milk, served in the coconut.
Through this weekend, Peninsula is offering a special 11-course Chinese New Year menu that includes an appetizer platter, lobster, clams, Buddha yam pot (a crispy fried taro root nest filled with shrimp, chicken, mushrooms), spicy crispy golden fried squid and more. Cost is $228 for a table for 10; one day's notice is required.
* What's New as of 08/20/2007
We have combined english and chinese menus together. We have now introduced more new dishes than ever. Please try out our new featured dishes like Nyonya Laksa, Ipoh Bean Spout, Seafood With Tofu Hot Pot, and many more!
Peninsula's Grand Opening
Our agenda at the Grand Opening celebration of Jan 21, 2006:
11:00 - 12:00pm - Fun activities (Interested in knowing what our fun activities are? Come out and join us to find out!)
12:00 - 12:30pm - A potential spectacular grand opening ceremony
12:30 - 2:00pm - Fun activities continue!
1/17/2006 - Peninsula's Big Day! Yes, we all have been awaiting this remarkable event. Please continue to stick with us, and bring your families, your friends and yourselves to our grand opening. We thank you for being patient with us and hope to see you there!
Tuesday 1/17/2006: Business starts from 11:00am - 10:30pm
Saturday 1/21/2006 (Grand Opening): Restaurant opens from 11:00am - 12am midnight
Please check out our Contact Us for our regular business hours.
- Our first distributed coupon is now available online. Print it out and bring it with you for a free Roti Canai or Thai Egg Roll order!
- Reservations are accepted for Chinese New Year celebration. We have a special menu for Chinese New Year too!
- Curbside take-outs are available right behind the restaurant building.
- New dishes were added into our current Menu. A separate Chinese Menu is also available for Chinese readers! - updated on 12/09/2005.