JOHN WALKER & SONS XR21 Legacy Collection Teochew
The Teowchew people are native to the Chaoshan region in South China. Teochew people are known to value their beliefs and have a tradition of public service to the community. There are many temples in Malaysia that are older than a century, including the Johor Ancient Temple that was founded by local Teochew people. In the Qing Dynasty, locals believed in Xuan Tian Shang Di. This belief had spread across East and West Malaysia, which formed the collective belief of the local Teochew people.
The art of Chinese embroidery was widespread throughout China in the Qing Dynasty. Chaozhou embroidery is a type of Yue (short for Guangdong) embroidery, originating from ChaoZhou. The embroidery was exported to Southeast Asia, they are well-known for their exquisite beauty, meticulous compositions, and three-dimensionality. Nowadays, ChaoZhou embroidery can be seen and widely used as decoration by the Malaysian Teochew during religious activity and festivals.
In the early days, Teochew people lived off fishing along the riverbanks of Singapore and Malaysia. They would create fish balls from fresh fish without its head or bones. These were then used in their cooking or boiled in chicken soup and we thoroughly enjoyed by the Teochew people who preferred soup-based dishes.
Porridge is know as “Mi” in the Teochew dialect. Teochew porridge is thicker in texture as compared to Cantonese porridge. In Malaysia, it is usually eaten with a variety of other Teochew dishes such as braised duck, dried tofu, ‘Cai Pu’ (preserved radish), or ‘Mei Cai’ (dried pcikled mustard).
The Teochew Iron-Stick Puppet Theatre is a famous fold opera that originated from the Chaoshan are of Guangdong Province. There tiny puppets are manipulated to sing, act,read, and play by puppeteers working from behind the curtains. This format was popularused ub Cgaoshan from the late Qing Dysnaty to the Repubilc of Chinses. Most of the famous Teochew. Most of the famous Teochew opera artist stated their career from puppet theather troupes,