In the Malaysian language, “Tok”, means Table in Hokkien, and “Panjang” means Long in a Malay term. Tok Panjang in Malaysian / Baba Nonya (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peranakan) means Long Table. So Tok Panjang = Long Table.
In my family in Malaysia, we used to have a long table (tok panjang), where members of the family would gather around for meals or for special occasions, such as birthdays or weddings and serve a lavish spread of dishes laid out on a long table.
Meal time at the long table is where everyone feels relaxed and comfortable to be among loved ones – a place where one can share, interact, bond, connect and so establish loving and strong relationships with each other.
In traditional terms, when we mention Tok Panjang, we usually refer to a type of feast associated with weddings and special occasions. Thus, in my family, we had a “Tok Panjang” (long table), where family members would gather during special occasions, festivities or during meal times and serve delicious baba nonya dishes.
What does Tok Panjang or My Long Table represents?
To me personally, I chose the theme of Tok Panjang to represent my message – it is about sharing your favourite childhood dishes with your FAMILY and friends at your Long Table from the heart of your home – Your KITCHEN!
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