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4 places to try great Peranakan food
By Where Singapore Staff | Oct 02, 2017
Singapore's indigenous Peranakan cuisine combines Chinese, Malay and other influences into dishes of rich and wholesome flavors. Here are four establishments that serve up excellent Peranakan fare.
The island is awash with elevated Peranakan food, but it’s one-Michelin-star restaurant Candlenut that leads the way. Taking up a befittingly pretty spot at Dempsey’s Como development, Chef Malcolm Lee brings innovation to the complex flavors of Nyonya cuisine passed through his family to create dishes like the tiger prawn lemak nanas and the snapper with black mangga sambal. 17A Dempsey Rd.
This sun-drenched riverside restaurant does buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as an international and Asian a la carte menu. But the big draw is their selection of local and Peranakan fare, such as Nyonya laksa, ayam buah keluak, black bean slipper lobster and babi pongteh. There are good vegetarian options, too. 20 Merchant Rd.
This longstanding favorite is located in a traditional black and white house, with a big space offering alfresco seating to boot. They serve up authentic Nyonya cuisine with punchy flavors that don’t skimp on the spice blends: get the ayam buah keluak, five-spice ngoh hiang and babi pongteh. 35 & 35A Scotts Rd.
The focus may be on the sexy National Gallery branch and its more pan-Singaporean offerings, but Oon’s venture on Bukit Timah still focuses squarely on Peranakan food. The black-and-white space is now interspersed with colorful Peranakan tiles and classic bistro furniture. The menu focuses more on what she’s best at: Peranakan classics like pong tau hu soup, ngoh hiang, kuay pie tee, udang goreng chili, dry laksa and buah keluak noodles. 881 Bukit Timah Rd.