Words like “rich” and “flavourful” best describe the traditional Peranakan cuisine. Their menu is typically diverse, ranging from meat and poultry to seafood and vegetable, all created and put together using different spices and cooking methods. If you’re on the hunt for some Peranakan cuisine anytime, check out these Top 10 Peranakan Restaurants in Singapore!
1) Daisy’s Dream Kitchen
Offering home-style Peranakan dishes in the comfort of a retro-chic restaurant, Daisy’s Dream Kitchen is indeed a dream to explore. For starters, take a bite at their appetising deep-fried Ngoh Hiang. Moving on to the mains, some of their must-tries include Babi Buah Keluak and homemade Otah. Seafood lovers, in the meantime, can opt for Sambal Stuffed Fried Fish or Black Ink Sotong. Remember to leave some room for dessert, namely their Chendol with Attap Chee.
It’s traditional meets modernity at Godmama, covering a wide array of Peranakan dishes to satisfy your appetite. They have familiar offerings like the classic Ayam Buah Keluak, Babi Pongteh and Ikan Gerang Assam (Pan-Seared Assam Fish). Fancy something different? Try their Buah Keluak Bolognese Pasta, a unique combination of beef bolognese linguine with buah keluak cooked in a spicy-sour stew. Leave some space for dessert too, with delectable choices such as Durian Pengat Buttermilk Pancakes, Cempedak Creme Brulee and Pulut Hitam Panna Cotta.
3) The Peranakan Restaurant Singapore
Led by executive chef Raymond Khoo and his team, here is a place where customers can indulge in a plethora of authentic Peranakan dishes. Using generations-old family recipes, among their most unique offerings include the Tok Panjang, a traditional Peranakan feast served on long tables. Looking at their menu, choices are aplenty here such as Ayam Sioh, Beef Rendang and Assam Pedas Fish Head. Not to forget their range of mouthwatering desserts such as Kueh Bingka (tapioca cake), Pulot Enti Durian (blue glutinous rice with durian puree) and Chendol Melaka drizzled with Gula Melaka syrup.
4) The Blue Ginger
From its homey interior to their authentic Peranakan dishes, The Blue Ginger has them all covered to make your dining an experience worth savouring. Start off with some of their offerings such as Otak Otak, Ayam Goreng Kunyit and Kueh Pie Tee. Rich and flavourful mains await you from the kitchen to the table, namely Pork Ribs Assam, Ayam Buah Keluak and Ikan Masak Assam Gulai. Dessert-wise, finish your meal with a refreshing bowl of Durian Chendol sweetened with Gula Melaka syrup and durian puree. You can locate The Blue Ginger at Tanjong Pagar and Great World.
5) True Blue Cuisine
Step into True Blue Cuisine and you’ll be greeted with a cosy yet elegant interior adorned with photo frames on the wall and predominantly wooden furniture all around. When it comes to their menu, expect traditional Peranakan delights such as Ngor Hiang, Chap Chye, Ayam Buah Keluak and Udang Kuah Nanair. The restaurant serves no pork and no lard, and can even be booked for private functions or traditional Peranakan weddings! True Blue Cuisine has also been on Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list since 2013, and still continue to be today.
6) Straits Chinese Restaurant
Here’s some interesting trivia for you: Apparently, Straits Chinese Restaurant earned its distinction as the oldest Nyonya restaurant in Singapore. Their history stretches way back to 1953, where recipes were passed down from generation to generation to preserve the authentic taste of the Peranakan dishes. They also pride themselves in using only the freshest ingredients available when it comes to preparing food such as Assam Pedas Fish, Ayam Buah Keluak and Beef Rendang. For desserts, they have delicious choices like Chendol, Lemongrass Jelly and bite-sized Nyonya kuehs made fresh on a daily basis.
Far from your usual Peranakan restaurant, Candlenut famously made its mark as the world’s first Michelin-starred eatery of its kind. Chef Malcolm Lee offers an array of well-curated menus such as Chef’s Mum’s Chicken Curry and Aunt Caroline’s Babi Buah Keluak. Those who like seafood can try Candlenut’s Blue Swimmer Crab Curry or Ikan Assam Pedas. For the latter, he uses Kühlbarra Barramundi fillet cooked in a spicy-sour gravy. Finally, end your meal with Candlenut’s unique dessert of Buah Keluak Ice Cream or go for the good old Classic Chendol Cream drizzled with Gula Melaka syrup.
Savour their homemade Peranakan dishes at PeraMakan, where you can locate them at several locations such as Owen Road and Alexandra Retail Center. Menus include meat & poultry choices such as Ayam Buah Keluak, Ayam Kleo (chicken cooked in a spicy coconut gravy) and Beef Rendang. Not to be left out are seafood dishes, namely Ikan Garam Assam and Udang Masak Kuah Nanas. Then, there are a few desserts you can choose here ranging from the classic Chendol to Durian Pengat and Sago Gula Melaka. They have value-for-money set meals too, which comes with the main course of your choice, a drink and a dessert.
9) Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant
For decades since 1953, Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant’s longevity has laid within their traditional Peranakan recipes served in the utmost authentic way possible. And most of all, their prices are reasonable too. Expect all-time favourites like Ayam Buah Keluak, Ikan Chuan Chuan, Otak Otak and Udang Asam Pedas. Other than Peranakan dishes, they also serve various Chinese food as well.
10) Violet Oon Singapore
With five branches islandwide, Violet Onn’s continuous success in the restaurant scene lies within their quality food and services. Fans of Peranakan dishes can enjoy some of the all-time favourites such as Ngoh Hiang, Kuay Pie Tee and Ayam Buah Keluak. Other dishes to try include the slow-braised Ayam Pong Tay, Beef Rendang and Garam Assam Fish. As for the desserts, they have options like Gula Melaka Cake and the traditional Kueh Beng Kah.
That’s not all! More Top 10s in Singapore are waiting to be discovered!
The compilation of this list was made from accumulation of Public Votes at TallyPress.com.