A distinguished method of exotic cooking, the Peranakan cuisine takes much of Southeast Asian delights that amazes both locals and foreigners. Taking Malaysian, Chinese, and Indonesian exotic flavours into its core principles, which shares the spicy, piquant signature taste and aroma along with coconut flavour, this masterpiece cooking style has earned its way from numerous iconic hawker stalls to grande, luxurious restaurants.
As such, the following are some of the notable Peranakan places in Singapore, for which visitors and people of near residence should take delight from.
Charlie’s Peranakan Food (Hawker) ( Close until February 28, 2021)
Known as some of the cheapest hawker stall that serves authentic Peranakan food, an explosion of curry delicacies, Charlie’s Peranakan Food’s excellent delivery of each of its signature dish and pocket-friendliness are worthy of recognition as among the best Peranakan-serving stalls and restaurants across Singapore. And though it takes one modest corner at the competitive atmosphere of Golden Mile Food Centre, it is undeniably the go-to place for every customer that seeks Peranakan pleasures, ensured by the incontestable seasonings and premium ingredients.
Accordingly, dishes bringing pride into this hawker stall includes the Buah Keluah Tulang Babi, with tender, mouth-watering pork ribs and smoothly thick Buah Keluak gravy; the Ayam Rendang, made from prime spices and herbs; and the Assam Fish, alongside the splendid glazing of Assam gravy. Also, customers also find the crunchy spiciness of Acar and the coconut flavouring of Beef Rendang fascinating choices.
Address: 505 Beach Rd, #B1-30, Singapore 199583
Phone: +65 9789 6304
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 7:30pm (Daily)
National Kitchen By Violet Oon
A crossover between Peranakan and Singaporean cuisines, aiming to showcase its founders’ luxurious culinary ideas not just in Singapore but to the world, Violet Oon, now, is a thriving brand detailed by Asian creativity and Nyonya exquisiteness, making it one of the best of its kind in the country. Over the supervision of its attentive CEO, chefs, directors, this restaurant leaves not just lasting impressions to its diners but an immeasurable whetting of even those with highest standards of Peranakan, and of authentic food, generally, gaining it the award for Best New Restaurant at the Peak G Awards.
Under its distinguishable service lies scrumptious dishes, including the Buah Keluak Ayam, an infusion of Buah Keluak nut, tangy chicken stew, and classic Nyonya spices; the slowly braised Dagin Chabek Beef Cheek in spicy tamarind Gula Melaka gravy; and the naked cod in delectably creamy laksa sauce drizzled with coriander pesto.
Address: 1 St. Andrew’s Road, #02–01, National Gallery Singapore (City Hall Wing), Singapore 178957
Phone: +65 9834 9935
Opening Hours: 12:00nn-5:00pm, 6:00pm-11:00pm (Daily)
Now, if the splendour of the preceding restaurant, serving some of Singapore’s best Peranakan signature dishes, simply didn’t suffice some customers’ idea for high end Peranakan dining experience, then Candlenut’s Michelin-starred standards will undoubtedly relief such dire cravings.
Being the first ever Peranakan restaurant to be awarded of such accolade, Candlenut, at first glance, already sets a thick air of relaxation for its diners, before letting them feast on the arrays of luscious Peranakan dishes curated by the passion-flared head chef and owner, Chef Malcolm Lee. And included within its perfectly listed menu are the Westholme Wagyu Beef Rib Rendang, with dry caramelised coconut curry and spices; the signature Blue Swimmer Crab Curry, a melange of turmeric, galangal, and coconut milk; and the Sambal King Prawns, made from the recipe of the chef’s mum and a family favourite.
Address: Block 17A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676
Phone: +65 1800 304 2288
Opening Hours: 12:00nn – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm (Daily)
Iconised for its affordable, yet sky-high flavoured Peranakan dishes, also with its wide range of choices for sets and meat varieties, ranging from beef, pork, to seafood, Tingkat PeraMakan unceasingly allocates much of its effort in giving their customers the best Peranakan experience anyone could ever find in Singapore. And with its casually lively environment, Tingkat PeraMakan can serve as an excellent venue for get-togethers, reunions, and any occasion of the sort.
Concerning its dishes, some of the most well-known are the fresh mackerel Ikan Garam Assam, cooked in Garam Assam gravy with brinjal and ladyfingers; the tender cuts of Beef Rendang, with premium spices and scented turmeric leaves; and the fancy Seafood Otak, a blend of fish, squids, and prawns in a rich spicy paste. Other similarly inviting options include the Sambal Sotong in sambal sauce, the braised chicken Ayam Buah Keluak, and the Udang Masak Kuah Nanas.
Address: 119 Owen Road, Singapore 218924
Phone: +65 62913474
Opening Hours: 11:30am-3:00pm, 6:00pm-10:00pm (Tuesday to Sunday),
Daisy’s Dream Kitchen
Evident from its name, Daisy’s Dream Kitchen is a homely environment that looks into bringing each of its customers into a series of home cooked goodness, and, with the guidance of its long history of traditional family cooking, allows anyone to experience the lasting heritage that looms over this majestic eating hub. Also, the Peranakan dishes are somewhat a vital aspect, for without such, the reputation that had since put glamour to this already-reputed restaurant would be non-existing.
Beyond the vintage music in the background, the showy design, and the friendly service lies signature dishes unique for each taste, texture, and intention, some of which includes the signature succulent, crispy bean curd skin surface Ngoh Hiang; soft, tender boneless Assam Chicken; and the thick, fragrant bowl of Beef Rendang. Of course, the Assam Pomfret, Assam Prawn, and the Babi Buah Keluak are also preferred options.
Address: 131 Rifle Range Road, #01-01 Temasek Club, Singapore, 588406
Phone: +65 6779 1781
Opening Hours: 12:00nn – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 9:30pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
With artful and culinary features gaining precedence from one another within this elegant space, Indocafe is a place to fill your stomach with incredible Peranakan food and to whet your eyes, with musical and dance performances just beside it. Over the years, Indocafe was given numerous awards, including the Restaurant Guru Best 2020 Takeaway Award, the Michelin Bib Gourmand Selection 2019, CTrip Gourmet List 2018, and many more, speaking quality well before eating anything that comes out of its magical kitchens.
Nevertheless, the delicate food and service never stoop below its public expectation, with the all-time Peranakan favourite braised chicken Ayam Buah Keluak, with black nuts and exotic spices; the slow cooked Wagyu beef cheeks Wagyu Beef Rendang in special blend of Indocafe spices; and the red snapper fish Kari Kepala Ikan, cooked in Assam gravy with ladyfingers and tomatoes that ensures each customer experiences an award-worthy dining experience.
Address: 35 Scotts Road, Singapore 228227
Phone: +65 6733 2656
Opening Hours: 12:00nn to 2:30pm, 6:00pm to 10:00pm (Tuesday to Sunday),
The Blue Ginger
Enjoyed mostly by families during its early days of establishment, The Blue Ginger serves as the centre for warm gatherings of intimate people and friends, in the present, mainly because it houses a 3 storey-shophouse making it also an ideal place for weddings and other events.
Rooting a majority of Peranakan culture, touched by a bit of modernity, this Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient restaurant puts forth with finesse the vintage culture of cooking into the future, serving signature dishes like the red snapper Nyonya Fish Head Curry, with lady’s fingers and eggplant cooked in curry; the ever-renowned tender beef cubes Beef Rendang in rich coconut milk spiced with ginger, lemongrass, lime leaves and a dash of curry powder; and the fishcake Otak-Otak, turmeric and lime leaves, that will make you feel at home and back at grandma’s warm kitchen.
Address: 97 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088518
Phone: +65 6222 3928
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm (Daily)
The Peranakan Restaurant
Just like most renowned restaurants, being stranded in line is one of the worst things, if not the only one, the same goes for The Peranakan Restaurant, for it is marked as one of Singapore’s best Peranakan and other distinguished cuisine, making it a dead target for anyone, local or otherwise, who seeks appetite whetting.
Also, The Peranakan offers a wide variety of pork, beef, fish, prawns, and squid choices, from which one can impossibly try and taste in a day, let alone a single sitting, forcing a regular visit that would probably never stop. And from such a list of highly regarded dishes comes the spice infused Curry Ayam Istimewa and the single beef selection Beef Rendang in coconut and spice mix. As well as the Peranakan BBQ Satay Babi Sum Chan, the Assam Pedas Fish Hea cooked in chilli tamarind gravy, the stir fried Sambal Sotong and Sambal Udang.
Address: 442 Orchard Road, Level 2 Claymore Connect, Singapore 238879
Phone: +65 6262 4428
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:00pm, 5:30pm – 9:00pm (Daily)
A restaurant rising from the inspiration of two exemplary women, who cooks with a burning passion and love for simple yet touching treats, as a result, Godmama contains gratifyingly lifting dishes, making its diners and customers feel like strangers being welcomed to the family table of Godma and Mama.
Currently, the generosity and care of Godma and Mama can be felt strongly from Godmama itself, for this restaurant participates actively in dealing with climate change by not using straws, lessening carbon emissions, and keeping energy-efficient equipment set up. And complementing such advocacy are, of course, the fine Peranakan food, which includes the special All-star Egg Skin Popiah, a wrap of fresh prawns, stewed vegetable filling, cucumber, and other prime ingredients in a homemade egg skin crepe; the tender, succulent Babi Assam; and the prominent Beef Rendang. Together with the desserts Gingerflow and Lychee Sorbet, and Cempedak Creme Brulee
Address: Funan, #04-07, 107 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179097
Phone: +65 6970 0828
11:00am – 3:30pm, 6:00pm-9:00pm (Monday to Thursday),
11:00am – 3:30pm, 6:00pm-10:00pm (Friday),
10:00am – 4:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm (Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holiday)
Ivins Peranakan Restaurant
With its exceedingly cheap and affordable yet flavourful delicacies, Ivins Peranakan Restaurant is among Singapore’s best Peranakan-serving restaurants, and though it may not boast world class interior and outer aesthetics, it is still a superb eating spot that dazzles across the map, attracting a great amount of customers from time to time.
Here, they serve almost everything with delectably prime gravy, and among the most popular includes the Nyonya Curry Fish, with lady fingers in spicy coconut gravy; the Babi Pongteh, a braised lean pork in soy bean gravy; and the Ayam Buah Keluak, braised chicken in spicy tamarind gravy, augmenting your craving for that tangy, aromatic Peranakan signature style of cooking. Also, the spicy Garam Assam Fishhead, Ikan Sambal Manis’ crispy sweetness, and the special Honey are among the winning choices being offered in this humble yet magnificent restaurant.
Address: 21 Binjai Park, Singapore 589827
Phone: +65 6468 3060
11:00am–3:00pm, 5:00pm–9:00pm (Friday to Wednesday),
Offering their own concept of astounding Peranakan dishes coming from a lasting richness of family heritage or a recent revolutionary idea, these places never fail to excite people’s appetite.