Peranakan culture is as well-loved as its food, but it is certainly getting harder to find traditional Peranakan food these days. We were in luck recently and stumbled upon a gem of a Peranakan restaurant. Only authentic peranakan food makes it to the table!
– Gail & Jem
G & J: Kudos to the owners of restaurants who put in extra effort to make their interior decor pop. We can’t help but fall in love with the sweet floral wallpaper and delicate porcelain teacups.
Bendeh (Ladies Dinger) – $12G & J: Freshly steamed ladies finger with “chinchalok” as gravy. Quite a unique take on the vegetable dish.
Ngoh Hiang – Prawn $15, Liver $17G & J: Handmade meat rolls with diced water chestnut, prawns, minced pork and other condiments.
Nasi Ulam Istimewa – $17G & J: Rice with raw herbs, vegetables, minced fish and sated fish. A traditionally Peranakan cooking style that makes for a rustic dish. Not for those who don’t like herbs and raw spices.
Satay Babi Sum Chan – $19G & J: Definitely not your usual typical satay! We love this Peranakan version – no skewers, and no peanuts. One of the highlights of the night!
Kueh Pie Ti (set of 10) – $20G & J: Delicate crisp top hats filled with stewed julienned turnip and condiments and topped with prawn. Another hot favourite!
Ayam Buah Keluak – $22G & J: No classic Peranakan meal is complete without “buah keluak”, a Peranakan staple. Stewed with chicken from great grandma’s recipe, it’s a true blue Peranakan dish.
Beef Rendang – $19G & J: Cubes of beef cooked in a rich coconut and spice mix. Tender and fragrant, the kaffirlime elicits an overall flavourful feel.
Kaki Babi Pong Teh – $19G & J: After beef and chicken, there’s pork to complete the meats. This is pork leg slow-cooked for 6 hours with sautéed onions an fermented beans. Tastes better than it looks!
Chef’s Dessert Platter – $15
Pulot Inti Kelapa – $5
Pulot Enti Durian – $6.50
Pandan Gula Melaka Cake – $6.50
G & J: Special shoutout to the Pulot Inti Kelapa (hae bee hiam) and Pandan Gula Melaka Cake! A must-order if you’re there for desserts.
Soursop with biji selaseh – $8G & J: After all that heavy eating, a good glass of refreshing soursop washes it all down nicely.
If you favour authentic Peranakan food, this place should be visited at least once. For the faint-hearted (when it comes to spice and sauces), some dishes may be a little on the adventurous side.
442 Orchard Road
Level 2 Claymore Connect
* This is an invited media tasting by The Peranakan.
What you should order: Satay Babi Sum Chan, Kueh Pie Ti