The three most famous Peranakan restaurants in Singapore

Curated by BuffaloTripOctober 29, 2016 Viewed: 900

Visiting Indocafe - the white house, Chilli Padi Nonya or Candlenut, guests can enjoy good foods of Peranakan, a special population community in the Singapore island.

Although Singapore is standing up a culinary destination of the world, the cuisine of the Peranakan always has its own attraction with visitors. 

Peranakan’s culture actually had from Malacca, Malaysia before Singapore was established. According to Peter Wee, chairman of Singapore's Peranakan Association, the Chinese immigrants to Malacca in the 15th and 16th century, and gradually integrated into the local culture. Chinese men married to Malaysian women and their children who are called Peranakan ( "baba" for men , "nonyo" to refer to women). They not only developed its own language but also created a different culture, from cuisine, pottery, embroidery products and footwear or architecture ...

Peranakan Cuisine

Although having region from the two peoples, there are China and Malaysia but Peranakan is still affected from the UK, India, and Thailand. Peranakan culture mainly is based on China so that cuisine should not be the exception.

Some kinds of foods as chap chye (stewed vegetable), and baibi pongteh (pork stew with young soybean), native Chinese dishes which are often placed on ancestor’s altars Peranakan for worship ceremony every time.

According to the book "Changing Chinese Foodways in Asia" by David Wu Chee Beng and Tan, Peranakan’s cuisine is a combination between Chinese’s culture and other factors such as local ingredients. Initially, Singapore’s Peranakan women used the popular ingredients from Malaysia such as turmeric, ginger, lime leaves, lemongrass and tamarind. These materials are made up of a combination of spices called rempah, appears more in Peranakan’s meals. will show 3 restaurants which serve oldest and most delicious foods in Singapore. Visitors can refer to enjoy.

1. Indocafe - the white house

This is a famous Peranakan restaurant, located in a house with an elegant colonial design at 35 Scotts Street. Stepping inside, visitors will find the way of arranging furniture such as tables, coffer, shelves ... and many Peranakan’s items, they include traditional costumes, bowls ...

Apart laksa dish which brings the bold flavor of Thais and Chinese cuisine, the restaurant also serves a variety of dishes are prepared and combined especially as kerabu bok nee (black mushroom and mashed chicken are cooked with sambal sauce), Penang otah ( eggs are cooked with coconut milk and a piece of fish).

The other scrumptious dishes of an Indocafe restaurant can be mentioned is ITEK’s heart, babi pongteh, or variations of fried rice keluak buah.

Address: 35 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228227

Telephone: (+65) 6733 2656

Opening hours: Daily from 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10:30pm


2. Chilli Padi Nonya

The restaurant is located at 11 Joo Chiat Pl Street, with the diversity of attractive colors dishes, the exact recipe , nd the staff are very enthusiastic. This street can take visitors back to the ancient time of Singapore, with its traditional shops, hawker counters on the street and groups of people playing mahjong ...

Affordable cost and tasty dishes like cabbage rolls and fish head curry...that is reason why Chilli Padi Nonya attracts not only local residents but also tourists everywhere. Many customers come here and come back many times to enjoy the piquancy and the harmonious combination of food that they can not find elsewhere.

Address: 11 Joo Chiat Place, #01-03, Singapore 427744

Telephone: (+65) 6275 1002

Opening hours: Daily from 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 10pm



3. Candlenut

Candlenut is also an interesting address for visitors to enjoy and learn about Singapore's Peranakan cuisine. The boss is a young chef Malcolm Lee (32 years old). Here, you can be served Peranakan dishes but not too influenced by Chinese cuisine in a way that processing of the West.

Some dishes such as beef rib is cooked with buah keluak soup, chap chye is combined with shrimp sauce or banana cake is steamed with banana caramel and cream Melaka are the highlights on the menu of the restaurant. The restaurant is located at No. 331, New Bridge Road.

Address: 17 Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249676

Telephone: (+65) 1800 304 2288

Opening hours: Daily from 12pm to 2:30pm, 6pm to 9pm