What makes Singapore’s culinary landscape a peerless one is how it truly is a melting pot of literal flavours. As the home to a complex medley of cultures and heritage, this confluence brings forth a myriad of cuisines, each brimming with its own distinct palette of tastes and colours.
Beneath the veil cast by the dominant cuisines of major ethnic groups, there still exists multiple unique culinary heritages awaiting our discovery. Of this collective, one of the more prominent marginal ethnic groups is the Peranakan. With a lineage descended from a blend of Chinese, Malay and Indonesian backgrounds, many have since been assimilated into the broader Chinese or Malay ethnic groups.
Despite this dilution of cultural identity, an enduring aspect of their history is their inimitable cuisine. Renowned for having bright, vibrant flavours that are familiar yet fresh, these dishes and the equally rich history behind them have seen a recent resurgence in the local gastronomical scene.
From gourmet Michelin-starred restaurants to humble family-owned eateries, here is a collection of 18 places where you can sample a flavourful slice of Singapore’s Peranakan food heritage.
Boasting high ceilings, a bigger space and decked out in Peranakan-inspired tiles and furnishings, one-Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant Candlenut offers an Omakase menu—which they cheekily call ‘Ahmakase’.
The restaurant has a different, somewhat contemporary approach towards Peranakan cuisine, delving away from traditional methods.
Boasting a wider array of dishes (ranging between S$20 – S$30 each), we got to try a good many dishes, with our favourites being the Blue Swimmer Crab Curry, Turmeric, Galangal, Kaffir Lime Leaf and Westholme Wagyu Beef Rib Rendang, Serunding, Turmeric Leaf.
My Cosy Corner is a hole-in-the-wall Peranakan eatery tucked in the corner of Coronation Shopping Plaza, in Bukit Timah.
It is a place where you will feel instantly at home and the staff would occasionally have a friendly conversation with the customers.
Come here for great-tasting Peranakan dishes, local fare and Japanese bento sets.
Stepping in to PARKROYAL on Pickering is an experience so impeccable, and its grandeur is one-of-a-kind and unrivalled. This eco-friendly hotel – with a total of 15,000m2 of sky gardens, waterfalls, planter terraces and green walls – boasts a breathtaking metropolitan architecture that has completely changed the Singapore skyline.
Lime, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, is equally alluring. It is always a pleasant to dine and drink there, and be enraptured by the lush tranquility. The food never disappoints, and we could get used to a glass of its signature Limeade every day.
And what keeps our hearts is the lavish buffet spread that is nothing too exorbitantly-priced nor pretentious. Just good, honest food that fuels the soul.
Here are 7 things that we love about the buffet at PARKROYAL on Pickering’s Lime Restaurant.
PARKROYAL on Pickering is a gem along Chinatown. The eco-friendly hotel boasts a breathtaking metropolitan architecture, and the star restaurant – Lime – is a crowd pleaser no less. With a strong following from the executives and expats working in the vicinity and local families and couples, Lime dishes out delectable spreads every day for its fans. While the lunch and dinner buffet is particularly popular among its business crowd, Lime has come up with a sweet deal for those who still love dining at the gorgeous establishment – minus the food coma from a heavy lunch.
That’s what buffets always do to us, right? We eat our lunch hour away with all the cold cuts, pastas, cakes and whatnot. And we rub our bellies happily as we leave, only to realize that lunch will have us feeling all restless and dazed when we get back to our desks. So that is why Lime’s new Nonya Set Lunch got our attention, and we thought it couldn’t be a more brilliant idea!
Beginning from the month of September, the Nonya Set (S$38++) will entice with a Peranakan charm. Individually plated and with a variety of five tantalising dishes, the Nonya Set is specially conceptualised by Lime with the idea of satisfying your cravings for all things Peranakan in a comfortable and laidback environment. Retreat to a menu of Peranakan classics lovingly prepared by the prized Chef Nancy Teo – who has deep Peranakan roots – and indulge in a fulfilling lunch of Kueh Pie Tee, Bakwan Kepiting Soup, Babi Pong Teh, Ayam Buah Keluak, Chap Chye, Bubur Cha-Cha and Durian Pengat Shooter.
It is the perfect dining option – be it a business luncheon or if you are introducing overseas friends to Peranakan cuisine. It saves you the hassle of walking to and fro for your food, and it is never as messy as a buffet can get. But if you still love your all-you-can-eat style, you will be delighted to know that an additional Peranakan section has been added on to restaurant’s daily buffet spread, so you get to enjoy free flow of all these Nonya treats from Lime at PARKROYAL on Pickering Singapore.
The Nonya Set is available daily during lunch and dinner at S$38++ per person.
PARKROYAL on Pickering
3 Upper Pickering Street
Tel: +65 6809 8899
Sun to Thu: 6.30am – 12am
Fri, Sat & Eve of PH: 6.30am – 2am
Nearest Station: Chinatown/Clarke Quay
This post is brought to you by PARKROYAL on Pickering.
The giveaway is now closed. Thank you for participating. The winners are #401, #254, #15, #198, and #152. I will be contacting you via email shortly after.
From 16 – 25 March, Azur Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport is presenting a special true-blue Peranakan buffet by Guest Chef Kenny Chan.
Some of the Peranakan dishes include the signature Ayam Buah Keluak (stuffed Indonesian black nut with chicken), Babi Pong Teh (braised pork in salted bean paste), Ikan Goreng Cili (fried fish with sambal), Nyonya Chap Chye, Telur Cincalok (fermented shrimp omelette), and Nyonya Cendol.
So here’s the good news. The kind folks at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport has kindly agreed to give 5 couples the chance to try the Peranakan buffet ($55++ for weekday dinner, and $65++ for weekend dinner). All you need to do is to answer a question by leaving a comment.
As usual, remember to ask your foodie friends to join the giveaway by sharing via the tweet and facebook buttons so that you guys have more chances of winning!
Singapore is a foodie paradise. It is not exaggerating to say that eating is part of the Singapore Spirit. Since we will be celebrating National day in a month’s time, I thought it would be nice to write about some of the must-eats in Singapore.
Here’s my list of 10 Things to Eat in Singapore.