An explosion of spices and flavours is coming your way

Peranakan cuisine is, without a doubt, deeply-rooted in heritage. Blending Chinese ingredients and cooking techniques with Malaysian and Indonesian spices, each dish is uniquely prepared thanks to the chef’s personal touches. For our top recommendations of aromatic and flavourful Peranakan cuisine, head to the following restaurants. You won’t be disappointed.
 

The Blue Ginger 
 


 

A trip to either of The Blue Ginger’s two outlets near town will no doubt earn you a satisfying feast, thanks to all the homely and comforting options which have been given a contemporary twist. Their signature Pork Ribs Assam is their rendition of the classic Perankan babi assam that’s usually prepared with pork belly, while the Sotong Keluak stands out as a seafood version of the typical ayam buah keluak. End off on a sweet note with their towering Durian Chendol that offers a heaping spoonful of D-24 durian puree.
 

Candlenut
 


 

Proudly the world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant, Candlenut at Dempsey Hill serves modern yet authentic Straits-Chinese cuisine. With Chef Malcolm Lee overseeing the kitchen, expect only the tastiest of heritage dishes, made with fresh seasonal produce. They’ve got a number of menus including the lunch and dinner Ah-Ma-Kase which spotlights their signature dishes, as well as the ala carte and vegetarian menu.
 

Chilli Padi Nonya Restaurant 
 


 

For simple yet authentic Peranakan cuisine, visit this long-standing Joo Chiat restaurant that has been around since 1997. Expect to enjoy all-time favourites done to exacting standards, such as the Nonya Curry Chicken, Fish Head Assam Pedas and Sayur Lodeh. The brand is also now known for its catering and even confinement meals for those craving even more. 
 

House of Peranakan Petit
 


 

Feel like you’re dining in a Baba-Nyonya’s own home at House of Peranakan Petit, located within a former Peranakan enclave along Eng Hoon Street in Tiong Bahru. Some of their best eats include the Nyonya Ngoh Hiang, Ayam Sioh and Itek Sioh.
 

Kin
 


 

Launched by famed chef and Masterchef Singapore judge Damian D’Silva together with the Lo & Behold Group, Kin showcases traditional heritage fare that draws upon the heartfelt memories of the chef himself. If there’s one thing you should eat here, it’s definitely the comforting bowl of Chap Chye Masak Rempah Titek, inspired by the classic sayur lodeh.
 

The Real Peranakan
 

For homely and comforting meals that boast the nostalgic charm of authentic Nonya cuisine, The Real Peranakan is truly a labour of love by celebrated celebrity Chef Philip Chia. Reintroducing traditional favourites and long-lost recipes in a friendly, family-oriented setting at Hillcrest and Kim Yam Road, expect to savour quintessential dishes such as Ayam Buah Keluak, Nonya Chap Chye and Babi Pong Teh.
 

Restaurant PeraMakan
 


 

Opened by a fourth generation Nyonya of Malacca and Penang parentage, PeraMakan offers a no-frills, authentic Peranakan experience, thanks to their delicious home-cooked meals. Just pick a bunch of items off the ala carte menu like Ayam Buah Keluak and Sayur Masak Lemak to share if you’re dining as a group.
 

Violet Oon
 


 

Serving Peranakan favourites with a local appeal is Violet Oon Singapore. There are four outlets, including their latest and biggest at Jewel Changi Airport (it even has an outdoor live charcoal grill). But whichever one you head to, you’ll always be treated to hearty and flavourful meals, largely inspired by the head chef’s personal heritage.