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.
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.
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.
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.
Godmama’s one of those reliable Peranakan restaurants with flavours that hit close to home. Must-try items include the All-Star Egg Skin Popiah, Babi Assam aka stewed assam pork and Satay Babi. The Funan eatery has got a brunch menu too, so try unconventional offerings like the Babi Assam Baked Eggs, Ayam Buah Keluak Burger and Buttermilk Banana Pengat Pancakes. Hungry yet?
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.
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.
The Sinpopo Brand restaurant at the charming Joo Chiat neighbourhood is a fantastic spot for Peranakan-influenced meals. Combining local dishes with Peranakan flavours, discover familiar yet unexpected eats like the Ma Ling Luncheon Crisps, Muah Chee Salad and Rojak Slaw. Better yet, try a myriad of dishes when you share Sinpopo’s Signature Nasi Lemak Set for 2 with a friend.
Tuck into blue pea flower coconut rice alongside assam onion relish, har jeong kai wings, lam-yu marinated pork belly and more. Leave room for dessert if the Dar Dar Mille Crepe that’s a cross between a kueh dardar and mille crepe cake sounds enticing to you.
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.