Nyonya & Baba

Tucked away in a corner of VivoCity is this Peranakan restaurant which is pleasantly furnished with little Peranakan touches (think old‑world‑looking colored tiles and dark wood tables). We got a lovely corner table and somehow everything felt right—it wasn’t phony, noisy or overcrowded.

The food here was also pretty good. The papaya titek was a peppery‑yet‑sweet flavorful soup with soft papaya pieces—we loved it. The nonya crayfish was also competently executed, although it did not blow us away. We ordered the ayam buah keluak—which was tasty, although we’d have liked the buah keluak to be fluffier. Piping hot white rice was the perfect complement to the lemak puteh—a deliciously sweet vegetable curry.

The sweet wait staff recommended the chendol for dessert and boy, was it good. All that yummy sweetness arrived in a tall glass with loads of delicious bits thrown in. It was not too sweet and just utterly delightful. All meals should be like this—robust, simple and completely unpretentious.

Peranakan food is one of Singapore’s favorite and most unique cuisines. Here are our recommendations for where to get Peranakan food in Singapore.