Interested in Peranakan food, but have no clue where to go? Read on for restaurants that dish out the best Peranakan foods and leave you wanting for more.
Peranakan cuisine is created by using a perfect blend of Chinese ingredients with Malaysian and Indonesian spices and cooking techniques. Peranakan dishes consist mostly of coconut milk, laksa leaves, belacan (shrimp paste) and tamarind that give the dishes a tangy, lemak and of course, spicy flavour. The cooking method and techniques take years to master, with each family having a different recipe approach to the dishes. Some of the must-try dishes are Ayam Buah Keluak, Kueh Pie Tee, Chap Chye and Kueh Salat. With the myriad of ingredients and complex cooking techniques, Peranakan cuisine is undoubtedly one of the most exquisite and delectable cuisines.
*Lemak: rich or creamy
Candlenut is renowned for being the World’s first and only One Michelin Star Peranakan restaurant. Everything about this restaurant is posh and elegant. Even the restaurant’s interior is designed by a prominent architect and designer, Paola Navone. For those who have an expensive taste in food, this is the perfect way to indulge in a scrumptious Peranakan feast and dine in peerless luxury.
Address: Block 17A, Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676
- Lunch: Mon to Sun, 12:00pm to 3:00pm
- Dinner: Sun to Thu, 6:00pm to 10:00pm; Fri, Sat & Eve of Public Holidays, 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Tel: 1800 304 2288
Ask any Singaporean who they think of when you mention “Peranakan cuisine chef”. There’s only one name that comes to mind – Violet Oon. The meals here are heart-warming, almost like having a home-cooked meal, as the recipes used were handed down from one generation to the next. The tile-patterned floors, dark wood furnishings and blue and green painted walls bring out elements of the Peranakan culture and the design is so posh it makes Violet Oon a super insta-worthy place to show off to your followers.
Source: Violet Oon
- Bukit Timah: 881 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 279893
- National Gallery Singapore: 1 St. Andrew’s Road, #02–01, National Gallery Singapore (City Hall Wing), Singapore 178957
- Bukit Timah: Tue to Sun, 12:00pm to 10:30pm; Closed on Mon
- National Gallery Singapore: Lunch: Daily, 12:00pm to 2:30pm; Tea: Daily, 3:00pm to 5:00pm; Dinner: Daily, 6:00pm to 10:30pm
Website: Violet Oon
- Bukit Timah: +65 9781 3144\
- National Gallery Singapore: +65 9834 9935
INDOCAFÉ, The White House
Housed in the iconic colonial black and white bungalow, INDOCAFE serves modern Peranakan cuisine. Instead of using traditional family recipes, INDOCAFE gives their dishes a modern twist by using different ingredients to recreate classic Peranakan dishes such as using steamed egg in its Classic Penang Otah dish. Every dish here is richly infused with spice; even the salad has a hint of sambal flavoured dressing!
Address: 35 Scotts Road, Singapore 228227
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun; closed on Mon
- Lunch: 12:00pm to 2:30pm
- Dinner: 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Tel: +65 6733 2656
True Blue Cuisine
True Blue Cuisine has been on the Bib Gourmand List since they were first introduced to Singapore. Located adjacent to the Peranakan Museum, True Blue Cuisine is the perfect way to conclude your Peranakan culture experience. As many of the Peranakan dishes contain pork to make the dish more flavourful, it comes as a surprise that True Blue Cuisine does not use pork or lard in its dishes. But rest assured, the dishes are still very flavourful. Just by standing at the entrance of the restaurant, you can smell the *belachan that fills the entire place, adding to the true blue Peranakan experience.
*Belachan: Shrimp paste, commonly used as a key ingredient in Peranakan dishes
Source: True Blue Cuisine
Source: True Blue Cuisine
Address: 47/49 Armenian Street, Singapore. 179937
- Lunch: 11:30am to 2:30pm daily
- Dinner: 5:30pm to 9:30pm daily
Website: True Blue Cuisine
Tel: +65 6440 0449
The Blue Ginger
This three-storey Peranakan restaurant has been listed on Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list in 2017. Blue Ginger gives off an authentic Peranakan vibe as it is housed in a shophouse with traditional Peranakan interior design. Recipes at The Blue Ginger have been kept alive since its establishment in 1995, therefore the food served to you are uniquely Blue Ginger’s.
Source: The Blue Ginger
Source: The Blue Ginger
Address: 97 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088518
- Lunch: 12:00pm to 3:00pm daily
- Dinner: 6:30pm to 10:30pm daily
Website: The Blue Ginger
Tel: +65 6222 3928
If you’re looking for authentic and affordable Peranakan cuisine, Ivins is the place to be. Portion sizes are small at Ivins, but that just means you can try more Peranakan dishes! The simple décor gives the restaurant a casual and comfy ambience, allowing you to get the most out of every dollar.
Address: 19/21 Binjai Park, Singapore 589827
- Lunch: Fri to Wed, 11:00am to 3:00pm; Closed on Thu
- Dinner: Fri to Wed, 5:00pm to 9:00pm; Closed on Thu
Tel: +65 6468 3060