City Travel Tip #1312
Eating Peranakan food in Singapore
Peranakan food is unique to the Peranakans. These are the descendants of early Chinese migrants who married local Malays in Singapore and Malaysia. Hence, Peranakan food is unique to this region and has both Chinese and Malay influences.
Peranakan dishes I recommend include:
1. Ayam buah keluak – a chicken stew cooked with buah keluak, a special tree nut with strong flavour
2. Chendol – a desert comprised of coconut milk, palm sugar and ice, shown in the photo accompanying this post
3. Ngoh hiang – a deep fried meat roll, usually filled with minced pork and water chestnuts
4. Otah – a paste of ground fish meat and spices, wrapped in banana leaves and grilled
My favourite place to eat all these dishes and more is at Chilli Padi Nonya Restaurant. Located at Joo Chiat, this restaurant is consistently ranked by food bloggers in Singapore as one of the best places serving Peranakan food. Prices at the restaurant are reasonable, and you can end the meal with a walk around Joo Chiat to explore the quaint shophouses in the area.
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