O’nya Sayang Peranakan Restaurant – Rediscovering the taste of Nonya cuisine

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Nonya food lovers looking for a quick fix for their cravings may know of this cozy establishment called O’nya Sayang at Tampines Mall, or at their most recent outlet at Paya Lebar Square. Three months into the opening, and after nearly getting lost (as Google Maps told me that Paya Lebar Square was at Tai Seng), I finally made my sojourn down to the East to experience the flavours. Straight up, O’nya Sayang features homely dishes that are both traditional and modern. As their founder Zan Ho told me, the restaurant is targeted at the younger generation who may or may not know about Peranakan cuisine. From all the dishes I tried, I must say that these dishes are generally flavourful and good. While there is only so much you can do to make Peranakan dishes healthier (i.e for the younger crowd’s demands), I thought that O’nya Sayang is worth the try.

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Indocafe, The White House of Contemporary Peranakan Cuisine

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Scotts Road is one district not to be missed if you are in the lookout for fine quality food with a classy, posh ambiance to match. After my visit to Ki-Sho for some fine Japanese cuisine and Buona Terra for a hearty yet artful Italian set dinner, it was time to visit Indocafe, a Peranakan restaurant with a cultural centre attached to it. The place is affectionately called The White House, due to the extensive white facade that bears homage to a legacy of Singapore’s colonial days. Continue reading “Indocafe, The White House of Contemporary Peranakan Cuisine”

Daisy’s Dream Kitchen, Sotong Black & Babi Buah Keluak So Good…

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It has been a very long time since I’ve come across excellent Peranakan food that would make me want to come back for more. Lunching at Daisy’s Kitchen really brought back memories of the dishes my family cooks from time to time, and I must say that I am really pleased to find a Buah Keluak dish that uses Spare Ribs as the main ingredient and not chicken. However, the real deal comes with Daisy’s awesome Black Ink Sotong. With a velvety alkaline ink sauce tinged with the flavours of sour assam, this is one dish that is a must order any time I visit the restaurant.

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Straits Chinese Restaurant, Revisiting The Peranakan Buffet!

It has been a very long time since my family and I had a meal at a Peranakan restaurant. Having grown up amongst an assortment of Nonya cuisine at home (whipped up by my paternal bibik grandmother), I have to admit it is a gastronomic fare which I hold close to my tastebuds. About four years ago, when I discovered Straits Chinese Restaurant along Queen Street with their selected spread of Peranakan buffet, I was elated. It was a pure combination of a Singaporean love (buffet) and the tenderness of Straits Chinese cuisine. It has been about 3 years since my last visit to Straits Chinese, and since Dad wanted to have Ayam Buah Keluak, I proposed heading back to the restaurant for the buffet. And boy, was it a visit down memory lane!

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