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House of Indocafe

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AsianNonyaNonya / PeranakanPeranakan
Indocafe - The White House is a Peranakan themed cafe offering hig tea daily with delicious savoury bites.

Daily: 12:00 - 15:00

Daily: 18:00 - 23:30

+65 67332656
$70 based on 18 submissions
Dinner (5 votes), Business Dining (3 votes), Quiet (3 votes)
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Cosy dining place with delicious peranakan food.

IndoCafe – A place I have noticed for a long time and passed by almost every working day. It was my wife’s birthday celebration that brought me there. Located at Scotts road (walking distance from Newton), the restaurant is housed in a cosy-looking colonial bungalow with both Indonesian and Peranakan interior decorations. For drivers, it comes with free parking too (not many lots though). We are greeted with welcoming staff. The waiter brought us water and took the effort to recommend us the popular dishes.
Kueh Pie Tee – The pastry was thin and crispy. It was tasty, not oily and yet fragrant. You can actually eat it on its own. But clearly you wouldn’t want to do that because the fillings were so good. It came with crab meat which adds that freshness into the juicy bite. Must Try!
Terong Balado – The egg plant was well pan fried and topped with rich spicy gravy. You can taste the delicious coconut milk and yet not too rich to overpower the whole dish.
Tau Yu Bak – The sauce was good but I had better. The meat was cooked to perfection. It still holds the shape of the meat while the meat was tender and flavourful. The meat was very well proportioned in terms of fats and meat.
Ayam Buah Keluak – The sauce was tasty in my opinion. Most of my friends found it so-so and some didn’t like it.
Bak Poey – Can’t really determine what makes it good. A good vegetable dish to add fibre to your meal.
Beef Rendang – The best dish of the night for me. The gravy was very thick and yet not tired of eating it all night. I had many beef rending before, but none has maintained the tenderness of the beef. IndoCafe did it so well..... MUST TRY!
Sambal Petai – Very delicious vegetable dish with fresh prawns. Nothing spectacular to pin point but just a good dish not to miss.
Chendol Panna Cotta – Very smooth texture with chendol flavour. Something special and ends your dinner well. But it wouldn’t wow you.
Coconut Alaska – I like this best out of the 3 desserts we have ordered. The shredded coconut, ice cream and cream just blend so well with the Vodka. MUST TRY!
Bubur Hitam – Sweetness and thickness were just nice. You might want to opt out if you have no more room.

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05 Sep 2014 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

Cosy dining place with delicious peranakan food.

IndoCafe – A place I have noticed for a long time and passed by almost every working day. It was my wife’s birthday celebration that brought me there. Located at Scotts road (walking distance from Newton), the restaurant is housed in a cosy-looking colonial bungalow with both Indonesian and Peranakan interior decorations. For drivers, it comes with free parking too (not many lots though). We are greeted with welcoming staff. The waiter brought us water and took the effort to recommend us the popular dishes.
Kueh Pie Tee – The pastry was thin and crispy. It was tasty, not oily and yet fragrant. You can actually eat it on its own. But clearly you wouldn’t want to do that because the fillings were so good. It came with crab meat which adds that freshness into the juicy bite. Must Try!
Terong Balado – The egg plant was well pan fried and topped with rich spicy gravy. You can taste the delicious coconut milk and yet not too rich to overpower the whole dish.
Tau Yu Bak – The sauce was good but I had better. The meat was cooked to perfection. It still holds the shape of the meat while the meat was tender and flavourful. The meat was very well proportioned in terms of fats and meat.
Ayam Buah Keluak – The sauce was tasty in my opinion. Most of my friends found it so-so and some didn’t like it.
Bak Poey – Can’t really determine what makes it good. A good vegetable dish to add fibre to your meal.
Beef Rendang – The best dish of the night for me. The gravy was very thick and yet not tired of eating it all night. I had many beef rending before, but none has maintained the tenderness of the beef. IndoCafe did it so well..... MUST TRY!
Sambal Petai – Very delicious vegetable dish with fresh prawns. Nothing spectacular to pin point but just a good dish not to miss.
Chendol Panna Cotta – Very smooth texture with chendol flavour. Something special and ends your dinner well. But it wouldn’t wow you.
Coconut Alaska – I like this best out of the 3 desserts we have ordered. The shredded coconut, ice cream and cream just blend so well with the Vodka. MUST TRY!
Bubur Hitam – Sweetness and thickness were just nice. You might want to opt out if you have no more room.
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19 Jun 2014 • 1965 reviews • 260 followers

Hearty Peranakan Fare

The House of Indocafe has been offering Peranakan food for lunch, dinner and even hi-tea.

At a recent dinner visit, I started with the warm homemade barley - ideal after a day of drinking.

For my starters I also tried the Kueh Pie Tee. I liked that it was not too wet and had crab meat to end it with a lighter taste.

I also tried the five spiced Ngoh Hiang but the one starter to try is the Classic Penang Otah. Think of this as a "chawanmushi" in a bowl made of otah.

From the main courses I tried the Ikan Masak Merah, cod fillet in red chilli sauce. Chilean cod was used so it had a firm bite.

I also tried the Rendang Sapi - which was really rich tender pieces of beef. Can be really hearty dish by itself.

As Chef was a Penang Peranakan person, we had to try the Ayam Buah Kelauk. Chef does something interesting, which is to remove the black bean paste and reinsert it with some chicken. I still prefer the traditional mode of eating the paste pure out of the seed though.

Pork lovers would love the Babi Pong Teh, mainly because pork belly is used, and this would ensure that each bite melts in the mouth.

Finally, for something light, the Chap Chye of Penang style stir fried vegetables will do the trick.

Dessert was the Burbur Cha Cha, a thick mix of yam and sweet potatoes to end the very hearty meal.

Dishes here may look small but they fill you up pretty quickly, and is designed to feed larger groups. Ideal for family gatherings.

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19 Mar 2014 • 579 reviews • 22 followers

Excellent Nonya fare

Read the full review at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2014/03/indocafe-white-house.html

The food at Indocafe is exquisitely refined, executed with much finesse, and service was, notwithstanding the lack of a dinner crowd, attentive, genuine and warm. 

We had:

1) Kueh Pie Tee ($10): deconstructed for DIY-aficionados, choc-a-bloc with a gazillion ingredients; crabmeat, prawns, pork belly. mushrooms, turnips, carrots and French beans. Although a sweetish garlicky chilli sauce rode alongside, ask for their sambal belachan instead. Its pungent fiery spice is much more compatible with the light clear taste of the filling.If you run out of kueh pie tee cups before you're done with the stuffing, they're more than happy to refill the cups.

2) Chap Chye ($14): best rendition ever! The cabbage, carrots, black fungus, beancurd skin, prawns, and pork skin harmonized into a symphony of varied textures and sweetness in a rich but balanced prawn stock base.

3) Tau Yu Bak ($22): a seldom seen dish in Peranakan restaurants but very often served in most Nonya households; meltingly tender and thoroughly flavourful, having infused all of that luscious premium dark soy

4) Pulot Hitam ($8): sweetened black glutinous rice porridge swirled with salted coconut milk. This possessed a controlled sweetness that was good to the last drop, but the consistency could have been a little tighter and thicker.
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