Daily: 0700 - 1030
Tue - Sun: 1130 - 1500
This jauntily-named Nonya family restaurant is headed by a true-blue Peranakan chef. All the familiar favourites are on the menu, as well as some of the chef's family recipes such as kari lemak udang kertak (crayfish made with a curry of ground spices and curry powder). The rendang dishes tend to be served with more sauce to suits customers' preferences.
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reasonably okay peranakan food at this katong institution. this place is rather refurbed-old-school, good for family meals and is packed to the rafters on the weekends – I think I was a little disappointed by the only okay food here. there was something about the food here that made me feel like it had been rather brusquely scooped off a buffet-style food warmer into dishes before being served to us – I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it might have been the cold dishes or the slightly muted flavor profiles. regardless, I expect more from a restaurant (though this would have been excellent as part of a catered buffet). I was more impressed by the less-easy-to-find desserts they served here. dad had the bubur terigu, which is wheat cooked with tender and served with palm sugar and coconut milk, and we ordered the apom berkuah – which I’ve never seen before. this latter dish comes as a plate of griddled puffy rice-flour cakes served with a bowl of sticky cooked banana. that bowl of bananas was sweet and comforting, and a complementary rich counterpoint to the fermented-tanginess of the airy cakes. delicious, and a must-order.
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I always think that people who live in the East is very lucky because Joo Chiat/Tanjong Katong area is an enclave of good food, wanton mee, nasi padang, prawn noodle….etc. And now, this Peranakan deli shop adds to the list. The first thing that caught my eyes are the buns ($1.50 or 6 for $8) that looked like HK-style Bo Luo Bun. Perhaps due to the dominant flavours of Nyonya fillings, the sugary crust did not stand out like those from Crystal Jade.
The Sambal Petai Savoury Bun is the best out of the three. I thought it would be loaded with the petai vegetable bean but I found more prawns instead, which were considered huge for bread. I love the fiery spicy kick, which nearly knocked me off from my TV couch (was enjoying this in front of TV).
Their pies ($1.90 or 6 for $10) look petite but is heavy on fillings. The Ayam Kleo Meat Pie and Babi Pontay Meat Pie won the Seafood Otah Roll ($2.20, picture below) , which did not have a fully flaky crust despite reheating. TheAyam Kleo (nyonya curry chicken with potatoes) sounds like a typical curry puff, but is much balanced and interesting in flavours due to the sweet shortcrust pastry......
Pandan desserts are my favourite but both Pandan Portugese Egg Tart ($1.50) and Pandan Swiss Roll with Kaya could be revised with more pandan. Pandan swiss roll had slightly dry texture that day. Durian cream puffwas marginal, not too different from those elsewhere. ......
For the average price of not more than $2, the portion of the buns is considered very substantial. They were either overstuffed or the bun dough was too thin as fillings were dropping out from the base. But it's a very minor issue and I am not complaining about having more of the delicious sambal petai. There is no eat-in area but you can buy and enjoy in the comfort of your house sofa.
A full-fledged Peranakan bakery is hard to come by these days. Would not it be great if we have more cafes selling traditional peranakan treats instead of cupcakes?
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Peramakan is really a place to go to if you are into peranakan food. I initially had the intention of having more of their desserts than mains and I think I did the right choice not because the mains were not good but because I don’t have space for too many mains. It just makes me feel that I need to visit it again and go with the mindset of having more mains than dessert and I believe I will do so in the near future. Prices are very reasonable too, about $40 per pax. And I actually couldn’t have enough of the durian pengat and pancakes that I bought more for take away. Really good peranakan food served here. There’s also one branch in the west at Telok Blangah. Very clever of them to cater to both people living in the east and west!
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