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Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant (源和春菜馆)

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AsianChineseNonyaNonya / PeranakanPeranakan

Aptly located in the Peranakan neighbourhood of Joo Chiat, this homely restaurant has been serving Peranakan food since 1953. It's a good place for family and friends to gather for favourites like babi pong teh, Nonya chap chye and ayam buah keluak.

Daily: 10:30 - 15:00

Daily: 18:00 - 21:30

+65 63442761
$23 based on 35 submissions
Dinner (9 votes), Children/Family (8 votes), Large Groups/Gathering (6 votes)
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An old favourite lowers food standard

It has been quite some time since we ate at this restaurant.  This is a famous restaurant from 1953 serving Peranakan food in a chinese style with less malay influence.   Food is tasty but I find that the standard has dropped a notch.  The birthday noodles were fried with insufficient prawn and pork stock,  making it quite bland. 

Food:  We ordered a variety of dishes:  the nonya birthday noodles was tasty but lacked the punch of a robust stew.  The pomfret in assam sauce was average,  fish could have been more fresh but the assam sauce was delicious.  Ngoh hiang was average,  tasted of liver - is there liver in ngoh hian?  Thought it was yam and pork only.  Chap chye was tasty but lacked the length of stewing necessary to infuse the juices into the vegetables.  Few ingredienta.  Biggest disappointment was the "bah wan kepiting"  or crab meat balls.  Meat balls it was but could not taste any crab in it.

Value:  Pomfret was 35 for the fish, overpriced.  Dishes were about 14 each.

Ambience:  Comfortable and less crowded on this weekday lunch.

Service:  PRC service,  not sure if they've tasted the dishes themselves.

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  • Otah1 vote
  • Peranakan birthday noodles.1 vote
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• 24 Dec 2014 • 729 reviews • 87 followers

An old favourite lowers food standard

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It has been quite some time since we ate at this restaurant.  This is a famous restaurant from 1953 serving Peranakan food in a chinese style with less malay influence.   Food is tasty but I find that the standard has dropped a notch.  The birthday noodles were fried with insufficient prawn and pork stock,  making it quite bland. 

Food:  We ordered a variety of dishes:  the nonya birthday noodles was tasty but lacked the punch of a robust stew.  The pomfret in assam sauce was average,  fish could have been more fresh but the assam sauce was delicious.  Ngoh hiang was average,  tasted of liver - is there liver in ngoh hian?  Thought it was yam and pork only.  Chap chye was tasty but lacked the length of stewing necessary to infuse the juices into the vegetables.  Few ingredienta.  Biggest disappointment was the "bah wan kepiting"  or crab meat balls.  Meat balls it was but could not taste any crab in it.

Value:  Pomfret was 35 for the fish, overpriced.  Dishes were about 14 each.

Ambience:  Comfortable and less crowded on this weekday lunch.

Service:  PRC service,  not sure if they've tasted the dishes themselves.
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  • Nonya noodles - lacks the punch
• 28 Apr 2014 • 39 reviews • 0 follower

first time trying perankan food, and it's pretty good!

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for full review, visit http://molly-mia.blogspot.sg/2014/04/mias-review-guan-hoe-soon-peranakan.html

love the otak otak (though really pretty pricey) and ngoh hiang. the chap chye is pretty decent too, but it actually tasted just like what my mum and grandma will cook at home.
service wise is a little bit slow in terms of rsponse. i guess it's because they're really busy with a full house when we're there...
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• 16 Sep 2013 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

Big disappointment!

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After reading the raving reviews, we decided to try out GHS for our Peranakan fix. Not least to say, we were disappointed with the quality and portion for the prices.

Beef rendang $12 - 5 thin pieces in a gooey sauce! Most disappointing!
Otah otah $8 - 1 piece, 3" size, ok taste but $8?!

Thankfully, the Chap chye and Ngoh Hiong are the saving grace with not bad quality and serving size.

Definitely "oldest" but no where near the best Peranakan restaurants around, when they want to charge such prices and serve in melamine dishes, like Ivins!
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