04 Sep 2015
I had wanted to take my parents for peranankan food for Mom's birthday dinner and was scouting the Internet for a good nonya restaurant. Of the Top 5 listed on one website, I had been to 2 and was not impressed. I decided to be brave to take my folks to Peramakan at Keppel Club, also on the Top 5 list, without first trying the food on my own -something I have never done before.
Thankfully, I was not disappointed. Mom likes Buah Keluak, and the resturant has this novel idea of serving Buah Keluak without the chicken! so Mom ordeed 6 pieces ($1.50 each). For meats, we had the Ayam Kleo($14) which is cooked just right with a flavourful coconut gravy that can match Mom's superb homecooked ayam; Nonya Pork Ribs($14) which is cooked till tender and served in a tasty brown sauce; Lamb Rendang($18) which Mom approved of(phew!); Ikan Garam Assam($16) served in a pleasant sweet sour assam sauce and the Nonya Ngoh Hiang($12) which is good but nonetheless second to Mom's. Not a heavy meat eater, my favourite dish was the Nonya chapchye($10).
My husband who is vegetarian was thrilled that there were 2 pages of Nonya Vegetarian food on the menu!. He ordered the Vegetarian Ayam Buah Keluak($16) and relished every bit of it as it is impossible to get this dish any where else. He also had the Nonya Tauhu($14) which is simply fried Taukwa served with sliced mushroom in a homemade nonya sauce and the Nonya Bendhi($10).
The 5 of us shared 2 desserts - the hot Bubur ChaCha(($5) - decent but not impressive and the Sago Gula Melaka($4) which had a generous dose of Gula Melaka that was too sweet for my liking but enjoyed by my folks.
I will certainly go back again to try the Otar(recommended for the restaurant manager) and more importantly, because Mom likes the food and there are good vegetarian options for my hubby.