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Peranakan Pickings

Peranakan Pickings
Peranakan Pickings

A fascinating fusion

Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the Peranakans, a community unique to the South East Asian region. Also known as Straits Chinese, Peranakan Babas (men) and Nyonyas (women) are descendants of early Chinese migrants who intermarried with the local Malay women. The result: a fascinating fusion of Malay and Chinese cultures, complemented by influences borrowed from the Dutch, Portuguese, British, Thai and Indians.

Head to Katong/Joo Chiat to relive the opulence and grandeur of Peranakan lifestyle; explore ornate, baroque architectural styles of shophouses and savour the delicate blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian spices that make up Nyonya cuisine. If you admired the intricate beadwork and embroidery that adorn Baba and Nyonya costumes, stop by Rumah Bebe or head to Katong Antique House for your very own piece of Peranakan artefact to take home. 


Peranakan Pickings