Out of the many dishes from Singapore’s vast culinary landscape, Peranakan cuisine may not be the first thing that comes to mind when visitors scout for the best eats. But the mouth-watering dishes of the Peranakans have won the hearts of foodies all over the island.
In the past, as descendants of the original Chinese immigrants settled in Singapore and married the local Malays, it resulted in the birth of Peranakan culture. The essence of Peranakan dishes is best revealed through the diverse flavours drawn from a variety of spices.
Peranakans believe that it is the ‘rempah’ that makes or breaks a recipe. Made from a combination of spices and pounded into a paste with a pestle and mortar, it is no wonder that Peranakan food involves time-consuming preparation techniques that have been passed down for generations.
Mouthfuls of delight
Whether it is ‘ayam buah keluak’ (say ‘ah-yum boo-ah ke-loo-ark), ‘otak-otak’ (‘o-tuck o-tuck’) or 'laksa’ ('luck-sa'), the names of Peranakan signature dishes may seem hard to pronounce when ordering, but it is absolutely worth the effort.
For authentic flavours
To indulge in the best Peranakan cuisine and immerse yourself in the community’s culture, restaurants like Chilli Padi, Kim Choo and Candlenut offer a warm and cosy ambience as you tuck into dishes that serve up a taste of home.