The three most famous Peranakan restaurants in Singapore

Guests can look Indocafe – the white house, Chilli Padi Nonya or Candlenut to enjoy the delights of Peranakan, a special community in the island nation of Singapore.

Although Singapore emerging culinary destination of the world, the specialty of the Peranakan always has its own attraction with visitors. Peranakan culture intrinsically from Malacca, Malaysia before Singapore was established. According to Peter Wee, chairman of Singapore’s Peranakan Association, the Chinese immigrants in the 15th century Malacca, 16 and gradually integrate into the local culture. Chinese men married to Malaysian women and their children called Peranakan ( “baba” for men only, “nonyo” to refer to women). They not only developed its own language but also created a different culture, from cuisine, pottery, embroidery products and footwear to architecture …

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Peranakan Cuisine

Although derived from the two peoples of China and Malaysia but Peranakan still affected from the UK, India and Thailand. Peranakan culture based mainly Chinese cuisine should not be the exception.

The food as chap chye (vegetable stew), and baibi pongteh (pork stew with young soybean), are native Chinese dishes are often placed on altars Peranakan ancestor worship ceremony every time.

According to the book “Changing Chinese Foodways in Asia” by David Wu Chee Beng and Tan, Peranakan cuisine is a combination of both Chinese culture and other factors such as local ingredients. Initially in Singapore Peranakan women used the popular material from Malaysia as technology, ginger, lime leaves, lemongrass and tamarind. These materials are made up of a combination of spices called rempah, appears more Peranakan meal.

Here are 3 restaurants catering oldest and most delicious Peranakan in Singapore which visitors can refer to to enjoy.

Indocafe – the white house

Peranakan Restaurant , Singapore , Indocafe - the white house , Chilli Padi Nonya , CandlenutTraditional dishes in the restaurant Peranakan Indocafe – the white house. Photo: Perfume Details

This is a famous Peranakan restaurant, located in a house with an elegant colonial design in the 35 Scotts Road. Step inside visitors will find furniture layouts such as furniture, cabinets, shelves … and many such items Peranakan traditional costumes, bowls …

Apart laksa dish characterized Thai cuisine and Chinese, the restaurant also serves a variety of dishes prepared especially as kerabu combination nee bok (black mushroom and mashed cooked chicken sambal sauce), Penang otah ( eggs cooked with coconut milk and a piece of fish food fit inside).

The other fine dining restaurant can mention is the heart ITEK, babi pongteh, or variations of fried rice keluak buah.

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Chilli Padi Nonya

The restaurant is located at 11 Joo Chiat Road Pl, doing the dishes with attractive colors, the exact recipe and the staff are very enthusiastic. This neighborhood can take visitors back to the ancient times of Singapore, with its traditional shops, hawker stalls on the street and groups of people playing mahjong …

Affordable and tasty dishes like cabbage rolls and curry fish head … is why Chilli Padi Nonya help attract not only local residents but also tourists everywhere. Many customers come here and come back many times to enjoy the spices and the harmonious combination of food that they can not find elsewhere.


Candlenut is also an interesting address for visitors to enjoy and learn about Singapore’s Peranakan cuisine. The owner is a young chef Malcolm Lee (32 years old). It serves Peranakan dishes but not too influenced by Chinese cuisine in a way that processing of the West.

The same dish cooked beef rib soup as buah keluak, chap chye combined shrimp sauce or steamed banana cake with caramel bananas and cream Melaka are the highlights on the menu of the restaurant. The restaurant is located at No. 331, New Bridge Road.

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