10 Peranakan Restaurants in Singapore Including Michelin-Star Award Winners
Whether you’re a local or new to Singapore, you simply have to try Peranakan food!
Peranakan cuisine is defined by a mix of flavours and ingredients used in Chinese and Malay cuisine.
If you’re craving the nostalgic tastes of childhood, or you’re simply curious to learn and experience a bit of local culture, what better way to do so than through food? Check out the 10 best and authentic Peranakan restaurants around the city!
1. Housed in an 1928 building and started by a skilled nyonya: Rumah Bebe
We love places with a bit of history behind them, and this special spot is more than just a restaurant with so much more to discover. Explore the small store selling traditional handicrafts, shoes and clothing, or check out the Nyonya crafts or baking courses available too!
Pull up a seat around the table (which feels like you’re visiting your nenek’s house) and feast on home-style dishes, no frills, no fuss, and all prepared the “old-fashioned way”.
2. The oldest Nonya restaurant in the city: Straits Chinese Nonya Restaurant
First opening their doors back in 1953, you could say these guys have mastered their cuisine – plus their secret recipes have been passed down from generation to generation.
Oh, and did we mention they’re Michelin-Star winners too? Things just keep getting better! Enjoy one of their ala carte buffets, or choose a set menu instead!
3. Using the freshest ingredients and traditional spices: Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant
Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant has been around for over 70 years, and the restaurant has never changed it’s focus on Peranakan dishes.
On the menu they serve appetisers, mains, and even dessert. Munch down on Otak Otak, enjoy a steaming bowl of Ikan Kepala Assam Curry, and finish off with Bo-Bo Cha-Cha (which can be ordered either hot or cold)!
PS: Check out their takeaway menu to indulge in their delicious sets, bento boxes and single dishes at home.
4. For Peranakan cuisine on the fancier side: Violet Oon
You may want to put on a nice outfit for this next stop. You’ll notice the sophisticated interiors, and the food follows suit.
There’s much to choose from, including a variety of Nyonya bentos and gourmet delicacies (like pineapple tarts, cookies, gula melaka tea cakes, and their own branded kaya jam).
Ordering off their ala carte menu you can choose from salads, meat dishes, seafood, vegetarian options, and more!
PS: They also offer an Afternoon Tea set at select branches!
5. Frequented by many celebrities and international government officials throughout the years: House Of Peranakan Petit
The area of Katong is famous for its pastel-shaded old shophouse buildings that still line the streets today and it’s a mega tourist attraction – especially for photos.
Housed inside one of the original buildings, feel all the authenticity whilst you enjoy traditional cuisine and local favourites. Some of the dishes are created by the chef and founder, and others are secret recipes brought from home.
PS: After gaining much popularity they have opened a few other branches but we suggest checking out the original!
6. Another Michelin Star Winner since 2013: True Blue Cuisine
A room filled with traditional antiques, take a seat at the long shared dining room table and enjoy authentic foods and flavours, family-style (or so it’s recommended).
Apart from the warm and friendly ambience, and stories that you’ll hear along the way, it’s located right next door to the Peranakan Museum too.
Their menu ranges from savoury offerings like Ayam Buah Keluak (this editor’s favourite!) and their offerings are loaded with seafood options too!
7. They serve a traditional ‘Tok Panjang’ (grand Peranakan feast): The Peranakan
Colourful plates of food grace the table, served on banana leaves and accompanied with bright, patterned decor and utensils.
But it’s not just the wallpapers and presentation that pops. The food here is layered and filled with authentic flavours passed down for three generations from the nonyas and babas of head chef, Raymond Khoo’s family.
Choose from a variety of menu options including ala carte, a vegan menu or opt for their 6 to 8 course degustation menu.
8. One of the most famous Peranakan restaurants in town, bring your family, or visiting guests here: The Blue Ginger
Completely unassuming from the outside, once you step through the red entrance front, you’ll find a restaurant that celebrates a mix of the old and new.
Although a contemporary-styled restaurant, it still feels homely and authentic, set up like an old-school diner.
Order Kerabu Timun as an appetiser, fill up on Babi Pong Tay or try their famous Ayam Panggang “Blue Ginger” – oh and they’re also winners of the Michelin, three years running!
9. The world’s first-ever Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant: Candlenut
You’ll find yourself gasping at the interiors of this gorgeous restaurant (wait till you get a view of the many stunning hanging lanterns).
Things definitely feel modern and a bit more upper class here, and we love the big and bright open space!
Raking up the rewards, they’re also Michelin Winners for four consecutive years in a row, and you can choose from a set Lunch and Dinner Menu, or choose from their Ala carte options.
10. A restaurant housed inside a pagoda: Museum Cafe
Focusing not just on savoury dishes as mains, this cafe actually heroes the sweeter side of life, and by that we mean traditional and delicious Peranakan desserts! (Do try their dessert set!)
We especially love the Peranakan-tiled tabletops, walls and floors, but the old-fashioned authenticity doesn’t stop there. If you’re after something on the savoury side, they have a few local Peranakan dishes on the menu too, many of which feature huge prawns!
You’ll feel right at home at any one of these authentic Peranakan restaurants with traditional food and flavours.
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