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Peranakan Restaurants in Singapore

Discover modern fusion at Singapore’s Peranakan restaurants

If you think fusion food is a modern fad, you clearly haven’t sampled the fine fare at Peranakan restaurants in Singapore. With a history dating back centuries, this intriguing blend of Chinese cuisine and spicy aromatic Malay cooking is now firmly mainstream, attracting foodies in search of exotic dining. So whether you’ve got a birthday coming up or if you’re just hankering for some toothsome chow that’s sure to set your tastebuds alight, check out Quandoo’s guide to the finest Peranakan restaurants in Singapore.

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The Clan Restaurant

The Clan Restaurant

Dhoby Ghaut
Asian$$$$
5.0/6501
The Clan Restaurant
Coriander Leaf - Chijmes

Coriander Leaf - Chijmes

City Hall
Asian$$$$
5.0/6298
Coriander Leaf - Chijmes
Ninja Bowl

Ninja Bowl

Duxton
Asian$$$$
4.8/6164
Ninja Bowl
CÉ LA VI

CÉ LA VI

Bayfront
Asian$$$$
4.9/644
CÉ LA VI
INDOCAFÉ - The White House

INDOCAFÉ - The White House

Newton
Asian$$$$
5.1/660
INDOCAFÉ - The White House
Woody Family Cafe

Woody Family Cafe

Sembawang
Asian$$$$
5.0/627
Woody Family Cafe
PeraMakan

PeraMakan

Harbourfront
Asian$$$$
6.0/61
PeraMakan
Ajumma's

Ajumma's

Dhoby Ghaut
Asian$$$$
5.3/67
Ajumma's
JIN HO MIA

JIN HO MIA

Alexandra
Asian$$$$
4.5/618
JIN HO MIA
The Red Noodle & Bottle Bar

The Red Noodle & Bottle Bar

one-north
Asian$$$$
4.9/614
The Red Noodle & Bottle Bar
Ginger

Ginger

Bugis
Asian$$$$
4.1/612
Ginger
Café 2000

Café 2000

Tanjong Pagar
Asian$$$$
5.0/69
Café 2000
The Curry Wok

The Curry Wok

Bukit Timah
Asian$$$$
5.2/65
The Curry Wok
New Ubin Seafood

New Ubin Seafood

Bukit Batok
Asian$$$$
4.8/69
New Ubin Seafood
The Peak Bistro

The Peak Bistro

Toa Payoh
Asian$$$$
4.3/64
The Peak Bistro
Dapur Melaka

Dapur Melaka

Sembawang
Asian$$$$
4.0/67
Dapur Melaka
San Guo Grilled Fish

San Guo Grilled Fish

Geylang
Asian$$$$
3.0/61
San Guo Grilled Fish
TingKat PeraMakan

TingKat PeraMakan

Farrer Park
Asian$$$$
TingKat PeraMakan
Yan Huai Jiangsu Restaurant

Yan Huai Jiangsu Restaurant

Geylang
Asian$$$$
Yan Huai Jiangsu Restaurant
WAN • 玩晚碗

WAN • 玩晚碗

Promenade
Asian$$$$
WAN • 玩晚碗
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    The essence of Peranakan dishes

    A word meaning ‘native born’, Peranakan refers to the descendants of Chinese immigrants who married locals in the Malay Peninsula during the 16th-18th centuries. Living mainly in cities such as Melaka, Penang and Singapore, they created their own distinctive grub that fuses Chinese cuisine with the incendiary power of local Malay ingredients such as galangal, tamarind, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, pandan leaves and turmeric. When blended together, these piquant ingredients form the rempah, the potent brew that gives zest to the food served in Singapore’s fine Peranakan restaurants.
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    Traditional fusion for the 21st century

    So what can you expect at traditional Peranakan restaurants in Singapore? The quintessential dish is ayam buah keluak, a stew made from chicken and black nut from the Kepayang tree native to Malaysia and Indonesia. Another traditional treat is otak-otak which comprises fish, coconut milk, herbs and spices, wrapped up in a banana leaf. If you love Chinese duck, enjoy it Peranakan-style in the form of itek tim – a soup with tomatoes, peppers, and plums. Peranakan fare also boasts a rich array of desserts including mouth-watering cakes (kuih).
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    Your choice of Peranakan restaurants in Singapore

    Singapore has always been home to Peranakan cuisine but it wasn’t until the 1980s when it was promoted as a part of the rich palette of the local culture. Today, this unique cuisine is undergoing another renaissance as young people discover its subtle pleasures at Singapore’s Peranakan restaurants. Take your choice between pocket-friendly street food and buzzy new restaurants with all the trimmings. For a richly atmospheric experience, head to INDOCAFÉ - the white house in Newton. The Peranakan on Orchard Road with its striking traditional decor and accessories, while a more casual vibe awaits diners at Simply Peranakan Cuisine in Punggol. The choice is yours when it comes to Singapore’s Peranakan restaurants. Take your pick from the list of restaurants on Quandoo and reserve your table now.