Many of us are familiar with the curries and kueh that emerge out of our grandmothers’ kitchens, and Nonya grandmas take culinary delights to another level. Or perhaps you’ve heard of Violet Oon and Tingkat PeraMakan? Peranakan cuisine certainly is a beautiful amalgamation of cultures and cooking techniques. However, you don’t need hours of painstaking preparation and matriarch-worthy kitchen skills. You can enjoy a good Peranakan meal with ease, thanks to nyonya and Peranakan food delivery options!
The versatility of Peranakan cuisine has proven that it goes beyond the traditional homecooked Tok Panjang feast—the following F&B establishments are a testament to that.
1. Straits Chinese: Singapore’s longest-standing Peranakan restaurant now delivers islandwide
Established in 1953, Straits Chinese prides itself as Singapore’s oldest nonya restaurant chain. The restaurant’s rich heritage makes its presence known through their tried-and-tested family recipes. The Michelin Guide Family Sets (from $88) feature classic dishes like Babi Pong Tay, Ngoh Hiang and Chap Chye. Alternatively, go for the invigorating Ikan Assam Pedas ($36) or Curry Fish Head ($33). It can’t get more authentic than this.
2. Restaurant Kin (closed)
Helmed by Chef Damien D’Silva, Restaurant Kin at Straits Clan strives to take a retrospective look into the origins of Singapore’s culinary history through the preservation and exploration of heritage cuisine.
Their aptly named Heritage Meals feature modern interpretations of dishes likeIkan Chuan Chuan ($28) and Buah Keluak Fried Rice ($28), all of which are accompanied byKin’s Sambal Sampler and Jasmine Rice.
End your meal on a sweet note with the Kin Dessert Platter ($24). The assortment of nyonya kueh like Kueh Kosui, Kueh Bengkah and Sugee Cake is bound to bring forth exclamations of delight.
3. Baba Chews: Mod-Sin Peranakan food delivery, islandwide
Specialising in Peranakan fusion cuisine is Baba Chews, a Mod-Sin bar-eatery. Located in the heart of Katong, it now delivers islandwide in Singapore.
TheirBento Set Bundle ($75 for 6 pax) consists of six different bento varieties, including the likes of Ayam Buah Keluak Bento ($16) and Beef Rendang Bento ($16). A great option for family meals! Or, just keep Baba Chews in mind for Peranakan food catering for when larger gatherings are allowed post-Covid!
4. Indigo Blue Kitchen: Authentic Peranakan fare that’s fab for takeout
Indigo Blue Kitchen, a restaurant under the Les Amis Group, offers contemporary Peranakan cuisine built upon a heritage project, delivered islandwide in Singapore.
Whet your appetite with Kueh Pie Tee ($14), the OG of Peranakan finger food. The thin pastry cups are packed separately from the shredded turnip filling and sliced prawns, so the tart shells remain crisp. Garnish with chilli and fragrant coriander—DIY-ing the construction of your own kueh pie tee is always the fun part!
6. Daisy’s Dream Kitchen: Peranakan and local fare, home-cooked with love
Many say thatDaisy’s Dream Kitchen is home to some of Singapore’s most unpretentious and authentic nonya food. The Peranakan recipes have been passed down to the third generation in this family-run eatery.
Sambal Petai Ikan Billis
Home Made Otah
Daisy's Nonya Bento
Chendol with Attap Chee
Two Family Set options ($123 for 4-5 pax, $228 for 6-8 pax) are available for a hearty family meal. Enjoy dishes from must-have buah keluak and ngoh hiang, to bakwan kepiting (minced pork and crab meatball soup) and more!
From the uncommon Kerabu Kacang Botol ($12.50), which is a spicy mixed veg and herbs salad with kacang botol (winged bean), to the crowd-pleasing Nonya Fish Head Curry ($34), there’s something for everyone to bond over.
8. Penang Place: Peranakan fare and street food-favourites from up north
No chance of traveling to Penang any time soon? Penang Place‘s extensive selection of Penang specialties and Peranakan food delivery options will tide you over. (Its owner Paul Ooi also has an inspiring story of grit and faith, standing by his staff as they ride out COVID-19 together. Find out more in Humans of F&B.)
Although you’ll have to wait for their self-serviced buffet to resume, bide your time by ordering a Fundle Bundle ($80),which boasts staples like Penang Char Kway Teow, Beef Rendang, and Kueh Pie Tee. Trust me, the Salted Egg Fried Chicken ($14.90) is wickedly addictive. Get your Penang-style Peranakan food and snacks delivered with a few clicks!
For parties and mid-afternoon sweet cravings, Penang Place offers nonya kueh delivery! Its Assorted Kueh Kueh ($6.90 for 10 pcs) is reasonable and includes favourites like Kueh Talam, Kueh Salat, Kueh Kosui, Kueh Lapis and more.
9. Babalicious (closed)
Halal Peranakan restaurant Babalicious is a casual family-oriented concept that specialises in set menus and bento boxes for really convenient and true blue Peranakan food fare. This makes it an especially good choice for nyonya options for parties or corporate events.
Choose from a selection of Set Menus (from $38), or dine on the go with their Babalicious Peranakan Bento Boxes (from $10.90). There’s nonya-style braised duck Itek Sio ($13.90), Sate Ayam ($12.90), and even Penang Fried Kway Teow With Seafood ($11.90) if you’re looking for some wok-fried goodness.
10. Chilli Padi Nonya Restaurant: 24 years of authentic Peranakan flavours
11. Tingkat PeraMakan: Authentic, home-cooked Peranakan food
Want to create memorable encounters with friends and family members over authentic Peranakan cuisine? Tingkat PeraMakan has got you covered with providing a truly authentic experience with delicious, home-cooked Peranakan food. Whether it is for a party, gathering, or just casual dining, they have everything you need that packs a punch of flavour and nostalgia.
From different sets like Ayum Buah Keluak Set ($18.20) and Beef Rendang Set ($18.20), which comes with a choice of 2 sides (Nyonya Chap Chaye, Sayur Masak Lemak, Nyonya Tauhu, Chinchalok Omelette), 1 drink, rice and 1 dessert, to a la carte dishes like Penang Nyonya Pork Ribs ($11.30), get your cravings satisfied now wherever you are.