Peranakan cuisine is a beautiful amalgamation of cultures and cooking techniques.
Many of us are familiar with the curries and kueh that emerge out of our grandmothers’ kitchens. However, you don’t need hours of painstaking preparation and matriarch-worthy culinary skills to enjoy a good Peranakan meal.
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.
As such, here are 10 Peranakan Delivery Options in Singapore that showcase the best of Nyonya cooking.
1. Straits Chinese
Established in 1953, Straits Chinese prides itself as Singapore’s oldest Nyonya restaurant chain.
Straits Chinese’s rich heritage makes its presence known through their tried-and-tested family recipes.
The Family Sets (from S$88) are recommended by the Michelin Guide, featuring classic dishes like Babi Pong Tay, Ngoh Hiang and Chap Chye. Alternatively, go for the invigorating Assam Pedas Fish Set (from S$68) or Fish Head Curry Set (from S$58). It can’t get more authentic than this.
2. Restaurant Kin
Helmed by Chef Damien D’Silva, Restaurant Kin 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 like Ikan Chuan Chuan (S$28) and Buah Keluak Fried Rice (S$28), all of which are accompanied by Kin’s Sambal Sampler and Jasmine Rice.
End your meal on a sweet note with the Kin Dessert Platter (S$24). It’s bound to bring forth exclamations of delight.
3. Baba Chews
Specialising in Peranakan fusion cuisine is Baba Chews, a Mod-Sin bar-eatery located in the heart of Katong.
Their Bento Set Bundle (S$75) consists of six different bento varieties, including the likes of Ayam Buah Keluak Bento (S$16) and Beef Rendang Bento (S$16).
Otherwise, take your pick from a plethora of menu items that’ll please young and old alike. You won’t go wrong with the Black Pepper Crayfish Hor Fun (S$27.50) and my personal favourite, the Chicken Rendang Lasagne (S$19.25).
4. Indigo Blue Kitchen
Indigo Blue Kitchen, a restaurant under the Les Amis Group, offers contemporary Peranakan cuisine built upon a heritage project.
Whet your appetite with Kueh Pie Tee (S$16), before choosing from a selection of thoughtfully-packed mains like the Beef Rendang (S$26), Chicken Buah Keluak (S$26), and Kuhlbarra Barramundi with Assam Curry (S$30).
Why not plan a Peranakan-themed picnic? You can bet that it’ll be portable and presentable.
5. Old Bibik’s Peranakan Kitchen
Another establishment offering authentic Peranakan cuisine is halal-certified Old Bibik’s Peranakan Kitchen.
Choose from their selection of homely classics that’ll remind you of Mama’s cooking, such as the Beef Rendang (S$26), Sambal Prawns (S$26), and Itek Tim (S$24).
A satisfying and fuss-free family meal – sorted.
6. Daisy’s Dream Kitchen
Many say that Daisy’s Dream Kitchen is home to some of Singapore’s most unpretentious and authentic Nyonya food.
Liven up your packed lunches with Daisy’s Nonya Bento (S$12.80), which comes with your choice of Main, Nonya Chap Chye, Omelette, Signature Ngoh Hiang & Rice.
For a wholesome family meal, their Babi Buah Keluak 3 Nuts (S$18.80) and Chendol with Attap Chee (S$5.80) will not disappoint. Earning Grandma’s approval has never been so easy~
7. The Blue Ginger
Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient The Blue Ginger injects a touch of modernity into their hearty Peranakan dishes.
Spice up the conversation with your loved ones over Bundle Sets (from S$140), which include dishes like Ikan Masak Assam Gulai (S$26) and Ayam Panggang Blue Ginger (S$18).
From the uncommon Kerabu Kacang Botol (S$12.50) to the crowd-pleasing Nonya Fish Head Curry (S$34), there’s something for everyone to bond over.
8. Penang Place
No chance of travelling to Penang any time soon? Penang Place’s extensive selection of Penang specialities will tide you over.
Although you’ll have to wait for their self-serviced buffet to resume, bide your time by ordering a Fundle Bundle (S$80), which boasts staples like Penang Char Kway Teow, Beef Rendang, and Kueh Pie Tee.
Also, who needs chips when you can snack on some of their most popular buffet items? Trust me, the Fried Chempedak (S$11.90) and Salted Egg Fried Chicken (S$14.90) are wickedly addictive.
Halal Peranakan restaurant Babalicious is a casual family-oriented concept that specialises in set menus and bento boxes.
Choose from a selection of Set Menus (from S$38), or dine on the go with their Babalicious Peranakan Bento Boxes.
There’s Itek Sio (S$13.90), Sate Ayam (S$12.90), and even Penang Fried Kway Teow With Seafood (S$12.90) if you’re looking for some wok-fried goodness.
10. Chilli Padi Nonya Restaurant
Chili Padi Nonya Restaurant is a household name and frontrunner in the field of local Peranakan catering.
Set menus are the name of the game. Browse through options ranging from a 3 Pax Baba Menu (from S$62.70) to the extravagant 8 Pax Tok Panjang Menu (from S$185.60). Solo diners can opt for the Individual Bibik’s Bento Set (from S$12.70).
If you choose to go ala-carte, you’ll be in good hands with the beloved Nonya Curry Chicken (from S$13) and Ayam Bua Kuluak (S$14.10).
Now you know where to get your Peranakan food fix in the comfort of your own home. You’ll be cosying up to bowls of buah keluak and rendang in no time at all.