The Peranakan... Bright blue floral wall, Peranakan porcelains, chandeliers and batik sarongs are some of the things that will greet you...

The Peranakan: Nolstalgic, Homely & Authentic Straits Cuisine Restaurant Opens Throughout this Chinese New Year


The Peranakan...

Bright blue floral wall, Peranakan porcelains, chandeliers and batik sarongs are some of the things that will greet you when you enter the Straits Cuisine Restaurant at Claymore Connect. I was particularly awed by the delicate setting of the entire restaurant which not only gives off a very cosy and homely vibe but also paints a strong narrative of Peranakan culture. The warm and friendly service staffs also make the whole dining experience a memorable one. Headed by the experienced Executive Chef Raymond Khoo, the Peranakan Restaurant offers an extensive range of nostalgic and authentic Peranakan cuisine good for all ages (proven with so many families patronising their place). Also, they will be opening throughout this Chinese New Year.

Salmon Yee Sang Istimewa // $68
Unlike any other Yu Sheng, the Peranakan’s Yu Sheng was refreshing and very flavourful (there’s a subtle aftertaste of herbs & spices). It was not dry and the crackers were so addictive. They also added dried orange peels into the Yu Sheng to give a sour texture to it. This was legit delicious and dangerously addictive! Can’t watch my diet once I put a small portion of it into my mouth.

Like what I mentioned earlier, the crackers were really good. The vegetables were fresh and crunchy. They were also generous in the salmon servings and the salmon was really smooth and tender.

Each customer is given a small portion of Hei Bi as an appetiser. The Hei Bi is not very spicy and it goes very well with the in house belacan sauce. 

Soursop/Passion Fruit with Biji Selaseh
A refreshing drink to rid away your tiredness after a long day of work!

Kueh Pie Tie Mini Set // $10
Kueh Pie Ti is one of my favourite Peranakan food. The cup was super crunchy. You can hear the cracking sound when you gently bite the crust down. The fillings, on the other hand, was juicy and flavourful. I could eat the fillings just by itself. This is definitely worth ordering!

I think I can eat 10 of this on my own. Paired with their in-house sauce, this was really amazing! You will regret if you did not order this!

Itek Tim // $9
This reminded me very closely to home. The broth was boiled for 6 hours to capture and absorb the essence of the ingredients that were put into the soup which makes it very rich and flavourful. The duck meat was tender and the kiam chye (salted vegetables) were soft.

Sup Bakwan Kepiting // $9
Again, the soup was boiled for 6 hours to encapsulate the flavour. The pork bone flavour was very distinct which makes the soup very sweet. The tender and succulent meatball is to die for. The texture was really good!

Nasi Ulam Istimewa // $17
The first bite was weird but it later becomes very addictive. Mixed with raw herbs, vegetables, minced fish and salted fish, this dish was definitely aromatic and flavourful. The rich wasn’t too dry or wet as well. A good appetiser to start the feast!

Satay Babi Sum Chan // $19
Contrary to its name, this is not the typical satay like we always see outside but this is a Peranakan rendition of satay without adding peanuts and it is not serve in a skewer form. Even though it looks very spicy because of the colour, I can assure you it is not spicy at all. The sauce was flavourful and if you add the sauce into your rice, you don’t need anything else at all. 

Ayah Buah Keluak // $22
Some people might find it too exotic for their liking but you will get used to it after a while. The meat was well-cooked and firm. The sauce may be a little salty if you eat it alone but it tasted alright if you drizzled it onto your rice. 

Nonya Chap Chye // $15
This was superb. From the sauce to the mixed vegetables, everything was on point. The mixed vegetables were really soft and tender (literally melts in your mouth). 

Pandan Gula Melaka Cake with Durian // $8
My eyes were wide open when I popped the chiffon cake into my mouth. It was insanely delicious. The combination was deadly – Gula Melaka Cake, Coconut Shavings and Durian. All these are prepared daily to maintain its freshness and quality! This was so addictive. I nearly wanted to buy one box of it!

Besides their Peranakan cuisine, the Peranakan also offers Chinese New Year goodies such as Pineapple Tarts and Love Letter. 

Like what I said earlier, the interior has a strong Peranakan vibe and the setting of the restaurant is very cosy and homely. Also, the Peranakan Restaurant does not add any MSG into their food which makes their cuisine healthier. Thank you the Peranakan & Executive Chef Raymond Khoo for inviting me!

Nearest Mrt Station: Orchard
Location: 422 Orchard Road, Orchard Hotel – Level 2 Claymore Connect, Singapore 238879
What To Order: Chap Chye, Satay, Pandan Gula Melaka Cake with Durian
Restaurant Rating: 4.5/5
Food Ratings: 8.5/10

Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai or @sgcafehopping)

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