Food review: House of Peranakan Cuisine

  • House of Peranakan Cuisine
  • Rating: 4
  • Reviewed by:
  • On 07/10/2016
  • Last modified:07/10/2016

Review Summary:

May be there are some duds with one or two dishes, House of Peranakan Cuisine ability to maintain the authenticity of the penerakan distinct spices and cooking techniques are commendable, highly recommended dishes are curry fish head, chap chye, Nonya Ngoh Hiang Roll and the desserts.

House of Peranakan Cuisine

house of peranakan cuisine 1Peranakan cuisine is always has a place in our hearts, we love the richness and powerully flavoured dishes that is aromatic, tangy and spicy. The adoption of various distinct spices and meticulously preparation process and cooking techniques give rise to this unique cultural food.house of peranakan cuisine 2

House of Peranakan Cuisine is one of the Peranakan restaurants under the House of Peranakan group of restaurants in Singapore. The branch at Frankel Ave is exquisitely delineated to portray the inherence of Peranakan culture with the earthy feel and inviting atmosphere. An ideal place for a communal meal.

Ayam Buah Keluak 12-18

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Perhaps one of the most important representations of Nonya cuisine, the chicken is cooked with nuts from the Kepayang tree, the highly poisonous nuts if not treated carefully can suffer the same fatal fate similarly to the puffy fish esten by the Japanese.

The Ayam Buah Keluak was cooked with chicken in rich curry, the kernels was removed, blended with minced pork and stuffed it back to the shell. Unfortunately, by doing so, it killed the natural aromatic flavour of the Buah Keluak, a big discount to the dish. Real good Ayam Buah Keluak will blend the kernels with the curry to lift up the overall flavour, sad to say that  we could not taste the fragrance of the black kernels in the curry as well.

Babi assam12-16

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There is taste of belachan chili with chinchalok buried under the sourness of assam and blimbing  this is one of the signatures here but the strong porky smell from the pork belly was a big setback, the pork belly was not tender and another letdown compared to the slices of lean meat in the same dish.

Curry Fish Head 30

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Voted one of the best curry fish head by CNN, we cannot discredit this dish too much with its savouring and exquisite flavours. Fish head was fresh and cooked to the right doneness, the potently rich spicy curry was wholesome and delicious.

Nonya Ngoh Hiang Roll 6 per roll

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Though the Ngoh Hiang was a little charred during deep fried, we have to acknowledge House of Peranakan Cuisine serves one of the best Ngoh Hiang around. You can fully appreciate the bold and subtle flavour of the ingredients blended impeccably well with the meat. Highly recommended dish to order.

Assam Sotong 10-18

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Crispy baby squid stir fried in a full flavoured sauce of assam (tamarind), green chili, big onions and spices. The crispy squid tasted slightly different from the deep fried squid from the Chinese restaurant or Zi char stalls, the assam infuse another dimension into the dish and made it surprisingly sumptuous dish.

Nonya Chap Chye 8.5-12

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The pot of Nonya chay chye was cooked for a long time to ensure the cabbage and all the ingredients were completely soften, It was all at once tangy and savoury with all the essence fully absorbed by the veggies, another good dish worth to try.

Desserts house of peranakan cuisine 11

The desserts are sublime here and at least you should try the following two signature dishes.

Ubi Kayu steamed tapioca with grated coconut 5 – 8

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The texture was as soft as putty and the stick was not able to lift up the steamed tapioca ball. In every rendition the tapioca was perfectly done and intimately readily to please the taste palates.

Putot Hitam black glutinous rice topped with coconut milk 3.5

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A fairly common dessert but what makes the Putot Hitam stands out here is the fragrance, the essence of black glutinous rice was fully uncovered and every spoon was utterly delicious.

Our verdict on House of Peranakan Cuisine

May be there are some duds with one or two dishes, House of Peranakan Cuisine ability to maintain the authenticity of the penerakan distinct spices and cooking techniques are commendable, highly recommended dishes are curry fish head, chap chye, Nonya Ngoh Hiang Roll and the desserts.

House of Peranakan Cuisine

A: 103 Frankel Ave, Singapore 458225

H: Daily 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm, Closed on Mondays

T: +65 6445 2404

W:www.houseofperanakan.com.sg/