Ivin's Nyonya Specialties may need to seriously appraise some of the dishes on the quality again, cheap but compromised with the quality will not go far for the finicky diners. The heavy-handed on the use of the sodium in many dishes could be another concern.
Ivin’s Nyonya Specialties Review @ Heartland Mall, Kovan
Ivin’s Nyonya has been in the business for the last few decades and a familiar name among the Paranakan foodies. Recent visit was a nostalgically recalled experience since our last visit decades ago.
The casual Nyonya restaurant is located in the mall decorated in peranakan traditional style. The serving size continues the tradition practice – small portion. It was full of excitement searching the familiar taste, Will Ivin’s Nyonya able to continue the legacy and meet our expectations?
Ayam Buah Keluak $8.5
Ayam Buah Keluak has a strong evocative in Paranakan food culture, unfortunately, Ivin’s Nyonya Specialties has fallen short to produce something able to impress us, the gravy was too salty, diluted and lack of the right fragrance, though the chicken pieces were tender.
Honey Pork $8.5
This is one of the signatures at Ivin’s Nyonya Specialties, perhaps the only dish that remains embedded in our memories in all these years, the slight charred and honey sweet glaze was pleasing, texture of meat could be more malleable if give the meat few more pounding, otherwise, it is probably one of the best dishes of the evening with the same old taste that we adored.
Garam Assam Fish Head $19.9
The Garam Assam or Spicy & Sour Fish Curry made of tamarind sauce standout among all the dishes of the dinner, well balanced spicy-sourish and seasoning gravy was appetizing though the sodium could be over-powering.
Sambal Kang Kong $6.9
you can forget about this dish, featureless with its poor quality sambal chili and mediocre Kangkong texture.
Nyonya Chap Chye $6.5
Overall too ordinary and lacked of the characteristic of a good Nyonya Chap Chye flavour and style, there are plenty of rooms to improve.
Chye Poh Omelette $5.0
We were wondering if this dish was cooked just for entertaining purpose, deeply disappointed with the Chye Poh or preserved salty radish that way overwhelming.
Fried Ngo Hiang $5.0
If cheap is the catch here and compromised with the quality; we will prefer not to subscribe for the dish.
Pulot Hitam with Ice cream $3.5
The black glutinous rice was missing the aroma and texture of a good Pulot Hitam. What is a real good Pulot Hitam then? Try the same dessert ($3.5 as well) from House of Paranakan at Siglap (Frankel Estate) and you will be able to understand what is really a good Pulot Hitam should be.
We expect restaurant has a higher standard compared to hawker centre but obviously not the case here.
Our verdict on Ivin’s Nyonya Specialties
Ivin’s Nyonya Specialties may need to seriously appraise some of the dishes on the quality again, cheap but compromised with the quality will not go far for the finicky diners. The heavy-handed on the use of the sodium in many dishes could be another concern.
GST 7%, no service charge
A:205 Hougang Street 21, #02-00 Heartland Mall, Singapore 530208
T: 6288 7922
H: Daily, 11:00 to 21:30