Recently, peranakan nyonya cuisine and delicacies have become much sought-after in Singapore, thanks to a 34-episodes drama serial - Little Nyonya (小娘惹). The TV series were aired on MediaCorp TV Channel 8 from November 2008 till January 2009. Although I didn’t follow all the episodes, this show has also swayed my interest to try out the authentic Singapore peranakan food. Opportunity came when I had a meet-up with a Sarawak-based blogger who happened to be in Singapore for holiday.
During the lunch, I discovered a nyonya dish called ayam buah keluak (braised chicken flavoured with turmeric, galangal and lemongrass cooked with Indonesian black nuts). It was new to me as the buah keluak (black nut) is not commonly featured, if at all, in Penang nyonya food in the north. It is more common for the Malaccan and Singaporean nyonya cuisines down south. As this is just my first time dining experience at a Singapore nyonya restaurant, it is difficult for me to make a fair comparison between Singapore and Penang nyonya food. If you are want to read more on the food review at The Blue Ginger Restaurant, hop over to his blog for a detailed write-up of the dishes we had ordered accompanied by all the mouth-drooling shots taken by his big tot.
The Blue Ginger Restaurant
Add : 97 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore
Tel : (+65) 6222 3928
Fax : (+65) 6222 3860
Lunch : 12.00pm to 2.30pm
Dinner : 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Website : www.theblueginger.com