PeraMakan @ Katong – a Peranakan Restaurant for a “Good Makan” (Outlet closed)


The Malay term “Peranakan” means “locally born”. However, today “Peranakan” in Singapore generally refers to people of mixed heritage descended from the 15th century immigrant Chinese traders who married local Malay/Indonesian women. The name of Nyonya food chain, PeraMakan, is a clever play of the Malay words of “Peranakan” and “Makan” (to eat). PeraMakan says that it is a “marriage of two great cultures, the rich culinary heritage of the Peranakans and Singaporean’s favourite past time, to makan“.


PeraMakan has a restaurant in the Santa Grand Hotel East Coast, a boutique hotel along East Coast Road. There is an interesting heritage corner just outside the restaurant. There you can see some really ornate Peranakan furniture and artifacts. The restaurant itself is simply decorated. Other than a number of Peranakan tiles of vibrant colours on the walls, there is nothing overtly Peranakan about the decor.


PeraMakan offers the full range of good, authentic Peranakan food. For a simple dinner, we ordered Bakwan Kepiting Soup ($5 per individual bowl), Nyonya Chap Chye ($10) and the Ayam Sio ($14) to go with plain rice.

The Bakwan Kepiting – meat balls of minced pork mixed with mackerel, crabmeat and bamboo shoots in chicken & fish stock – was of the expected standard. The combination of ingredients gave the soup a nice delicate flavour.

Peramakan Bakwan Kepiting

The Nyonya Chap Chye here comprised mainly cabbage stewed with timchok (sweet beancake), tau kee, dry lilybuds, black fungus and tanghoon in a bean paste gravy. It was nice but we thought the chap chye would be better if it had been left to stew a little longer.

Nyonya Chap Chye

The most enjoyable dish was the Ayam Sio. The chicken was braised in a perfectly balanced sauce of onions, coriander, pepper and tamarind. The amalgam of spices made the dish truly delicious.

Peramakan Ayam Sio

We also had their Nyonya longan and red date tea. The hot brewed tea had a comforting sweet flavour. It was really soothing and nice. We forgot to leave room for desserts.

The service was excellent. The staff was friendly, efficient and very attentive. PeraMakan, owned by a true-blue Nyonya chef, is a good place for a wide range of Nyonya food. Whether you are a real Peranakan food connoisseur or just simply like to “makan”, it should not be difficult to find something enjoyable at PeraMakan.


Food: 3
Service :4
Value : 3
Atmosphere: 3
Overall Rating : 3 TOPs 3 Tops

Average price person for dinner : $22

PeraMakan @ East Coast
171 East Coast Road #01-02/03
Santa Grand Hotel East Coast
Singapore 428877

Tel: 63464202/ 63464203

Opening Hours:
Buffet Breakfast 7:00 am – 10.30 am
Lunch 11.30 am – 3:00 pm
Closed on Monday (unless Monday is eve of a public holiday or a public holiday)
Dinner 6.00 pm – 10:00 pm
Closed on Monday (unless Monday is eve of a public holiday or a public holiday)

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