TingKat PeraMakan offers authentic restaurant quality Peranakan food in sensible portions at affordable prices. The offshoot of the popular Restaurant PeraMakan @ Keppel Club has several branches – including outlets in Owen Road, Marina Square and Alexander Retail Centre. A new TingKat PeraMakan outlet has just opened in the basement of PLQ Mall.
TingKat PeraMakan PLQ Mall
TingKat PeraMakan in Paya Lebar has interior decorations that incorporate the typical Peranakan motifs. A bright red counter in the middle of the casual diner creates a striking impression. The rest of the furniture is functional.
It is a free seating self service eatery. Orders and payments are made at the cashier’s counter. Cups will be given for the drinks and an electronic buzzer will prompt you to collect the food when it is ready.
TingKat PeraMakan Menu
There are cakes, bak changs and kuehs on display for takeaways. Bottled sauces (rempah) are also available for retail sales.
TingKat PeraMakan PLQ Mall has an a la carte menu offering a good range of nyonya food. Bakwan Kepiting, Ayam Buah Keluak, Chap Chye and Sambal Ikan are in the menu. Their set meals are popular – as they allow diners to choose a main, 2 side dishes, a dessert and a drink. The price of each set depends on the main dish and ranges from $10.70 to $16 per set. Below are pictures of the menu of TingKat PeraMakan in Paya Lebar Quarter.
Set Meals at TingKat PeraMakan
We ordered 3 set meals – Ayam Buak Keluak Set, Babi Pontay Set and Ayam Kleo Set. Each set includes rice and sambal. The portion size of each set is just about right for one person.
We tried all the side dishes which were available for the set meals. Tingkay Peramakan’s chap chye was soft and tasty. The sayur masak and nyonya tahu were of the expected standard and more than decent. The chincalok omelette was a little plain – but it was an issue easily fixed by adding a bit of the sambal provided.
All the main dishes were very good. The very dark thick gravy of the Ayam Buah Keluak had a sweet savoury taste. The chicken drumstick was tender and absorbed the earthy taste of the buak keluak well.
The Babi Ponteh dish of pork belly braised in fermented bean sauce was delicious. The pork had a nice balance of fatty and lean parts. The meat was soft and tender. It went very well with the plain steamed rice.
The Ayam Kleo, or chicken cooked with spicy coconut milk sauce, was aromatic and very palatable. The chicken was tender and the gravy was rich with a balance of spiciness, sourness and sweetness. It was one of the better nyonya chicken curries we had tried.
The simple looking sago gula Melaka that came with the set meals was surprisingly enjoyable. Sago pearls in palm sugar syrup with coconut milk was a delightful combination that was very palatable.
We also tried the Hot Bubor Chah Cha ($3.20) at Tingkat PeraMakan at PLQ Mall. The bubor cha cha and lots of colourful ingredients and was not too sweet. It was a nice comforting bowl of dessert.
Good Food made Accessible
TingKat PeraMakan makes the popular nyonya dishes of PeraMakan @ Keppel Club more easily accessible. The best thing about TingKat PeraMakan may be that you do not need to have a big group to enjoy a variety of dishes. The prices are not low but affordable and you do get good quality and tasty food at TingKat PeraMakan.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Tingkat PeraMakan PLQ Mall
10 Paya Lebar Road
B2-03 PLQ Mall
Opening Hours: 11 am – 9 pm
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