We like the IVINS Peranakan Food takeaway service from their Binjai Park outlet in Bukit Timah. It is rather low tech but simple and effective. There is no online booking page or prepayment by credit card or Paypal. Just Whatsapp to 85101056 and list out which items you want and food pickup time. The IVINS staff will reply with a confirmation. You can also request for a menu via Whatsapp.
IVINS Peranakan restaurant has been at Binjai Park for a long time. They have another outlet in the Heartland Mall in Kovan. Deliveries from Kovan can be arranged through the Oddle, Deliveroo and Foodpanda platforms. Here is a picture of portions of the IVINS Peranakan Food Takeaway menu from Binjai Park.
Our IVINS Peranakan Food Takeaway Lunch
With so many items on the menu, it was hard to make our choices. We ended up with Ayam Buah Keluak ($7.50), Babi Pongteh ($6.80), Fried Ngo Hiang ($10 for 2 portions), Nyonya Chap Chye ($5.80), Nasi Lemak with Beef Rendang ($7.20) and Nasi Lemak with Ayam Goreng ($6.80).
The fried ngoh hiang was our favourite dish. It has deep complex flavours and always works very well as a starter to any meal at IVINS.
For the meat dishes, both the pork dish (babi ponteh, picture above) and the chicken dish (ayam buah keluak, picture below) were served in substantial portions and were equally good. We thought that the gravies were had not penetrated the meat deep enough. But the prices are very reasonable and the food is good value for money considering these factors.
The chap chye (picture below) was a light easy-going dish to balance out the oily meat dishes.
Each of the nasi lemak dishes is meant to be a meal by itself and comes with a choice of dessert. Like typical nasi lemak dishes, these come with ikan bilis, chilli and egg (in the form of strips of omelette in this case). The beef rendang version came with a big slab of beef rendang which was rather tough. We liked the fried chicken version better as the meat was tender and we did not really need so much meat.
For desserts that are part of the nasi lemak set, we had the pengat pisang (picture above) and buboh cha cha (picture below). Both were nice but the buboh cha cha had more variety in terms of taste.
IVINS Peranakan Restaurant
19/21 Binjai Park
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