Chilli Padi Nonya Restaurant in Joo Chiat – cheap and good Peranakan food

Chilli Padi Joo Chiat

Chilli Padi Nonya Restaurant at Joo Chiat Place

Earlier this year, listed company ABR Holdings (which operates the Swensen’s ice cream restaurants) announced that it would be buying the business of the Chilli Padi Group. The purchase of 80% of the shares from the 3 shareholders – Ms Patricia Lee and two Mr Lees – had been completed at the price of S$14.8 million. When we visited Chilli Padi Nonya Restaurant in Joo Chiat recently, everything seemed the same – no bua kulauk ice cream on the menu yet.

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Folklore Restaurant – Singapore heritage food

Folklore Restaurant

Folklore restaurant at Destination Singapore Beach Road hotel, with local chef Damian D’Silva at its helm, has a menu of Eurasian-Peranakan dishes and other heritage cuisines of Singapore. The food at the multi-cuisine restaurant had received praise and the dishes that we tried at Folklore restaurant did not disappoint.

Folklore Restaurant

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Peranakan restaurants in Singapore

Peranakan or Nyonya cuisine is standing its ground amidst the mushrooming of many other types of restaurants all over Singapore. New Peranakan restaurants have opened in recent years and Singapore can even boast of the first Peranakan restaurant in the world to be awarded a Michelin Star. To assist our readers who are deciding on the best places to go for nyonya food in Singapore, here is The Ordinary Patrons (TOP) list of Peranakan restaurants in Singapore.

Top new restaurants 2016 Singapore

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PeraMakan Keppel Club, restaurant serving classic Nyonya cuisine

Even if golf is not your thing, the Keppel Golf Club may still be a place that is of interest to you. The club boasts a small collection of f & b outlets that are open not only to their club members but also to walk-in members of the public. On the Keppel Club premises, they have a Little Harry’s Pub, Thai restaurant E-Sarn, Chinese restaurant Peony Jade and Nyonya restaurant PeraMakan Keppel Club, which we visited recently.

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Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant

Guan Hoe Soon Peranakan Restaurant

Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant has been serving a wide range of Peranakan dishes in Joo Chiat since 1953 and lays claim to be one of the oldest Peranakan restaurants in Singapore. The setting and service of the restaurant will not be its selling propositions. Guan Hoe Soon Peranakan Restaurant is a place to go to for good simple nonya dishes.

Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant

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Chong Wen Ge Cafe – Peranakan food next to Thian Hock Keng Temple in Telok Ayer

Chong Wen Ge Cafe is a Peranakan cafe that occupies the building that once housed Singapore’s first Chinese school. There is a Peranakan Tiles Gallery next to the cafe and a Japanese owned Music Box Museum upstairs.  Their next door neighbour is one of the oldest Chinese temples in Singapore,  the Thian Hock Keng Temple. How did all these different entities end up in as neighbours in Telok Ayer? An insightful article in the Today newspaper provides some good background reading:  “Tile me about it: Chong Wen Ge is the most unusual cafe space in Telok Ayer”.

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