Friday 17 April 2015

House Of Peranakan Petit, Tiong Bahru

The latest dining addition to Tiong Bahru is House of Peranakan Petit, a modern and intimate Peranakan setting along Eng Hoon Street - a former Peranakan enclave. I believe many of the hip cafes these days have outshone some of the traditional cuisine such as Peranakan. And I'm glad that House of Peranakan Petit is born from a desire to offer top notch Peranakan heritage food.

In addition to Peranakan Inn in Katong and House of Peranakan Cuisine in Frankel, the family is now excited to bring its rich culinary heritage to Tiong Bahru. Established by the House of Peranakan Group of restaurants, this third branch offers quality Peranakan food in an area that has forgotten its Peranakan roots and inundated with hipster cafes.

We started off with iced beverages, from left to right - Lemongrass Tea $5, Lychee Tea $5 and Lime Juice with Agar Agar $4. They were all refreshing in its own way especially the lemongrass.

The full-flavoured Peranakan meal is best accompanied by home-made Pandan or Ginger Lemongrass Tea ($5.00).I thought it was a unique combination of pandan and lemongrass which coincidently both were my favourite. I like the sweetness from the pandan and the refreshing zest from the lemongrass. Would recommended this to the ice beverages.

For appetisers, we started off with Assam Baby Squid $12. Crispy baby squid stir-fried in tamarind, onions, green chilli and spices. Crispy squid with a sweet-sour flavour, an ideal snack to kick start your tastebud.

For mains, we had Beef Rendang $18. These tender beef pieces are broiled in traditional spices and coconut milk. The beef were well marinated and rich in flavour, I like how soft yet firm the beef cubes were.

A soup dish for the meal, here's Itek Tim $10. A classic Peranakan soup of duck, pork ribs and salted vegetables. This classic Nonya soup is an evolved form of the Chinese Kiam Chye Ark (Salted Vegetable and Duck Soup) where the fastidious Nonyas add Assam Gelugor and Tomatoes to create a fuller taste.

Garam Asssam Fish $18, it's basically chermin fillet in a tangy gravy of tamarind, brinjal and lady's fingers. Not a appealing-looking dish among the rest as the fish is hidden underneath the vegetables. Assam flavour wise I like how it is sour and sweet at the same time.

Assam Prawn $18 - succulent de-shelled king prawns in a tantalising tamarind sauce. Note that this picture is for display during my tasting session which explains the prawn shells. Prawns were fresh but flavour wise I would say nothing fanciful but it's not too bad.

For the last main and probably the best among the rest, Itek Sioh $18. It is braised duck in a appetising gravy of coriander and tamarind. I was pleasantly surprised at how tender the duck meat was, and I like how the marination was infused into every bit of the meat. This is best pair with a bowl rice.

Moving to desserts which all of us are looking forward to, here's Ubi Kayu $6. It is steamed tapioca balls topped with grated coconut. A classic peranakan sweet treat.

Pulot Hitam $4.50 - Black glutinous rice topped with coconut milk. One of my favorite local dessert in fact but here at House of Peranakan, I would recommend going for the next two!

Here comes the top 2 favorite, one of them is Gula Melaka Sago Pudding with Coconut Ice Cream $6.50. It is pearl sago drenched in gula melaka (palm sugar) and creamy coconut ice cream. The combination of gula melaka and coconut ice cream is divine that it left my tastebud dancing.

Lastly, we had the Durian Chendol with Coconut Ice Cream $8.50. It is a popular dessert of pandan jelly, red beans, gula melaka served with creamy coconut ice cream and topped with durian puree.

If you fancy the combination of gula melaka, coconut and all time favorite durian, this dish is definitely for you. The durian puree is something-to-die-for, dayum.

Peranakan furniture and antiques are set amidst Peranakan hues of turquoise and white. To showcase and support Peranakan art, the owners are collaborating with young Peranakan artist, Carolyn Law, to install her Peranakan-inspired art in the restaurant.

Established in Katong in the 1980s, the House of Peranakan Group of restaurant is a pioneer in Nonya cuisine, managed by a pure Peranakan family for more than 30 years. House of Peranakan Petit also known as the 3rd branch, is an intimate 30-seater restaurant in a modern Peranakan setting, hence it is “Petit”. If you're looking for authentic peranakan cuisine with rich culinary heritage in a cosy setting, this is for you.

*Show this page and quote promo code 'Petit Bagus' to get 10% off dine-in bill. Not valid on PH and eve of PH. This is valid till 30th April 2015.

House of Peranakan Petit
42 Eng Hoon Street
Tiong Bahru Estate
Singapore 169785
Tel: +65 6222 1719
Opening Hours: Lunch: 12-3pm
Dinner: 6-10pm
Closed on Tuesday

*This was an invited media tasting.

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