I found out that a friend from KL was also in Singapore this weekend, and we agreed to catch up over a meal. When he suggested that we go check out a relatively new Peranakan restaurant for dinner, I didn't hesitate to say 'yes'. After all, my friend is a baba... and it would be a real treat to dine with a foodie who knows what he's talking about when it comes to Peranakan cuisine!
The Peranakan is at the western end of Orchard Road, inside the newly-renovated Claymore Connect shopping mall. This is an area I was pretty familiar with, given that dad's office was in Orchard Towers for a while (along with the former infamous "four floors of whores"). I'm glad to see that the mall below the Orchard Hotel has been given a makeover, and as we approached from street level, we could see a number of kebayas being hung in the restaurant's windows.
I was a little startled by the abundance of Christmas decorations inside a restaurant purportedly serving Peranakan cuisine, but I was reassured once I saw my friend. Since I'm dining with a baba, guess who's NOT doing the ordering?
Violet Oon's version we had earlier in the day.
than the version at Candlenut, this, too, was stewed until the cabbage started disingregrating into a pile of mush. My Canto Kitty just ain't a fan...
We were given little spoons to scoop out the black paste stuffed inside the shells of the nut. It's an acquired taste for sure, and I have acquired it over the years. Having finished all of her steamed rice in the early part of dinner, Hello Kitty found the flavors of the paste on its own a little too heavy for her taste.
P.S. we didn't have any rendang tonight, because my friend was told by the staff that the rendang they cooked tonight wasn't any good. Kudos to the staff for having integrity to not serve dishes they felt was subpar.