Blue Ginger - A Peranakan Cuisine

Peranakan Cuisine created a big buzz in my gastronomical memory since day one of our relocation to Singapore. I oftentimes hear good things about this Chinese-Malay culinary fusion. Apparently, it took me more than a year to finally dig-in to that very intriguing Nonya plate. Had it not been to a farewell dinner organized for one of our colleagues, I am still definitely missing a big part of Singapore food scene.

We went to Blue Ginger in Tanjong Pagar. It's a popular Peranakan restaurant that promises to deliver signature dishes from a Nonya. A Nonya is a matriarch (Straits Chinese Lady) who's well loved for her great tasting heritage recipes. She usually gathers the entire family over a scrumptious feast. True enough, what we've tasted during this dinner are reminiscent of a grandmother's cooking. Generally, most of the dishes are rich, spicy and full of flavors. The Fish Head Curry caught me completely. It has the right balance of spice notes and creaminess. It's my favorite among these choices... 



Ngo Heong - home made rolls of minced pork and prawn seasoned with five spice powder, wrapped and fried to crispy perfection
 
Buah Keluak - braised chicken seasoned with turmeric, galangal and lemongrass cooked with Indonesian black nuts

Itek Tim - duck and pork knucles with vegetables and sour plum

Otak Otak - homemade fish cake

Chap Chye Masak Titek - mixed vegetable in a prawn stock

Sambal Bendy - ladies fingers with spicy shrimp paste
Nonya Fish Head Curry - red snaper cooked in a typical homestyle curry

On the whole, it's a restaurant worthy enough to be in the list of places to keep coming back for.


The Blue Ginger Restaurant
97 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088518
Lunch : 12.00pm to 2.30pm
Dinner : 6.30pm to 10.30pm
For reservations, call (+65) 6222 3928 or fax at (+65) 6222 3860

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