A real food adventure indeed. What was meant to be a leisurely stroll to One-Marina for lunch at Prive found us getting lost and trekking nearly three full kilometers to the nearby Keppel Club. Starved by that time, we decided to try PeraMakan, a traditional Peranakan restaurant located within the Club’s premises.
Hungry as we were and spurred on by the fact that we had burned some calories while trekking over, we fervently ordered quite a number of dishes to share amongst us four.
Nyonya Ngoh Hiong $10
As a starter, we had a traditional dish of Ngoh Hiong or Fried Prawn rolls. Moist minced pork compacted in a roll with prawns and chopped vegetables, the Ngoh Hiong was flavourful and the meat tender. The beancurd skin was slightly salty and crisp going well with the chili sauce served with the dish.
One of the main dishes we chose to have served with white rice, the Nyonya Chap Chye was well braised with soft moist cabbage leaves, stewed beancurd skin and chewy black fungus. The Hae Bee (shrimp) added extra flavour to the fragrant gravy which was a delightful accompaniment to the white rice.
Beef Rendang $14
Craving rendangs, we decided to order a beef and an ayam rendang. Using a tender cut of beef that was lean with just a hint of fat, the beef rendang was incredibly fragrant with the flavours of the mixed spices and the meat moist and juicy. The heady combination of spices and hints of coconut milk that subtly complements the spicy flavour goes extremely well with the rice.
Ayam Rendang $14
The ayam rendang was delicious as well. In traditional recipes, chicken rendang is cooked for a shorter period of time as compared to beef and tamarind is added to the spice mixture. Fried chicken thigh and drumsticks in rendang sauce; the meat was fall-off-the-bone tender and the taste of spice was infused into the chicken meat.
Ayam Kleo $14
Though typically not a large fan of curry dishes, I particularly enjoyed PeraMakan’s version of grilled chicken in spicy coconut gravy. Not overwhelmed with the taste of coconut milk and just mildly spicy, the subtly creamy yet tasty gravy with hints of herbs like lemongrass and galangal was a well-prepared dish.
Sotong Panggang $14
With so many different meats, we decided to try the sotong panggang for a change. A large grilled squid topped with their special house sauce, the sweet marinade went well with the fresh and chewy squid which was cooked to the perfect tenderness.
Perhaps we were just really hungry after our trek there, but we found this meal to be a immensely satisfying one. Stuffed as we were from the spread, we didn’t get to sample any of their desserts. As a fan of the spicy, I felt that some of the dishes could benefit from an extra dose or two of chili. Nonetheless, it is undeniable that PeraMakan serves mouthwateringly delicious Peranakan dishes that are both authentic and prepared with quality ingredients. Though some may find it pricey compared to other traditional Peranakan restaurants, rest assured that you’re paying for good quality. A little out of the way as we unfortunately found, reservations are recommended especially since we found the place pretty crowded for a weekday afternoon.
Level 3, Keppel Club
10 Bukit Chermin Road
Contact Number: 65 63772829
Daily: 11.30am-3.00pm, 6.00pm-10.00pm