Udang goreng assam – tamarind prawns
After a week of eating local food with my visiting family, serving food that makes the entire table go “yum” is no small feat, something that Peramakan managed to do last night.
We’ve been there before and made the mistake of ordering dishes with the same curry sauce but with different ingredients – eg eggplant, ladies fingers, chicken, prawns etc. But with a little planning (and a check with the wait staff) you can have a table full of completely different curries. My dad commented that it seemed hard to believe that curry with the same base ingredients of onions, garlic and chilli, can taste so different from dish to dish.
We ordered the beef rendang – beef that has been slowly cooked in coconut milk and spices for hours until tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, which allows the meat to absorb the spicy condiments. It’s a classic nonya dish and Peramakan does it very well.
We also ordered ikan panggang – half a baby red snapper marinaded in spices and grilled, served on a banana leaf. Think chilli stingray but with fish – delicious. The peranakan fried rice was also great – a simple dish of rice fried with dry prawns, eggs, squids, prawns and sambal belachan, garnished with sliced red chillies, fried shallots and coriander/spring onions.
The udang goreng assam or tamarind prawns were also a hit – fried whole prawns still in the shell and then covered in a sticky sweet tamarind sauce.
If you’re looking for delicious and authentic Peranakan food, this is the place to head to.
Level 3, Keppel Club
10 Bukit Chermin Road
(5 minutes drive from Vivo City/HarbourFront)
Tel: 65 63772829
Open everyday, including Sundays and public holidays for lunch and dinner.
Lunch: 11:30 am to 3:00 pm (last order: 2:30 pm)
Dinner: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm (last order: 9:30 pm