There are various ways to experience a particular culture. But when it comes to Peranakan culture, there’s no better way to experience it at home than to try out their cuisine by ordering Peranakan food buffet catering.
The Peranakan culture is a unique fusion of Chinese and Malay influences, resulting in a cuisine that brings both cultures together. This is why in Singapore, the food is well-liked by many, as it has a lot of similarities to other Asian cuisines.
If you have a taste for this cuisine and want to try it out at home, you can consider these Peranakan food catering from an experienced caterer like Chilli Manis.
Peranakan Food to Serve at Home
Before we recommend some of the Peranakan foods you can try at home, you should know that Peranakan food is a fusion of Chinese and Malay cuisine, with a heavy emphasis on the use of spices, which makes it very unique.
With this in mind, you can expect a wonderful experience of Peranakan flavours at home with these dishes:
Signature Kampong Dry Laksa
Laksa is a well-known spicy noodle dish in the region, with the broth often made from laksa paste or sour asam mixed with coconut milk. The result? A savoury dish that is usually topped with chicken, prawn, or fish.
As innovative as we can be, we decided to modify the original Peranakan recipe to give you a Signature Kampong Dry Laksa. It captures the same savoury and fragrant taste in each bite with minimal laksa broth in the dish to make each bite more flavourful.
Nonya Curry Chicken with Potato
Curry chicken with potato has been a popular dish in the Southeast Asian region for its spicy, savoury taste. Not only is it a significant Malay dish that is often served during Hari Raya, but curry chicken with potato is also popular among the Chinese.
What makes the Nonya Curry Chicken with Potato different from its regular counterpart is that the Nonya version has a distinctive Southeast Asian flavour, made aromatic from the addition of local spices and herbs like galangal, candlenuts, and lemongrass.
Udang Masak Nenas
Another Peranakan dish that should not be missed is the Udang Masak Nenas. If you’re new to the cuisine, you might wonder how the ingredients blend to give you a sweet, spicy, and savoury taste.
The mystery lies in keeping the prawn shells on while cooking them in the curry to preserve the sweetness of the prawns. The use of fresh pineapples and lime leaves paired with some chillies make this savoury dish a delightful to eat especially when paired with rice.
Nonya Sayur Lodeh
The Nonya Sayur Lodeh is another classic Peranakan vegetable dish, and no Peranakan food catering is complete without it. It is a dish that captures the essence of Peranakan cuisine, using local ingredients that provide numerous flavours.
Using a variety of fresh vegetables for added texture and sweetness, lemongrass for its distinct aroma and fragrance, and coconut milk for a rich and thick sauce, these ingredients help create a nostalgic dish to many that’s sure to delight..
Signature Ayam Buah Keluak
The Signature Ayam Buak Keluak is a mainstay in Peranakan cuisine, made from a combination of the Buah Keluak and spicy tamarind gravy, which give the dish a savoury, moreish, and divine taste.
It’s also full of vibrant colours and flavours, so you will not regret tasting this dish at home with your loved ones. Depending on the cooking style, the gravy can be made from a blend of spices and stir-fried with lemongrass and the flesh of Buah Keluak.
Cheng Tng (Hot/Cold)
There is always room for dessert, and our Cheng Tng is a wholesome and healthy Peranakan dessert that’s excellent for people of all ages.
There’s no doubt that adding this dessert to your list of Peranakan food to try at home will be a wise decision. Served to the brim with nourishing ingredients like red dates, white fungus, and Pang Da Hai seeds, our Cheng Tng is undoubtedly nutritious and comforting for the soul. It’s also an ideal dessert if you’re craving something refreshing and sweet to beat the Singapore heat.
Why Should You Get Peranakan Food Catering?
Having Peranakan food catered to your doorsteps is one of the most convenient ways to experience the culture at home, especially if you want to share the uniqueness with your loved ones.
Besides, Peranakan food catering can help you save time in organising meals while creating a memorable experience. To ease your Peranakan food catering planning, you can find the recommended menu items in our Peranakan Buffet in Singapore.
About Chilli Manis
Chilli Manis, which means “sweet chilli” in the Indonesian language, is a halal buffet catering service in Singapore that seeks to showcase the best of Peranakan cuisine – dishes that have amalgamated signature flavours across Chinese, Malay, and Indonesian fares. It is also a subsidiary of Neo Group.
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Over the years, Chilli Manis has become one of Singapore’s popular Peranakan food buffet caterers, serving a wide array of regular buffet, mini buffet, bento sets, and more that combines nostalgic Peranakan taste with a touch of modern influence.