Located along the beautifully restored Joo Chiat Place, this legendary restaurant is possibly Singapore's oldest Peranakan eating-house, and has been serving authentic Peranakan cuisine, as well as Hainanese fare, for well over 50 years.
Funny enough, the restaurant which is so much associated with fine Peranakan cuisine is not really owned by Peranakans, but by the descendants of the chef who used to cook for Mr. Chew Joo Chiat (The king of Katong), a wealthy Peranakan merchant who used to own most of the land around this area and after whom the street is named... as you can imagine, if the chef was good enough to cook for the Peranakan tycoon, he must have been good enough to run his own Peranakan restaurant...
Recommended dishes include the ultimate Ayam Buah Keluak: a traditional and well-known dish of chicken and Buah Keluak (unique nuts, from a mangrove tree that grows in Malaysia and Indonesia), Beef Rending: a type of beef curry that slowly cook in coconut milk and spices for several hours until almost all the liquid is gone, leaving the meat coated in the spicy condiments, and Sambal Kangkong: a dish of water spinach (Kangkong), dried shrimps, fresh chili paste and garlic.
The dishes are all very flavorful and rich in gravy (the free rice refills are just perfect for that...).
Prices are quite OK: dinner is around SG$ 20 - 30
Open daily (except Tuesday), for lunch and dinner
38/40 Joo Chiat Place, Geylang Phone: 6344 2761