Diners have three more days to enjoy these boldly flavoured festive Nonya dishes at Folklore and Baba Chews.
From now till March 2, 2018, experience a fabulous Tok Panjang at Folklore, specially prepared by Chef Damian D’Silva. Tuck into the sumptuous spread of up to 15 different heritage dishes based on traditional recipes from the chef’s grandmother.
Start with the piquant Peranakan prawn salad featuring poached prawns on a bed of fresh lettuce leaves, drizzled with chilli plum sauce and lime juice. Then munch on crispy pie tee filled with shredded turnip, carrot, bamboo shoot cooked in prawn and pork stock. Don’t forget to add a dollop of the fiery sambal for a spicy kick. Calm the palate with soups such as itek teem (duck and salted vegetables broth), or the bakwan kepiting – fresh crab meat balls mixed with minced pork, prawn and bamboo shoot are cooked in prawn and pork stock.
Hearty mains include babi pongteh (braised pork slow-cooked with fermented bean paste, bamboo shoot, dried mushrooms and dark sugarcane), as well as the rich and robust ayam buah keluak – perfect with steamed rice. There’s also Folklore’s popular sambal buah keluak – an earthy dish of keluak nut cooked with sambal and minced pork. Another special item prepared by the chef is his grandma’s chicken curry. The curry chicken is cooked with shallots, dried chillies, ginger and homemade curry powder. Temper the rich and spicy flavours with the sambal belimbling – a tangy and spicy dish of baby starfruit and sambal.
Other Peranakan favourites in the Tok Panjang menu include ngoh hiang, Peranakan chap chye, garang assam, and four-angled bean salad. For a sweet ending, tuck into an assortment of colourful Peranakan kueh handmade by Chef Damian.
Folklore Chinese New Year Tok Panjang available for dinner from 6pm to 9.30pm is priced at $68 per person. Chinese New Year set lunches are also served at $18.80 per person.
Destination Singapore Beach Road 700 Beach Road, Level 2. Tel: 6679 2900
From now to March 2, Baba Chew is offering exclusive set lunch and dinner menu options priced at $48, $58, $68 and $88 per person (minimum of 2 persons per booking). Start by tossing the refreshing Baba Salmon Yusheng, a modern take on the auspicious dish with the addition of pineapple chunks and cornflakes.
The selection of menus feature various festive favourites with a Peranakan touch. Feast on the comforting bakwan kepiting soup, pork knuckle pongteh braised in a fermented soy bean sauce and topped with fatt choy, fried barramundi with homemade Nonya sauce, and itek sio (braised duck with shallot plum sauce). A not to be missed specialty is Chef Alvin’s Udang BBC Tiga Rasa – a Nonya-inspired stir-fried prawn dish jazzed up with a three-flavour sauce made with Indonesian sweet sauce, pickled ginger and homemade rempah.
Round up the festive feasting with a bowl of sweet sup mata kucing (winter melon with longans) in the standard menus or the pulut hitam with sesame dumplings in the premium menus.
86 East Coast Road, #01-01 Katong Square, Singapore 428788. Tel: 6723 2025 www.babachews.com.sg