Hearty food at Emmanuel Peranakan Cuisine

Having grown up around Marine Parade, Marine Parade Food Centre holds a special place in my heart. I fondly remember having my meals there after a long school day, with the abundance of delicious food always perking me up. Homely dishes always hit the spot, and Emmanuel Peranakan Cuisine does it splendidly.

Emmanuel Peranakan Cuisine is the brainchild of Annie, a jovial woman who has more than 30 years of experience at the famous Xing Long Cooked Food, which was started by her mum. Wanting more room to explore food and to add a personal touch to her dishes, Annie decided to open Emmanuel Peranakan Cuisine. Together with her husband, Annie tirelessly serves up hearty and homely dishes, all from the heart.

Food at Emmanuel Peranakan Cuisine

Nasi lemak is a traditional dish with Malay origins. Hence when I spotted the Nyonya Nasi Lemak ($5.50) on the menu, I was excited to see how Annie incorporated Peranakan elements into this popular dish.

Butterfly blue pea flower is used to cook the rice, which explains the grains’ distinct blue hue. This flower is traditionally used in Nyonya kueh, and is said to have many health benefits, such as improving skin and eyesight. Sticking to her mantra of only using fresh ingredients, Annie sources fresh butterfly blue pea flowers from her in-laws’ plantation in Melaka.

The taste of blue pea flower is usually hard to detect, but in this spoonful of rice, I could taste a slight earthy tang from the flowers. Unlike traditional nasi lemak where rice is cooked in coconut milk, the taste of coconut milk in each spoonful of rice was rather subtle, and it didn’t possess the right amount of richness.

The chicken rendang was fiercely aromatic,

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