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Singapore Adventure - Contemporary Peranakan Cuisine at the world famous 'Candle Nut'.

Charles Yu | Mar 17, 201606:34 PM

After a sumptuous Japanese Omakase lunch and a short afternoon intermission, our 'fattening' process continued in earnest!

This time, again led by my Singapore Foodie chow-friend Fourseasons, his charming wife and his whiz-kid daughter, our party of 5 descended on the world famous contemporary Paranakan Cuisine Restaurant - 'Candle Nut ' for my first Paranakan dinner. Since both my wife and I were both new to this kind of cuisine, our expectation and anticipation were sky-high.

Seated in a cozy side dining room, our slightly snobbish server rushed through the evening's tasting menu quickly and asked us to decide fast before the evening rush get started. With names of most ingredients and dishes foreign to my wife and I, we decided to let Fourseasons and his wife make all the decision on our behalf.

When the food arrived, the contemporary and modern presentation was a huge surprise to us and a feast for the eyes. Taste-wise, most dishes were a concoction of very exotic flavoring combining whole suites of spicy, savory, sweet and tangy components in both the sauces and the chief ingredients. Some, we fell in love almost immediately, whilst some, we need a bit of time getting used to.

My favorite taste profile was the sauce used for the fried Red Snapper. It was so tasty but unfortunately the over-spiciness started to kicked in after a while and my mouth turned into that of a Games of Throne fiery dragon! Hot! Hot! Hot! A must mention was the Beef cheek and tongue Buah Keluak Broth. Looking blackish and intimidating, the taste was actually surprisingly delicious and the meat texture, chewy but extremely tender. The King Prawn dish with its pineapple cream sauce was delightful as with almost all the desserts.

All in all, my wife and I had a very interesting, exotic and enjoyable evening. Again, a big thank you to our generous host!

PS: A copy of the menu is attached to provide more detailed description of the dishes and their exotic ingredients and sauces.


Kueh Pie Tie Shell


Fried fish with delicious but spicy sauce


Buah Keluak broth - scary but good. Meat was so tender.

Lovely prawns

Chocolate dessert

Bread pudding

Durian dessert

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