Correct me if I'm wrong but I feel that one of the most underrated cuisines here in Singapore is the Peranakan, otherwise known as Nonya, cuisine. Take a quick look at the hawker centers and you'll see a mix of Teochew, Hokkien, Cantonese, Indian, Malay, Western and even some Thai and Vietnamese dishes readily available. Save for stalls selling Laksa, rarely do we get to encounter any other stalls that specialize in purely Peranakan food. This is one thing that I wish more of the newer generation hawkers and restaurateurs would consider as Peranakan cuisine plays a big role in Singapore's history as the Peranakans are the first immigrants who came to Singapore and eventually called this place home.
I'm really thankful for my colleagues T and N who introduced me to some of their favorite Peranakan dishes. From N's homemade kuehs to that one fun lunch where we got to enjoy some buah keluak, ngoh hiang, chap chye and udang masak assam. After the meal, I realized how similar Peranakan cooking is to the traditional Filipino dishes. For one thing, it's very saucy and being so flavorful too, you definitely won't be able to resist having rice. Secondly, it seems like most of the dishes require some time to cook in order to bring out the flavor and I really appreciate that. Somehow, it gives me that feeling that each dish is made with so much effort and love.
So, when I got an invite to check out Oscar's latest promotion which turns the spotlight on Peranakan cooking, the first thing that entered my mind was.. "FINALLY!" Maybe soon, Peranakan cuisine will start to take center stage where it rightfully belongs.
Let me give you a quick tour around the buffet area and what are the dishes that you definitely have to try as well:
If you noticed, there seems to have a lot of DIY stations and this is what we love about Oscar's buffet. It allows you to customize your food based on your liking and at the same time allowing you to go crazy and experiment with your food. This is perhaps the only time in your life wherein you're allowed to "play" with your food. Make the most of it!
Now it's time for dessert!
I was so happy to be able to have a delicious Peranakan dinner at Oscar's and the best part was, Paul was there to enjoy it with me. The buffet selections were not a lot but I love how each dish was of great quality and it seems like each item in the buffet was carefully chosen in order to suit every diner's discriminating taste.
This buffet promotion will run until the end of August so I highly recommend for all of you to go and enjoy what Peranakan cuisine has to offer. As a special treat, simply quote "Laksa" when you're making a lunch reservation (Mon-Sat only) to enjoy the buffet for only S$45++ and "Achar" for dinner reservations (Mon-Thu only) to get the special rate of S$55++.
Lunch (Mon-Sat) : S$59++ (adult) / S$29.50++ (child, 6-12 years old)
Dinner (Sun-Thu) : S$72++ (adult) / S$36++ (child, 6-12 years old)
Dinner (Fri-Sat) : S$83++ (adult) / S$41.50++ (child, 6-12 years old)
Oscar's is located at the Lobby Level of Conrad Centennial Singapore. Reservations are required so call them at 6432-7481.