Singapore’s Multicultural Heritage on a Plate
The Peranakans, a people unique to Singapore
and its Straits neighbors, developed a fusion cuisine that combines Chinese ingredients with Malay spices and cooking techniques. The tangy and aromatic dishes often incorporate ingredients unfamiliar to the Western palate, such as galangal
(a root similar to ginger), candlenuts, and jicama. A frequent accompaniment is cincaluk
, a pungent condiment made from ground shrimp, lime juice, and chilies. After going through the Peranakan Museum, swing by next door to True Blue Cuisine for authentic dishes in a shophouse decorated with Peranakan antiques.