Rachel and I recently discovered a hidden restaurant in Toa Payoh Central, My Peranakan Spice Box, that serves pretty good Peranakan cuisine at a reasonable price.

Quality Peranakan food do not come cheap, given the tedious food preparation right from the condiments to the main ingredient.

My Peranakan Spice Box

My Peranakan Spice Box

The menu

The menu

While not exactly the best there is around, Rachel and I are able to enjoy a decent Peranakan meal for two at under $20, ordering around 4 dishes and drinks to share. We find this pretty reasonable. Moreover, there is no GST and service charge which would have amounted to an additional 17% of the total bill. Do note that the restaurant is non air-conditioned though.

Buah Keluak Toast

Buah Keluak Toast

Brinjal fries (which are actually just fried brinjal)

Brinjal fries (which are just fried brinjal)

Stewed Pork La Mian

Stewed Pork La Mian

Honey Chicken with Rice

Honey Chicken with Rice

Peranakan Chap Chye (mixed veggies)

Peranakan Chap Chye (mixed veggies)

Meat ball soup

Meat ball soup

Fish Maw Soup

Fish Maw Soup

Babi Ponteh

Babi Pongteh

Beef Rendang

Beef Rendang

The Babi Pongteh (Peranakan Pork Belly Stew) and Buah Keluak ( Indonesian Black Nuts) Toast are must-try. The former is a classic Peranakan dish while the latter is an interesting fusion concept.

My Peranakan Spice Box:

Address: Blk 190 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, #01-528 Singapore
Tel: +65 8288 0189
Opening Hours: Daily, 7am – 8.30pm (Closed on Tue)