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Singapore Violet Oon

Lunch at Violet Oon

Peranakan cuisine at its finest

Violet Oon has five locations throughout Singapore. JAM was fortunate enough to walk in for lunch without a reservation, normally highly recommended, at the National Gallery - their stellar National Kitchen restaurant.

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Recommended by a JAM friend who is Peranakan Chinese (pronounced "per-rah-nah-kahn") - a word that describes complex mixed foreign and local ancestry, Violet Oon was an elevated dining experience featuring authentic native Peranakan dishes which are most famous for their imaginative and creative cuisine which is infused with delicate flavors. Peranakan or “Nonya” food is a blend of Chinese and Malay culinary traditions made with a range of indigenous herbs and spices.

Employing chillies, belachan (spicy prawn paste) and coconut milk as vital ingredients, wok cooking techniques of the Chinese and spices used by the Malay and Indonesian community - this combination produces the tangy, aromatic and spicy dishes and we found the best ones at Violet Oon. It's an exceptional stop while perusing the beautiful unresting number of galleries in the stunning National Gallery.

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Krystal Chang

Krystal Chang is a writer and designer of flowers, installations, and landscapes in Los Angeles. Her background in architecture and construction informs the spatial quality of her work. She creates bespoke florals for events and clients including Esters Wine Shop, Lunya, Design Within Reach, and Poketo. She designs landscapes for residential and commercial clients with a focus on native and sustainable gardens.
IG: @krystalchang


Amanda Quinn Olivar, JAM's arts and culture editor, is also the editor at Curator magazine, producer of Seeing is Believing: Women Direct and the play Paint Made Flesh. She has collaborated on Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies and an upcoming project with Zandra Rhodes. She sits on the boards of London's Fashion and Textile Museum and The Chimaera Project. As a curator and arts advocate, she received the HeArt Award for her work benefiting A Window Between Worlds. Amanda has curated exhibits at The Cornell Art Museum, The Skirball Cultural Center, Fresno Art Museum, and Brand Art Center. Amanda lives and works in Los Angeles.

Thank you to Imogen Smith and Chloe Copus.