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.
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.