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Enjoy the 3rd Kamcheng Peranakan Festival

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The Peranakan restaurant’s 3rd annual edition of the Kamcheng Peranakan Festival has started, and will last until 31 July, 2019.

Kamcheng refers to the elaborately-decorated, traditional Peranakan storage vase and also means friendship, the theme for this year’s Peranakan Festival.

The Peranakan Restaurant

This year’s Peranakan Festival sees the debut of the Peranakan Food Festival, featuring key highlights such as Eurasian Peranakan dinners, wine-pairing menus, and workshops at The Peranakan restaurant.

Now in our third year, we feel this is a great time to further strengthen the kamcheng we have created between Peranakans and other cultures over the past two years. As such, we have created a colourful timeline of events to be held this June and July.

Founder and Executive Chef of The Peranakan, Baba Raymond Khoo.

Eurasian cuisine specialist Chef Lionel Chee has created a journey through the history of the Peranakans and Eurasians with specially-crafted Eurasian Peranakan menus ($45++ per person) every Sunday until 14 July. Peranakan delights include Kachang Botol Salad, thinly sliced wing beans tossed with hae bee, ginger flower, and lime juice; and Itek Sio, a sweet and sour, coriander-based duck dish. On the Eurasian front, savour dishes such as Devil’s Curry, a colourful dish that encapsulates the global footprint of the Portuguese voyageur; and Potato Cutlet, hand-mashed yellow potatoes seasoned with spices such as garlic and black peppercorns and coated with bread crumbs that is shallow-fried over a low fire after at least 6 hours in the freezer.

The Peranakan restaurant has partnered with Singapore-based Brass Lion Distillery for a High Tea with Gin session on 14 July ($88++ per person). Butterfly Pea flower, a staple in Peranakan cuisine, makes its way into gin in their brand-new Butterfly Pea Gin. Carrying an intoxicating floral aroma, watch it morph from a dark blue hue to a soft shade of lilac while you enjoy some of The Peranakan’s High Tea delights including Mee Siam, Durian Pengat (using D24 durians that have been cooked, cooled, and mixed with coconut cream and house-blended gula melaka), and Kueh Pie Tee.

Immerse yourself in Peranakan culture through a series of talks on Peranakan artefacts and explore its literary world with the Baba Nyonya Literary Festival organized by The Peranakan Association of Singapore (TPAS). This event is held at The Peranakan Gallery.

Meet subject matter experts in Peranakan material artefacts as well as listen to the lives of some of the Peranakan pioneers who rest in Bukit Brown Cemetery. Learn how to differentiate between batik made for Peranakans and batik made for Malays, how to distinguish between an original or reproduction of Peranakan porcelain, and how to select investment-worthy Peranakan jewelry.

Have a peek into the lives of prominent Peranakans and the role they played in Singapore’s development at the Baba Nyonya Literary Festival (20-21 July). Enjoy live reading sessions of key Peranakan literature classics by their well-known authors such as Vivienne Tan, Shawn Seah, and Stella Kon. Tickets are priced at $30 for a one-day pass, or $50 for a two-day pass, and include an exquisite tea by The Peranakan restaurant.



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