How many of us recall the TV drama series The Little Nyonya in 2008? Since then, the Peranakan culture has been widely talked about and restaurants had came out with Nyonya-theme cuisine which was popular during that time.
I was quite sceptical when Buffet Town decided to bring back the Peranakan craze by having a section of Nyonya dishes for a limited time this September and October 2012. So, I went down to Buffet Town on a weekday dinner to check out what’s new and if there’s anything nice that warrants a visit.
Read on to find out the Nyonya Affair that’s happening at Buffet Town!
I can’t deny the life-size illustration of Chef Andy Yeo at the buffet line was kinda freaky. From a corner of my eyes, I thought he was standing there still he came out from another direction to introduce himself.
It is a spread of about 20 nyonya dishes featuring some of the signature dishes from Chef Andy himself. The crockery used to display the food has Peranakan-style motifs enhanced the atmosphere to create a more authentic nyonya experience.
From appetizers, sides, soup and mains, the Nyonya section have them all. Some of the popular appetizers include Sambal Timun Nanas and Achar Achar while there are Shrimp Fritters and Ngoh Hiang as sides.
Not forgetting desserts which nyonyas are famous for their Assorted Nonya Kueh, Kueh Lapis and Chendol which will you will be spoilt for choices.
To wrap it all up, they have a beautifully designed condiments section decorated with Peranakan-style tiffins where you can help yourself to appetizing pickled vegetables and flaming sambal belachan.
When asked, Chef Andy was very proud to say that his Nonya Curry Chicken is the most popular item on the menu. I find it very nice without being too rich in coconut milk nor spicy. The texture was just nice too and it goes along so well with the fragrant fried Nonya Mee Siam. I can easily have 2 or 3 servings of these! Sedap!
I’m very health concious with what I eat but I couldn’t resist the temptation of the succulent and glorious Babi Pongteh (Braised Pork) screaming out to me to eat it. I took 2 slice of it and give myself a treat. Indeed, the juicy braised pork was well worth the calories as it just melts in my mouth!
The DIY Kueh Pie Tee is the star of the starters. Crispy crust on the outside with warm, moist radish, scrambled egg and grounded peanut. Stuff the entire thing down into your mouth and you’re on your way to cloud nine. Savour every bite like it is the last. Gosh, I can stomach all of that down myself.
The Ngoh Hiang, one of the better known Pernarakan dish along with Otak-otak Pangang was quite of a disappointment as it failed to leave a deep impression behind. I wasn’t too sure but the Ngoh Hiang has a texture more of a fishcake instead of the usual minced pork. The Otak-otak Pangang was left cold and it tasted blend and the texture was cakey. Not impressive at all.
Not known to many, there is soup in Peranakan cuisine. The Itek Tim (Salted Mustard Duck Soup) was an eye-opener for me. If you wonder how this soup taste like, it is very similar to the clear peppery Bak Kut Teh (Pork Rib Herbal Soup). I didn’t like the peppery soup but the tomatoes, celery and radish within gave it a home-cooked feeling.
That’s all for the highlights of the Nyonya Affair at Buffet Town but since you’re here, why not try out the other items in the international buffet too? This Chili Crab with Fried Mantou is sure a hit among crab lovers with the delectable sweet and spicy gravy.
Don’t forget the variety of fresh seafood too especially the oysters which are shucked à la minute! I couldn’t resist the scallops too.
Of course, indulge in local delights such as Satay, Fried Rice and Fried Carrot Cake. I particularly love the chicken satay as it was so juicy and tasty!
There are Japanese teppanyaki, Western grill and Chinese zi char section too with a huge variety of food choices.
Probably the best dessert at Buffet Town, the Waffles! Top it with your choice of maple or strawberry syrup and I’m sure both children and adults will love this.
What happens if your children is getting bored halfway when you’re enjoying the spread of buffet? Bring them to the kid’s play corner with cartoon programs to entertain them.
It was a pleasant experience trying out the nyonya spread at Buffet Town but honestly, only those few items which I’ve featured here appeals to me. The other items such as Sambal Sotong and Nonya Chap Chye are only mediocre. Of course, the choices of nyonya food complements the usual buffet spread by giving you new choices to choose from.
If you’re planning to visit The Nyonya Affair at Buffet Town, it will be available till 31st October 2012. Maybe after October they will decide to have Christmas theme? Some honey baked turkey ham and Christmas pudding will be great! 🙂
- Raffles City #B1-44E
- 252 North Bridge Road
- 11.30am to 3pm daily (Last order at 2.30pm)
- 6pm to 10.30pm daily (Last order at 9.30pm)