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Christmas ’17: INDOCAFE – The White House Festive Menu

We are exactly one week to Christmas and if you are planning a little family get together but want something different from the usual Western cuisine then INDOCAFE is probably one of the more unique dining establishments that you should check out! I have written about the food at INDOCAFE before, here and here, and have always been a fan of the authentic and cosy Peranakan experience that the restaurant offers.

From now till 5 Jan 18 for the festive season, INDOCAFE is offering an ala-carte buffet of Peranakan classics and other Christmas-inspired dishes done with a Straits Chinese twist. Lunch starts from $55++ while dinner is from $59++. Quite a steal taking into account the free-flow spread available and the complexities of cooking that goes into Peranakan cuisine.

Here are some of the dishes that you can expect from the menu:

Babi Panggang and Bawang Manis Ikan Bilis

Grilled Nyonya-style pork skewers with a nicely charred exterior and juicy bite, and deep-fried anchovies served with onion and kalamansi dressing for a refreshing contrast of flavours to kick-start our meal. Dip the grilled meat into the signature sauce served on the side which will cut through the richness of the meat with its tangy spicy touch.

Nyonya Fried Rice

One for the guys who usually always need their carbs or for those who do not have a very threshold for spicy food can take comfort in this fried chicken rice that is both fragrant and generously eggy.

CNY ’14: Peranakan-Inspired Lunar New Year Feast at INDOCAFE – the white house

Premium Straits-Peranakan dining establishment INDOCAFE – the white house located along Scotts Road proudly launches its first ever Chinese New Year reunion set, featuring a lavish ten-course menu which they grandly dub the Magnificent Harvest of Abundance & Fortune Reunion Menu.

I had initially closed my CNY posts for the year already but when Derrick kindly extended an invite to this Peranakan-Inspired Lunar New Year Feast, I could not resist because I am always up for introducing new and interesting places to my readers and this was definitely a unique twist on reunion feasting for CNY.

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Available from 18 January to 18 February, the dishes on this exclusive menu promises bags of Nonya flavours and spices, coupled with hints of nostalgic familiarity especially for families with Peranakan ancestral roots.

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Flourishing Brilliance Yu Sheng

We start with the customary Yu Sheng with a selection of Mekajiki, Salmon and Tuna. While the appearance seems rather unremarkable, you will only be able to tell what is truly special when you take the first bite. The secret is in that homemade spiced sauce used to dress the Yu Sheng, bearing subtle notes of curry nuances that was appetizing without being too spicy.

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This Yu Sheng $88++ with abalone and $68++ without, can also be ordered separately as a dine-in à la carte or as take-away where diners get to bring it home for another round of the auspicious tossing with both family and friends.