Violet Oon is a name in Singapore that is associated with home-cooked Peranakan food. Her brand has evolved into restaurants with contrasting decor with impeccable service.
The Bukit Timah branch has been in operation for many years now, and we’ve only recently made our first visit there even though we’ve been living in the district for a long time. We’ve heard many good things about the restaurant but just never found the opportunity to make our way there. I can only say that we’ve been missing out, big time.
The menu consists of traditional items such as kueh pie tee, ngoh hiang, turmeric chicken wings and beef rendang. Then comes the modern take on Peranakan styled food with “modern” ingredients such as the Meatless Meat balls.
The must try’s are the beef rendang with its thick, reach and creamy gravy and meat that is cooked to fall-apart perfection. The meatless meatballs are flavourful and stuffed with cheese, giving it a nice dense texture that resembles meatballs but well, this one is meatless.
We’re fairly greedy people and we began our meal with the tumeric chicken wings (must try), kueh pie tee (stuffing and chili is excellent but the shells could be crispier), and ngoh hiang (must try) before moving onto our mains of beef rendang, sambal fish, meatless meatballs and ladies fingers (missable but if you’re a fan of ladies fingers, it’s worth a try).
We were too full to try out any of the desserts except the gula melaka cake which we heard was something we absolutely had to try even no matter what. Not only the cake, but we were advised by a friend to add a scoop of coconut ice cream on top the cake to complete the decadent treat. The cake and ice cream pairs incredibly well with complementary flavours (gula melaka and coconut duh) without being too sweet.
If you’re in the Bukit Timah area looking for food, check out Violet Oon at Bukit Timah!