Peranakan food lovers should probably be familiar with Daisy’s Dream Kitchen.
It is an unpretentious Nonya restaurant which has been around for almost a decade, serving up comforting Peranakan home-style fares in the West.
Side story – the restaurant is run by the family of local arts and theatre drama comedian, Selena Tan. #supportlocal
They started off as a humble stall at Tiong Bahru Market, then relocated to West Coast and now a casual dining restaurant at Temasek Club, Rifle Range Road.
Their latest kiosk concept, Daisy’s Dream Café, shares the revamped basement food hall space with next-door neighbour like Paradiddle Gelato at KINEX, Paya Lebar.
The menu offerings here is an adaptation from their original restaurant, featuring some of their signature dishes with a twist – in the form of hearty Nonya rice bowls.
There are four rice bowl options to choose from – Babi Buah Keluak ($11.80), Babi Pongteh ($9.80), Assam Chicken ($9.80) and Beef Rendang ($11.80).
Apart from the highlight dish, the bowl is assembled with a choice of accompanying chap chye or sayur lodeh, a piece of Ngoh Hiang and a dollop of Sambal Belacan.
My pick goes to the Babi Buah Keluak Bowl ($11.80).
While usual Buah Keluak recipe is commonly prepared using chicken meat, they use pork collar bone braised till tender soft which soaks up the piquant nuances of bitter-sweet earthy notes from buak keluak nut paste.
When eaten together with their house blended belacan, it offered a unique myriad of savoury, sourish, spicy and bitter flavour which I adored.
Though I must acknowledge that this is an acquired taste for some to be able to appreciate the flavour combination.
Babi Pongteh is another of my to-go dish, basically pork belly braised in fermented soy bean paste.
I liked that they use a fattier cut of pork belly that complements the savoury gravy to give a creamy collagen-ish finish.
Other than Nonya bowls, one can also order accompanying sides such as Otak Otak ($4.80) and Ngoh Hiang (5pcs) ($6.80).
Their Ngoh Hiang ($6.80) came plump and juicy, embedded with crunchy bits of chopped chestnut and onions to give an additional bite texture.
Quite addictive and I could easily finish everything on my own.
To go along with rice bowls, they also serve traditional desserts like Chendol ($4) and speciality grade arabica coffee as beverages.
Other than generic Hot and Cold Americano ($3.50/$4.50), Latte ($4/$5), Mocha ($5/$6) and Cold Brew ($6), I was rather intrigued with their OrangeSpresso ($6.50).
The concoction was refreshing and came with sweet tanginess from orange juice, together with chocolatey notes from espresso shot.
Good to have an affordable and fuss-free Peranakan option in the east.
Daisy’s Dream Cafe
11 Tanjong Katong Rd, KINEX, #B1-K1, Singapore 437157
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.