Daisy’s Dream Cafe – Peranakan Rice Bowl And Speciality Coffee Shop Opens At Paya Lebar. Go For The Babi Buah Keluak

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
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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)

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* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.

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