SINGAPORE - Established in Joo Chiat in 1953, Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant was reportedly the take-out choice for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew when it came to Peranakan food.
Third-generation owner Jenny Yap said the Istana would call to place orders for their otak-otak, ayam buah keluak, hee pio soup, and babi pongteh.
SPH Razor's SoShiok team had to try some of these dishes for themselves.
While multimedia journalists Low Yi Qian and Olivia Chang agreed that the hee pio soup was not spectacular, they were wowed by the otak-otak, ayam buah keluak, and nonya chap chye.
Low found the otak-otak very juicy, while Chang liked that it was fresh and not overly spicy.
The ayam buah keluak, which does not just have buah keluak filling in the shell, but is mixed together with minced meat and fish, was also "very aromatic", Low said. Chang added that the chicken was so tender it "literally falls off the bone".
As for the nonya chap chye, the vegetables were crunchy, juicy, and sweet, and not soggy from the cooking, while the gravy had a nice sweetness.
They also gave a special mention to the chendol, which is topped with gula melaka that has been boiled for eight hours.
"If you enjoy the flavour of coconut milk and if you're a sucker for gula melaka, this would be perfect for you," Low said.
He and his partner gave Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant the highest "So Shiok!" rating.
Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant is one of the nominees in the Best Asian Restaurant category at the AsiaOne People's Choice Awards 2015.
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