Nyonya Taste Brew & Bar is a new restaurant located along Jalan Pari Burong just a few minutes away from Tanah Merah MRT Station, serving authentic Nyonya delights, together with a wide selection of craft beers.
I have never come across Nyonya Taste by brew & bar till I came across someone posting on Facebook about home delivery with no minimum order on Nyonya food. I was kind of craving for that particular cuisine, thus I decided to go all out and arrange my dinner in advance. Communication and arrangement of food was done via Whatsapp in a breeze.
Here comes the rare dish which is also one of their recommended dishes, Sotong Masak Hitam, when translated from Malay Language, it literally means Sotong cooked in Squid Ink. The taste of the dish threw us a surprise with loads of slice onions, chilli added with hints of black pepper taste. We are not so much of black pepper lovers, however, the dish as a whole well cooked and the texture of the Sotong was right enough.
Sotong Masak Hitam - $16
Ayam Buah Keluak is not only on their recommended item on their food menu but also one of the staples that we will often order when it comes to Peranakan food as I simply cannot miss out the chance in having Buah Keluak Nut. This chicken dish in spicy gravy was served with 2 pieces of Buah Keluak and you have additional at $2 each. The chicken meat came in large chunks were flavourful and tasty especially when it comes to pairing the sauce with the rice. However, it will be better if they are cut into smaller chunks. On a side note, the Buah Keluak paste has been already extracted out from the nut and tuck into our delivery boxes together with the dish.
Ayam Buah Keluak - $16
Next, here are the two other dishes that we had to complete our dinner.
The recommended Braised Babi Chin is actually one of my favourite dishes ordered. The dish was pretty well executed with rich flavours from the mixture of Pork Belly with mushroom, eggs and potatoes. The taste gave me a good reminiscent of home cook food in which each and every item was tender and soft, well braised. I love having the gravy over my plate of rice.
Braised Babi Chin - $16
The classic Nyonya style dish that includes Chinese Cabbages, sliced mushrooms, carrots, rice vermicelli, beancurd skin, black fungus and dried shrimp stewed in a tasty sauce. It may seem a simple dish but there is a lot of work required from the kitchen in preparation of this dish.
Nyonya Chap Chye - $14
The 3 portions of rice we ordered were packed in a container and portion might seems a little than expected. It kind of lack the rice's fragrance as we pulled open the container cover.
Blue Fragant Rice - $1 x 3 pax
Base on the food portion given (excluding the rice), we find that the amount that we paid for was rather reasonable. The portion was big enough for 3 pax or perhaps good enough for 4-5 pax. Though the food we ordered might not be appealing in the colours, taste-wise it is still appealing.
There is always a saying that "tabao" food may not taste as good as having the food served up to us piping hot when dining in, it will be best to patronize Nyonya Taste by brew & bar again. When? I guess it when my stomach is calling for Nyonya Cuisine again.