Ivins is a classic old-time favourite for Peranakan food and many families have been patronising their humble establishment for a long time, including mine. They’ve had a long time to build up their following and you can see that if you turn up late for dinner. There’ll be a huge throng of hungry people milling around outside, just waiting their turn to get in.
Honey pork – Lean pork strips stir-fried in special honey sauce
This is something I always order when I eat here. Sadly it is never served freshly cooked, so the meat tends to be tough but it still tastes delicious with that sweet caramelised crust.
Bakwan kepeting – Pork and crabmeat meatball with bamboo shoots in a clear soup
Another one of my favourite dishes, I always order 2 bowls of it because I love it so much! The delicious and hearty soup gets its characteristic flavour from the sautéed garlic and bamboo shoots.
Stuffed chilli selar – Crispy deep-fried selar fish stuffed with sambal chilli
This dish is priced according to the market rate everyday so the bigger the fish, the more expensive it gets. My family loves this dish but I don’t eat it so I can’t comment. But hey, the taste of fried fish with sambal chilli inside is easy to imagine.
Stuffed chilli selar
Spending per head: Approximately $20Other Ratings: