Blue Ginger @ Great World City
Singapore's heritage, a bib gourmand and pioneer of Peranakan restaurants – The Blue Ginger has opened a new outlet in the newly revamped Great World City.
The Blue Ginger owner, Teo Shi Kai shares that the new space in Great World City strikes a fine balance between contemporary and traditional dining ambiance, as they work to preserve the soul and heritage of Peranakan cuisine, while making it more accessible to the younger generations today.
Despite the current measure from the government, The Blue Ginger does take out with a 20% off food bill so that you can have these comforting and time-honoured family recipe at the comfort of your own home.
An exciting new addition to their menu at the Great World City are two appetising starters – Kerabu Kacang Botol ($11.50) and Kerabu Timun ($8.50). The Kerabu Kacang Botol consists of crunchy four-angled bean often used in salads across Southeast Asia, which are blanched and tossed with dried shrimps, shallots, fragrant toasted grated coconut and a zingy dressing comprising ground fresh chillies and lime juice.
For those of you who prefer to take your appetiser up a notch, can opt for the Kerabu Timun that uses chicken gizzards for a fine chewy texture, paired with refreshing cucumbers and tomatoes in an equally invigorating belachan chilli paste.
For the main course, the Ayam Panggang “Blue Ginger” ($16) is an enticing succulent grilled chicken thigh, marinated with housemade spice mix and turmeric, and drenched in a fragrant gravy comprising of a trio of lemongrass, galangal and coriander.
The Blue Ginger's signature and proud heritage recipe – Pork Ribs Assam ($20) and Beef Rendang ($20) are not to be missed. The Blue Ginger’s rendition of the classic Peranakan delicacy, Babi Assam uses succulent Pork Ribs, cooked in their family's secret Assam sauce recipe that hones a nice balance of sweet and sour flavours with a fall-off-the-bone texture. Furthermore, the Beef Rendang is made up of tender chunks of shin meat, cloaked in a thick aromatic sauce mixture of ginger,lemongrass, lime leaves, coriander and cumin.
We couldn't help ourselves but had two servings of rice to drench these flavourful sauces with. If you are planning to have these for a take-out, we definitely recommend having more rice on the side, because these sauces were so delicious for it to go to waste.
A highly-recommended seafood dish is Sotong Keluak ($22), which matches impeccably with a bowl of fragrant jasmine rice. This ‘Ebony and Ivory’ culinary equivalent is a masterful stir-fry of rich and earthy buah keluak or black nut paste – sourced exclusively from Indonesia; and fresh squid, tempered with tamarindd uice, sweet slivers of onions and red and green chillies.
A highly-recommended pick from the Vegetable option is Terong Goreng Cili ($13) – Deep-fried eggplant batonnets topped with homemade fresh chilli paste and drizzle of sweet dark soy sauce. If you are not a fan of eggplant, do opt for their crowd favourite such as the Ginger Chap Chye Masak Titek ($15), a mixed vegetable dish prepared with a heady prawn stock; and Kangkong Lemak ($13), water spinach (kangkong) stewed in coconut milk, spiked with chilli paste and dried shrimps, are other noteworthy vegetable options.
Single diners? Fret not! The Blue Ginger carries single serving meal options such as this Nonya Noodles ($15) and more. The Nyonya Noodles uses springy yellow noodles cooked in a rich prawn and pork stock with bean sprouts, kang kong and garnished with omelette and cucumber julienne. Gently stir-friend to achieve a fragrant "wok hei" , with the use of tau cheo or fermented soy bean paste to enhance the taste with a hint of umami flavour.
End your meal on a sweet note with The Blue Ginger’s refreshing bowls of Chendol ($5). – finely-shaved ice drenched in creamy coconut milk, served alongside green pandan-flavoured jelly strips, homemade red bean paste and a generous drizzle of palm sugar syrup from Indonesia. In addition to that, enjoy a more gratifying end to the meal with the Durian Chendol ($7), which comes with a rich a creamy D24 durian purée. Alternatively, if you're looking for something on a lighter note, the Sago Gula Melaka ($4.50) is an ideal option.
For more information on their food offerings and take-away options, do head on over to their website or call them with the information provided below!
The Blue Ginger
Address: Great World, #01-106, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994
Telephone: (65) 6235 7042
Mondays to Friday: Lunch 11am – 3pm, Dinner 6pm – 10pm Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: 11am – 10pm
Payment Modes: Cash, JCB, Mastercard, UnionPay, VISA
Seating Capacity: 70
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