O’nya Sayang’s two Asian restaurants in Singapore were founded to keep the traditions of Peranakan cuisine alive in the minds and mouths of the younger generation, encouraging diners to explore this tradition – so intertwined with Singapore’s history – in an environment far removed from the rustic kampong. O’nya Sayang means ‘love of a Peranakan mother’, and indeed here in the heart of Geylang, right by the station along Paya Lebar Road, you can indulge in a wealth of classic Peranakan dishes, cooked just like your nyonya used to.
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great food and service, went back a few more times
food is still of good quality and staff are very attentive, i brought my friends along this time
the food is still at its standard. The brinja with spicy haebe on top is a bit not so good, compared to my previous lunch before Chinese new year. This time round, the haebe is a bit too dry, as though like overdone, and not spicy at all.
Both O’nya Sayang restaurants in Singapore – here along Geylang’s Paya Lebar Road and another at in the Tampines Mall – were set up by executive chef Zan Ho, who found his feet in the kitchen by growing up with his mother and aunties always busy cooking the unique fusion of Straits Chinese and Malay cuisines that we know as Peranakan cuisine. Balancing exotic ingredients and spices, O’nya Sayang’s Paya Lebar branch creates complex and robust dishes, some of which require many days preparation.
Take your tables at O’nya Sayang’s chic, bright and airy restaurant right by Paya Lebar station along Paya Lebar Road in Geylang and it’s impossible not to take note of the enticing fragrance of traditional Peranakan cuisine. This is one of the original Asian fusion cuisines, and while it is known and enjoyed in Singapore it’s less often given the kind of modern approach you find here at O’nya Sayang. Fan or newbie, book a table and enjoy classics like ngoh hiang and ayam buah keluak, bakwan kepeting soup, ikan assam pedas, to babi pongteh and nyonya chap chye plus many others like the highly recommended beef rendang.