The Place I first visited The Blue Ginger’s Tanjong Pagar outlet last year, which has been consecutively in the Michelin Bib Gourmand list for the past few years. With the major ravamp in Great World City over the past year or so, the 25 years old Peranakan restaurant opened its second outlet in the mall this year.
The new outlet boasts a much more contemporary interior compared to the Tanjong Pagar shophouse restaurant. That said, I like the little Peranakan touches at the front of the restaurant such as the mosaic square tiles which is so quintessential of Peranakan culture.
The Food Do expect to see familiar dishes across the two outlets, though there are some new dishes which are only available at Great World City. My meal started with some hearty appetisers like the Kerabu Kacang Botol (S$11.50), a pretty unique vegetable dish which uses wing beans. The spicy note is unmissable, as the wing beans are tossed in a spicy and tangy dressing, topped with shallots and toasted grated coconut.
Another relatively spicy starter I had was the Kerabu Timun (S$8.50), made up of crunchy cucumber and chicken gizzards in a spicy dressing. I am not a fan of chicken gizzards, but I can attest to the appetising flavour of the cucumber.
Moving to meats, you can’t go wrong with the Ayam Panggang ‘Blue Ginger’ (S$16). The best part is that the chicken thigh is boneless which makes it easier to eat, and the flavour of the dish is rich from the coconut milk. Go with some rice and it is even more delicious.
The Pork Ribs Assam (S$16) is another enjoyable dish where the flavour is tangy from the tamarind sauce used to braise the ribs.
What’s a Peranakan meal without Beef Rendang (S$20)? This version from Blue Ginger consists of tender beef cubes prepared in rich coconut milk spices with ginger, lemongrass, lime leaves and curry powder.
A dish which looks spicy but relatively manageable, the Terong Goreng Cili (S$13) is a delicious version of deep-fried eggplant topped with chilli paste and sweet soya sauce.
The surprise dish for me and probably my favourite here is the Sotong Keluak (S$22). I am not a big squid lover, but once the squid is coated with my favourite buah keluak paste, wow. This dish goes extremely well with rice too.
One new dish to the Great World outlet is the Nonya Noodles (S$15), which is close in flavour to Hokkien Mee. The yellow noodles here is wok-fried with prawn stock flavoured with bean paste.
For desserts, go for the Chendol (S$5) or Durian Chendol (S$7) which uses D24 durian puree.
Rants While Great World City is not fully done with its revamp yet, sighs within the mall is lacking and it can be confusing for diners to locate the restaurant without making some rounds.
Will I Return Again? The Blue Ginger is a good option for Peranakan food, be it in Tanjong Pagar or Great World City. The dishes are hearty, while maintaining an affordable price point without compromising on quality.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
The Blue Ginger
1 Kim Seng Promenade
Tel: +65 6235 7042
Monday to Friday: 11am to 3pm; 6pm to 10pm
Saturday to Sunday: 11am to 10pm
Ranted by The Ranter