Blue Ginger

While I was in Switzerland, I got a message from a dear friend whom I had not seen in years. After one false attempt in coming to Singapore, he was finally coming to Singapore and as luck would have it, I would be back in time to meet up for dinner. Knowing that he was really keen to have some local food, I suggested dinner at Blue Ginger, a Nonya restaurant which was also located near his hotel.

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Like A, it was my first time here and reservations are certainly essential. Despite it being a Monday night, the restaurant was packed! As with a typical Nonya meal, we were served achar (spicy pickled vegetables) to start. I love achar, so I was definitely picking at this the entire night.
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The funny thing is that despite being Asian, A is really bad at spicy food. Hence, when he requested for a prawn dish, we got the prawns with pepper and sweet dark sauce instead. These were really good. The prawns were fresh and very juicy. The sauce was excellent.
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Babi pong tay – Stewed pork shoulder with preserved bean paste flavored with cinnamon bark. A loved this a lot. Enough said.
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We also got a soup to share – Itek Tim – Duck and pork knuckles served with salted cabbage and sour plums. This is one of my favourite Nonya dishes and I liked Blue Ginger’s rendition. A and I returned for many servings.
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Of course, no dish is complete without vegetables. We ordered kangkong with cuttlefish and sambal which was executed well. I really like it when you get the shrimp flavour from the sambal and it’s not all just chilli. Poor A couldn’t handle the spicy-ness though!
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We enjoyed all the dishes at Blue Ginger. A kept saying that the food was really good (he had several helpings!), which was a huge relief for me since it was my first time too! Service was pretty efficient and the food came really fast. Definitely a place that I would keep on my radar when I have friends visiting Singapore or just in the mood for Nonya food. The portions can be quite small, so do expect to spend around $40-$50 per person.

Add: 97 Tanjong Pagar Road

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