Headed toward the East, soon enough we reached Joo Chiat road, another upcoming food street in Singapore. On Joo Chiat road lies rows of shophouses for stores, restaurants, bars and even some "special" hotels. There you could find a local bicycle shop, money exchange, food center with a French name - Le Petit Paradis, a cafe with a Japanese name - Mooshi ( Mooshi ) and chocolate specialty shop within , a cupcakes shop and more. It took us just a few minutes to spot restaurant with a Portuguese name, Casa Bom Vento - the House of Good Winds , where we settled there for lunch. At Casa Bom Vento, their specialties are fine Eurasian and Peranakan cuisines.
You may have guessed, use of the term Eurasian refers to a small unique ethnic group, the offsprings of intermarriage between the Europeans and locals Chinese and Malay during the colonial period in Malaysia. Some of whom came to Singapore as early as in 1920s. The cuisine has both Eastern and Western influences. Eurasian cuisine is an amalgamation of European cuisines; Portuguese, Dutch and British with local ingredients and influences of Malay, Indian and Chinese styles of cooking. Typical Eurasian dishes would be the extremely spicy Devil's Curry and Shepherd's Pie, a pastry fulled with beef and potatoes.
For the term Peranakan is used to refer to another unique ethnic group, the hybrid of Chinese and Malay traditions also with a touch of Portuguese, Dutch and Indonesian influences. Staple Peranakan dishes are such as Ayam Buah Keluak ( Chicken curry & Keluak nuts ), Otak ( steamed , grilled fish paste with spices )
It was our first time experiencing this type of food so we spent sometime examined the menu. Just the description of each dish alone were already quite mouth watering. Just to quench my thirst, couldn't help but had to try the Home Made Rose Jelly Drink with Lime Juice. Surprisingly wonderfully refreshing. For our lunch we settled with one dish from each categories ; meat - Wendy's Chicken Tambreyno, Seafood - Grilled Baby Sting Ray with Black Peppercorn and Curry Leaves, Vegetable - Baby Brinjal in Onion Tomato Lime Sauce Salted Fish and last from Something for a change - Chinchalok Egg Omelette with Onion and Chilli.
|Casa Bom Vento Interior|
|Wendy's Chicken Tambreyno|
|Grilled Baby Sting Ray with Black Peppercorn and Curry Leaves|
|Baby Brinjal in Onion Tomato Lime Sauce, Salted Fish|
After finished the meal, we were happy and satisfied so much that we could definitely see ourselves be back to Casa Bom Vento for more discoveries. In fact as I am writing about them, we are heading back there again tonight with our guest. Can't wait.
Casa Bom Vento
477 Joo Chiat Road