I get to know about Nonya Bong Private Dining when I came across an article by KF Seetoh announcing the return of Mr Jeffrey Chia, who used to operate a stall in a kopitiam at Balestier Road selling Peranakan chap chye rice. Accordingly to his article, Mr Chia left the scene more than 12 years ago in frustration as customers felt that his chap chye rice was too expensive. I do sympathise his frustration as Peranakan food is laborious in preparation; hence, it is not fair to compare against the standard chap chye rice stalls. As of now, I am just glad that I can still savour his food at the comfort of his home. Not only that, but he also offers takeaway and delivery services.
Kueh Pie Tee 4.2/5
Our 8-course menu at $55 started with a flight of Kueh Pie Tee. Having been to several Peranakan private dining places, Nonya Bong impressed us with their homemade flour cup to hold the condiments such as turnip, bamboo shoot, prawn and chilli sauce.
Otak Otak 4.5/5
The Otak Otak here is freshly made from Spanish mackerel fish, combined with herbs, chilli and coconut milk. It is then wrapped in banana leaves and grilled to perfection. Love the chunky size of each piece, packed with fragrant fish paste with generously studded fish flakes.
Bakwan Kepiting 4/5
I always have a soft spot for meatballs, and the Bakwan Kepiting was so hearty and comforting. The meatballs are made with minced pork and crab meat, cooked in turnip soup.
Nonya Chap Chai 4.5/5
The bowl of Nonya Chap Chai consists of stewed cabbage, mushroom, black fungus, vermicelli etc. What stood out for me is the garlic and soya bean flavour, that gives the staple vegetable dish its character.
Buah Keluah 4.2/5
Usually, you either get Ayam Buah Keluah or Pork Kuah Keluah individually, but at Nonya Bong, you get both the chicken and pork in the Buah Keluah dish. This is a steal! Having the best of both worlds.
Babi Pongteh 3.8/5
I have mixed opinion concerning the Babi Pongteh. While the group enjoy the dish, I find the tender pork belly quite porky.
Sambal Prawns 4.8/5
The dish that got everyone raving is the Sambal Prawns. The concoction of onion, chilli and belacan (sambal), simply elevate the whole enjoyment of the fresh and succulent prawn, with its fragrant and spicy kick. Unfortunately, we only get a prawn each. It is so good that I wish I can have more of it.
Sago Pearl Pudding with Gula Melaka 4/5
Wrapping up our 8-course dinner is Sago Pearl Pudding with Gula Melaka. It is rather spectacular when Mr Chia brought out a huge plate of steamed sago pearls. Fresh coconut milk and premium gula melaka are then poured into the sago pearls, mixed and served. Nothing fancy, simplicity is the best when it is fresh.
Having tried so many Peranakan private dining places and restaurants, Nonya Bong definitely comes in par with many top-notch establishments. It is definitely a steal at only $55 per pax. It is much cheaper than many popular private dining places. You know what? We have already made another reservation to be back in July. I am so looking forward to try the rest of his menu.
Blk 663 Choa Chu Kang Crescent
Nearest MRT: Yew Tee (NS Line)
1) Alight at Yew Tee MRT station. Take Exit A or B. Walk to bus stop at Yew Tee MRT station (Stop ID 45321). Take bus number 302 or 979. Alight 4 stops later. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]