Violet Oon, named after the internationally famous chef, Violet Onn herself. She applied her Nyonya background and brought the Nyonya food culture to a whole new level. The rustic design brought a nice and cozy ambience which was also my favorite kind of restaurant setting. While the entire ‘world’ is rushing to Violet Onn National Kitchen, my friends and I paid a re-visit to their original outlet at Bukit Timah.
After admiring their interior design, we started our lunch with Pong Tauhu Soup. It’s prawn bisque gave the first punch to the palate and followed by the savory meatball. Bamboo shoot provided the texture to the soup and carried more flavor with every bite. Prawn, pork and beancurd created one of the best meatball ever!
Sio Bak Kiam Chye was more appetizing than Pong Tauhu Soup. The salted mustard greens gave such comforting savoriness and the chili provided a great spicy balance. Firstly they roasted the pork belly then simmered in the soup for hours. Not only the pork did not overcook, but it also melted in the mouth.
Another comfort dish – Chap Chye. Good job to the chef that he used prawn bisque to stew the cabbage. The sweetness of the vegetable mixed very well with the bisque and outshined the regular chap chye dishes.
Big fat prawns were cleaned and deep fried. Tossed with the spicy and garlicky sauce. It was so good that I did not leave any shell behind. The sauce was strong in taste, but it did not overpower the freshness of the prawns.
Baked cod sat in a pool of creamy laksa sauce. The slice of lime was the key as it balanced the entire dish. Fatty cod was perfectly cooked, and aromatic laksa sauce just brought the entire dish to a whole new level.
This must be the best dish of the afternoon. The chef was able to stew the beef cheek in a sweet and spicy gravy for hours and still maintained it’s shape. Stewing the beef in the coconut milk tenderizes the tough fiber and added an extra layer of creaminess. Just one bite, I totally fell in love with this dish.
Limited stock! If they sold out by lunch, you would not be able to try them by night. Good balance of pandan and coconut milk infused glutinous rice. Despite their size, the flavors exploded in the mouth. With every chew, the satisfaction level doubled up.
Who knows that pound cake could taste this good! The light caramelized sweetness of the gula melaka and firm buttery texture came together nicely. They added chopped cashews to create the contrast in texture and spiced up the entire experience.
Even though Violet Oon is no already the helm of the kitchen, her team did a really good job on up-keeping the quality. Great Nyonya food (mixture of Malay and Chinese cuisine). We were more than satisfied with their service and totally enjoyed the different in the contrast of taste. Remember to ask for more of their Sambal Belacan chili, no regret!
*Just for your info, their special kaya toast only available on Saturday Brunch.
Violet Oon Singapore
Address: 881 Bukit Timah Rd, 279893Phone: 6468 5430Opening Hours: 1200H to 1430H, 1800H to 2230H. Closed on Monday.