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Fatfuku: Peranakan private dining, lost and found recipes

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After Lucky House Seafood I was hooked onto private dining and what luck when Fat Fuku next on the list had seats for us! Plus, rounding up 7 other likeminded foodies was a breeze in the park so there we had a date and I was looking forward to a good meal!

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Amongst the first things that caught my eye at Annette's house was this jar of White Rabbit sweets, they bring such nostalgia I wondered if they were just part of her decor and turns out she cooked with them!


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Keropok and chilli dip as appetisers. These peranakans really know the good snacks, these crunchy fish crackers were really addictive.

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My only grouse is this green chilli was barely spicy! Dang.

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Fat Fuku's Signature Dry Mee Siam

Those quail eggs and freshly fried curled up prawns made me drool, alongside with the fried bee hoon pancake that would magically dissolve into a tasty mee siam soup with a generous drizzle of the gravy.

I wish I had seconds but then again, with just one serving I had problems finishing all her courses - such a dilemma!

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Devil's Chicken Pie

One would not have thought this was remotely Peranakan, somehow pies are ingrained in me as western food.

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With a delicious pie crust and a dry curry chicken and sausages, we sailed through our second course without much heat. I was definitely expecting a single course that would blow my senses away with the spices.


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Pork Belly Buah Keluak

The usual ayam buah keluaks are my favourite and pork belly definitely has a different taste altogether though the same nuts are used.

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Eaten with briyani rice and it's just so good! Belly fat, meat, buah keluak gravy and rice - I sense a food coma looming and fair enough, it did happen so very quickly after.

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This chicken was lurking around in her open concept kitchen and I wonder what could be up her sleeve.

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There, an onion, chilli roasted chicken in gravy. I definitely lost track of its name and this was vaguely chinese with all the flavours. Once again missing out on some punchiness.

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Nobody can fault that tender chicken meat though. So good with rice - now if only I did not eat too much carbs earlier on and Annette is way too smart in serving carbs first. Else this and rice would have sealed dinner for me.

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Nope, the meats did not stop. We finally arrived at a Beef Cheek Rendang, a collagen laden dish and had it not been for all the meats I inhaled, this would have been my favourite.


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Did I already mention I love surprises? This jackfruit curry definitely was the best saved for the last - fruit and seed in a coconut curry gravy. Not spicy at all and how strange is it consuming the whole fruit like a vegetable!

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Spot the edible seed!

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The meal ended with Creme De Leche icecream and salted caramel sauce and pearls, courtesy of her very capable German Helper, the Thermomix. Word has it Annette is also a regular at Thermomix's cooking classes, so I guess if you're keen on any of her recipes, a cheaper way is to join those classes!

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Dessert did not stop at one, we had kueh bingka next. I had seconds of this hearty one! Kueh and me are just BFFs.

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Freshly baked seasalt chocolate cookies always resonates with me.

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Crispy, chewy and chocolatey to round things up.

I still did not get my spicy dish at the end of the meal but definitely discovered alot more about Peranakan food than I started out knowing. At $90 a head, this was by no means cheap but these are budding home cooks who clearly shop at the regular wet markets without any economies of scale. Truth be told, I am still going for a few more private dining meals - it's a different experience altogether from the usual restaurant and one thing's for sure, always go with good friends to share the calories and fun for the night!

A foodie born to eat, shop and travel. Forced to work.

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