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Last week I met my friend who was working at NUH for lunch.  She told me there was this cheap and good Peranakan buffet at Heng Mui Keng Terrace.  Heng Mui Keng Terrace?? The only thing I knew about Heng Mui Keng Terrace was Kent Ridge Hall where I used to stay during my NUS days. Never knew there was food there, besides the hall canteen that is.

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Buffet at Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe!

 

So she brought me to Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe, which was a BUFFET restaurant.  They serve buffet lunch, buffet hi-tea and buffet dinner.  You can buffet, any time of the day!

I was there for buffet lunch and there was quite a large spread of food.

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Laksa and Mee Siam station.

 

The mee siam was nonya mee siam, which tasted quite different from the mee siam I was used to having.  Hmmm.. I think I preferred normal mee siam.

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My DIY nonya mee siam

 

As for the nonya laksa, it tasted pretty much like normal laksa to me.

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My DIY nonya laksa with more ingredients than noodles.

 

I helped myself to heaps of prawn and fish cake.  It is a buffet after all.

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Help yourselves to as much prawns and fishcake as you like!

 

There was a kong bak pau station, where I took some bun for my two year old.

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Kong Bak Pau station

 

And a tauhu goreng section with some fish crackers and sambal dip.  Reminded me of Quentin’s!  But Quentin’s crackers were nicer. :p

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Tauhu Goreng station

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My DIY Tauhu Goreng with fish crackers at the side.

 

There was a whole row of Nonya dishes such as chap chye and all kinds of meat.

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A wide range of nonya dishes available at Chilli Padi.

 

And of course, my favourite section: Nonya Kueh

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I love Nonya Kueh!

 

I figured eating more kueh lapis would help make my money worth?

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A fraction of the nonya kueh I had… I’m a desserts person!

 

They also had other stuff like chee kueh (with chicken filling!) and chee cheong fun which were great for my two year-old.  There were also fruits and a soya bean dessert.

But let’s get to the point. Why am I blogging about this place?

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Kid’s Corner at Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe

 

Yup, because it has a play area.  But as you can see, it was pretty messy. I was there on a weekday afternoon and MY was the only kid in the restaurant.  And this was before MY went to play. Apparently it has never been tidied up before?

Anyway I was too busy eating and chatting with my friends to go and take photos.  I didn’t think there was much inside, but it seemed like Doraemon’s pocket.  MY ran in and out, holding a different toy each time. A book. A train. An angry bird. A telephone. Half an egg. Oh well, it kept him entertained long enough for me to eat my kueh lapis!

Frankly, I thought Quentin’s served better Peranakan food (okay, they serve Eurasian food but I can’t tell the difference) and had a better play area.  But that’s in the East.  If you are in the West and want to try a reasonably priced Peranakan buffet while out with the kids, head to Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe!

Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe Buffet Pricing

Meal Price Time
Buffet Lunch (Mon-Thurs)
Kid Buffet Lunch (Mon-Thurs)
$19.75 ($16.80++)
$11.65 ($9.90++)
11:15am to 3pm
Buffet Lunch  (Fri, Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
Kid Buffet Lunch  (Fri, Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
$23.30 ($19.80++)
$12.70 ($10.80++)
11:15am to 3pm (Fri),
11:15am to 2:30pm
(Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
Buffet Hi-Tea (ONLY Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
Kid Buffet Hi-Tea (ONLY Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
$12.70 ($10.80++)
$9.15 ($7.80++)
3 to 5:15pm
Buffet Dinner (ONLY Fri, Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
Kid Buffet Dinner (ONLY Fri, Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
$23.30 ($19.80++)
$12.70 ($10.80++)
6 to 9:30pm

Note: Kid pricing for children age 5 – 11 years old.

Information on Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe

Address: 29 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, #06-21 (Ground Level), Singapore 119620

Tel: 6872 2982

Getting There: Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe is located within NUS’s premise, along Heng Mui Keng Terrace. You need to drive past Kent Ridge Hall, past Sheares Hall, past ISIS before reaching the secluded corner where Chilli Padi is.

Website: Official Homepage

 

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