One-Michelin-Starred Auntie Gaik Lean showcases her well-loved recipes at Peppermint’s Peranakan buffet experience

Peppermint’s all-you-can-eat buffet has always been one of my favourite dining spots for a sumptuous and delicious meal.

While many buffets tend to only have a handful of signature dishes, I’ve always found that more than 50% of Peppermint’s offerings are usually above average. The buffet restaurant also changes up their line-up regularly, so you can certainly revisit several times in a year and not get bored of it.

Peppermint collaborates with Auntie Gaik Lean’s Old School Eatery

auntie gaik lean chef leon peppermint
Chef Leon (left) joins hands with Auntie Gaik Lean (right) to present a sumptuous Peranakan buffet experience at Peppermint.

My impression of delectable food at Peppermint has been reinforced further recently as the restaurant announced a collaboration with One-Michelin-Starred Auntie Gaik Lean’s Old School Eatery to present a Peranakan buffet experience.

For the uninitiated, Auntie Gaik Lean’s Old School Eatery was one of the four restaurants recognised with one Michelin Star in the first edition of the Michelin Guide Kuala Lumpur and Penang, revealed in December 2022.

The chef is known for her Nyonya recipes and in this collaboration, she joins hands with Peppermint’s Chef Leon who shares his Peranakan recipes that were passed down from his great grandmother.

Peppermint Peranakan buffet experience review

peppermint peranakan spread

When Peppermint promises a Peranakan buffet, it certainly doesn’t stint on the variety of dishes for guests to choose from.

Expect everything from Assam Prawns and Wok Fried Seafood Dry Laksa, to Ayam Buah Keluak and Itek Sio.

nasi ulam
Nasi Ulam

One of my personal favourites is the Nasi Ulam, a steamed herbed rice with ulam raja – a herb known for its medicinal benefits. The two chefs shared that the preparation work for this dish is tedious because it involves a lot of chopping as part of preparation.

I typically don’t take a lot of rice when I’m at buffets – I’m sure you don’t too! – but the Nasi Ulam was certainly a rice dish that I can’t help but get a second helping for. It tasted good on its own and went well with gravy too.

beef rendang
Beef Rendang

Another dish that was memorable for me was the Beef Rendang. IThe beef was cooked till it’s super tender and its caramelised coconut curry is fragrant and moreish.

egg belanda

The Egg Belanda is a dish that I’d recommend too. It may look like regular fried eggs at first, but this is drenched in a sweet and sour tamarind gravy that lifts your palate such that you can’t help but crave for more servings.

pulut hitam with fresh santan
Pulut Hitam with Fresh Santan

For desserts, look forward to options such as the Pulut Hitam with Fresh Santan, Pandan Kaya Cake, Pulut Hitam Cake, Bubor Cha Cha, Chendol Cake, and Ondeh Ondeh Swiss Roll. And don’t miss the Ubi Kayu with Gula Melaka – a dish that Auntie Gaik Lean highly recommended.

Peppermint is located at PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Level 4, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594. The buffet experience is available for lunch, from 12pm to 2.30pm on weekdays, and 12pm to 3pm on weekends and public holidays, and for dinner, from 6.30pm to 11pm daily. It will run from now till 30 April. Note that some dishes are on rotation, so you may not see every mentioned dish on the day of your visit.

Prices start from S$68++ per adult for weekday lunch. Guests aged above 55 years and above get to dine at S$55 nett during lunch from 13 March till 21 April. And during Ramadan, diners can get to enjoy complimentary refreshments, Iced Bandung and Pandan Iced Tea, concocted to kickstart Iftar. For reservations, please call +65 6845 1111, or email [email protected]