Meet The Real Crazy Rich Asians: The Peranakan of Singapore
Home to people “richer than God”, one in 34 people in Singapore are millionaires. Beautiful shophouses that dot Singapore’s cityscape are legacies of the wealthy Peranakans, whose descendants continue to dominate the city’s commerce. Here are our accounts of the real-life Crazy Rich Asians: the Peranakan of Southeast Asia.
Building A Lasting Legacy
The Peranakan were an entrepreneurial community of english-educated bankers, traders and businessmen. Developing their own unique subculture, the Peranakans were descendants of ethnic Chinese and the peoples of the Malaysian and Indonesian archipelago. The Peranakan Museum celebrates the achievements of Peranakan philanthropists and moguls, preserving Peranakan culture and identity.
Coveting the splendour of beautiful Peranakan homes, COVE has expanded into these incredible spaces and refurbished them as contemporary homes. Blessed with a spacious interior replete with skylights, airy rooms and stairwells, shophouses remain the ideal respite from tropical heat. Check out these heritage homes at Emerald Hill and Joo Chiat.
Figure-hugging Peranakan kebayas were woven with exquisite detail to flatter the natural curves of the female Peranakan, the Nonya. Today, they continue to be worn on special occasions like weddings and celebrations.
Blending the flavours of Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisine, Peranakan food have a characteristic deep, spicy tang we can’t get enough of. Our favourite restaurants serving peranakan fare include the Michelin-starred Candlenut and Guan Hoe Soon.