Meet The Real Crazy Rich Asians: The Peranakan of Singapore

Yahoo Lifestye
Yahoo Lifestye

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

Coconuts
Coconuts

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.

Peranakan shophouses

The Wander Blogger
The Wander Blogger

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

Peranakan Fashion

The Straits Times
The Straits Times

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.

Perankan Cuisine

Candlenut
Candlenut

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.