Location / Nearby Popo and Nana’s Delights, Singapore
Home cooked Eurasian and Peranakan food inspired by our grandmothers’ recipes at $6 a set. Menu changes and is published daily on the Facebook page. No MSG. Open during lunch and on selected weekends.
Delicious Food. One of the Best!
It’s worth taking the time to hunt out this stall inside the hawker centre on Maxwell Road, where everything is cooked with care, service is friendly and portions are generous. We enjoyed every bite of our beef rendang and ayam chin and will be back next time we visit Singapore. This is good, honest food, made with love. The menu changes depending on what day of the week you visit, and a set plate will cost around $6. Yummy!
One of the best stalls at Maxwell Food Centre
This place is my favourite stall for lunch at Maxwell. The food is delicious and great value, given how much Peranakan food usually costs. The beef rendang and buah keluak (chicken or pork rib) are standouts! Grace is also very warm and it’s clear how much care she puts into the food she prepares. If you’re a tourist passing by, give the usual chicken rice stalls a pass and try this instead!
Grandma’s cooking at Hawker prices
I stumbled on this rare find at Maxwell food centre. There are restaurants that earn awards and Michelin stars because of their skilful culinary technique, but in my opinion, I’d rather eat at Popo and Nana’s any day, which exudes the kind of homely charm which I would never find in a proper restaurant. Owner Grace is like that friendly neighbourhood aunty who never fails to offer you food. Her pleasant disposition is personified in her cooking. I tasted the bakwan kepiting (meatball soup), which was comforting even on a hot day, the chap chye (vegetable), chicken rendang, a spicy burst of flavours, and the quintessentially Peranakan buah keluak. Every single dish is not cooked to perfection, no, the standard is higher than that. It’s cooked with the kind of care and love that only grandma could’ve cooked with. Indeed Popo and Nana, which serves up Eurasian and Peranakan cooking, is Grace’s way of honouring her grandmothers’ culture and culinary roots. You won’t find food like that at hawker prices $6 a set, which gets you a portion of rice, a main and a vegetable. I will be back again and again.
Yummy Eurasian and Peranakan food without the MSG.
This stall is a hidden gem at Maxwell Food Court. Boasting of no MSG cooking, the food is delicious with the menu changing everyday (they post it daily on the Facebook page). Each set is valued at $6, and comes with either rice or pasta. The lasagna is amazing, so is the Bauh Kuleh, Babi Tempra, Fish Molie.
Something really unique in Maxwell
Singapore’s Maxwell Food Centre is well known for other famous stalls (eg. Tian Tian) but walk a bit further and you’d find this gem of a stall. Popo and Nana’s is a Eurasian-Peranakan stall that offer four dishes daily (out of 20 a week), so you’d have to come back pretty often to try everything on their menu. On my first visit here I had an amazingly delicious Eurasian Beef Smore (beef stew), consisting of tender beef chunks that are cooked for three hours with a heap of carrots, potatoes and tomatoes. On another day I sampled their crab pasta, a hearty penne based dish topped with a crab meat and a tomato based herb sauce. All dishes cost $6 and the portions are pretty sizeable. There is no charge for takeaways here. If you’re in the area and would like to explore another aspect of Singapore cuisine, don’t miss this - I’ll certainly look forward to be back here as I have 18 more dishes to try!
For a taste of something unusual
Have not had Eurasian and Baba cuisine as my mum does not cook anymore. Although the taste was slightly different from the dishes that I grew up with, the food is still good and tasty.
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