Sauces (Rempah)

What to know what makes Peramakan food dishes so delectable? The biggest secret for any authentic nyonya dish lies in its sauce or another way we locals like to call it, "Rempah".

Rempah is made up of the freshest chillies, garlic, shallots, tumeric, tamarind, candlenuts and other potent spices that bring the most sensational flavours out of seemingly ordinary dishes. 

Our bottled spice paste are ready-to-eat and convenient to use.

“REMPAH” is a Malay word for ‘SPICE” and this is the most important group of ingredients that form the foundation of Malay and Peranakan cooking. A variety of ingredients comprising of roots (turmeric, galangal, lemongrass, ginger, etc), chillies, shallots, garlic, candlenuts and toasted shrimp paste are used to make a variety of spice pastes. When these spices are blended together, they form a paste which we call “REMPAH”. This is then patiently fried in a deep-pan until the oil oozes out (the Peranakans call this “PECHAH MINYAK”. That’s when the spice paste is ready to use. Then, it will no longer be called “REMPAH” but “SAMBAL”.

The additions of other spices such as cumin, fennel, coriander, pepper and nutmeg in various quantities will transform the basic spice paste into a variety of sambals depending on what’s added. Likewise, the addition of coconut milk or tamarind can change a dish. Not all “REMPAHS” are spicy. The use of garlic and fermented soya beans (taucheo) and onions is itself a ‘REMPAH”. And that’s not all. During cooking, a variety of aromatic leaves and fresh roots are added to enhance the fragrance and flavour of the dish. The clever use of “marrying ingredients” at various stages of cooking, from preparing the REMPAH to finally cooking the dish forms the backbone of traditional Peranakan cooking.

What's in a Jar of Rempah?

Garam Assam
Pork Ribs
Satay Ayam Panggang
Sambal Belachan
Sambal Buah Keluak
Sambal Titek

Chilli Chuka
Chilli Chuka, Vegetarian
Nyonya Kaya (Pandan)
Nyonya Kaya
(Brown Caramel)
Fish Curry Powder
Chicken Curry Powder

Luak Chye
Sambal Belimbing
Sambal Belimbing

Where to Buy Our Rempah


Tingkat PeraMakan

Owen Road

119 Owen Road
Singapore 218924

tel: +65 62913474
Operating Hrs:
11.30am-3pm, 6pm-10pm

Paya Lebar Quarter

10 Paya Lebar Road
#B2-03 PLQ Mall
Paya Lebar Quarter
Singapore 409057

tel: +65 6970 5405
Daily: 11am-9pm

Tampines Mart

5 TampInes Street 32
#02-14 TampInes Mart
Singapore 529284

tel: +65 62701618
Operating Hrs: 11am-3pm, 6-9pm

Thomson Plaza

301 Upper Thomson Road

tel: +65 6251 6557
Operating Hrs: 11.30am – 9pm

Alexandra Retail Centre

460 Alexandra Road #01-18
Singapore 119963

tel: +65 6250 3050
Operating Hrs: 11am – 9pm