Gu Ma Jia Private Kitchen

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I am a huge fan of local dishes and I adore trying and learning more about the foods, the story and culture behind it. I am thrilled to be invited to Gu Ma Jia Private Kitchen to try her signature dishes. I immediately felt so loved and homely... just imagine having to come home to quality home-cooked food that is prepared with lots of love. That is the best feeling ever! Sharing delicious home-cooked food from recipes that Gu Ma cooks at home, Gu Ma Jia aims to serve its customers with delightful dishes that bond families over mealtimes. An ideal gathering spot with family and friends where good food is enjoyed. 

Famous for their consistent presentation and taste, Gu Ma Jia is also known for their cleanest, freshest ingredients that are handpicked and quality checked by Gu Ma and most importantly - no added MSG and less oil. Serving up quality home-cooked food is always important to Gu Ma, and I'm 100% my family can relate to her values on serving authentic home-cooked food. 

Gu Ma Jia Private Kitchen is for everyone! With its friendly service staff and excellent cuisine, this place is excellent for family, business associates and celebratory events! Its second floor is now equipped with projector which is ideal for family celebrations or companies networking or team-building events. If you are not able to head down to the restaurant, no worries! Gu Ma Jia also provides buffet catering services with a good selection of delectable dishes at affordable prices. 

Now let's move on to the food shall we? ;) 

Fruity Enzyme Juice with Rockmelon, Strawberries, Kiwi and Basil Seeds

Fruit enzyme extracts are used in this fruit beverages, bringing health benefits to customers while dining at Gu Ma Jia. 

Fruit enzymes which consists of phyto-nutrient compounds is high anti-oxidant and has vast nutritional and health benefits which helps to:
  • Improve the immune system and digestive system 
  • Relieve constipation and cleanses the digestive tract 
  • Suppress free radical 
  • Detoxify and revitalize body cells 
  • Maintain a high alkaline PH 
  • Relives constipation 
  • Lower cholesterol level 
  • Reduce weight 
The presence of Basil Seeds in the Fruity Enzyme Juice which contains almost no calories, helps in weight reduction, gives the feeling of fullness, improve complexion, relieves constipation and lower blood sugar content.

This drink is very refreshing so do place an order for this glass of awesomeness when you dine there!

Yuan Yang Kai Lan 

This dish features Kai Lan vegetables cooked in two styles, blanched and fried. Talk about uniqueness!!! Crispy Kai Lan leaves are deep friend to perfection, coupled with thick and crunchy Kai Lan stems. The fried crispy tasty leaves are a huge hit, especially with kids! 

Kyoto Pork Ribs 

This food presentation is epic and you should totally see it in real life! 
Tender pork ribs are served in aluminum foil to retain the juiciness and natural flavours of the ribs. Drenched in sweet tangy sauce, the dish is sweet and savoury at the same time! An exquisitely delectable dish, this is one of my top favourites and it is also a favourite among Gu Ma Jia regulars. 

Claypot Wine Chicken with Ginger & Sesame Oil 

Tender Chicken with fragrant ginger and sesame oil that will tentalise adults and children. Truly a nutritious yet homely dish that is highly popular! 

Assam Fish Head 

This signature dish is a hot favourite and a must-try for every customer. Fish heads are freshly picked daily, guaranteeing freshness. The fish is tender and juicy, complemented by Gu Ma Jia's exclusive spicy and sour Assam blend gravy. While the Assam gravy is light on tongues, it also accentuates the freshness of the fish, making the fish an enjoyable home-cooked favourite. 

What a delightful spread! Now moving on the desserts. The friendly staff at Gu Ma Jia kindly recommended a few local desserts to try. I finished my evening in style with these delicious desserts! So refreshing and yummy! 

Gu Ma's Dessert 

Black Glutinous Rice with Ice Cream (cold) 

So you must be wondering who is Gu Ma? Gu Ma, Chan Mei Yan, who also appears as the iconic figure on Gu Ma Jia's logo, is the founder of the restaurant and she has had more than a decade of cooking experience prior to this establishment. Growing up in Pulau Ubin, Gu Ma literally grew up cooking dishes for her other siblings from when she was young. She experimented with cooking as young as 7 years old, having had to scramble onto a stool just to be able to even reach the stove. The natural environment in which she grew up around had abundance of seafood, where Gu Ma would handpick the freshest seafood to create satisfying dishes. Oysters stuck along a bridge at Gu Ma's home back when were one of her favourites, allowing her and her siblings to share the freshness of these oysters.

Her growing up years have shaped Gu Ma's mentality positively, always ensuring that Gu Ma Jia serves up fresh and delicious seafood dishes to everyone. Gu Ma's inquisitive nature also encourage her to come up with ideas to constantly improve her cooking, a trait that she embodies even till today.

 Preserving Our Heritage By Remembering Our Recipes - Be awarded $20 for contributing a heritage recipe! 

To celebrate the various cultures and dialacts in Singapore and our culinary traditions, Gu Ma Jia introduces the Singapore Heritage Recipe. To be part of it, simply contribute your delicious heritage recipes and each recipe contributor will be award $20 Gu Ma Jia Cash Vouchers for playing a part in remembering our elders' culinary skills passed down from generation to generation. 

I think it is important to pass down our traditions and cultures to our next generations. Gu Ma Jia is a strong advocate in doing that through various culinary traditions. 

(left: Gu Ma, right: Head Chef Yap)

20 Heritage Recipes across different cultures or dialect groups will be shortlisted. These recipes will then be fine-tuned carefully by Gu Ma Jia's Head Chef Yap and the fabulous Gu Ma herself. 

It doesn't just stop here...

The 20 shortlisted participants will be invited for a food tasting session prepared by Chef Yap and Gu Ma. All shortlisted recipes will be featured in the new book. Participants will have a sharing session on the meaning of the dish, why it is special or of heritage value, and what are their memories when having this heritage dish. They will also be photographed and featured in the new book. Thereafter each shortlisted participants will be rewarded with a $50 dining voucher and will get the new book during the launch in June 2017. 

*Required information are as follows:
  • Participants have to provide their name, NRIC, email and their personal photo together with their recipe submission
  • For online recipe submissions, please email to For hard copy submission, simply submit to the friendly staff at Gu Ma Jia
  • Participants must be Singaporean or Singapore PR 
  • Recipe submitted must belong to one that is representative of Singapore's culture or dialect group 
  • You may submit more than 1 recipe 
  • Recipe should include name of dish, ingredients required, cooking method and instructions
  • Closing date of submission is 31 December 2016
  • Participants have to consent to amendments by Head Chef Yap and Gu Ma 
  • Participants have to agree to the use of the recipe and their photos in the printing of the e-book 
  • Management reserves the right to amend any terms and conditions without prior notice 
Do play your part in preserving our Singaporean Heritage together with Gu Ma Jia!

Here's a another GIVEAWAY you could participate in!

Gu Ma Jia Giveaway! 

3 lucky winners will get $20 Gu Ma Jia vouchers each when you share this blog post on Facebook with the hashtag #joyceXgumajia 

Contest ends 30 July 2016. What are you waiting for? Start sharing the love!

Hurra! Drinks on the house! Simply 'LIKE' Gu Ma Jia Facebook Page and 'Check-In' while dining at Gu Ma Jia, and you will receive a FREE Lime Juice. 

I love seeing such promos like this one. To let you have the ideal dining experience, there is absolutely NO CORKAGE CHARGE when you bring your own bottle to Gu Ma Jia. 

Gu Ma Jia is located at 45 Tai Thong Crescent Senett Estate Singapore 347866
Tel: 6285 2023

Opening hours:
Weekdays: 11am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm 
Weekends and Public Holidays: 11am-10pm 

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