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Most visitors to Singapore will be wondering what a Peranakan meal is.

Well, it’s a cuisine born of the thousand-year-old melding of Chinese-Malay-Indian cultures here in SE Asia. It combines many spices and ingredients to create unusually flavoured, but not too spicy-hot, dishes.

We hope you’ll join us for this dinner before heading to the first Milonga of STM, where we’ll embrace and dance with people from different cultures and parts of the world! By the way, there will be at least 3 people of Peranakan descent at Singapore Tango Marathon. See if you can figure out who they are. And, better yet, dance with them!

For this dinner, registration in advance is required. Please register by 12 April. Then pay in cash at the door please. To register, please go to:

Venue: House of Peranakan (13 Stamford Rd, #B2-52 Capitol Piazza, Singapore 178905. MRT Station: City Hall).
Date: 26 April 2019 (Friday)
Time: 7.30pm till start of Milonga

Kueh Pie Tee (Braised turnip n prawns in mini flour cups)
Nonya Ngoh Hiang (Deep fried flavoured minced meat-prawn rolls)
Tauhu Goreng (Beancurd salad in peanut gravy (contains peanuts))
Ikan Tempra Fillet (Fish with tangy and appetizing lemon grass infused sauce)
Babi Pongteh (Braised pork)
Nonya Chap Chye (Mixed cabbage-vegetarian)
Sambal Long Beans (Long beans cooked in a flavourful coconut gravy-contains seafood).
Ayam Curry Lemak (Chicken braised in aromatic spiced gravy)
Sambal Udang (Prawns)
Ubi Kayu Dessert (Steamed tapioca balls served with grated coconut)
Jasmine Rice
Ginger lemon grass tea drink

About House of Peranakan

Reminisce a culinary heritage at House of Peranakan Group of restaurants where we have been proud bearers of the Peranakan culinary tradition for over three decades. Established in Katong in the 1980s, the House of Peranakan Group of restaurants is a pioneer in Nonya cuisine, managed by a pure Peranakan family for three generations.

Inspired by his mother’s culinary skills, Bob Seah wanted to share his family’s culinary culture with others. He established Peranakan Inn in the 1980s, one of the earliest Nonya restaurants in Singapore housed in a charming pre-war Peranakan shophouse built in 1937, which is still serving piping hot Nonya cuisine in claypots today.

A pioneer in the Peranakan food community, Bob created many Peranakan-inspired dishes such as Selar Sambal Fish stuffed with Rempah, Nonya Crayfish, Assam Prawns and Long Beans Sambal. He also introduced the concept of serving home-cooked Nonya food in claypots 30 years ago. Bob went on to establish several award-winning House of Peranakan Cuisine restaurants at the former Negara Hotel, Singapore Tennis Centre and One George Street, and received accolades from Asian Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Today, Bob still goes to the market daily and helms the kitchen.

The team is happy to announce Five Stones Hostel as one of our corporate partners for Singapore Tango Marathon 2018.

Named after a traditional children’s game, Five Stones Hostel gives Singapore’s cultural elements a refreshing new lease of life. Boasting one of the best beds among all Singapore’s hostels and a great location near Arab Street, Haji Lane and Kampong Glam close to most tourist attractions. We offer mixed dorms, ladies only dorms, and private rooms – you choose!

If you are looking for the best hostel in Singapore, then you are looking for Five Stones Hostel

Private Rooms, Ladies Only Dorms, and Mixed Dorms
Our Private Rooms, Ladies Only Dorms, and Mixed Dorms come with top grade orthopedic 8-inch spring mattresses. We don’t know about you but 8 inches is enough to satisfy our backache needs (maybe other needs too!) Plus our beds are anti-dustmite and regularly cleaned with odor removers. Say bye bye to stinky tofu beds.

Every bed is completed with electrical power sockets, individual lockers (with keys provided) and reading lights.All guests will also enjoy complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, self-service laundry facilities, ear plugs, soap and shampoo, hairdryer, ironing facilities and luggage storage. Hurry up and snag that bed!


About Kampong Glam

Derived from two Malay words, Kampong, which means village, and Glam, a type of tree that used to be abundant here, Kampong Glam was the area allocated to Sultan Hussein Shah in 1823. The neighbourhood was also home to the Malay and Arab communities, who made a living selling foodstuff and merchandises.

After Kampong Glam was declared a conservation area in 1989, its rejuvenated allure has attracted locals and tourists alike, who converge here to enjoy its eclectic mix of traditional and modern shops and eateries.


  • Email: with the subject header “STM 2018”
  • 2)  Indicate which bed/room types you are booking and for how many persons
  • 3)Let us know your check-in and check-out dates
  • 4)Wait for an email response from Five Stones Hostel to confirm your booking and the payment details.

*Promo rates are per bed/room per night. Valid for per night stay from 26-30 April 2018, subject to availability.



Oxford Hotel is a favorite choice for tourists and business travelers and the most centralized accommodation for Singapore Tango Marathon participants.

Located in the heart of the city, it is close to major tourist attractions and the central business district.

Recently refurbished, this charming boutique hotel now sports a fresh, contemporary look and a bright, modern ambiance. What remains unchanged is our friendly, personalized service which makes our guests feel right at home.


The hotel is located beside Bras Brasah MRT Station, just 5 minutes walk to the night Milonga venue at National Museum of Singapore.

218 Queen Street, Singapore 188549


Terms and conditions

1. Strictly no walk-ins for the Singapore Tango Marathon. Registration at the door will not be entertained.

2. Registration is only confirmed after payment. As there is a limit to the number of participants at the marathon, the organisers will prioritise participants who have made payment.

3. The organisers reserve the right to terminate unpaid registrations at their sole discretion.

4. Registration is non-transferable.

5. The leaders who registered for the marathon, count towards the current gender ratio. Simply tagging to an existing leader registration will not help to balance the gender ratio. Therefore, we are unable to accept follower-only registrations using on this approach.

6. Participants who wish to register as a couple, must register together within the same day. Failure to do so, will be deemed as Single registration.

6. Refund/cancellation is only possible before 10 April 2019, with an administration fee of SGD 30.

7. Participants are requested to observe the traditions of a Milonga and practise good etiquette (floor navigation, acknowledging dancers before entering the ronda) on the dance floor. The Singapore Tango Marathon organisers reserves the right to eject participants who repeatedly fail to observe Tango etiquette. No refund will be provided.

8. The organisers reserve the right to terminate confirmed registrations at their sole discretion, with full refund issued.

9. The event is not opened to members of the public.

Tango Marathons are gaining popularity all over Asia. This year, Taipei will lead the charge with their Marathon in Feb, followed by Vietnam (in Danang) in March and then Singapore in April. In June, Bali will be organizing their first marathon and Hong Kong will close the year with their marathon in Sept/Oct.

Taipei Tango Marathon 2015, photograph by Geff Kim

Taipei Tango Marathon 2015, photograph by Geff Kim

What is the difference between a marathon and a festival?

Marathons do not have live music, they do not have shows. Drinks and often food too is included, and with dancing all day and night the atmosphere becomes very relaxed and social – people who go to many marathons see the same faces again and again so it’s a good way to make many international friends who share your love for tango.

Most marathons have a smaller number of guests than festivals and they are usually strictly balanced in gender, eg: 60 men, 60 women unlike festivals open to everyone and sometimes with a ratio of nearly twice the number of women to men.

Hong Kong Tango Marathon 2015, photography by Bonnie So

Hong Kong Tango Marathon 2015, photography by Bonnie So

Who is it for?
Originally Tango Marathons were just for advanced dancers who just wish to dance and were not interested in classes, shows and live music that you find at festivals, but with more and more marathons all over Europe, and the growing tango communities, the levels have become much more mixed in recent years. There is usually a limited number of people so there is more space to dance, and in general the dancers travel to them from many countries.

(Source: Milonga Ireland)

For us, a Tango marathon is about meeting new dancers from all over the world, building international friendships and focusing on creating that special connection between two people.

It is a way of bringing people together with one clear focus: pure dancing.

If you are interested in joining a Tango Marathon in 2016, contact the following organizers!

Taipei (24-27 Feb 2017)
Organizer: Lin Yutan y Lin Yuhsuan

Danang, Vietnam (24-26 March 2017)
Organizer: Alice

Singapore (21 Apr – 23 Apr 2017)
Organizer: Tangopura (Contact: Chen Wei Li)

Bali (TBC)
Organizer: Ratih Soe Kosasie
Website: Coming soon

Hong Kong (29 Sept – 1 Oct 2017)
Organizer: Daisy Tsang

India (First week of April 2016)
Organizer: Kiran Sawhney

Special thanks to Geff Kim and Bonnie So for their beautiful photographs of the respective marathons. Visit their albums to view more photos!

singapore tango marathon

(Article re-published with permission from Miles Tangos, “this is my opinion of how things should work, take it with a grain of salt.”)

She walks into the room, kisses and hugs her friends on her way to putting down her shoe bag, and then finding her seat to put on her shoes. She’s looking quite lovely tonight. It seems like she’s kissing and hugging everyone in the room for cryin’ out loud. Finally, she finds a half a chair at the crowded milonga tonight, and slips off her street shoes into what appear to be brand new Madame Pivots, all sparkly and shiny new. Just as she finishes her right shoe, she looks up and is immediately whisked away out of her chair by a favorite lead.

One tanda, two tandas, three tandas, she comes off the floor to get some water, and no sooner does her foot hit the carpet, when another lead takes her by the hand, and off they go. One tanda, two tandas, and off the floor to head for water, and a chair! She’s looking a little disheveled after that last leader. He was a bit rough on her, but she smiled through it, he had some nice qualities. She sits for the first time in 45 minutes, drinking her water, and finally catching up with a friend. Legs crossed, and eyeing the room, and avoiding it at the same time.

Gentlemen, how do you ask this follower for dance ?

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