Old Bibik’s Peranakan Kitchen – Adhering to the Baba Tradition
Starting the tenure at Lavender Food Square by two young army buddies in 2009, it was a rough journey for the two young entrepreneurs to grow the business from a hawker stall to where they are today – a shop serving everything you could wish for in a Peranakan restaurant. Years of painstaking work and losses have not deterred the pair from chasing their dream.
Old Bibik’s Peranakan Kitchen is a Halal-certified restaurant for Muslims. The menu includes the much raved about chicken, beef and mutton rendang, along with a host of other Nonya specialities such as Ayam Buah Keluak, Sambal Fried Pomfret, Udang Nenas.,
A clean and airy air-conditioned restaurant situated in the Baba heritage site – Joo Chiat.
Many 3 stars (highly recommended) on the menu but we don’t have a dinosaur’s stomach,. After long deliberations and arguments, we managed to narrow down to the few best of best by our judgement. Let’s tuck in.
Ayam Buah Keluak $20
Hard to convince others that you have visited a Paranakan restaurant but without tasting this Baba dish. The rich and robust gravy was packed with the black Buah Keluak flavour, perfect to go along with the rice. We have tasted many Ayam Buah Keluak before from other Nyonya restaurants and Old Bibik’s Peranakan Kitchen is definitely one of the best.
Signature Beef Rendang $20
The chicken, beef and mutton rendang are the signature dishes here, out of the three, we opted the beef rendang. The beef rendang was well-marinated, flavourful with fork-tender meat texture, highly recommended dish to order here.
Crispy Wings $9 (6 pieces)
The crispy coating and tender meat held the seasoning too mild to bring out a good chicken wings’ flavour, not recommended.
Bibik’s Cincalok Omelette $15
It was named Cincalok omelette but where is the Cincalok? The fluffy eggs were tasty and eggy, but we can’t taste or find any trace of the Cincalok at all when flipping the omelette inside out. Did the chef miss out the Cincalok?
Nyonya Chap Chye $12
The Chap Chye was ordinary but acceptable, more towards the sweet side than savoury.
Sambal Sweet Potatoes leaves $12
Topped with deep fried whitebait (Don’t call it Silverfish 银鱼 – direct translated from Chinese, it is not the insects that found crawling in your books or sinks!), sambal was fragrant but perhaps can increase the spiciness level a little for a more intense taste.
Pulut Hitam Vanilla Ice Cream $5
Plenty of room to improve, missing the fragrant of Pulut Hitam and not to mention, the mediocre texture.
Goreng Pisang Vanilla ice cream $8
Goreng Pisang was deep-fried to achieve the nice crisp coating, which encased the soft and sweet banana slices. Paired well with the Vanilla ice cream.
You can certainly enjoy a hearty Peranakan meal at Old Bibik’s Peranakan Kitchen,. Food is generally flavourful and satisfying for the tastebuds with wallet-friendly prices.
No GST and service charge
Old Bibik’s Peranakan Kitchen
A: 328 Joo Chiat Road #01-02 Singapore 427585
H: 12-9pm daily, closed on Tuesdays
T: (65) 84507996