Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Baba Wins' Peranakan Cuisine, Tiong Bahru Plaza

Baba Wins' Peranakan Cuisine, rice

We've never heard of Baba Wins' (#02-107/108, Tiong Bahru Plaza, 302 Tiong Bahru Road, tel : +65 6884 6884) until quite recently but apparently they've been around for some years. This Peranakan outfit had previously been operating at Star Vista. From what I've read, these guys are a family run business using recipes that have been passed down from, well - the family.

Baba Wins' Peranakan Cuisine, sayur lodeh

We had sayur lodeh where they gravy had a little heat and was also a little sweet. Just that little bit of sweetness more than what we had been expecting. I'm pretty sure some of it came from the vegetables that were braised in the curry. Speaking of curry, the gravy was thin in consistency. I guess we (and many others) were just used to the more lemak and savoury Malay renditions. It's not bad though.

Baba Wins' Peranakan Cuisine, sambal brinjal grago

That's sambal brinjal with crispy grago. The latter are fried tiny shrimps/krill that are piled over fried halved brinjals that have been slathered with a bit of sambal. An unusual but tasty dish.

Baba Wins' Peranakan Cuisine, meat potato stew

Their meat and potato stew made with minced pork was delicious. I could eat loads of rice with this thing.

Baba Wins' Peranakan Cuisine, bakwan kepiting

And there was bakwan kepiting - a soup with meatballs made of minced pork, crab meat and bamboo shoots. This was light on the salt and tasted homely. I meant that in a good way.

There were quite a bit of items on their menu and we couldn't possibly try all those that sounded interesting in a single seating. We'll definitely come back another time for more. If I had to do a comparison with the recent Peranakan episode at House of Peranakan Petit, the only thing that bothered me here was the rice which was a little dry and beady; and there, was the price.

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