Cover Bibi & Baba serves up colourful Nyonya cuisine in the heart of Wan Chai (Photo: Courtesy of Bibi & Baba)

Try Nyonya cuisine—a marriage Of South East Asian and Chinese flavours—at the newly opened Bibi & Baba

Ever tried Nyonya cuisine? JIA Group has partnered with famed Singaporean private kitchen and makeup duo, PasirpanjangBoy, to open Bibi & Baba at Ham & Sherry's old space, bringing the essence of Nyonya cuisine to the city.

Nyonya cuisine dates back to the 15th century when Chinese immigrants married South East Asian partners, creating new dishes with both South East Asian and Chinese influences at home. The restaurant plays a tribute to the culture with its name, as daughters in these families were often referred to as “Nyonya”, while sons were called “Baba”. 

Now, Nyonya cuisine refers to the type of food which blends together Chinese herbs and spices with Indo-Malay seasoning and ingredients. The result? Bright, colourful dishes and intensely fragrant flavours. 

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Bibi & Baba’s pink-haired culinary directors, Tinoq and Dylan from PasirpanjangBoy, have curated a menu filled with popular Nyonya dishes as well as homey classics. The pair are well-known stylists and make-up artists in the daytime and master chefs at night, cooking up a storm at their secretive private kitchen in Singapore. 

While travelling to Singapore is not in the cards at the moment, diners can head over to Bibi & Baba to try out signature Nyonya dishes such as the Nyonya laksa (HK$102)—a creamier version of the curry laksa due to the higher concentration of coconut milk, and the ngor hiang, a bean curd wrapped five-spice meat roll. 

Other dishes include the Penang prawn noodles, also known as “Hokkien mee” to locals; Peranakan shrimp shell and pork bone soup, bakwan kepiting; assam pedas, a vibrant spicy-sour fish dish made with Assam paste, ginger lily, Vietnamese coriander and spices; and babi ponteh, a savoury pork belly dish braised with potatoes and mushrooms in bean paste and black soy sauce. 

Bibi & Baba opens for walk-ins from Tuesdays to Sundays for lunch from 12pm to 3pm and dinner from 6pm to 10:30pm.

Bibi & Baba, 1-7 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; +852 2555 0628

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