There’s something intriguing about seeing where culinary innovations take us, especially when it comes to modernising and elevating our favourite childhood foods. It seems almost befitting that Baba Chews Bar and Eatery is situated in Katong, which many consider the heart of the beloved Peranakan cuisine.
Like its home base, Katong Square, Baba Chews Bar and Eatery’s menu has undergone a few updates, with new Peranakan fusion dishes alongside other classic European offerings.
The space is beautifully furnished with several Peranakan influences blending with modern Western fixings. A strong Negroni ($15) from the bar will set the tone.
For starters, the Kueh Pie Tee ($12) can be enjoyed with either smoked crème caviar or prawn and kombu cocktail. The latter is a palatable harmonisation of local and Japanese flavours, with sprinklings of ebiko that add pops of umami to the beloved Peranakan tart. Biting into the crisp tart, you can taste several layers of shredded vegetables, along with the fresh, succulent prawn.
The Otah You Tiao ($16) combines two local favourites in one mouthwatering dish. The charcoal you tiao‘s light and crisp texture means it’s not too heavy on the tummy, and the otah is perfectly spiced. I like that it’s not overly oily as well, so you can really appreciate the flavours coming through. Actual fish chunks would have made this dish a home run for me, but otherwise, it’s a pretty enjoyable side dish!
My favorite is the Ikan Laksa Satay ($27). Salmon chunks are coated with thick satay sauce that compliments it perfectly and topped with crisp tofu puffs. Highly recommended for seafood lovers!
For dessert, you’ll love Our Style Chendol ($11) which is a playful take on the traditional dessert. The pandan jelly bears a subtle sweetness that makes it absolutely slurpworthy, and the red bean mousse makes for a comforting base. Get a dose of extra sweetness and crunch from the popcorn.
Baba Chews is a place I would bring friends or coworkers from out of town if they were feeling adventurous, both in the gastronomic sense as well as traveling beyond the typical eating spots. After all, their quirky creations mean you’ll always have a conversation starter at your table, and it’s a fun, modern introduction to Peranakan and fusion cooking in Singapore.
Address: 86 East Coast Road, Katong Square, Singapore 428788
Nearest MRT: Eunos EW7, Paya Lebar EW8/CC9
Opening Hours: 6.30am – 10.30pm
Contact: +65 6723 2025/ firstname.lastname@example.org
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