Coming in Hot: JIA Group is at it again with another fiery restaurant opening in collaboration with an international name. A partnership with “PasirPanjangBoy,” a famous private kitchen duo from Singapore, Bibi & Baba is a celebration of delicious – yet little known – Nonya cuisine.
Look & Feel: It’s still in its soft-opening phase, so design details for Bibi & Baba are rather thin on the ground. But, it’s probably fair to expect the same elegant savoir-faire JIA Group brings to all its restaurant designs coupled with a bit of the chutzpah PasirPanjangBoy is known for.
On the Menu: Truly authentic Nonya cuisine that you won’t find anywhere else. Think signatures like an ever-so-slightly sweet Nonya Laksa ($102) and rich, spicy Penang Prawn Noodles ($102), alongside perennially popular Nonya classics like Nasi Lemak, Kueh Pie Tee, Assam Fish, and more. You’ll even find lesser-known dishes from a traditional Nonya kitchen, such as Ngor Hiang (five-spice meat rolls, $78); Bakwan Kepiting (flavorful soup made with shrimp shells and pork bones, $128); and Babi Ponteh (a stew of pork belly, potatoes, mushroom, bean paste, and black soy sauce, $138).
Meet the Chef: “PasirPanjangBoy” are a culinary duo from Singapore famed for their delicious private kitchen cuisine. The team is made up of two chefs – Tinoq and Dylan – who created their in-demand private kitchen as a side hustle; the also have day jobs as popular makeup artists.
Great For: Fun, casual meals with plenty of flavor and heat.
FYI: Nonya cuisine – also known as Peranakan cuisine – was created in the 15th century in a melding of Chinese and Southeast Asian cultures. The cuisine combines plenty of spices and herbs with Chinese ingredients in bright, colorful, flavorful dishes.
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This writeup is a news piece and was not based on a restaurant visit. The Loop HK will update this post once we’ve visited in person.