We'd read about Baba Wins' Peranakan Cuisine being raved about in the papers, and headed to Star Vista for lunch. A purely family-run establishment, this teeny tiny hole-in-the-wall eatery exudes a cosy, homely vibe dripping with genuine warmth. The eponymous chef runs this eatery with his parents helming the front-of-house.
Unfortunately, the kitchen was experiencing a major hiccup that afternoon, so the food took almost half an hour to arrive. BUT, the fact that we weren't too irked speaks volumes about the congenial service and authentic fare. The profuse apologies from the contrite dad was very helpful in mollifying our hunger pangs.
To highlight: they deal with takeaways with maximum convenience; they've streamlined a system of taking phone orders, and then waiting for you by the roadside with your orders and exact change for your bill, so you don't even have to get out of your car to doggie-bag their food home!
The Nonya Chap Chye ($9.50), with cabbage, fuchok (beancurd), kim hcam (lilybulbs), bok gee (black fungus), and carrots stewed in a taucheo gravy was sweet and mellow.
The Chinchalok Omelette ($8), flavoured with fermented shrimps and diced long beans was balanced and comfortingly homestyled.
The Ayam Buah Keluak ($12.50) was distinctive in that the keluak nut paste was stirred right into the inky gravy for a richer grittier flavour. The inky gravy was chunked up with succulent chicken tenders.
The Belinjau Crackers ($3.50), uniquely served with a gula melaka dip, were instrumental in quelling our hunger pangs.
The Sambal, homemade of course, was excellent, and went amazingly well with just about everything.
Baba Wins' Peranakan Cuisine
#01-23 The Star Vista
Tel: 6268 9370 / 9735 9178
Open daily from 11.30am to 8.30pm