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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Food: BiBiChik @ SS2, Petaling Jaya

Somewhere behind my housing area lies this small Nyonya establishment, likely unbeknownst to some of you -- BiBiChik!



BiBiChik has been around for awhile now and although the row of shops it's located at is quiet at night (with parking aplenty), half or more of the restaurant will usually be nicely filled up on lazy weeknights.



I've been here one or two times with my family but for some reason or other, we don't usually think of Nyonya food when looking for some place to dine because we usually take up a lot of space (think 15 pax). BiBiChik isn't like the usual family Chinese restaurant, with their biggest table comfortably seating only 9, although I'm sure 10 could be squished in.

Anyway, the lack of big tables is hardly an issue for Adam and I, and we've happily made this one of our go-to places on weekdays after work - mainly cause it's good, but also because it's a stone's throw away from my house. 



One of Adam's favourites and a must-have each time we're there, is the Pongteh Chicken (RM 15). This is a dish of soft braised chicken in rich taucheow sauce, and accompanied with mushroom, ear fungus, potatoes. There's also sugar cane in this dish to give the chicken and its sauce a sweet flavour reminiscient of most Nyonya dishes. It's home-cooked satisfaction in a claypot and the sauce and meat goes great with piping hot white rice.



My favourite on the other hand is this oft-found dish - the Honey Sotong (RM 15). Sure, a lot of places do this, but I find few do it well so I keep on coming back here for my dose of Honey Sotong. The sotong (squid) is deep fried to perfection and manages to be both crunchy and sticky with lots of honey at the same time, all while still retaining it's original bounce of meat in the bigger pieces and being just plain delightfully crunchy in the smaller pieces (like the tentacles). 


To even out all that meat, we pick some greens and I always lean towards this common dish in I daresay almost every Chinese stir-fry restaurant. The Kangkong Sambal Belacan (RM 8) is a simple dish done well. The crisp stalks and soft leaves of the kangkong was fried with fragrant belacan and complimented the rest of our dishes well, with the salty and spicy flavours balancing out the sweetness from the rest of our dishes.



Another favourite of mine here is the Crispy Brinjal (RM 10). I really like my brinjals (wow, okay that sounds a little wrong) but had never really had it in this manner before BiBiChik. The brinjal slices are coated in a thin batter and fried till lightly yellow and coated in honey. Bite through one and you'll find that past itscrispy, sweet outsides is soft brinjal flesh, not in the very least undercooked. My only word of caution is that if you don't fancy savoury-cum-sweet dishes then this might get too cloying for you especially if you also order the Honey Sotong above.

p/s: Adam will willingly eat this dish as well although he wasn't a fan of brinjals before (he also says that he only started eating brinjals after I existed because I tend to order brinjals a lot :p).





I haven't explored or ventured into the Nyonya cuisine all that much, but what I have tasted at BiBiChik so far, I have really liked. Also, the standard of the food has remained high each time we returned which is a great plus for us. The four dishes above are our favourites thus far -- if you're ever in the area, do give it a go and let us know what you think! :)


BiBiChik
No. 17, Jalan SS2/30,
47300 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor
Tel: +6 03 7873 6769
Fax: +6 03 9283 2849
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 11:30am-2:30pm & 6pm - 9:30pm

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