Still remember this post? 😉 We apologize for the uber late review!
Anyone up for a good bowl of Nyonya Laksa or Ayam Pong Teh?
Just a disclaimer : Since we have tried Baba Low 486 in Tangkera, Melaka, we already had a bar set up high, so bench marking this to their brother in Melaka would be pretty normal.
We had a little chat with the owner of Baba Low and that’s how we found out that they branched out from their main one in Tangkera to appeal and service KL-ites who are not able to travel down south for good peranakan food. For those who are not familiar with Bangsar, this place is pretty hard to find, but good ol’ GPS would be very handy.
Menu is written on the very old school blackboard, having similar concept as their main branch. Just that this one in KL is located in a rather proper shop lot, the one in Tangkera has a ‘shack-feel’ ambiance when you dine.
We literally ordered everything
under the sky they have, but we ran out of luck with cendol.
Top Hats for starters anyone? Served with an abundance of stripped eggs, Pie Tee (RM5.50) was delectable. The shell crust was rather crispy, and not oily. Topped it off with crunchy cucumber strips, generous amount of yam bean (sengkuang), fried shallots and a dash of homemade chilli sauce, Pie Tee was indeed a good choice as starters.
Skin made of egg. Fillings consist of lightly fried turnip, cucumber, bean sprout, coriander, shallots, egg strips. Lettuce and gula melaka sweet sauce to accompany. Baba Low’s popiahs (RM4) are the dry version, inverse to the also famous wet popiah/popiah basah.
Popiah skin was nicely done, not too thin nor too thick. The fillings were fresh and cooked thoroughly. However, we felt that the popiah was a little bit too dry. A few bites was alright, but finishing a roll on it’s own could be a little bit challenging.
Otak otak (RM7). A palatable piece of otak otak is usually made out of the freshest choice of fish, marinated with the yummiest spices, grilled to perfection, served fresh and hot.
At Baba Low’s, roti bangkali is served together with otak otak. The fish was fresh, the otak otak was actually delicious. It was juicy and hot when served. Just that gNOMe 2 felt that it was a little bit over grilled, hence, there was a charred like aftertaste lingering.
Sambal prawns with homemade sambal sauce. Priced at RM7, Baba Low was pretty generous with the amount of prawns served. The best part? The prawns were pretty fat and juicy. Prawn shells have been removed beforehand, paving a convenient way for prawn “newbies” to enjoy this dish without making a mess. Sambal however was pretty mediocre, albeit having the right amount of oil.
Mee Siam (RM5.50) was served next. A noodle salad of spice-fried beehoon served with cucumber, egg, fishcake, fried shallots and a twist of freshly cut lime. Served with homemade tamarind sauce. The noodles were served cold, with generous amount of garnishing. The noodles were actually fairly disappointing and our night of good food was slightly dampened.
The highlight of every nyonya food is the well known Asam Pedas Ikan. Traditional Asam Pedas calls for ikan tenggiri (Spanish Mackerel) or ikan pari (stingray), one may also opt for snapper or the yellow tailed fish. At Baba Low’s, their assam pedas fish (RM7) is the yellow tailed fish, cooked in savoury broth with lady’s fingers. We felt that the broth could have been slightly thicker as it was pretty diluted. We both agree that a bowl of good assam pedas should have the correct proportions of both sourness and spiciness. The fish was actually pretty fresh, but that was all that it possessed. The spiciness was completely non-existent as the gNOMes struggled to accept the absence of the “pedas” element within the fish.
Our next main was the Ayam Pong Teh (RM7), another signature of nyonya food. Simply put, Ayam Pong Teh is your comfort food, the chicken stew! But of course, this version is usually cooked the Nyonya way. Once again, like her sibling, we wished that the sweet stew broth had been thicker and more infused with spices. Our bet was pretty high on this but sadly, never met.
We also feasted on their Nyonya Laksa (RM6.50). A bowl of traditional Melaka Nyonya Laksa served with noodles in spicy gravy, a touch of coconut milk with shredded cucumber, bean sprouts, shrimp, cockles, tau pok, fishballs and eggs. The ingredients were fresh but the let down was the soup. Both gNOMes felt that the soup was diluted, and actually significantly paling in comparison to the one available at their main branch in Melaka. While the Melaka shop features Nyonya Laksa as one of the best dishes available; this completely didn’t do justice to the taste widely accepted as a norm in Melaka.
Mee Goreng Sejuk (RM6). Huh? We were taken aback ourselves when we spotted this on the menu. The owner patiently explained that as opposed to what we think this dish was (fried and stored cold?), this dish is just your normal mee goreng, served cold. Boiled in hot water and then mixed with top secret chilli sauce, the paste actually has a hint of spicy and sour. The additional lime and the sunny side up egg complimented the noodles which has a rather smooth texture.
Verdict : This was actually quite a while ago, and they might have improved since then, but if you want to try Baba Low food the gNOMes feel that Melaka would still be a much better experience. Nevertheless, Baba Low’s wide variety of food ranges in between RM5-RM10, which makes it suitable if you are slightly tight that month.
It is also noteworthy that it being a Melaka-themed shop, one can expect Malaccan hospitality and friendly customer service.
How to get there :
Address : 11, Lorong Kurau, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, 59100 Bangsar
Contact : 03-2284 8486 / 012-324 7200