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At a not-so-obvious location, but easy to find on google maps… I’d describe it being near south wharf DFO as opposed to Docklands. Walk in immediately drawn to their washed out white brick walls chalked with their drinks and specialty menu. Concrete flooring and low hanging feature lighting gave me a glimpse of rustic look with an open kitchen. Bababoi gives me a family oriented vibe that makes me feel comfortable and want to hang around.
Serving Modern Malaysian cuisine, I always order their Beef Rendang $14.80 wrapping their Roti, $4 with it. It’s delicious. Although the Rending is probably to the oily side. The flavours are strong, slightly tangy and enough meat to share.
Upon our first visit, we also ordered their Acar Tofu, $7,80 – we didn’t like it unfortunately, it was not hot enough and the tofu’s outer coating wasn’t crispy enough. The topping is cold and tends towards sour and sweet flavours. More sour than sweet. I wished something in the dish was warmer in temperature. Perhaps the oil wasn’t boiling to fry the tofu at it’s best timing?
On our second visit to Bababoi, we ordered the Chicken Lollipop, $7,00 for 4. The look of it was perfect, but the batter lacked seasoning. It felt like we were just eating dried chicken. I tried to dip as much sweet chilli sauce as possible to make it more tasty. If the Chicken Lollipop is usually without seasoning, I would not re-order this.
Lobak, $7.80 is definitely something I’ve grown up with having been introduced from a few Malaysian hawker restaurants I regularly go to back in the days. I love how there’s the crispy bean curd sheets but the filling is meaty with a bit of veggies like spring rolls. I think I enjoy it more than spring rolls because the bean curds sheets are so thin, it feels easier to eat.
When it arrived it was boiling hot – that feeling where you can burn your tongue if you don’t watch out! It comes with sweet chilli sauce. But really, Lobak is packed full of flavour you don’t need the sauce! Comes in 8 but I seriously think we got an extra piece – Thank you Bababoi 🙂
Staff are friendly, we’ve never seen the restaurant being full house, so I don’t think you need to book. they open late for drinks and supper on certain days, so definitely a place to chill. Some hit and misses but the verdict is I’ll revisit and try the rest of their menu like 5-spiced chicken and noodle soups!
Location: 60 Siddeley St, Docklands 3008