[Non-halal] Salted fish bones gulai anyone? Baba Phang was one of our favourite discoveries from our Penang trip.
We stumbled upon Baba Phang as the restaurant we wanted to go to only had indoor seats (we were avoiding enclosed spaces as an extra caution during the Covid-19 pandemic). This turned out to be one of our best meals on the island. ️
As you can guess, Baba Phang specialises in Nyonya Peranakan cuisine , with some interesting dishes that we never knew about.
Our favourite was the Kiam Hu Kut Gulai (RM22) – salted fish bones cooked with vegetables in Nyonya gulai. As the name implies, this is a true blue Peranakan dish – combining Chinese-influenced salted fish with Malay-style gulai. ️
This gulai is to die for! The rempah-based gravy is super rich and pekat, with the salted fish providing a nice savoury kick. The gulai is cooked with brinjal , cabbage, French beans, and prawns. You know it’s good when we aspire to cook this at home.
Ming approves of the Otak-otak (RM5) here as well – moist, fragrant and rich in spices with enough fish chunks. We also enjoyed the Tu Dor Th’ng 猪肚汤 (RM6) – or pork stomach soup translated from Hokkien.
This was such a wholesome bowl with the right balance of sweetness from the maw, spiciness from peppers, and saltiness from the kiam chye (salted veggie). We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and wanted to come back the next evening to try their Nyonya Steamed Siakap, Inchi Kabin, and Lobak.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t get a table. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Do make reservations if you plan to eat here.
(We had Nyonya at another restaurant during the trip – but it pales in comparison to Baba Phang).
Baba Phang 峇峇之家
Address: 17, Jalan Sri Bahari, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Hours: 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm daily (Closed on Wednesdays)
Phone: 014-741 9839