Limapulo: Baba Can Cook – A Taste of Tradition in Chow Kit
November 4, 2023
Nestled in Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur, Limapulo: Baba Can Cook is a special place for food lovers. Recently it is recognized by the Michelin Guide. We went during lunchtime, and it was packed with nearby office workers.
Limapulo’s old-world charm is welcoming. The decor with traditional Peranakan artwork and vintage furniture sets the mood. The warm ambiance takes you back in time to old Malaysia, making it a perfect setting for a taste of Nyonya and Baba cuisine.
For lunch, we ordered Nyonya Fried Rice, Nasi Tomato with Ayam Masak Merah, and Gerang Asam Fish – Pari. The lunch menu isn’t huge, but it gives you a peek into Nyonya and Baba culinary traditions.
Nyonya Fried Rice: The Nyonya Fried Rice was tasty and satisfying. The rice was cooked just right, and the mix of spices, shrimp, and veggies was delicious.
Nasi Tomato with Ayam Masak Merah: This dish combines tomato rice with spicy Ayam Masak Merah chicken. The flavors were rich and nicely balanced. A side of acar (pickled veggies) added a fresh touch.
Gerang Asam Fish – Pari: The Gerang Asam Fish, served with rice, veggies, and fried egg, was the star of the meal. The Pari fish was cooked nicely, and the tangy tamarind sauce made it outstanding.
Limapulo: Baba Can Cook is more than just a restaurant; it’s a window to the past. The food, while good, doesn’t amaze, but the restaurant’s heritage and charm are what make it special.
If you want to try something unique and experience Nyonya and Baba culture, Limapulo: Baba Can Cook is the place to be. While the food might not be mind-blowing, the chance to savor these traditional dishes is worth it.