In case you haven’t noticed, there are very few restaurants in Vancouver that offer Singaporean fare. Malaysian eateries are easier to find around town, but that doesn’t mean they always serve the same type of nosh.
A local pop-up aims to curb the cravings of those who long for delicious grub from the Asian city-state.
Bibik’s is a family-run food affair, which was inspired by another branch of the family putting on pop-ups at farmers markets in Toronto that eventually led to the opening of a restaurant. Motivated to bring the tasty Peranakan-Singaporean flavours to the West Coast, the concept of Bibik's was born.
Its next event takes place at YVR Prep (A6–5279 Still Creek Avenue, Burnaby) on July 20 (5 to 7 p.m.), and tickets are almost all gone.
For $24 per person, guests will be treated to a mini four-course tasting menu, which includes dishes like gado-gado salad (medley of veggies, hard-boiled eggs, boiled potato, fried tofu, and tempeh with peanut-sauce dressing), laksa (spicy rice-noodle soup with shrimp, fishcakes, egg, tofu puffs, and house-made sambal in a coconut broth), and ayam merah (chicken casserole made with spicy tomato sauce, served with Jasmine rice, grated spiced coconut, and pineapple-and-cucumber salsa).
To finish off the meal, diners will get to indulge in kueh sri muka: a layered dessert made with steamed glutinous rice, butterfly-pea flower, and pandan custard.
A few spots are still available, but don’t fret if you miss out this time—more pop-ups will take place in the future.
Singaporean food around town has a lot of catching up to do, in terms of rivalling its more mainstream counterparts like Japanese and Chinese cuisine. But we’re confident its popularity will rise, especially after last summer’s blockbuster, Crazy Rich Asians, propelled Singaporean food into the global spotlight.