Playing with slang, Shibapo in Mandarin/Cantonese is a rather crude way of calling someone a b***h.
In this Shibapo 食吧婆 case, it could be loosely translated into “inviting a lady to have some food”.
I first came across this brand online as a home-based food business.
Then I was intrigued by its punny name represented by a representative logo illustration – the famous landlady from Stephen Chow’s movie, Kung Fu Hustle.
Have to admit that I do have a soft spot for dry mee siam versus its soup counterpart.
While more commonly served in Peranakan restaurants at premium pricing, I found it harder to find good wallet-friendly dry Mee Siam readily available for purchase (which I will end up ordering delivery from home-based business).
If given the choice, I would prefer to dine-in and have my food eaten hot and fresh though.
Hence, I was rather thrilled to hear Shibapo opening its first physical stall at a Kaki Bukit coffeeshop.
The stall is located within Six1two coffeeshop, located right outside of Kaki Bukit MRT exit A.
What I liked about their rendition is that the rice vermicelli soaks up their rich house concocted chilli paste, dyeing it in bright-orange hue and imbued a blend of tangy sourish-spicy flavour.
For those who are more adventurous, you can opt for additional chilli sauce which will exponentially increase its spiciness level.
At least for me, it was still a palatable plate of dry mee siam which I could easily finish up a second helping.
Warning: Not for the faint hearted if you are not good with spicy food.
You can choose to have it plain at $4.80 or do the economic bee hoon style – go with choice of pairing ingredients such as otah roll, luncheon meat or fishcake from $6.80 onwards.
Another signature is the Dry Laksa ($5.80 for plain), where thick rice vermicelli noodles get infused with lemak laksa gravy cooked from an array of spices and coconut milk.
Served with a dollop of rempah chilli for the extra hot burst of flavour.
Other than the two mains, they also sell Chee Cheong Fun ($4.50) available in Chai Por (pickled radish) or Hei Bee Hiam (Spicy Dried Shrimp).
Probably the most underrated on menu, I took a liking to their handmade Peanut Mochi ($4.00 for 3pc) which came plump and chewy with nutty fragrance.
Plus points awarded for it being generously wrapped with sweet-savoury grated peanut fillings.
1 Kaki Bukit View #01-01, Techview Building, Singapore 415941
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Mon – Sun) (Soft launch timing)
* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.