Most people adores meat. That’s the fact… except for vegetarians. But when it comes to offals, which also commonly known as ‘spare parts’, often than not, people tend to shun them as though they are not edible and don’t deserve to be served on a plate alongside with other normal dishes. Gizzards, livers, heart, lungs and what’s not are usually the optional choice and they have only a rather small fan base. I, for one, sit on the fence. I don’t hate them as I do like some of the offerings. For example; I like chicken gizzards but I hate the livers. Or I like pig stomachs but dislike the lungs.

Restoran Kam Fatt, Tengkat Tong Shin

But one of my favourite offals of them all has got to be intestines. Pig intestines to be exact. Braised ’em, fry ’em or cook ’em in (bak kut teh or hot pepper) soup, this chewy stuff sits above in my books compared to any other ‘spare parts’.

Unfortunately, not many stalls that I know of offer intestines. Part of it is due to the fact that it requires much attention and time to clean it thoroughly to remove any unwanted leftovers and smell / taste before cooking it. As the matter of fact, only the cleanest ones wouldn’t have any foul smell when you bite into it. What’s more is that if you fry them, it involves lots of oil which are deemed to be unusable after a few rounds.

Drinks

I’ve been visiting this stall for more than a decade. It is located along Tengkat Tong Shin occupying a shoplot all by itself – a stone throwaway from Hotel Rae and directly opposite of Carrefour Express. They are famous for its variety of noodles like curry laksa, assam laksa and normal noodles soup. Aside from that, the reason I’ve been visiting throughout the years is because of their fried pig intestines. That, perhaps, is the sole reason of my ‘loyalty’. The fried pig intestines are really addictive as they’re saltish and crispy when dry and slight chewy when they are dipped into the soup.

Food Menu

Moreover, what I like about this stall is that their noodles are customisable to your likings. Although they have a specific menu on the wall (and a laminated version as well), I can opt to replace or top up any toppings which are displayed on the shelf.

Curry Noodles / Laksa

I’d usually go for their curry noodles whenever I’m there. Their curry noodles is one of the better ones I’ve ever had in a long run. Their broth is simply delicious. For the fact that they add a splashful of curry gravy at the end before serving, it helps to thicken the bright red soup.

Laksa / Curry Noodles

Some may find it a little too spicy but I’ll add a spoonful of chilli paste and a squeeze of lime juice to my bowl of noodles for extra kick and zing. Not only that, I get to add an extra serving of crispy fried intestines on top of my bowl of noodles.

Congee / Porridge

Their congee ain’t too shabby either. You can opt for sliced chicken or pork meat in your congee or you can go for plain one with fish sashimi on the side. In the congee itself, there’s finely sliced fresh ginger. Tell them to hold back on the coriander if you aren’t a big fan of the leafy herb.

Porridge / Congee

However, don’t expect it to be of smooth texture like what you would normally get in big fancy restaurants as their congee is as homely as one could get.

Economy Mixed Rice

A normal portion (of noodles or congee) will set you back around RM6 with extra RM1 for additional of fried intestines. If you’re not a fan of noodles or congee, they do serve mixed economy rice during lunch time. They are open for breakfast and lunch from Monday to Saturday only.

Address :
Restoran Kam Fatt
37, Tengkat Tong Shin,
50200 Kuala Lumpur.

GPS Coordinates : 3.146202, 101.707858




18 May 2011 · Comments Off on In Singapore – Ippudo SG, Mandarin Gallery · Categories: Food and Beverages

I’m more of a noodle person rather than rice person unless we are talking about chicken rice or banana leaf rice. And when it comes to Japanese noodles, I prefer to have udon than ramen/soba. Maybe it’s due to texture of the noodles, I’d always go for the former without a second thought.

Ippudo SG

Having that said, I’m willing to order a bowl of ramen if it’s a good one. And I did just that when my friend and I visited this particular restaurant located inside Mandarin Gallery along Orchard Road. Prior to this visit, I read nothing but good reviews about Ippudo SG for its awesome bowl of ramen. Some even crowned it as the best ramen in Singapore! That’s pretty bold statement I would say but it had me looking forward for it. And of course, there’s a part about the long waiting queue. But that didn’t matter much to me since I’ve got nothing much to do in Singapore. Hence, ramen it was for our dinner on one particular evening.

Crowd in Ippudo SG

We arrived at the scene early about 615PM on a weekday and there’s already a long queue of customers waiting patiently outside the restaurant. The queue never grew any shorter even after we were done with our meal. It took us about 15 to 20 minutes of standing and waiting before we were shown to our table. While waiting, we were given the menu to glance thru… just so to quicken the ordering process.

Drinks

The menu was pretty simple and straight forward. Appetisers, rice, desserts and a variety of alcohols were all in there for selection. But our primary reason was to try their famed ramen, hence we ordered two types of ramen and an appetiser to be shared.

Ippudo Gyutataki

It didn’t take long for the dishes to arrive. First up was Ippudo Gyutataki (SGD$13). It is essentially a pan-seared beef with ponzu dipping sauce on the side. The beef was alright with reddish pink in the center. Not exactly melt-in-the-mouth texture but the beef was good on its own. It also went well with the ponzu sauce which has slight tart to it.

Akamaru Chashu

Then, the main dish arrived promptly one after another. I opted for their Akamaru Chashu (SGD$18). Murky, creamy broth, it is said that the tontuksu broth involves “a process of cooking pork bones for somewhat more than 20 hours before blending it from three cooking stages to achieve” such gorgeous result. On top that, a special blend of miso paste and fragrant garlic oil are added for Akamaru.

Akamaru Chashu

First sip of the broth and I fell for it. Slightly salty yet hearty, it was robust yet savoury; packed with porky-licious (if there’s a word for it) goodness. I guess the additional ingredients did their job well. The thin springy ramen was just nice – al-dente – although we did ask for it to be cooked regular instead of soft or hard and the fork-tender texture of the pork belly was equally good too.

Shiromaru Kakuni

My friend ordered Shiromaru Kakuni (SGD$19.50) It came with simmered tender pork cubes. The broth wasn’t as murky and strong in flavour as Akamaru but it was still good; light and delicate. Nothing much can be said about the pork cubes though.

Comic Wall

Overall, I preferred mine (Akamaru) over the Shiromaru. So did my friend. The broth itself was so good that it took the center stage instead of the ramen. Now, the question; is this the best ramen in Singapore? Well, it’s hard to judge since this was my first and only ramen meal I had in Singapore. But it definitely is the best ramen I had in my life… for the moment at least. I do hope that they do consider opening one in Malaysia. Nevermind about the premium price as they’ll set the benchmark on how or what a good bowl of ramen should taste like. Whether it is worth the wait (the queue), well… it’s up to you to decide after you have tried it for yourself.

Wall of Bowls

The bill came up to SGD$66.50 including two drinks (SGD$6 for a Coke and green tea). Although it was rather noisy when we were there, the ambiance was just nice and comfortable with dimlights lighting up the restaurant. The staff were fast and efficient to the point of cleaning the table once we were done with our food. A good or bad thing, I’ll let you decide. Would I be going back again? Definitely, if I have the time or patience to queue up.

Address :
Ippudo SG
333A, Orchard Road,
#04-02/03/04 Mandarin Gallery,
Singapore 238867.

Telephone Number : +65 6235 2797