I have been visiting Ichiban on Pandara Road from its inception and they have been serving consistently good Chinese food all these years. They also serve a variety of Thai and Japanese dishes. But my favourite has been Chinese food.
Six of us visited this restaurant for lunch and we were served Pickled Cucumber and Kimchi on the house as they normally do.
We ordered a Mongolian hot pot to warm our spirits on this rainy day. Mongolian Hot pot (also known as steamboat in many East Asian countries) is a simmering metal pot of clear stock with ingredients which are directly placed in the stock cooked at the table. Typical hot pot dishes include thinly sliced meat, leaf vegetables, mushrooms, dumplings, tofu and seafood. The Chinese hot pot has a history of more than 1,000 years and originated in Mongolia and the Jin Dynasty where the main ingredient was meat, usually beef, mutton or horse. It then spread to southern China during the Song Dynasty and was further established during the Mongolian Yuan Dynasty. In time, regional variations developed with different ingredients such as seafood. By the Qing Dynasty (AD 1644 to 1912), the hot pot became popular throughout most of China. Ichiban serves it with chicken, pork (optional) prawns, eggs, mushrooms, vegetables and thin glass noodles in a clear hot broth. This is best soup you can have in this restaurant and it is a 4.75/5 for this one.
We also ordered couple of portions Chicken Dumplings. They serve eight dumplings per portions and they were delicious with the accompanying sauces. It is 3.75/5 for these.
The Prawn Sui Mai was better and it is a 4.25/5 for this fresh seafood parcels.
We ordered a third starter – Singapore Wok Style Chicken and this also did not disappoint us. The crispy chicken cubes in soy sauce with crunchy onion and bell paper slices were delicious. 4.25/5 for this dish for sticking close to original version.
We rounded of the meal with Veg Hakka Noodles and Kung Pao Chicken. While the noodles were indeed good, the Kung Pao Chicken surprised me. It was the best dish among the lot. The chicken pieces were crispy of outside and succulent inside and it had a distinct flavour. Ichiban deserves a 4.75/5 for this dish.
Ichiban is a winner when it comes to Chinese food. If you have never visited this restaurant, try it. The quantity and quality will surprise you!