Ivy’s Hainanese Herbal Mutton Soup Moved to Pasir Panjang
In Hainan island, goats are slaughtered during special occasion and mutton soup is prepared. In Singapore, mutton soup is not as popular but there are some really good ones. One of them is Ivy’s Hainanese Herbal Mutton Soup. Previously located at Kim Keat Palm Market and Food Centre, Ivy’s Hainanese Herbal Mutton Soup has moved to Pasir Panjang Food Centre!
My foodie friends were raving about its Hainanese herbal mutton soup for a long time but I have never get a chance to try it till today. Thinking that I would meet Ivy (since the stall name says so), I actually met Max Ng who is the owner of the stall. Max is a Hainanese (fellow suki) and Ivy is the name of Max wife. The story goes, Max was trying to woo Ivy then and he cooked mutton soup to win her heart. Of course he succeeded because they got married and Max opened Ivy’s Hainanese Herbal Mutton Soup. Such a beautiful love story behind the mutton soup.
How unique is Max’s mutton soup? Every morning, Max would marinate the lamb ribs with fermented red yeast and seared in oil to get rid of the gamey taste. Then, the meat is cooked with more than 10 different herbs for hours. The end result? Each spoonful of soup is flavourful with deep herbal flavours but not overpowering. Served with some tau pok, black fungus and wolfberries, the lamb ribs are tender.
With a mild gamey taste, dip the ribs into his super shiok homemade tangy chilli paste and serve it with rice. To be enjoyed any time of the day, and best savoured on a cool rainy day. To be honest, I am not a huge fan of mutton soup but Max’s herbal mutton soup has boosted the flavours in the broth well enough for us to enjoy it, especially during rainy days. Plus, he is using claypot now instead of just serving it in bowls, so it helps to keep the temperature warm till the very last drop. Each claypot mutton soups starts from $9.
Ivy's Hainanese Herbal Mutton Soup
Address: Blk 121 Pasir Panjang Road, Pasir Panjang Food Centre Stall 4, Singapore 118543
Phone: +65 9818 8219
Opening Hours: 11am to 8pm daily