This ‘hidden gem’ at Ian Fang’s restaurant is the best dish on the menu

Plus the new must-eats at House of MU that the towkay wants you to try 

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Photos: Toggle
13 May 2019

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Ian Fang is a busy man. Since we last spoke to the actor on his new venture, mod-European restaurant House of MU, in February, it has taken us months to nail down a date for a meal with the 29-year-old. Not that we’re complaining - the menu was recently refreshed, with new food items added, including kick-ass chicken wings which he calls their “hidden gem”.

“It wasn’t supposed to be on the menu,” Ian said of the tabasco sauce-slathered mid-joint wings. “Whenever one of my partners craved fried chicken, he would ask the kitchen to prepare it and soon, customers got to know about it and began requesting for it. It was so popular that we decided to launch it last month.” And they were mind-blowing to say the least, but more on that later.

While Ian, who only joined the restaurant venture months after it first opened its doors, hasn’t laid claim to inspiring any dishes on the menu (yet), he proudly told us of his contributions to the dining experience and kitchen, working with his chefs to improve on recipes, even for original menu items. One of his labours of love is the chicken breast on their popular Munster Meat Platter.

“When I was working out a lot to slim down, I would only eat the chicken breast so I was very particular about it. We have changed the cooking process three times to improve the tenderness of the meat and tweaked the mushroom sauce so it goes well with the texture,” he beamed.

Creating a stir with his signature cocktail
Creating a stir with his signature cocktail
13 May 2019

Creating a stir with his signature cocktail

Despite his hectic filming schedule - he is shooting two dramas concurrently - Ian frequently checks in at the restaurant and if you request, he might even roll up his sleeves to mix you his signature gin and tonic cocktail "IF Only…", which is best enjoyed after the monstrous meat platter.

At $40 a pop, it is the most expensive cocktail on the menu as it “requires some skill”, or shall we say his magic touch.

“I am the only one who can mix the cocktail because it requires some skill. If you are good at something, never do it for free,” he quipped.

Read on for Ian’s top picks as well as the best-sellers at House of MU.

Chicken Skin ($10)
Chicken Skin ($10)
13 May 2019

Chicken Skin ($10)

House of MU offers a whole range of alcohol, so it’s no surprise that they have recently introduced a delectable range of bar bites to their menu. Ian’s favourite is the ultra-crunchy chicken skin, which is deep-fried, yet not overly greasy or fatty. We like that there is no carby batter to distract from the crunch and when paired with the umami-packed house-made XO aioli and an ice cold beer, the crackling is the stuff of dreams. Our dreams, at least.

Spicy Chicken Wings ($16 for 5 pieces)
Spicy Chicken Wings ($16 for 5 pieces)
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Spicy Chicken Wings ($16 for 5 pieces)

When we first saw the tabasco sauce-slathered wings, we weren’t quite prepared for it to blow our minds the way it did. The vinegary sauce packed a punch but the kicker was the drizzles of mustard aioli. The first whack of pungent mustard when we bit into the juicy wings cleared our noses and was super shiok, in a masochistic way. But eat it quick as the wings get soggy fast.

Watermelon, Feta and Pistachio ($12)
Watermelon, Feta and Pistachio ($12)
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Watermelon, Feta and Pistachio ($12)

Light, vibrant, with fruity and floral flavours, this refreshing watermelon, feta and pistachio cream salad is like summer on a plate.

Mentaiko Risotto ($26)
Mentaiko Risotto ($26)
13 May 2019

Mentaiko Risotto ($26)

Another hit on the menu - and Ian’s must-order - is the mentaiko risotto. Creamy but not cloying, you get a hint of umami-rich mentaiko that complements well with the risotto and pan-seared scallops.

Calamari and Salted Egg ($16)
Calamari and Salted Egg ($16)
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Calamari and Salted Egg ($16)

Previously served with spicy mayo sauce, the dip has been swapped for a salted egg yolk sauce for a local touch. Unlike most salted egg yolk snacks and dips, the taste has been deliberately kept light so it doesn’t overpower the tender panko fried squid.

Munster Meat Platter ($138, serves up to four)
Munster Meat Platter ($138, serves up to four)
13 May 2019

Munster Meat Platter ($138, serves up to four)

A carnivore’s dream come true, the meat platter features Angus steak, pork loin, lamb rack, cheese sausages and juicy, tender chicken breast (Ian smiled like a proud parent when we told him this was "A+").

Seared Octopus ($19)
Seared Octopus ($19)
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Seared Octopus ($19)

The smoky seared octopus with creamy hummus is one of House of MU’s fastest-moving items.

Munster Dessert Platter ($26 for small, $46 for large)
Munster Dessert Platter ($26 for small, $46 for large)
13 May 2019

Munster Dessert Platter ($26 for small, $46 for large)

The decadent dessert platter, their best-seller, is a sweet way to end the meal. From the macarons to the rich peanut butter popsicle and mud pie, everything is made in house.

House of MU is located at 11 Mohammed Sultan Road, Singapore 239010

Related:
Ian Fang turns restaurateur in new business venture

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