Saturday, May 4, 2013

Ton Kichi & Fa Fa


Near or far, here's some comfort food to help us on difficult days.


A five-minute drive from our Sri Petaling home, Ton Kichi whips up warm bowls of ramen. This shoyu broth version with breaded pork, corn & egg soothes the soul.


We also enjoy the tonkotsu pork bone rendition with soft-braised pork. Sure, it's not as richly milky or deeply flavorsome as the recipes of Hokkaido Santouka, Gokuraku & Marutama, but for only around RM20, it's fully fulfilling.


The perfect tonkatsu pork cutlet, crisply fried without excess oil & served with grind-it-yourself sesame seeds. A bowl of Japanese curry proved a divine dip.


Hot sake at RM15 per carafe & cold green tea.


Far away, in our hometown of Malacca, here's a look at Fa Fa to extend this entry.


Fresh yong tau foo, ripe & ready for the picking.


We're not fish ball experts, but we can't find any fault with anything in this bowl.


Pork porridge is also available. Hot & hearty, simple but satisfying.


Bonus faraway stop: Kedai Makan Kak Cik in Pahang's Pekan constituency.

Ikan patin masak tempoyak, the state specialty. An acquired taste.

Crunchy greens & stinky sauces to complete this meal.

Coming full circle, back home to Sri Petaling, where Baskin-Robbins has finally opened a branch.

Some of our favorite flavors, making us feel like kids again (or at least, university students): Chocolate chip cookie dough, chocolate mousse royale & peanut butter chocolate.

Specials for the month might include Red Velvet & Strawberry Mascarpone.

Nuts about ice cream: Pecan, macadamia & oh, Jamoca Almond Fudge for coffee lovers.


Fa Fa @ Malacca


Outside Fa Fa @ Malacca


Ton Kichi @ Sri Petaling


Ton Kichi @ Sri Petaling


Ton Kichi,
41-1, Jalan Radin Bagus, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.
Fa Fa,
Taman Sin Hoe, Bukit Baru, Melaka.
Kedai Makan Kak Chik,
Pekan, Pahang.

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34 comments:

  1. There's a tonkichi chain in Singapore too, not sure if it's the same one though (probably not?) as the one in SG seems to focus more on tonkatsu rather than ramen ...

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    1. Timing: ooh, ya, probably not, this ton kichi seems to be an independent suburban outlet in my neighborhood =)

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  2. Ton Kichi...here I come! =)

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    1. Ulric: it's quite decent ramen, actually. good enough, definitely =)

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    2. I m more interested in the combination of breaded pork and ramen lar...hehe =)

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    3. Ulric: hahah, oh yeah, i'm glad this restaurant serves pork. although then again, how can we have an eatery that offers both ramen and tonkatsu without pork :D

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    4. Hahaha...I can accept a ramen shop with good breaded juicy karaage lar...hehe :P

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    5. Ulric: heh, there's a karaage specialist restaurant in kota damansara called 'karaage japan,' but i haven't tried it. i think it's a 50-50 bet ... could be decent, could be dismal =)

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    6. Whether it sucks or it's superb...we'll never know if we dun try...heh =)

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    7. Ulric: true, that's a nice philosophy. we keep an open mind and not be too quick to jump to conclusions ... and keep in mind that sean's meat might be someone else's poison =)

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    8. Hahaha...too true :P

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    9. Ulric: having said that, i feel safe to say the tonkatsu at ton kichi would receive an approval rating of at least 70 percent of customers who taste it =)

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    10. Hahaha...smart to instantly cover ur tracks...hehe :P

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    11. Ulric: used to it already, both in my office job and in this blog =)

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  3. I love the decor here, the colours are warm and bright! The pork cutlet looks amazing! Sean, thank you so much for sharing, I always enjoy your posts so much.

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    1. Linda: thanks as always for your generous words =) and yes, this was good food and a very good place to just escape from the rest of the world for an hour =)

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  4. Ooooo....Kak Cik gets my vote!!! Wins hands down... Drool! Drool!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, and it's a four-hour drive ride from kl! :D

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  5. Cannot find ton kichi. Followed the address given here and it turned out to be a beauty centre. When did you go?

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    1. Elmo's friend: this was a few months ago, but I thought I saw it still there recently. It's on the first floor of the shophouse row, not on the ground floor. Apologies though if it's not there anymore. There are still definitely a couple of other Japanese restaurants on that row, so I hope you still managed to have a good meal.

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  6. Don;'think I've noticed Ton Kichi before in Sri Petaling, need to keep my eyes open next time!!

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    1. Baby sumo: quite hard to notice, since there are so many restaurants on this row! Chinese, Korean, Japanese, kopitiam, etc :D

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  7. Melaka and Pekan? Traveling for work?
    I'm heading to Melaka soon (I think) and I definitely need some of that YTF!

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    1. Tng: heh, Melaka was family business, pahang was work business :D I wonder which state is the best one for Yong tau foo. Probably not malacca though, heheh =)

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  8. YTF looks good. And so does the ramen. For now, I think its easier for me to grab the ramen than drive down to Malacca:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: heheh, yeah, or we can simply head to jalan ipoh or puchong or ampang for some good-tasting YTF :D

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  9. those were really two weird restaurants to put together.. why ar? haha

    So you go fa fa .. to try fa fa :P that place looks interesting to me.. will look out for it next trip;)

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    1. Ciki: haha, one was near (in sri petaling) and the other was far (fa fa) :D actually i have no idea what 'fa fa' means =)

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  10. - tonkatsu pork cutlet looks nice...big piece summore.
    - peanut butter chocolate is my favorite pick! ;-)
    - Fa Fa? My tortoise name is FaFa :-p
    Me don't fancy fishballs...but that pork porridge, I don't mind eating ;-)

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    1. Melissa: ya, that tonkatsu was surprisingly very, very, very good (i think it was perfect for me!) :D heheh, my favorite baskin robbins flavor is maybe chocolate chip cookie dough :D waaah, now i know you have a tortoise. interesting name! =) heheh, yeah, the pork porridge looked nice and tasted flavorsome :D

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    2. Ya...my tortoise I kept since Form 4. There were 2. Fifi & Fafa. One dead 2 years ago when I was in overseas trip. Dunno why it died... sad*

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    3. Melissa: yikes! i hope fafa is not too lonely without fifi!

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  11. For a second I thought the japanese place is called Ton Kichi and Fa Fa... lol

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    1. Eiling: heheh, that could be a cute name for a restaurant :D

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