Zam Zam: Mega Murtabak Mania



I walked into Zam Zam feeling like a kid taking a Disneyland ride for the first time. If you love Murtabak like me, I am sure you would feel the same. I mean this Prata Chef at the front of this 99 year old restaurant was flipp'n the most gigantic and awesome Murtabaks I have ever seen! Ok, I admit that it has been a while since I had my last Murtabak cos of all the health concerns over this calorie busting dish. (I can hear you laughing, but I do look after my waistline)



This is probably the most well known Murtabak Stall in Singapore. It is certainly one of the oldest restaurants I know that is still in the same spot since inception. It will be 100 next year and that's quite an achievement for any eatery. In order to be around for so long, you have to serve great food, which it does.

They way they make their Murtabak is a bit different from other places. In addition to an extra layer of prefried prata kosong which they put at the base of the Murtabak, they also add an extra egg on top of the folded murtabak and sprinkle Minced Mutton on top before frying. The result is a Massive Murtabak with a crispy fried Mince on top! Oohhhh, like I said, this is not for those who are Cholesterol Compromised.



Behold the Murtabak! I really liked the crispy, savoury topping of the mutton. However, I felt that the mutton was not as savoury and tasty as it can be. Texturewise, it was crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, so complaints in that area. It would have been an awesome Murtabak if the mutton had more OOmph! 4/5



Now, you have stuff that is Ho Kua Bo Ho Jia (Attractive but Not so Tasty) and then you have stuff that is Ho Jia Bo Ho Kua (Tasty but Not really Attractive) The Chicken Murtabak belongs to the latter category. Now this is what we came for. Makankaki Damien swears that the Chicken Murtabak is to die for and he is 100% spot on. I never really liked the chicken version because I always find that the Murtabak always comes out soggy. But I think I have seen the light. Wow, the chicken masala was so yummy and by the time they serve the murtabak, a lot of that tasty gravy has already been infused into the dough. Only one word to describe it: Shiokadelicious!! 4.5/5

Conclusion

Most seasoned foodies would already know about this restaurant. But if like me you are still discovering Pearls in Singapore's food heritage, then you Must Not give Zam Zam a miss!

Singapore Zam Zam Restaurant
679,699 North Bridge Road
62987011
8am to 11pm daily

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Just wonder if they sell other food like mee goreng and such or just pure Murtabak?

ieat & itreat said...

Yes they sell briyani and other stuff as well.

Mark said...

Zam zam is directly opposite Sultan Mosque, just in case you need to give a cab driver directions !

I can't imagine someone going there OTHER than to have murtabak !

Havent been there in a while (close to 6 -8 months)

The Murtabak is also quite BIG ..so what better way than to grab a few friends and share a Mutton and a Chicken Murtabak...

I had extra keema to go with my Mutton murtabak the other time !!

Anonymous said...

Okie. Will try the mutton murtabak just that my friend is not a fan of murtabak that why...

thanks Mark for the direction.

kantang said...

haha, told ya it was nice! gonna pay them a visit soon, although its not something that i would eat every day.

Holy Drummer said...

Admittedly one of the best, if not the best murtabak in Singapore!

Only minus point is - and i know i'm being spoilt here - i hate chicken bones. =p

So I'll check out the beef next time.

Patrick said...

Try New Victory, which is just next door to ZZ, and looks like an perfect copy in every respect. The murtabak is a bit better there, in my opinion. A friend suggested going with the fish curry sauce, instead of the chicken curry, and that was a good tip.

Jol said...

I went today, but the chicken murtabak looked normal(not torn up) and the crispy muutton topping was missing. It was good but I'm not sure if they used to be better? It's my first time.

ieat said...

The crispy mutton topping is for the more expensive version, not the normal murtabak.

Health Guru said...

Murtabak is claimed to be the highest calorie food per cubic centimeter! I just updated my blog with more this and more info @ www.healthguru.sg

Yukari Sakamoto said...

Dr. Leslie, after reading your post we went here first thing on Sunday morning and unfortunately they were only serving prata. They sent us to their sister shop, Victory (?) just around the corner and we had the murtabak there but it was just o.k.

Will try to go back again in the future. Just a note to your many readers to not expect murtabak first thing on Sunday mornings. We got there around 8:30 a.m.

pipardoojoe said...

The deer biryani is expensive but among the best in Singapore. The deer meet is a large, juicy chunk of flesh that we usually do not see here.

Anonymous said...

Sayang, my favorite roti shop in SG is not the same anymore. The dough is from a factory, becomes hard when fried and because of its size they dont swing it huge anymore. I know the expenses are going up, but its like shooting yourself in the foot to lower the standard instead of the price.
But the staff in their corner shop are really friendly just like the old days:))

Anonymous said...

Michael : sorry meaning increasing the price in prev. comment

ieat said...

What! Aiyah how can they allow this to happen?

ieat said...

What! Aiyah how can they allow this to happen?

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