Mookata – meaning pork skillt in Thai, refers to the Thailand’s version of barbeque grill surrounded by a steamboat moat. In Thailand, traditional mookata uses plain water as its soup based instead of a flavoured broth that most Singaporeans prefer.
When it comes to eating mookata, there are two types of people: the first drinks the soup while the other doesn’t. Pork lard is used to oil the grill, and as it cooks, the fats from the pork lard and the juices from the meats flow down into the soup based. Thus, making the soup not only flavourful but also very oily. Some people love it while others would skip it as they are health-conscious. I belong to the latter. What about you?
Whether or not you drink the soup, the bbq meat and the special Thai chilli are the best parts! We have rounded up 7 different mookata places in Singapore we think you should try.
1. Happy Mookata
I am sure this place needs no introduction. Happy Mookata is the most well-known restaurant for Thai-style BBQ. Situated in Singapore’s little Thailand, many people flock over to Golden Mile Tower for its all-you-can-eat buffet. Currently there are three different outlets, the Serangoon outlet opens till 6am! Perfect place to have a late night supper or early breakfast.
Price: $25.90nett per pax
- 6001 Beach Road, #01-55D Golden Mile Tower S(199589)
- 106 Clementi Street 12, #01-46 Sunset Way S(120106)
- 21 Teck Chye Terrace, Serangoon S(545726)
2. New Udon Thai Food
Located in Golden Mile Complex, New Udon Thai is yet another stall popular among Thais and locals. During my visit, the staff were friendly and helpful, throwing in occasional jokes. It’s advisable to arrive early and get a table before the peak hours as reservations are not allowed.
Price: $21 per pax (Average)
3. Sedap Thai
Big shout out to Sedap Thai because finally, FINALLY our Muslim friends can have a taste of mookata! Even though there’s no pork, many patrons prefer the halal version to the original version. I suppose it’s somewhat healthier (no pork lard), lighter and more refreshing.
Price: $15 per pax (Average)
4. Siam Square Mookata
Siam Square Mookata has the biggest chain of stalls in Singapore. Currently with nine stalls, the most popular outlet is the one at Havelock. All the outlets offer both buffet and ala carte options, where the ala carte dishes cost between $1.80 to $2.80 per plate.
Price: $29 per pax
5. Soi 33 Mookata
Located among the enclaves of hip and trendy restaurants at Holland Villages, Soi 33 Mookata opened last September and has attracted many patrons with its chilled-out ambience. Recommended by patrons not only for the food but also for the ambience and friendly staff. Order the set meal instead of ala Carte items because at the price of $4 per dish, it’s more worth it.
Price: $15 per pax (average)
6. Thai Hao Chi Mookata 泰好吃
Thai Hao Chi Mookata has received many compliments from patrons for being the best mookata in Singapore to serve authentic charcoal Mookata with MSG FREE soup based. Behind every good dining experience, is a team of friendly and efficient staff, and Thai Hao Chi never fails to achieve that.
Price: $17 per pax (average)
7. Tom Yum Kung Fu
Tom Yum Kung Fu is my personal favourite mookata stall, not only for its food but also for its beautiful decorated interior of painted walls and eccentric items. Using a charcoal grill, the meat acquires a special taste that tastes so good with the chilli. The Serangoon Garden outlet has moved to a new location to Maju Avenue and the place now have indoor air-conditioning!
Price: $25 per pax (Average)
8. Kin Tub Thai Steamboat
Kin Tub has an alfresco dining that is perfect for people who don’t like leaving the place with the smell of food in their clothes and bags. With its affordable prices, the place is popular among students.
Anyhow, mookata is getting more and more popular in Singapore, where there are even halal-certified mookata stalls opening. There’s no harm trying out new places because who knows, you might just find a new favourite. Oh, always remember to order a Thai ice milk tea whenever you’re at a Thai place!
So which stall is your favourite, or is there a stall you highly recommend? Let us know in the comments box below.
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