By now, I’m sure that most Singaporeans would have heard of Mookata. For those who have been living under a rock, Mookata is a delicious combination of Korean Barbeque and Chinese Hotpot that is popular with Singaporeans. Hailing from the North of Thailand, Mookata or Mu Kratha as it is known in Thai translates to mu meaning ‘pork’ and kratha meaning ‘skillet.’
To enjoy Mookata, you start by generously slathering the metal skillet with the provided pork lard. Once the skillet is suitably greased, you then use it to grill the variety of meats available. Surrounding the skillet is a moat containing soup which can be used to cook your food as well. In the process, the juices from the grilled meat seep down to the moat surrounding it creating a flavourful broth. Mookata restaurants in Singapore have also been adding cheese to the mix, allowing you to dip your grilled meats into a melted cheese dip. From more traditional Mookatas, cheese Mookatas and even Halal Mookata, this list has you covered.
1. Tom Yum Kungfu
Tom Yum Kungfu’s take on Mookata is rather authentic (the folks there use charcoal for fuel)! A standard set consists of pork, pineapple chicken chop, pork belly, scallops (seasonal), prawns, fish cake and an assorted vegetable basket (SGD39.90 for the regular size, SGD 44.90 for the large size). For a little bit more, you get some squid strips, surimi crab sticks, roast, pork, pork belly cheese rolls and Thai noodles (SGD49.90 for the regular size, SGD56.90 for the large size). Complementing this is their sweet sweet broth that is boiled from a mix of crabs, pork bones, and vegetables.
Aside from the delicious food, what got us really hooked to this restaurant is the ambiance. Tom Yum Kungfu’s mosaics, retro motifs complete with vintage-looking decor is reminiscent of similar restaurants in Bangkok, adding to the appeal of the restaurant.
Tom Yum Kungfu (Boat Quay)
16 Circular Road
Mon – Fri: 11.30am to 2.30pm, 6.00pm to 10.30 pm (last order)
Sat & Sun: 6.00pm to 10.30 pm (last order)
Tom Yum Kungfu (Serangoon)
2 Maju Ave
Mon – Fri: 11:30 am – 3 pm, 6 pm – 10:30 pm (last order)
Sat & Sun: 11:30 am – 10:30 pm (last order)
2. Cheese Story Mookata
Mmmmm, cheese. If you’re not completely sold on the idea, we’re here to completely assure you that grilled meat AND cheese is the bomb dot com. The dip found here is a mix of mozzarella and nacho cheese, which gives it that superb cheese pull similar to that of pizzas and creamy mac & cheese. The free flow of meat and seafood such as prawns, crayfish, and oysters got us quaking. To top it all off, there is free flow Thai iced milk tea as well. The best part? Prices start from as low as SGD29.90, a pretty good deal for the amount of food you’ll be chowing down on. However, do note that this place does not provide pork lard to grease the grill.
Address: 5001 Beach Road, #02-01 Golden Mile Complex, Singapore 199588
Mon – Thurs: 3.00pm to 06.00am
Fri – Sun: 12.00pm to 06.00am
3. Aroy Mak Mookata
Probably the best budget eat out of this entire list, Aroy Mak Mookata offers a buffet starting from SGD17.80 with no GST or service charge. Patrons get to choose from a wide selection of seafood, Thai marinated meat, along with an unlimited flow of ice-cream and nacho cheese or salted egg for just $2! Plus, Aroy Mak Mookata has a 1-for-1 offer on beer and other drinks such as their Thai milk tea, green tea, lemongrass, water chestnut and lime juice.
Address: 476/478 MacPherson Road, Singapore 368191
Mon-Sun: 5.00pm to 1.00am (last order at 11.00pm or until stock runs out)
4. Sedap Thai
Although Mookata is typically synonymous with pork and pork lard, there are certainly exceptions. In a country like Singapore where cultural exchanges in food are commonplace comes Sedap Thai the Halal-certified Mookata. Replacing the pork with beef and chicken, beef fat is used in place of pork lard to grease the grill. This makes it one of the few places in Singapore where Muslims will be able to get a taste of delicious Mookata. As for the price, Sedap Thai serves up an assorted platter of processed meats, beef, chicken and vegetables for 2 at SGD20 nett. Alternatively, you can order the dishes ala carte or opt for the buffet which costs SGD20 nett per person.
Address: 166 Jalan Besar, #01-08 Jalan Besar Food Centre Singapore 208877
Mon – Sat: 4.30pm to 9.30pm. Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
5. Happy Mookata (Golden Mile Tower)
Out of the many Mookata establishments in Golden Mile Tower, we can delightfully recommend Happy Mookata. This establishment offers a pot that is slightly different from the rest featured above. There are no grill holes in metal skillet and this allows the grease from the meat to flow straight down into your broth – perfect for those who go crazy for a rich broth. Happy Mookata is known for its seafood spread with items such as crayfish and Snow Crab on the menu. Prices are rather reasonable as well with an all you can eat buffet priced at SGD25.90 Nett for weekdays and SGD26.90 for weekends.
Address: 6001 Beach Road, #01-55D Golden Mile Tower Singapore 199589
Mon – Sun: 6.00pm to 3.00am
6. Siam Square Mookata
After the “mookata boom” in Singapore, this joint has seen so much success that it has expanded across the island with branches in Punggol, Woodlands, Ang Mo Kio, Boon Lay Shopping Centre, Bukit Batok Clementi and Jurong East. However, we still find ourselves going back to the main branch located at Golden Mile Tower. Their food is prepared daily including all the cutting, marinating and brewing of their special soup. The highlights here are undoubtedly the reasonable price for their all you can eat buffet (SGD29.00), long opening hours and their special chili sauce (a secret recipe that elevates the taste of the grilled meat). Don’t fret if you can’t take the heat though, they offer 3 different spice levels for their chili to cater to your spice tolerance.
Address: 6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower Basement Singapore 199589
Mon – Sun: 3.00pm to 5.00am
7. 2211 Mookata
To be frank, 2211 Mookata is a little bit hard to get to, especially if you’re planning to get there via public transport (it takes a little bit of navigating). Located all the way in Jurong West, this Mookata restaurant is for those living in the West. However, thanks to its slightly obscure location, this means that there’s less of a crowd. The food here is great as well as they serve up delicious dishes such as their signature marinated pork liver, large fresh prawns, and succulent Chilean Salmon Fillet. Tom Yum lovers rejoice, 2211 Mookata’s soup base is Tom Yum flavored. Served with a refreshing Thai milk tea, their platter for 2 costs SGD22 while their platter for 4 is slightly cheaper at SGD40.
Address: Block 907, Jurong West St 91 Singapore 640907
Mon – Sun: 5.00pm to 3.00am
8. The Smookata Hotpot
Alternatively, another Mookata located in the West is The Smookata Hotpot in Clementi. Smookatat offers up deliciously marinated chicken thigh, fresh slipper lobster, sliced squid and more. For an additional $3, you can get either the salted egg yolk dip or mozzarella and nacho cheese fondue. At SGD22 nett for a two-person platter and SGD39 nett for a four-person platter, this Mookatat establishment is great for the price.
Address: Block 727, Clementi West St 2 Singapore 120727
Mon-Sun: 5.00pm to 3.00am
9. Thai Hao Chi Mookata
Number 8 on this list is Thai Hao Chi Mookata located along Upper Thompson Road. This is a great place to go if you are looking out for a comfortable Mookata experience at affordable prices. Aside from serving up delicious Mookata fare and Thai iced milk tea, Thai Hao Chi is known for their tantalizing Thai style abalone as well. For just SGD39.90, customers can expect a sumptuous platter that can feed two to three people.
Address: 908 Upper Thomson Rd (Springleaf) Singapore 787111
Mon-Sun: 5.30pm to 11.00pm
10. Lukhon Thai
The last Mookata place on this list is Lukhon Thai. Located at Pasir Ris Central Hawker center, Lukhon Thai is for those that live in the East. Muslims will be glad to know that this Mookata place is applying for Halal certification. On top of the standard Mookata fare, Lukhon is known for their soup bases which include Green Curry and Tomyum soup. Prices are reasonable as well, a two-person platter costs SGD26.89 nett and a four-person platter costs SGD45 nett.
Address: Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre. 110, Pasir Ris Central, #02-05 Singapore
Mon-Thur, Sat-Sun, 7pm to 10.30pm. Closed on Fridays.
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