Apart from Korean BBQ, mookata – a kind of Thai BBQ that consists of both a grill and a steamboat in one – has also been making waves in Singapore and has garnered a good amount of popularity. Just like Korean BBQ restaurants, mookata restaurants are popping up left, right, and centre in the country. For your convenience, we have narrowed down some of the best mookata restaurants in every part of the country!
Tom Yum Kungfu
Foodies craving for an authentic mookata experience, Tom Yum Kungfu is one of the few remaining mookata restaurants in Singapore that still serves their mookata over red hot charcoal instead of gas stoves. Their standard set consists of pork, pork belly, scallops, prawns, fish cake, as well as assorted vegetables. Customers get to select between their usual chicken soup or the delectable tomyum soup. The chicken soup that comes with the mookata is clear, light, yet flavourful – definitely not something you would get sick of after a 2-hour long mookata meal with your friends.
They also have an a la carte menu available for people who want something apart from the mookata itself. The restaurant’s phad thai is top-notch, even though it might taste a little different from the usual ones you’d have in Thailand.
Where: 16 Circular Road, Singapore 049372
Opening hours: 1130AM to 3PM, 6PM to 1030PM
People who enjoy having heavy suppers can travel down to MooJaa for mookata since they open all the way till 6AM. If you thought using charcoal to bring the soup to a boil was already interesting enough, MooJaa’s use of white charcoal will make you raise your eyebrows in surprise. White charcoal is used here to ensure even cooking and at the same time, it doesn’t emit as much smoke as normal charcoal does.
Patrons should remember to order their King Moo set for 3 at $60 consisting of premium meats, like angus beef and Kurobuta pork. The broth is made from chicken and pork bones and brewed for 5 hours to achieve its flavour while the sauces, such as the spicy BBQ sauce and sweet and sour sauce, are homemade and are bound to go perfect with your meat.
Where: 25 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089132
Opening hours: 5PM to 6AM
Huay Kwang Thai Kitchen
With the head chef hailing from Thailand and with recipes that were passed down for generations, you can be assured that the food at Huay Kwang Thai Kitchen is authentic and mouthwatering. The meat served here are fresh and well-marinated, introducing a burst of flavour to your meal. Those who can stomach innards, be sure to order the pig’s liver and for those who can’t, order the black pepper beef instead – both are equally as good.
Unlike most mookata restaurants, Huay Kwang Thai Kitchen offers an all-you-can-eat, 2-hour long buffet at only $25.90+ on weekdays and $28.90 on weekends. But if you are not a fan of buffets, you can opt for their set meals or simply pick from their ala carte menu instead.
Where: 244R Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574369
Opening hours: 5PM to 11PM
Although there are plenty of mookata restaurants in Golden Mile Tower, not every single one of them is as good as the one at Happy Mookata. However, unlike all the other restaurants previously mentioned, Happy Mookata only serves buffets. Thankfully, the lack of selection is made up for by their affordable price at $23.90 per pax and you will get to enjoy prawns, sausages, chicken, and pork above other ingredients.
Where: 6001 Beach Road, 01-55D Golden Mile Tower, Singapore 199589
Opening hours: 6PM to 3AM
New Udon Thai Food
If you wish to experience having mookata in Thailand without having to fly two hours to the country itself, go to New Udon Thai Food. Although the queue is insane if you go there late, it is a mookata restaurant so good that Thais and locals alike patronise them. The meat they serve are well-marinated and goes perfectly with their homemade chilli sauce. For $45, you get to enjoy an assorted meat platter, seafood, vegetables, crab sticks, sausages, and fishballs that will fill the bellies of two to three people.
How’s that for affordable mookata?
Where: 5001 Beach Road, #01-55 Golden Mile Complex, Singapore 199588
Opening hours: 11AM to 9PM
Perhaps they were lazy to think up a name or perhaps it is just that they serve very authentic and delicious mookata that seems to top all other mookata restaurants. Regardless of the reason, Mookata might just be one of my favourite mookata restaurants. They serve a set of premium meats, including kurobuta pork, black angus beef, and wagyu beef, as well as the very popular pork collar.
Two types of soups are available here: the tomyum soup and the pork broth – both are delicious but the spice lover in me tends to favour the tomyum soup instead. The soup can also be adjusted according to personal preferences with the three types of chilli sauces they provide, that are of varying degrees of spiciness. Furthermore, the exhaust system in this restaurant is good enough that you won’t leave the restaurant smelling like barbecued meat yourself too.
Where: 103 East Coast Road, Singapore 428797
Opening hours: 530PM to 11AM
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