Planning a night out with friends? Can’t decide between having a good old-fashioned BBQ or steamboat? Why not do both with traditional Thai steamboat, otherwise known as Mookata?
Here are 5 affordable places where you can pamper your tummy with sumptuous Thai fare.
Founded in 2013, Aroy Mak Mookata is only a quick bus ride from Tai Seng MRT. Their Facebook page proudly declares that the secret to their success is a Chiang Rai marinate. Aroy Mak Mookata is air-conditioned, which is always good when you’re crowding around a steaming hotpot-skillet. Buffets for adults start from $19.80 and $9.80 for children. You may also wish to upgrade to $29.80 to select premium cuts of meat, such as kurobuta, thai sausage, wagyu beef and slipper lobsters. There are 3 soup bases to choose from: tomato soup, pork bone soup and tom yam soup. Do note that choosing to dine in during weekends or a public holiday will incur a $3 surcharge! Last but not least, don’t forget about the drinks! You can get Thai Milk Tea, various soft drinks or if you’re in the mood for beer, a bucket of 5 cold ones will set you back $25. Aroy Mak Mookata is open from 5pm – 1am.
If you would like to supplement your Mookata with some Thai food in general, try Tom Yam Kungfu at 16 Circular Road. They have classics like basil fried rice and olive fried rice, which are both priced at $7 for their regular portion and $12 for their large portion. The runaway favourite that everybody talks about is their deep fried crispy kangkong, which comes with a Thai mayonnaise dip. It is $13 for a regular portion and $18 for the large. Expect to spend around $20 for their Mookata itself, which comes with a broth that is made from pork bone, vegetables and crabs. Another big plus about dining at Tom Yam Kungfu is how pretty the restaurant is, with its retro-pop aesthetic, something that carries over to their Facebook page, where their banner is Godzilla himself carrying a kratha, or the skillet-hotpot we use to eat mookata.
Thai Hao Chi, which sounds exactly like “too delicious” in Mandarin Chinese, is located in the north at 908 Upper Thomson Road. Their Yum Mak Mak set which is priced at $39.90 serves up to 2 – 3 people. Thai Hao Chi’s specialty is their pledge to keep all their food MSG free. All skillet-hotpots here run on smokeless charcoal, which gives everything a unique smoky flavour. Aside from the usual meats and vegetables available, they also have bak kwa, Taiwan sausages and Mama Instant Noodles from Thailand! Don’t forget to try their Thai Milk Tea and Thai Green Tea, which are both $3 each. You can also get a bucket of 5 Chang beers from Thailand, at $25. Thai Hao Chi is open from 5:30pm to 11:00pm.
Feeling hungry? What will you be having for dinner tonight?