March 2, 2017
I love cheese and I love barbecue, so when these two items get combined, I get super excited. It’s even better because the cheese dips for barbecue are usually a combination of two cheeses, which gives it extra flavour and texture.
Take a look at these eight restaurants in Singapore that feature a cheese dip along with the barbecue offerings – you can thank me later.
One of the few places that offers free flow oysters in addition to the other meats and seafood, Cheese Story Mookata Buffet is perfect for people who enjoy cheese as a dip in their barbecues. It comes free of charge and is free flow, along with a delicious peanut satay sauce.
At under $30, this buffet is super value for money, and it stays open till 6am so rest assured you can get your late night cravings satisfied.
Cheese Story Mookata Buffet: #02-01 Golden Mile Complex, 5001 Beach Road, Singapore 199588 | Tel: +65 86787876 | Facebook
The seafood at Ladyboy Mookata is a must-try – it’s super fresh and delicious! If you enjoy seafood like me, the jumbo prawns will delight you and at only $1.90 extra per piece, this is worth the trip to Geylang.
Dip it in the cheese mookata, which you’ll find alongside corn and Korean-style steamed egg. The buffet ($29.90 Mon – Thurs, $32.90 Fri – Sun, Eve & PH) is open till 2am daily, so grab your friends and head down for supper.
Ladyboy Mookata: Lor 40, 644 Geylang Road, Singapore 389574 | Opening Hours: (Daily) 6pm – 2am | Tel: +65 84444487 | Website
Alright, so Nanta doesn’t offer much choices of meats, opting instead to offer three cheese barbecue dishes, but gosh are they good. Pictured above is the Cheese Deng-Galbi ($50++), a cheese pork spare rib set that comes in spicy and non-spicy variants.
The cheese is made even more flavourful with the addition of the mushrooms and the olives, and the heat from the pan results in a soft gooey mixture on top of a crisp layer at the bottom.
Nanta BBQ: #01-175/177 Goldhill Centre, 175 Thomson Road, Singapore 307624 | Tel: +65 62581391 | Facebook
Seorae specialises in serving galmaegisal ($21.90) or skirt-meat, a part of the pig that only the Royal Family of Korea was able to eat in ancient times, due to each adult pig only having about 250g of this meat.
The interesting part of this grill is that there are different troughs for cheese (additional $2), steamed egg and kimchi, so you have three different options to pair your meat with after it’s been cooked!
Seorae Korean Charcoal BBQ: #02-01 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238863 | Opening hours: (Monday to Sunday) 11.30am – 10pm | Tel: +65 6238 8429 | Website
Most mookata places offer just a standard light chicken broth as their soup for the steamboat, but here at Happy Mookata, you get a pot similar to traditional steamboats that have two sections. With this pot comes the standard chicken soup, but also a tom yum base!
Get the additional nacho cheese dip and you’ll have a perfect dinner with crayfish, prawns, and the usual meats for $25.90. If you’re interested in having more than one soup in your mookata pots, this is definitely one place you need to check out.
Happy Mookata: #01-55D Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road, Singapore 199589 | Tel: +65 93809028 | Facebook
If you’re worried about going for a cheese BBQ but ending up feeling too jelak of the cheese, Hook On has you covered. After the initial pot of cheese, you can continue refilling the cheese or choose to replace it with a pot of soup to clear your palate.
The premium a la carte buffet ($26.70+ Tue – Thurs, $30.70+ Fri – Sun, Eve & PH) is also super worth it, with fresh seafood from Jurong Fishery Port and meats such as Black Pork Kurobuta.
Hook On Steamboat: 389 Changi Road, Singapore 419838 | Tel: +65 68440389 | Facebook
Charcoal Thai has some pretty interesting dishes, including a durian steamboat. Yes, you read that right. But the Cheese Mookata Set ($39.95) is what we’re looking at here, and it’s pretty amazing to see the entire trough of the mookata grill filled with that delicious golden cheese.
It might end up getting a bit jelak after a while due to the lack of soup to offset the cheese, but who can say no to more cheese? I know I certainly can’t.
Charcoal Thai: #B1-30 Nex, 23 Serangoon Central, Singapore 556083 | Tel: +65 62886260 | Website
Mookata Traditional Thai BBQ is probably one of the oldest mookata restaurants around, and is named specially for what it serves. Try the Cheesy Grill Set ($57.90++ for 2 – 3 persons), with an add-on of $3.50 for free-flow cheese.
I highly recommend you go with the free-flow cheese; why would you go for a cheese bbq if you’re going to be limited by how much cheese is provided? This might not be the cheapest cheese mookata around, but it certainly is one of the most popular ones, with fresh and delicious meats on offer.
Mookata Traditional Thai BBQ: 103 East Coast Road, Singapore 428797 | Tel: +65 63442985 | Website
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