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14 best Thai Mookata restaurants in Singapore

Last Updated: June 3, 2021

Written by Ping Er

‘Mookata’ loosely translates from Thai to mean ‘pork’ and ‘skillet’. It originates from Northern Thailand, though one may argue how its signature ‘dome-shaped hotpot’ came about. My favourite version is the origin story about how the soldiers in Chiang Mai grilled meat using their helmets, eventually creating the metal dome-shaped hotpot we see today.

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To eat mookata, you first have to lather the pork lard provided (yes, not butter or oil, but pork lard) to grease the metal skillet, on which you then grill the meat. The dome’s surface eventually heats up till sizzling, while the soup is poured into the moat surrounding the skillet. Traditional mookata in Thailand use only plain water, but the version in Singapore has been tweaked to use flavoured broth.

The lightness of the soup allows the broth to easily take up the essences of the grilled meat juices that flow down, mixing together with the boiled vegetables to create a flavourful and rich soup.

 

I love having mookata because it’s an amalgamation of barbeque and steamboat–the best of both worlds. It’s casual fun to bond with family and friends while sharing a mookata pot.

Lastly, you can enjoy a mookata without the stress of having to dress up! Skip your fancy attire and enjoy the conviviality of exchanging banter while grilling succulent meat at the table. 

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1. 168 Mookata

When it comes to levelling up their Mookata game, no one does a better job than 168 Mookata, nestled in the leafy neighbourhood of Cambridge Road, within walking distance from Farrer Park MRT station. Here, the quality of meats on offer are given highest priority, duly curated by Chef Tay, who used to stage at several reputable restaurants in Singapore, including fine-dining establishment, Flutes at National Museum Singapore.

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This attention to quality manifests in their gilded offerings of MB4+ Wagyu Striploin (S$9.90/100g), MB4+ Wagyu Ribeye (S$24.90/250-300g), Spanish Iberico Pork Jowl (S$3.90/5 pieces), and Spanish Batelle Presa Duroc Pork Collar (S$4.80/3 pieces). The Wagyu beef offerings are cut thickly and simply seasoned with sea salt to extract the loveliest flavours from such impressively quality meats.

But wait. All this extravagance comes to a head with 168 Mookata’s offering of Foie Gras. Here, you get a slab of Premium Foie Gras at an affordable price of S$5.90 per piece (limited to 1 per diner) with which to grace your grill plate. While on the topic of premium offerings, 168 Mookata uses the oil of Foie Gras instead of the usual pork lard as a grease conduit. They fancy like that, yo.

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All this on top of their value-for-money Jumbo Meat Platter ($39.90) that feeds up to five diners and comes with a whopping 1kg of delicately marinated meat. Options include pork belly with signature sauce, garlic pork collar, chicken with signature sauce, garlic chicken, and black pepper chicken.

With each meat lightly seasoned, say goodbye to messy and unorganised flavours mingling with each other and hello to properly grilled offerings designed for the discerning Mookata fan. While you’re at it, add on the Vegetables and Shrooms platter ($6.50) and have an exhaustive choice of Broccoli, Baby Bak Choy, Chinese Cabbage, Kang kong, Egg, Enoki mushroom, Oyster mushroom, and Tang Hoon.

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For this Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) 168 Mookata is offering takeaway bundles so you can enjoy the Mookata experience from the safety and confines of home. The Meat Platter ($25.90) feeds 2 to 3 diners while the Jumbo Platter ($39.90) feeds a family of 4 to 5. You can choose to add on Thai Iced Milk Tea at S$2 per cup.

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43 Cambridge Road, #01-09, S210043
Sun to Thu: 5pm – 11pm
Fri & Sat: 4pm – 11pm
Closed on Monday

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2. Mookata, Traditional Thai BBQ (East Coast Road)

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Ubiquitously named after the food it serves, Mookata, Traditional Thai BBQ has been around for quite a few years and definitely stays up-to-date with exciting flavours that cater to people’s evolving tastes.

The meat selection is exquisite, especially the pork collar. They also have pork sukiyaki in their set platters which is a must-try, along with wagyu beef

You can order a Mookata Set for two at S$34.90, or, if you’re feeling very focused, get your ingredients a la carte. Some popular choices are the Tom Yam Pork Collar (S$8.50) and Sliced Beef (S$12)

Their special marinade is slathered on generously to ensure the grilled meat is packed with flavour and there is tom yum-marinated chicken/pork available for spice lovers.

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The mookata hotpot here uses charcoal for a more rustic experience while the pot skillet is big enough so you don’t have to worry about your meat sliding into the soup.

Always putting customers first, they even have three different levels of spiciness for their chilli sauce to cater to different spice tolerances. I have to highlight their homemade Thai milk tea as one of the best I’ve tried. 

Mookata, Traditional Thai BBQ does not take in reservations but they do provide a queue system during peak hours. Click here for delivery and takeaway details.

103 East Coast Road, Singapore 428797
Mon to Thu: 5pm – 12am
Fri: 5pm – 1am
Sat: 12pm – 1am
Sun: 12pm – 12am
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3. 1_345 Secrets of Thai Taste

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Located in the west, 1_345 Secrets of Thai Taste mookata can be found in a large food court at The Elitist building near many other industrial offices. At night, most of the other stalls stop operating while 1_345 Secrets of Thai Taste starts up in the evening and utilises many of the tables available.

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The secret is in their Chiang Mai-style mookata non-MSG soup stock, made authentically by the owner’s Thai wife. The variety of selection is not very wide, but the meats are marinated simply and prove to be quite tasty. If you’re in a group of two to three, the Mookata Thai BBQ Steam Set (S$34.80) is worth your consideration.

The table area is huge and spacious, unlike those in the usual cramped mookata restaurants. There is ample free parking at The Elitist and although a bit out of the way, quite convenient to drive to if you have a car. Currently, delivery and takeaway details are pending confirmation. 

25 Bukit Batok Crescent, The Elitist, #01-01, Singapore 658066
Tue to Sun: 4pm – 11pm, Closed on Mon
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4. Tom Yum Kungfu

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Tom Yum Kungfu has an eclectic, retro-pop feel in their restaurant at Circular Road. The interior is filled with bright warm colours with neon elements, portraying a quirky and charming vibe (the owner used to be an interior designer). Their clear broth is boiled from vegetables, pork bones and crabs; a rather light broth but with satisfying umami and seafood sweetness. They also use charcoal as their fuel. 

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Although the seafood selection from the set isn’t fantastic, I found the marinated meat (chicken thigh and pork collar) succulent and tender after grilling. If you’re looking for something that is both straightforward and satisfying, try the BBQ Steamboat Set for two (S$39.90)

They also have a rather interesting a la carte menu with more uncommon items, such as venison meat and homemade fish paste. Tom Yum Kung Fu serves not only mookata, but also offers quite a decent selection of Thai dishes. They are another of my top picks for mookata restaurants in Singapore.

*Mookata is not available on weekday afternoons.
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16 Circular Road, Singapore 049372
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 3pm & 6pm – 10.30pm
Sat to Sun: 6pm – 10.30pm
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5. Siam Square Mookata (Golden Mile)

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Siam Square Mookata is hardly a new face in the rampant mookata scene in Singapore. Mookata enthusiasts might recall Siam Square’s first outlet at Havelock Road, but have little knowledge of the passion and dedication that went into its making.

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What sets Siam Square apart from other similar establishments is its unique hawker slant, where ingredients come in small-plate servings rather than in fixed sets. In fact, its owner, Keith, believes it is the first mookata place in Singapore to introduce such a concept.

With prices starting as low as $1.80 per plate, the result is an affordable mookata meal that just about anybody can enjoy.

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In terms of variety, Siam Square Mookata beats almost everyone. Their innovative ingredients such as Smoked Duck (S$2.80) helps to set them apart. Although its locations might be a bit obscure, the cheap and good quality is well-worth a visit.

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6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower, Basement, Singapore 199589
Daily: 3pm – 6am
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6. Huay Kwang Thai Kitchen

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Located along North Canal Road, Huay Kwang Thai Kitchen is a great place for both dinner and supper. The soup base is great, with a light broth of pork bones and cabbage that tastes rich and flavourful after a few rounds of grilling. Even then, the richness does not become too overwhelming. 

From Sundays to Thursdays, enjoy sets tailored to your group size with the Moo Ka Ta Set for Two ($29.90+) or the Combo for Four ($59.90+)Alternatively, they also offer a Buffet at S$19.90 nett available daily. Top up to enjoy that with beef and seafood at S$29.90nett

The meat is of decent quality, albeit not of the highest. I exceptionally like their chilli sauce for its tantalising garlic aroma. 

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13 North Canal Road, #01-01, Singapore 048826
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 2pm & 5pm – 11pm
Sat to Sun: 5pm – 11pm
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7. Cheese Story Mookata Buffet

Cheese Story Mookata Buffet is tucked in a corner of Golden Mile Complex and offers a wide range of buffet selections, including fresh oysters and delicious crayfish.

Their Buffet is priced at S$29.90 per adult and S$15.90 per child from Mondays to Thursdays. On Fridays to Sundays, public holidays and their eves, there is an additional S$3 to each charge.

The prawns and crayfish are big and fresh, as are the oysters that disappear off the station as soon as they are replenished.

The cheese dip is a blend of nacho cheese and mozzarella, resulting in a tasty and stringy mixture. It goes well with everything from the meat to the seafood. I particularly enjoy the beef slices grilled and dipped in it, with the taste of beef still prominent over the saltiness of the cheese.

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5001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex, #02-01,  Singapore 199588
Daily: Open 24 Hours (Daily)
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8. Ninja Cheese Mookata Buffet

If you’re a fan of the greasy charred meat dunked in cheese combo, here’s another place to satisfy your cravings.

Ninja Cheese Mookata Buffet, located on the first floor of Golden Mile Complex, serves a la carte buffets at S$29.90nett per adult from Mondays to Thursdays. 

Children under the height of 1.4m can dine at S$15.90, available daily.

Ninja Cheese Mookata Buffet has always been teeming with patrons whenever I’ve walked past them. That must say something of its appeal. Even during the ‘Circuit Breaker’ period, they were busy preparing delivery orders to satisfy their regulars’ mookata cravings. 

Next time you’re at Golden Mile, definitely try them out. Click here for delivery details. 

5001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex, #01-50, Singapore 199588
Daily: 3pm – 5am
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9. New Udon Thai Food

Here’s one more reason to return to Golden Mile Complex. 

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Another strong player in the mookata game, New Udon Thai Food serves up their Platter (S$45) of crabmeat, hotdog, fishball, pork slices, pork liver, chicken, prawns and squid for your enjoyment. With a side of vegetables and refillable soups, New Udon Thai Food will keep you full and satisfied.

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Remember to add the prawn and vegetables to the broth to give it an extra kick of savouriness, as it can be slightly bland on its own. Round off your meal with their Thai Milk Tea (S$5) for a refreshment from the heat and savouriness. 

Located just opposite Ninja Cheese Mookata Buffet, you’ll really be hard-pressed to pick one over the other. Guess that warrants double trips to Golden Mile, but with a satisfying pick-me-up over mookata, who can complain?

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5001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex, #01-55, Singapore 199588
Daily: Open 24 hours

10. Bangkok Street Mookata 

Ask any mookata-lover if they’ve heard about Bangkok Street Mookata, and they’ll probably say yes. Possibly one of the most popular mookata spots, they have branches spanning from West to East.

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This coffee shop stall offers your standard meats and seafood, along with sides like tofu, noodles and rice. The soup is also free flow, and you can help yourself from a station near the stall. 

Choose between ordering a la carte, with meat starting at S$1.90 per portion, or get their Platters at S$22 for two or S$39 for four.

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Located at Block 498 Jurong West Street 41, this might be one of your new haunts when you’re hankering for a hearty meal with friends over a hot plate in the middle of the night. 

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Block 498 Jurong West Street 41, #01-426, Singapore 640498
Daily: 5.30pm – 2.30am
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11. Y Cube Mookata Buffet 

Yet another candidate hailing from Golden Mile (it’s not Little Thailand for no reason), we have Y Cube Mookata Buffet located on the second floor of the complex.

Spanning across several shop spaces, Y Cube Mookata Buffet has an ongoing promotion at S$32nett per pax from Mondays to Thursdays. From Fridays to Sundays, public holidays and their eves, each person dines at S$35.20nett

Another popular crowd favourite, Y Cube Mookata Buffet is a no-frills dining experience if you don’t count the fact that you get to eat all you can while you’re there.

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If you find yourself in town past midnight with the munchies, why not head over for some grilled indulgence?

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5001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex, #02-45, Singapore 199588
Daily: 12nn – 6am
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12. Phuket Town Mookata

Unique for their 1kg Meat Mountains, Phuket Town Mookata is the place for you if you’ve got a giant appetite. Get the Mega Meat Mountain at S$39.90, or go all the way with beef with an additional S$10.

What is a mookata meal without refreshment? Complete the smoky savouriness with a reinvigorating Thai Red Milk Tea and Green Milk Tea at S$2 each

Ever popular, Phuket Town Mookata is usually crowded with tables of happy customers chatting over a languid meal of barbecued meat and steamy soups.

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40 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 560340
Wed to Mon: 6pm – 1am (Wed to Mon), Closed on Tue
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13. 2211 Mookata

This one goes out to the Westies who find themselves craving a late-night indulgence.

2211 Mookata, located at Block 907 Jurong West Street 91, serves up a signature marinade and chilli with a generous selection of meat and seafood. They’re often lauded for their Tom Yum Soup Base (S$3) which boasts a hot and tangy flavour perfect for a rainy day. Enjoy that with a wide variety of meat and seafood starting from S$1.90 per plate.

Complete that with their Signature Thai Iced Milk Tea for a cooling counterbalance to the heat and savouriness. Sounds like a feast if you ask me!

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Jurong West St 91, Block 907, Singapore 640907
Daily: 5pm – 3am (Daily)
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14. 888 Mookata

With three locations across Hougang, Bishan and Tampines, you have a more flexible selection with 888 Mookata.

Their generously sized hot plate fully maximises the BBQ and steamboat combination. Enjoy a set for four at S$45 or set for two at S$26. With a menu that caters to your group size, never feel left out by the selection of meat, vegetables and mushroom.

You’ll be spoilt for choice by the vast variety of meats to choose from, so remember the golden rule of any all-you-can-eat concept: start modestly, ask for seconds later. Do note that 888 Mookata is not taking reservations for the time being. 

Currently, all outlets are closed until 13 June 2021.

212 Hougang Street 21, Singapore 530212
Sun to Thu: 5pm – 12am
Fri & Sat: 5pm – 2am (Fri & Sat)
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