Conquering buffets are one of my greatest purposes in life. In my view, every special occasion calls for one. That’s how much I love them.
Nevertheless, I’m sure we all have that one friend who’s just not that big of an eater. They usually end up not getting their money’s worth in a buffet, which is a pity.
However, this mookata stall in Bukit Merah has just the solution for that!
Located in Kim San Leng coffeeshop, CLAW Mookata operates like every other mookata stalls out there.
They’re especially well-known for their Free Flow Buffet (S$29.90/pax), which is one of the most affordable mookatas in Singapore.
As enticing as their buffet was, we gave it a miss. That’s because we were actually there to conquer their Mega Meat Mountain (S$39.90).
True to its name, this Mega Meat Mountain features a towering stack of meat in the centre. That said, though, I bet you’re thinking that they probably hid something within to fill it up.
I thought the same too, but it turns out that the mountain was made out of pure meat!
We learnt that there were actually five different types of meat which formed this masterpiece.
Not only that, but according to the owner, just the meats alone weighed a total of 1kg.
Since mookata is a combination of a steamboat and barbecue, the platter also included several steamboat ingredients.
From Crabsticks to Mushroom Meatballs to Hotdogs, you can expect an impressive lineup of side ingredients.
You can also bet that, together with the meats, this was one incredibly heavy platter.
With all that said, we couldn’t wait to dig in!
We started off with CLAW Mookata’s Signature Pork Belly.
Despite its thin cut, the pork belly was still phenomenally juicy.
It also had a soft crisp from all the intense searing.
Apparently, the marinade they use for the pork belly is from a secret recipe. No wonder it tasted so divine even on its own!
Moving onto the meat mountain itself, the first of the five meat flavours was the Green Curry Chicken. With a light olive-green hue, it wasn’t something that mookatas usually offer.
However, this Green Curry Chicken turned out to be my favourite meat from the platter.
We picked up a very unique herbaceous flavour that had permeated the chicken thoroughly.
Coupled with a tinge of saltiness, it was unlike anything we’ve ever tried.
The second meat from the pile was the Tom Yum Pork Collar.
True enough, the pork collar packed a sour tang which was reminiscent of tom yum.
With a spicy kick as well, it was definitely a refreshing alternative to the usual marinades.
The Black Pepper Chicken, right off the bat, was something I was extremely nervous to try. Spicy food isn’t exactly my forte, you see.
That said, it was evident that they rubbed every inch of the chicken with a generous coat of black pepper.
Looks certainly weren’t deceiving in this case as the chicken absolutely packed a punch! I could feel the back of my throat burning, though I reckon that spice-lovers will enjoy it.
On the other hand, the Sesame Chicken tasted slightly familiar to our Asian palates.
I particularly enjoyed the strong umami flavour which lingered in my mouth with every bite.
The last of the five meat flavours was the Garlic Pork.
Before we could devour it, Andrew, the owner, warned us that there had been mixed reviews about this particular meat.
Their marinade differs slightly from the usual garlic marinade, according to him. As such, not many people may like it.
Indeed, there was a strong astringency from the garlic. However, they cleverly balanced it out with salty notes which made it much more palatable.
While we must admit that the meats were super indulgent on their own, the chilli sauces were also enjoyable.
CLAW Mookata serves up three different kinds of chilli sauce: spicy, tangy and sweet.
Of the three, our favourite was the slightly sour one.
We felt that the subtle hint of sourness served as a great palate cleanser. Not only that, but it also helped to cut across the greasiness of all the meats.
Of course, we didn’t forget about the steamboat portion!
The steamboat came with a chicken and pork-flavoured soup.
But in true mookata style, we allowed the flavourful juices from the barbecue to flow down before digging into it.
It certainly made a difference, I’ll tell you that! The soup was much richer in flavour, and our steamboat items absorbed it all up.
Of the wide variety of side ingredients, my favourite was the Thai Fishcake.
With a perfectly chewy texture, it packed a subtle kick which actually reminded me of otah.
You can’t go wrong with their Cheese Tofu as well, which oozed spectacularly with cheese as we bit into it.
Having obliterated the Mega Meat Mountain, we were feeling tired and full, but also proud of our accomplishment.
We reckon five not-so-big eaters, or three hungry men, can conquer it.
Overall, CLAW Mookata really impressed us with their generous ingredients, as well as their well-marinated meats. We unanimously agreed that Mega Meat Mountain was absolutely value-for-money.
So if you buffets aren’t your thing, this alternative by CLAW Mookata will still satisfy those mookata cravings of yours. I seriously don’t think there’s a better deal anywhere else!
Expected Damage: S$39.90 per platter
Our Rating: 5 / 5
116 Bukit Merah View, Singapore 151116
116 Bukit Merah View, Singapore 151116