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miss ene eats: Mookata talk

We noticed that recently, there has been a proliferation of Thai charcoal steamboat places. Another one sprouted up in our neighbourhood recently and because I was in the mood for meat (MEAT! COME TO ME!), mum and I headed to the newly-opened outlet called Huay Kwang Thai @ Thomson. It is located in the same row as the prata stall and 24-hour bak chor mee stall, Meng Kitchen (which is also one of my favourites because of the vinegar – YUMS!!).

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When this place first opened and we walked past it, it was filled to capacity! Mum remarked: Wah, so popular ah? After a quick search on the internet, I just realised that it is actually a branch of the original outlet at Jalan Besar.

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We were there on a weekday evening so no problems getting a table but I have to add that it did fill up pretty quickly. We got the set for 2 (can’t remember what it was called) but here’s what you get for $39.90.

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The bits of lard you see at the top act as oil. There were pork, pork belly, chicken, fish, squid and also pork liver (which I hate). There were also some cabbage, kangkong, tang hoon and an egg (not in picture).

This is how Thai charcoal steamboat looks like:

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You grill food at the top plate and at the sides, you get the soup so it’s the best of both worlds! Mum got a tad enthusiastic with the soup broth and filled it up a little to much so we ended up with too little space on the grill for a while. Ha.

The verdict? It was decent food but not something I’d hanker after. The meats were nicely marinated and the soup broth was pretty decent but nothing out of this world. The general clientele were teenagers in groups (think large groups eating a lot of food) and young adults (i.e. in university, just started work, etc). In fact, we saw a girl clutching a bunch of flowers with her boyfriend trying to get a table. I guess they were trying to celebrate an early Valentine’s dinner.

There’s another Mookata (that’s what Thai charcoal steamboat is called, apparently) stall down the road called “Thai Me Up” (gotta love the cute name) and we’ve tried it previously. Similar in price but the quality and taste left much to be desired. Between “Thai Me Up” and “Huay Kwang Thai”, I’d choose the latter.

In my opinion, a good place for Mookata would be Charcoal Thai at Kovan. The ambience is a little more upmarket and the quality of food is better. Also, you can have typical Thai dishes if you don’t fancy Mookata.

Have you tried Thai charcoal steamboat? Any good quality ones to recommend?

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