Showing posts with label Mookata. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mookata. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Tam Chiak Kopitiam - The Most Trendy Coffeeshop In Hougang by Chew Chor Meng, MissTamChiak and Zhou Chong Qing


Tam Chiak Kopitiam, located at Blk 212 Hougang Street 21, is a dream come true for Mediacorp actor Chew Chor Meng. Together with partners including MissTamChiak (Maureen Ow) and Zhou Chong Qing, they have transformed the previous coffeeshop into a modern and trendy space. The name "Tam Chiak" is derived from their partner MissTamChiak, a renowned food writer in Singapore known for promoting our local hawker culture.


Upon entering Tam Chiak Kopitiam, you'll notice the familiar Yeo Yeo Huat signboard, which holds sentimental value as it originated from the popular Mediacorp TV series "118", in which both Chew Chor Meng and Chong Qing acted. This cherished signboard from the longest-running Chinese drama produced by Mediacorp is now proudly displayed in Tam Chiak Kopitiam, evoking nostalgia and fond memories.

888 Mookata



When the new team took over the coffeeshop, they decided to revitalize the food offerings, retaining only two stalls from the previous establishment. One of them is 888 Mookata, a venture by Chew Chor Meng and Chong Qing. To celebrate its reopening, 888 Mookata is running a 15% discount promotion for eight days.

Chef De Pasta



The other stall that the team chose to keep is Chef De Pasta, a Western food stall with a loyal following and glowing Google reviews for its restaurant-standard dishes at affordable coffeeshop prices. The humble stall owner, with prior experience as a hotel chef, brings a wealth of culinary expertise to the table. Many reviewers particularly recommend its Japanese fried garlic rice, which is a delightful addition to its menu.

Dan Lao (蛋佬)



Tam Chiak Kopitiam also showcases an exciting lineup of young hawkers. One of the new stalls is Dan Lao (蛋佬), which gained popularity at Maxwell Food Centre. Led by a team of young hawkers, Dan Lao is renowned for their fluffy egg omelette over fragrant rice, paired with various toppings such as luncheon meat, chicken cutlet, and char siew. It's best enjoyed with their fragrant homemade sambal, prepared from scratch.

Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang



Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang, a Michelin Plate restaurant with multiple outlets in Singapore, opens its doors at Tam Chiak Kopitiam. Founded by ex-cabin crew Noorman and his wife, they bring their signature Ayam Taliwang to the coffeeshop, offering a tantalizing taste of Indonesian cuisine. Furthermore, they will introduce a new Halal-certified Curry Rice concept, adding diversity to the local culinary scene.

Flaky Haus



Flaky Haus at Tam Chiak Kopitiam breaks away from the traditional coffeeshop offerings by specializing in freshly baked croissants with different fillings such as tuna and egg mayo. They also offer a selection of cakes to pair with a cup of traditional local coffee or tea.

Wen Kang Ji



Wen Kang Ji, known for their renowned Wanton Mee at Golden Mile Food Centre, takes a different culinary direction at Tam Chiak Kopitiam. Instead of selling wanton mee, they offer Big Prawn Noodles and Teochew Style Red Grouper Fish Soup, accompanied by delectable side dishes like fried dumplings and wantons, ensuring a satisfying and complete meal experience.

Oppa Kitchen



Oppa Kitchen, a Korean stall by Singaporean singer Ang Jun Yang, is helmed by Korean Chef Nick, who brings his extensive experience cooking authentic Korean cuisine. Alongside classic dishes like Bibimbap, Army Stew Ramyeon, Rabokki, and Bulgogi, they introduce local-inspired creations such as Chilli Crab Korean Fried Chicken and Curry Fried Chicken, offering a fusion of Korean and local flavours.

De Sinn Chicken Rice



De Sinn Chicken Rice, a personal favourite of Chong Qing in Yishun, is a stall beloved for its delectable Chicken Rice. With its origins in Novena and a second outlet in Yishun, this brainchild of 31-year-old Dervin, an animation graduate, has garnered a loyal following. The quality and taste of their Chicken Rice keep customers returning week after week. I also heard it will be a Halal-certified stall.

Ru Ji Kitchen



Ru Ji Kitchen, a popular fishball noodle stall, expands its presence to Tam Chiak Kopitiam after successfully operating in hawker centres. Joanne's father in Holland founded this family-run business and has expanded to two additional outlets at Old Airport Road and Redhill. Renowned for its handmade fishballs and homemade sambal, Ru Ji Kitchen delivers authentic flavours and culinary craftsmanship in each bowl.


Tam Chiak Kopitiam offers an array of delightful options, showcasing the passion and expertise of its partners and stall owners. From traditional flavours to innovative concepts, this coffeeshop is a haven for food enthusiasts seeking a diverse and satisfying culinary experience.

Tam Chiak Kopitam
Blk 212 Hougang Street 21
Singapore 530212
Nearest MRT: Kovan (NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 6am - 12midnight

1) Alight at Kovan MRT station. Take Exit C. Turn left and walk towards Kovan Hawker Centre. At Kovan Hawker Centre, turn left and walk straight to block 211 towards the bowling centre. At block 211 cut through the carpark and walk to destination. It is just beside the bowling centre. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Happy Pot (锅锅乐) @ Ah Hood Road - Launches 1 Metre Long Mookata Platter With 1kg Worth Of Food


Nestled within HomeTeamNS club Balestier, Happy Pot (锅锅乐) offers both hotpot and barbecue options with mookata sets and a variety of ingredients. They have recently launched their special 1 Metre Platter Set ($29.90+) featuring 1kg worth of food.


The mookata set comes with a creamy and milky tonkotsu broth, and pork fat cubes are provided to get the barbeque grills ready. The 1m long wooden board showcases six varieties of proteins, with meats such as chicken, pork and seafood. While it was meant to share between 3 to 4 diners, we felt that the amount sufficed for two.


The chicken and pork meats were well-marinated, and we enjoyed the prawns, sotong rings and asari clams too. It was made even better when the food was paired with their homemade sweet, tangy chilli sauce.


There is also a selection of mixed vegetables and other familiar hotpot ingredients, such as the sausages, mushrooms, cabbage, crab sticks, glass noodles and eggs.


Photos and words by Crystal. A girl who likes to eat, photograph, and write about food, and dreams about travelling around the world one day. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Happy Pot
HometeamNS-JOM Balestier
31 Ah Hood Road
Singapore 329979
Nearest MRT: Toa Payoh (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sun: 4pm - 10pm

1) Alight at Toa Payoh MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to HDB Hub. Continue walking to Orange Tee building. Cross the road at the overhead bridge further down the road. Turn right at Toa Payoh Swimming Complex. Cut across the park and take across the expressway using the overhead bridge. Cross the canal and walk to destination. Journey time about 20 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Toa Payoh MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Toa Payoh Bus Interchange (Stop ID 52009). Take bus number 139. Alight 4 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]

3) Alight at Toa Payoh MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to bus stop at Toa Payoh MRT station along Toa Payoh Lorong 2 (Stop ID 52189). Take bus 56, 105 or 153. Alight 1 stop later. Cross the canal. Cut through the cluster of HDB flats and carpark towards block 103 onto Ah Hood Road. Continue walking until the end of Ah Hood Road. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Quan Fa Mookata @ Jurong East - A Farm To Table Mookata Concept By Local & Regional Farmers


Mookata made healthy by Quan Fa Organic - right at Quan Fa Mookata located deep inside a neighborhood coffee shop at Jurong East. An initiative by Quan Fa Organic, this farm to table concept is an collaboration with our local and regional farmers, serving you only chilled meats, not frozen ones, organic vegetables, kampong eggs and homemade dipping sauces. You will see no store-bought processed foods on your table.

Set for 2

Our Set for 2 ($38) includes choice of 2 chilled marinated meat (small) from the selection of chicken, pork, beef and lamb, 2 prawns and frog legs, fish paste and a basket of seasonal vegetables. You can also choose to add on extra meat, vegetables and rice.


When our tray of meats was being served, for a moment, I felt I was having a Japanese hotpot in an upmarket restaurant - such exquisite plating for a Mookata in a coffeeshop! The Chicken Thigh is marinated with chili & tamarind, Pork Collar with basil and lemongrass and the Frog Legs are also marinated beforehand with Huadiao Jiu and wolfberries. These chilled meats are supplied by Toh Thye San Farm, Fresh Fish Paste from Ha Li Fa (Bobo Fishball) and frog legs from Jurong Frog Farm.

Fish Paste, Meats

Commercial fish paste or fishballs to me are like mock meats, made with lots of flour and flavour masked by seasonings. However this Fish Paste is clean tasting using fresh fish flesh and natural seasoning from herbs and spices, including dills! As for the chicken and pork, even though the meats were being cut a tad too small, they tasted pretty good in terms of flavour and texture. The shredded cabbage underneath the meats, they are salvaged from the unused exterior layer and are natural sweetener for your broth. So do throw them all into your broth once the meats are gone!


One thing to highlight is that greasing your skillet is not your usual lard chunks, but a premium imported A2 milk Desi Ghee, which many may not know has medicinal properties as per ayurveda. Its high smoking point makes it even more apt for barbeque.


The stars on the table, I feel are the broth and the basket of fresh greens. Both leafy and root vegetables simmered together with 2 whole freshly chicken daily, resulting in a very light but flavourful broth. The sweet corns were bursting with sweetness even after being in the boiling broth for a while. The egg is from Uncle William’s Lian Wah Hang Quail & Poultry Farm which is so fresh that you can have it raw too or as an egg dip like that of sukiyaki.


Beware of this harmless looking bowl of homemade Suki sauce, it whets appetite really well. Concocted with a blend of fresh organic birdseye chilli, garlic, Thai miso paste and apple cider, it lifts the flavour of the meat with a bright acidity, along with just a bit of fiery kick.


Heartier options for meat would be Smoky & Spicy Beef Striploin and Cumin & Rosemary Lamb (each $12 for 130g) which you can sear them to the degree of doneness desired. Though they are quality meats, I find them too overly seasoned, especially for the beef.


Farm to table experiences in Singapore are more often than not glorified and sit in the Lifestyle category. To find one in heartland is indeed rare and more so when Quan Fa Mookata is in the most western region! To be honest, the portions are too dainty for Mookata but what I appreciate is the kampong spirit embedded in the concept. This kampong spirit if not preserved and passed on in various ways, will soon be lost in our little island as more and more farms are being bulldozed for the name of developments.

Photos and words by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Quan Fa Mookata
Blk 318 Jurong East Street 31
Singapore 600318
Nearest MRT: Chinese Garden (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon, Wed-Sun: 6pm - 1030pm
(Closed on Tue)

1) Alight at Chinese Garden MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to traffic junction of Boon Lay Way and Jurong East Street 31. Cross the road. Walk down Jurong East Street 31. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Suki Thai Steamboat and Thai Cuisine @ Golden Mile Complex


Suki Thai Steamboat and Thai Cuisine is the latest addition in Golden Mile Complex. The month old restaurant serves not only Thai Steamboat but also Mookata as well as some authentic Thai dishes. Suki Thai offers both set menu as well as a la carte dishs for its Thai steamboat and mookata.

Thai Steamboat 4.2/5

The Thai Steamboat comes in two soup base, Chicken and Tom Yum. Among the group, we seems to prefer the tom yum more than the chicken soup base. The sour-spicy broth seems to be even more tastier after cooking the ingredient in it, infusing all the essence.

Mookata 4/5

Suki Thai started off with only steamboat has since introduced Mookata on their menu after feedback from patrons. The beauty of dining at Suki Thai, especially in a big group, you get to enjoy both the Thai Steamboat as well as the Mookata.

All in One Combo Set Menu

As Suki Thai is still new, they are also still adjusting their food offering as well as the pricing, gathering feedback from patrons. On the combo set menu they have the Vegetable Combo ($14.90), Meat Combo ($24.50) and Seafood Combo ($29.50). To be competitive, Suki Thai has since introduced the All in One Combo Set Menu ($40) which comes with everything; seafood, meat and vegetable. It is really value for money.

Wagyu Beef

Kurobota Pork

Suki Thai also offers some selection of premium items on the menu such as the Wagyu Beef ($22), Kurobota Pork ($22), Baby Abalone ($26) and Canadian Big Scallop ($16). I like the fact that the meat at Suki Thai is not thinly sliced, which comes with a nice bite.

Jade Noodle 4.2/5

The ala care items at Suki Thai comes in different coloured code which determines the pricing starting from $2.50 per plate. One item not to be missed in the Jade Noodle which is the same noodle served in MK Steamboat in Thailand. This is like your wanton mee noodle served cooked. It is super springy and so good that I can eat on its own.

Crispy Fish Skin 3/5

Thai Fishcake and Cheese Hotdog 3.5/5

The thing about having steamboat or mookata is to wait for the soup to boil and then cooking the ingredients. Sometimes the wait is just too long for the hungry stomach. Worry not as Suki Thai also offers some delectable light snacks and food to fill up the stomach first such as the Crispy Fish Skin, Thai Fishcake and Cheese Hotdog.

Mango Salad 4/5

We also asked the kitchen to prepare for us a plate of Mango Salad the "real" Thai way without tuning down for the local palate. Instantly I can taste Thailand burning in my mouth, it was so fiery that I felt I was knocked out by a muay thai boxer.



Besides the trio offering of Thai Steamboat, Mookata and Thai cuisine at Suki Thai, I like the spacious spacing at Suki Thai compare to the the other restaurants in golden mile complex. Having steamboat and mookata can be quite a sweaty event. The air conditioned and spacious spacing means no more squeezing and sharing tables with strangers.

Suki Thai Steamboat and Thai Cuisine
Golden Mile Complex
5001 Beach Road
Singapore 199588
Tel: +65 62913313
Nearest MRT: Nicoll Highway (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm - 11pm

1) Alight at Nicoll Highway. Take Exit A. Take the bridge and walk to the junction of Java Road and Beach Road. Turn right onto Beach Road. Continue on Beach Road and walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Siam Square Mookata @ Jurong East

photo credit: BITES

Have you read the March issue of BITES - The Scoop of on Good Eats? Yes, SG Food on Foot is on the blogger hot seat for the month of March, going toe-to-toe with the team at BITES for a buffet lunch at Siam Square Mookata, Jurong East. Check out my interview where I shared which is my MRT station and review on Siam Square Mookata.


I was told that there is a new Mookata place in the west and it is located inside a coffeeshop. Together with the folks at BITES we headed down to Siam Square Mookata to check out the affordable Thai style steamboat. Most of the items on the menu only cost $1.80 per plate while the eat all you can buffet is only $29 per pax.


Siam Square Mookata offers three types of chilli sauce dips for the Thai style steamboat. The dark coloured sauce is sweeter which is suitable for children. The green Thai chilli sauce is a bit spicier with a hint of sourness. However the star is the red coloured chilli sauce, this is da bomb and it packed a punch. It goes very well with most of the ingredients.

Mookata 3.8/5

Unlike many mookata places the skillet pot is non-stick. Hence there is no need to use pork lard to grease the surface before bbq the ingredients. The ingredients are served in stackable trays or plates which is actually quite tidy and neat.

Mookata 3.8/5

Two interesting ingredients among the extensive selection caught my eyes which is Fuzhou Fishball and Fish Paste Noodles. I am actually quite surprises to see Fuzhou fishball in the menu as it is not part of Thai cuisine. This shows the wide selections of ingredients you can get at Siam Square Mookata. A must try item here is the Fish Paste Noodles. It has a very interesting and springy textures that comes with a very enjoyable bite to it.

Black Pepper Beef 4/5

Pork Belly 3.8/5

While I find the meat too thinly sliced but I like the marination. The Black Pepper Beef stood out for me for its peppery kick.

Vegetable Platter

Not all items on the menu are priced at $1.80 per plate. Some premium items such as the oysters, squids, prawns, smoked duck, scallops etc are priced at $2.80 per plate, a dollar more. Even so, I think it is still quite reasonable and affordable.

Overall I have enjoyed my meal at Siam Square Mookata. I like the extensive selection of ingredients available on the menu, even stuff such as Fuzhou fishball, fish paste noodles etc. Lastly the star at Siam Square Mookata has to be their power chilli sauce. It damn shiok.

Siam Square Mookata
Blk 134 Jurong Gateway Road
Singapore 600134
Tel: +65 82470444
Nearest MRT: Jurong East (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm - 11pm

1) Alight at Jurong East MRT station. Take Exit A. Turn left and walk towards the bus interchange. Cut through the bus interchange and cross the road. Walk straight along block 135. At the end of the block, turn right and walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]