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19 Mar 2019

A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying Mookata (with Recommendations!)

A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying Mookata (with Recommendations!)

Unless you have been living under a rock, you would know that Mookata has been the new dining craze amongst diners.

Roti Prata used to be the in-thing for late night suppers and group gatherings. These days, more diners and turning to Mookata to satisfy their late-night hunger pangs. Hailing for Thailand, this dish is a more filling and wholesome alternative to Roti Prata. An amalgamation of barbecue and steamboat, it is sure to satisfy your taste buds!

If you are totally new to Mookata, then no worries because we have got you covered. We have put together a beginner-friendly guide to enjoying Mookata the right way. Stay tuned to the end for some of the best Mookata Restaurants in Singapore!


Step 1: Choose Your Meat, Vegetables and Seafood

When you reach a Mookata restaurant, you can opt for your choice of meat or seafood. While Mookata is traditionally enjoyed with pork and prawns in Thailand, most Mookata restaurants in Singapore offer a broader range of poultry, red meat and seafood.

You can find almost anything from hot dogs, luncheon meat, scallops, sea urchin balls and even abalone slices!


Step 2: Cook the Pork Fat

Instead of regular margarine or oil used in normal barbecues, Mookata uses pork fat. Many diners merely rub the pork fat on the surface of the grill, but this isn’t the best way to enjoy the barbecue. Instead, simply leave some of the pork fat on the surface of the grill and let it melt.

It will eventually give you a smooth and oily surface to grill your meat! Using this method helps you spread the lard evenly on the grill and also gives you a stronger and more heavenly taste.

Let the pork lard drip into the soup for a meatier and most sumptuous broth!


Step 3: Cook Your Meat in the Soup

While waiting for the pork fat to melt, toss in some of your meat, vegetables and seafood in the moat surrounding the grill. Unlike traditional Mookata from Thailand that use plain water, Mookata shops in Singapore use a lightly flavoured broth to give the dish more flavour.

Seafood, meat and vegetables typically take longer to cook in soup than on the grill, so make sure you toss them in the soup first!


Step 4: Grill Meat in Pork Fat

This is the fun part!

After the pork fat has completely melted, place the meat and seafood evenly on the grill. Try to avoid flipping the items too often. Also, it is not recommended to cook vegetables on the grill, so save your leafy greens for the Mookata soup.

If you find that the grill is no longer sticky, simply toss a cube of pork lard or two and wait for it to melt before cooking the meat and seafood again!


Authentic Mookata Restaurants in Singapore


Feeling hungry yet? Don’t start heading to the nearest Mookata restaurant just yet! We have done our research and compiled a list of places for you to get the authentic Mookata experience. So if you and your kakis are up for some legit Thai food, then give these restaurants a try!


Mookata Group

Mookata Group Restaurant

The Mookata Group has numerous Mookata restaurants around Singapore. These restaurants serve a huge variety of seafood, meat, and fresh vegetables. They are known for their premium selection of meat including Kurobuta Pork, Wagyu Beef, Black Angus Beef and Honey Baked Ham. Make sure you give these dishes a try if you decide to head to the Mookata Group.



  • 200 Victoria Street, #02-53 Bugis Junction, Singapore (188021)
  • 103 East Coast Road, Singapore (428797)
  • 81 Lorong Chencharu, #01-04, Singapore (769198)


Opening Hours:

  • Monday-Sunday: 11:30am-10.00pm
  • Monday-Thursday: 5.00pm-12.00am
    Friday: 5.00pm-1.00am
    Saturday: 12.00pm-1.00am
    Sunday: 12.00pm-12.00am
  • Monday-Thursday: 5.00pm-12.00am
    Friday: 5.00pm-1.00am
    Saturday: 12.00pm-1.00am
    Sunday: 12.00pm-12.00am


Before heading over to their locations at Bugis Junction, Katong and Yishun, make sure you purchase vouchers to save 10% on your Mookata experience! 


Talay Kata

Talay Kata Mookata Restaurant

Talay Kata offers a huge spread of meat, seafood and vegetables as well as a variety of interesting soup bases like Salted Egg Yolk Soup to give diners a unique and awesome dining experience. This buffet-style Mookata restaurant is known for offering perfectly seasoned meat and seafood that packs a punch of flavour. You can enjoy their high-grade beef, pork, slipper lobsters, mussels, squids and many more at this restaurant! If you are feeling extra hungry, try giving their beef platter a try!


Address: 181 Orchard Road, #08-04/05 Orchard Central, Singapore (238896)


Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 11:30am-3.00pm, 6.00pm-10.00pm
Saturday-Sunday, Eve of Public Holidays & Public Holidays: 11:30am-5.00pm, 6.00pm-10.00pm


What’s even better than being able to enjoy a luxurious Mookata experience is being able to save, and save BIG! When you pre-purchase your voucher at Talay Kata on ChopeDeals, you can enjoy up to 35% off on your Mookata buffet experience.


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