Dinner @ Ladyboy Steamboat & Mookata Cheese

September 30, 2017 in Thai by thywhaleliciousfay

There’s always those moments when my colleagues and I work late but are too hungry to just head home. And I would always be craving for Korean BBQ. However, with our office located in Paya Lebar, we don’t have any Korean restaurants nearby that’s opened after 11pm. So one night, while working overtime again, my colleagues and I decided to do Thai BBQ instead of Korean BBQ. Thus, our visit to Ladyboy Mookata. And what made me really excited about checking out Ladyboy Mookata was for their cheeses.

Reservation was made for 4 via Chope just 1 hour prior to our 9pm visit. Yah, we didn’t work as late as we usually would when we do work late.

Between a-la carte and buffet ($29.90) options, my colleagues and I decided to go withe latter because we were really hungry and figured we could eat our money worth. Typical buffet-ers mentality. Keke. And from the menu (pages 1, 2), we ordered:-

1) Side grill with options of:-

(A) Ladyboy egg (above, right)

(B) Ladyboy cheese, mozzarella cheese (above)

(C) Golden salted egg cheese (above, left)

(D) Truffle cheese (above, right) – This was a flavour that’s not on the menu. But the manager (or maybe the owner) must have seen how much we were enjoying the cheeses that he offered us the truffle cheese when we went for seconds. So, so good.

2) Buffet items (meat) (above) with options of:-

(A) N1: Pork belly (above)

(B) N2: Pork collar (above)

(C) N4: Bacon (above)

(D) N5: Pork belly shabu (above)

(E) N6: Pork collar shabu (above) –

(F) N8: Bacon wrapped enoki (above)


(G) N13: Cray fish (above) – When we first took the crayfish from the counter to our table, the staff demonstrated how to deshell the crayfish. After which, 1 of my colleagues tried and got addicted to deshelling these and went on to deshell at least 20 for us.

(H) N14: Squid (above)

(I) N16: White prawn (above, left)

(J) N17: Scallop (above, right)

(K) N22: Hot dog (above)

(L) N23: Luncheon meat (above)

(M) N31: Sea urchin ball (above)

(N) N34: Abalone slices (above) – We ordered this because it’s abalone. But honestly, we doubt these were meant for grilling. Think these are more appropriate for steamboat ($5 top-up) instead.

3) Buffet items (vegetables) with options of:-

(A) V7: Sweet corn (above) – We didn’t really know what to do with this. We ended up not touching it. Hmm.

(B) V10: Beancurd king (above)

(C) V11: Quail egg (above)

(D) V12: Golden mushroom (above)

(E) V15: King oyster mushroom (above)

4) Desserts (above) – And ice creams are freeflow for buffet diners. Flavours included Thai milk tea, brownies & cream, milo crunch, vanilla and mango.

Will I recommend Ladyboy Steamboat & Mookata Cheese? A definite yes from me. Buffet price for adult on weekday was $29.90 net, which we felt was very reasonable. And I really liked the cheeses. I enjoyed wrapping my cooked ingredients with the melted cheese. And do scrap the cheese (off the grill) and eat it when it’s slightly burnt at the bottom. So tasty.

But of course, finding a parking lot in Geylang can be slightly tricky. And as with most BBQ places, one would leave the eatery reeking of smoke. But it was a very nice initiative by the restaurant that they provided big bag for us to keep our bags in and ziplock bags for our mobile phones.

644 Geylang Road, Singapore
9062 6953, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Fri : 18:00 – 02:00
Ambience: 6
Sat : 17:00 – 02:00
Value: 8
Sun : 17:00 – 01:00
Service: 7

Dinner @ Tom Yum Kungfu

January 11, 2015 in Thai by thywhaleliciousfay

It’s odd but I seem to have run out of ideas as to where to head off for meals. Don’t we all have such ‘off days’? Please say yes! =p

As such, with a mental block of not being able to think of somewhere new, I suggested to my friend to head back to Tom Yum Kungfu since I was craving for BBQ. A BBQ which wasn’t Japanese or Korean too.

Similar to my first visit back in August 2014, my friend and I came without reservation. And we were fortunate as we were led to the table within 10 minutes although the place was bustling with people.

And the only way to eat mookata was to order Thai-style steamboat where only sets were available. And comparing to my previous visit, I noticed they have since updated their set menus to give customers better value.

In the old menu, the differences between the $38 and $45 set were a packet of noodle and (slightly) bigger prawns which did not make much of a difference to me. Getting the $38 set with additional Thai Mama noodles at $1.80 would still be cheaper than $45.

But in the revised menu, the differences between the $39.90 and $49.90 were additional toman fish strips, surimi crab stick, roast pork, pork belly cheese rolls and Thai mama noodle.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Steamboat, $39.90 (regular, 2-3 pax) comprised of:

(A) Soup (above) – Instead of the conventional gas pot, traditional charcoal pot was used where a dome-shaped grill with a soup trough was placed over charcoal embers. However, cause the soup trough was pretty shallow, it was a little difficult to scoop the soup with the spoon when the level of soup was low.

(B) Pork, pork belly, scallops, prawns, fish cake, & assorted vegetables basket (above) – When the tray of ingredients was served, not sure why I even thought we could have been served beef but I actually asked the staff if the meat was pork. And I was told that they could change it to chicken if we wanted. I liked it that while the pork was sliced thinly (but not shabu shabu type of thin) for grilling, the meat did not disintegrate easily. Yum! And for anyone curious about the lard, place it at the top of the dome-shaped grill for the oil to drip down as one barbecues.

2) Thai mama noodles, $1.80 (above)

3) Deep fried kang kong, $13 (small) (above) – This was really good. In Japanese (food( language, this would be kang kong tempura! Crunchy and addictive. And it was a pleasant surprise as there were prawn and fish tempura too!

4) Claypot mussel, $14 (above)

Will I recommend Tom Yum Kungfu? Definitely! I liked how cheerful the place was, with red being the domineering colour, together with rainbow lights and posters. Service was superb too. The staff would patiently explain the menu (which was especially useful for first timers) and would automatically top up the soup.

The only con, which would also be the issue most places like this face, was that we left the place smelling pretty bad. And no, one won’t smell any better even if one chose to sit outside, along the pavement. Speaking from experience since I sat indoors and outdoors on my 2 visits! =)

56 Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore
6285 0345, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Tue – Fri : 11:30 – 15:00 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Tue – Fri : 18:00 – 22:30 (Dinner)
Value: 7
Sat – Sun : 11:30 – 22:30 (Dinner)
Service: 8
* Closed on Mon

Lunch @ Nakhon Kitchen

October 8, 2014 in Thai by thywhaleliciousfay

Our initial plan was to brunch, but we decided to have Thai instead. Especially after hearing Nakhon Kitchen, which is in my girlfriend’s hood, being pretty popular. We reached at 12pm on a Saturday. And while we knew there would be a queue, what we were not expecting was for the queue to be really long!

As it neared our turn to be allocated a table, the staff passed us the menu so that we could quickly order as soon as we were seated. And we waited for approximately 30 minutes before we were finally seated.

I would say Nakhon Kitchen is a place for a fuss-free meal. It’s a non-air conditioned eatery with tables placed within and outside of the shop unit. We were seated outside and were fortunate that the weather was cooling that day. =)

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Homemade Thai prawn cake (4 pcs), $12 (above) – We liked how Nakhon Kitchen was generous with the ingredients. Breaded chunks of minced prawns and vegetables deep fried to perfection. Nice.

2) Stir-fried kang kong belachan, $6 (above)

3) Tom yam soup (clear base), $6 (above) – For this, one can choose between clear or thick base, and choice of prawn, seafood or chicken. And our clear soup was deceivingly spicy! Needless to say, we did not manage to finish the soup

4) Pineapple fried rice, $6 (above)

5) Phad Thai noodles, $5 (above)

6) Mango sticky rice served w/ coconut milk, $5 (above) – This was not too bad. I liked that the sticky rice was really chewy, although I would have preferred the mango to be sweeter.

7) Thai ice tea, $3 (above) – It could be due to the spicy tom yum soup or it could be the milk thai was really tasty that I finished my drink even before all dishes were served. Ha.

That said, Nakhon Kitchen is recommended for a quick (minus the queuing) and fuss-free meal. With its affordable prices, I say drop by for some Thai food if you are in Kovan. One can also follow up with some desserts (cakes and waffles) at Hatter Street which is just a few units away!

Blk 212 Hougang Street 21, #01-341, Singapore
6286 8785
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Sun : 12:00 – 15:00 (Lunch)
Ambience: 6
Mon – Sun : 17:30 – 22:00 (Dinner)
Value: 6
Service: 6