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