Superb Thai Charcoal BBQ at Red Hot Chlli Buddy Mookata at Tanjong Katong ~ หมูกระทะ

Red Hot Chilli Buddy Mookata Shopfront

Today we have another gathering for the purpose of celebrating my girlfriend’s sister graduation from UniSIM. We planned to have our dinner at Clarke Quay’s Hai Di Lao, but after calling and checking, we have to make reservations three weeks prior to the dinner ! Crazy ! We decided to give up our plan and booked for Red Hot Chilli Buddy Mookata instead.

Located along the busy street of Tanjong Katong, the restaurant hides in a near corner yet standing out with it bright signboard. it can be easier located, just nearby to the Caltex petrol station and there are ample public parking right behind the restaurant.

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Red Hot Chilli Buddy Mookata's special interior design

Comparing with other Mookata restaurant, Red Hot Chilli Buddy have shown their attitude with their chic modern interior. Colourful graffiti painted over the walls and paired with catchy thai-themed music, it allows you to dine in a great atmosphere. I believe this reflects on their positive attitude towards this restaurant as well. (They even designed the floor as well !)

Red Hot Chilli Buddy Mookata menu

The waiter greeted us politely and guided us to our reserved seats. Their menu is very simple and straightforward. They have two main type of ordering food – one is set meal for 2 to 5 pax or Ala Carte Buffet. As most of us are big eater, we opted for the Ala Carte Buffet (S$26.80++). They have their house-made specialty drinks as well which I think it is highly recommended that everyone should have a go, especially the green tea with milk.

Red Hot Chilli Mookata Big Pot !

Red Hot Chilli Buddy Mookata special chilli sauce !!!

Here comes the Mookata pot ! Unlike conventional pot which we gets in other Mookata restaurants, they have a bigger pot for soup and grilling. I didn’t really care much and just poured in all the food served into the pot without waiting for the rest to arrive.

While waiting for the food to cook, the shop owner brought our his chilli sauce. As explained, they have spent efforts inventing their own chilli sauces. The red sauce is spicy with a tint of sweetness which is recommended for meats while the green sauce is mixed with parsley and sesame, tasted more of citrus with spiciness recommended for seafood. In fact, both are good combination with either meats or seafood. The meats are fine-tuned with light marination, which allows you to get a good taste of the meats with the sauces. They have also a good variety of meats and veggies which you can choose from. PS: You should really try grilling the smoked duck and eat with the sauce, simply heavenly delicious !

Red Hot Chilli Buddy Special Thai Style Fish Paste

Another specialty is their invention Thai Style Fish Paste ($12.00++). The paste can either be grill or boil in the soup and both gives a unique taste. I preferred it the to be grilled as the taste is enhanced with the charred flavour from charcoal. It is also fun to squeeze the paste and create your own special design.

Good specialty drink, Good specialty chilli sauces and Good thai style fish paste, what else you can say for more in a Mookata ? I would highly recommend them for their services as well. We spent an average of $30+ per pax which I believe it is worthwhile. For those Mookata lovers, try to make an reservation before going down as though they are opened for only more than a month, they have been fully reserved for the past month !

Red Hot Chilli Buddy Mookata – Thai Charcoal BBQ
273 Tanjong Katong
Singapore 437056
Tel: +65 6447 0887

Affordable French Cuisine Dinner at Immanuel French Kitchen (Salute Casual Dining Coffeeshop)

After two months of constant reminder (or nagging) from my girlfriend, we finally visited the Singapore’s most “atas” Coffeeshop. In fact, we visited Salute Casual Dining coffeeshop in the late afternoon, but most of the food stalls were closed for preparation.

We returned again the late evening, about 8pm and the coffeeshop was packed with diners. Unlike other traditional coffeeshop, stalls at Salute Casual Dining coffeeshop focus more of european cuisine, which gives you a fresh experience of what could have been made up from a neighbourhood coffeeshop.

About Chef Immanuel Tee

Before I start off with my reviews on the dish, allow me to first introduce the chef, Immanuel Tee. The young local chef graduated from SunRice GlobalChef Academy and took his position as Keystone’s head chef at young age of 25. The young culinary talent has an impressive resume where he took his stints in some of the most prestigious restaurant such as Guy Savoy (Singapore), 2 Michelin Starred Pastorale Restuarant (Belgium), Le Bistrot de Sommelier (Singapore), JAAN Par Andre (Singapore) and Restuarant Andre (Singapore).

Exorbitant rent hike has forced Keystone to closed its door and Immanuel, whom attempted to open a restuarant but could not materialise due to financial constraints found his dream after deciding to set up a stall in a coffeeshop.

Pan-fried Foie Gras in Miso Soup (Entree) (S$16.50)

The Foie Gras was pan fried to slight charred texture and topped with seaweed and Japanese seasonings companied with some radish immersed into a bowl of miso soup. The Foie Gras tasted really creamy but I thought the seasonings has overpowered the freshness of the Foie Gras itself. My girlfriend did not really like the dish and think it is too rich for her.

Pork Belly Braised in Kakuni Style (Main) (S$16.90)

For me, I ordered a main which was their signature Pork Belly in Kakuni Style. The braised pork belly is accompanied with an Onsen egg, a bed of light potato foam with croutons and Duxelle of mushroom with onion and bacon. Each of them has its own distinctive taste. The pork belly tasted like those we have eaten before in traditional chinese restaurant while the combination of the sides enhanced the taste of the Pork Belly, bringing its taste to another level. However, the only downside – the pork belly was slightly overcooked and hard to chew on.

Having the idea to serve french cuisine in a neighbourhood coffeeshop is already attractive enough to catch your attention. Furthermore, serving decent french cuisine at affordable prices proved to be another attention seeker. If you are impressed with local talent and like french cuisine, this will be the stall to visit.

French Immanuel Kitchen
Blk 119, Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-40
Singapore 151119
Mobile: 9297 3285
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday – 12pm to 2.30pm (Lunch), 6pm to 9.30pm (Dinner)

Vietnamese Pho Pork Ribs Noodle and Drip Coffee at Pho Pho Telok Ayer Street

I was supposed to join my sister and her boyfriend for a jog at Punggol Park this evening but I could not make it as I was still stuck in my work and I had to forgo my exercise regime (it was the beginning of the regime actually). My sister had mentioned she wanted to have a massage after her jogging and we promptly booked for an appointment at Club Street’s Le Spa.

I picked up my girl friend and we arrived at Club Street early and decided to stroll along Amoy Street to look for some “small bites”. There was a few restaurants along the street, but none offered a small bite. We walked towards Amoy Street Food Centre, most of the stalls are not opened except for a Zi Char stall (I believed it was quite popular due to the crowd on a saturday night). I saw there was still some queue and thought I might not be able to reach the spa in time if waiting time is too long. Therefore, we skipped and walked into Telok Ayer Street.

Hidden in the dark street of Telok Ayer Street, the brightly lit signboard of the vietnamese cuisine restaurant caught my attention. We walked towards and asked for the menu and without much hesitation, I order a Pho Pork Rib Noodle and Vietnamese Drip Coffee. I was just in time for their last order at 9.30pm.

The Pho Pork Rib Noodles ($12.90)

While the friendly waiter that took our order set the cutleries on the table and poured us some cold water, I took a puff along the roadside. Before I could finish my stick of cigarette, a waitress came out with the noodle ! Unexpectedly fast !! Perhaps it is near closing time and crowd was not that much.

They have separated out the noodles and the garnishes so that one can choose what to add in for each personal taste. It also comes with a bowl of Keropok as well. I simply threw in all the parsley and mint leaves together with the lime juice and tuck it immediately. The soup base was clear and slight taste of citrous enhance my appetite (remember I was just looking for a small bite only). However, the only setback was the noodle soup was not hot enough, but that does not really affect the overall taste. The pork ribs was so soft and tender that you does not even requires any strength to chew the meat away from the bone. (^_^)

Vietnamese Drip Coffee (without milk – $3.50, with milk – $4.50)

I was concentrating savouring the noodles, the served the drip coffee and allows it drips slowly into the unique glass cup. By the time I had finishing savouring the noodles, the drip is almost done and the waitress came and remove the filter for us. The sugar / milk was already in the cup so what we had to do was to stir it and enjoy the coffee.

The cup of dripped coffee was relatively small and the colour resembled of an expresso shot. On the first sip, you could taste the acidity of the coffee and a lasting strong bitter after taste. Perhaps Vietnamese like their coffee sweet, i thought too much sugar or milk does cover up portion of the coffee’s original taste. Nevertheless, the vietnamese coffee definitely has its own unique taste and aroma.

Other Charges: 10% Service Charge, 7% GST
Payment Method: Accept Cash or NETS only

Pho Pho Vietnamese Cuisine
123 Telok Ayer Street
Singapore 068592
Tel: 6534 9741