Food Trend Origins: Mookata
Mookata, essentially known as Mu krata in Thai, is a widely popular form of steamboat to enjoy in the Land of Smiles, but it has since transcended across the Thai borders and moved to countries like Singapore and Malaysia. Meat is first placed on top of a dome grill where they are cooked using pork lard. The oil from the meat and lard gradually drips down and into the surrounding broth to flavor the soup – allowing it to achieve its robust broth.
Mookata is typically enjoyed with ingredients like pork, lamb, mutton, beef, seafood and an assortment of vegetables, and is the perfect way to gather a group of friends or family together to enjoy a hearty meal. Though sinful, we don’t mind adding the few extra calories to our belts because they are often too good to resist!
Where did Mookata originate from?
Although many people have this preconception that they are originated from Korea, the origin of the steamboat stems from Korean and Chinese influences, adopting the cooking style of a Korean BBQ and a Chinese Steamboat. The reason for amalgamating these two variations of steamboat can also be attributed to the Thai’s love for steamboat and sukiyaki, and conjuring such a pairing can allow them to kill two birds with one stone.
One of the differences of Korean BBQ and Thai Mookata is that one uses a gas stove, while the latter uses charcoal so as to retain the flavors of the meat better. The Thai Mookata also utilizes a variety of Thai dipping sauces to go with their meat – many of which are sinfully addictive.
Where can you find Mookata in Singapore?
Today, more than 15 stores have popped up island while to cater to the rising trend of the steamboat. Since grilling meat and steamboat appeals to the majority of Singaporeans, many establishments have also cashed in on this trend – including restaurants such as Idle @ Dempsey which offers pizzas, tapas and pastas in their menu.
If you are spoilt for choice, we suggest you take a trip down to Golden Mile Complex where you will be presented with a couple of authentic Thai Mookata choices – and the best part is that every stall tastes equally good!