MooJaa – Thai style Mookata Barbecue Sizzles and Surprises


Western BBQ, Chinese BBQ, Korean BBQ, yes yes yes, but Thai style Barbeque? That’s something different in Singapore, and Mookata shops (which means pork skillet or pork fryer) is opening up in places from Katong, Golden Mile to Keong Siak Road.

If you have eaten one of these barbecue hot-pot combination in the streets of Bangkok and Chiangmai, you will certainly want to crave for more.

MooJaa which has recently opened at Keong Siak Street (a few shops away from Keong Siak Snacks and diagonally opposite Kok Sen) has been attracting Thai patrons and groups of friends visiting because it reminds them of home.

The Mookata apparatus looks like a combination of the Korean BBQ with Chinese steamboat, where you grill the meat on a dome with soup surrounding it. The soup brewed by chicken and pork bone, is heated by a whiter looking Binchotan Japanese charcoal which creates less soot and also cooks more evenly.

If ordering Ala Carte is too troublesome, I would suggest going for the Set Moo (pork) or Set Gai (chicken) which comes with meat slices, prawn, pork balls, squid, hot dog, golden mushroom, vermicelli, xiao bai cai and kang kong which can feed two. Quite generous portions for its price of $39.90. (I would have thought ‘Moo’ would mean ‘cow’. Haha.)

Two things I noticed: The meat does not get ‘chao tar’ (burnt) easily, and the entire restaurant stays surprisingly smoke-free unlike some places where you leave smelling like a chimney or roast.

Some of the must-order side dishes are the Fish Skin ($6) and Cheese Ball ($8). Try soaking the fish skin in the soup for a few seconds and you will land up with a part-crisp part-soggy tasty combination. And the hot cheese that oozes out of the balls is ooh-laa-laa yummy.

MooJaa’s winning formula has to be the two dipping sauces – one spicy BBQ and the other sweet and sour seafood – which is said to be created from 31 different ingredients. A little suggestion, I would certainly like to see Tom Yum soup or Tom Yum sauce options one day.

MooJaa actually means “My lovely pig”, and the owner got inspired after he saw a girl poke her boyfriend’s belly after a meal. My belly definitely got bigger and rounder after this Moojaa meal. Burp!

[Giveaway Ended] – MooJaa Set Meals vouchers
MooJaa will be giving 2 sets of Set Moo or Set Gai meals to 2 lucky Daniel’s Food Diary readers. Each meal is for two persons.

All you need to do is to
Step 1: LIKES the FaceBook pages of Daniel’s Food Diary
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Step 3: Leave a comment below to name your favourite BBQ grill or hotpot ingredient you would like to see at MooJaa

Results will be announced Fri 14 Dec 2012. Contest winners must have local Singapore addresses.

MooJaa Singapore No.1 Mookata
25 Keong Siak Road Singapore 089132 (15 min walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT), Tel: +65 6536 4780
Opening Hours: Lunch 11am – 2pm (Mon-Fri), Dinner 5pm – 11pm (Mon-Sun)
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Other Thai Food Entries
Spicy Thai – Thai Café (Aljunied)
Sweet Salty Spicy (Rail Mall)
Rochor Thai (Joo Chiat)
First Thai (Purvis Street)
Suan Thai Restaurant (Killiney Road)

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43 Responses to “MooJaa – Thai style Mookata Barbecue Sizzles and Surprises”

  1. Kelvin koh
    December 11, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Favourite is porky belly!! Please include! Thanks!

  2. Lester
    December 11, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Thinly sliced beef! Absolute must with steamboat or bbq

  3. Alice Foo
    December 11, 2012 at 2:41 am #

    I am very 'mountain torotise' I have never heard or tried this before. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Alice Foo
    December 11, 2012 at 2:41 am #

    I am very 'mountain tortise', I have never heard or tried this before. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Cai Hong
    December 11, 2012 at 11:07 am #


  6. December 11, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Liked and shared. Thanks for introducing this food joint – I would love to see wagyu beef or beef chips on the menu! 😀

  7. December 11, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    how about some lamp !?! yumm yumm.,..

    • admin
      December 11, 2012 at 11:33 am #

      I would rather have some Lamb. Not sure if I like my hotpot lighted up. haha.

  8. December 11, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Wow! Never heard of a thai bbq before! Love that plate of fish skin but my steamboat can never not have tender pieces of beef! YUMS!

  9. Vanessa
    December 11, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Sliced beef!

  10. eddy khoo
    December 11, 2012 at 7:48 pm #


  11. Tan Janette
    December 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    Wagyu beef!

  12. Alan Lim
    December 11, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    I would definitely love to see SQUID at MooJaa.
    Tender,chewy & delicious squid, whether is BBQ Grill or Hotpot, it gonna be awesome !

  13. Vannessa
    December 11, 2012 at 11:44 pm #


  14. Charmane Yeo
    December 12, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    My favourite is pork belly!!!

  15. Juliet Teo
    December 12, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    I would like to see chicken wings at MooJaa.
    BBQ grill them is the best !

  16. Kaori
    December 12, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Marinated chilli chicken wings for BBQ is the Best! :) <3

  17. jaiem
    December 12, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    i just came back from chiangmai, n i forgot to hunt for this…i always wanted to try mookata for the longest time…hope i can win

    i want pork belly!

  18. Jessie Sng
    December 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Pork belly…so delicious!

  19. MIN WONG
    December 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    scallops! yummyyy!

  20. MenMen Ang
    December 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Big Fresh & Juice prawns! 😀
    *Yums Yums Yums!

  21. June
    December 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    Favourite BBQ grill or hotpot ingredient will be Pork Belly & Cheese Ball. Great combi for both BBQ grill & hotpot at the same time! Super shiok =)

  22. December 13, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    I will love to see slice fish on the menu.

  23. December 13, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    Enoki rolled up with bacon? That’s my favorite!

  24. Crystal Ng
    December 13, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    definately curry pork!!!!!yums

  25. December 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    I love to see fish skin on the menu!

  26. xinyi
    December 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

    I love to see fish skin on the menu!

  27. Alexial
    December 13, 2012 at 11:39 pm #


  28. December 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    I want to try it out! haven't had Thai Food for quite some time!

  29. Eileen Tan
    December 13, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    I cant wait to try it out!! Havent had Thai Food for quite some time!! Hopefully I will get a chance!

  30. Jasmine
    December 13, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    I would love to have wantons or pork dumplings in it.

  31. sharin chia
    December 13, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    I wanna my crab, fat and juicy. Yummy, yummy

  32. Kai Wen
    December 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    I will love to see slice fish!

  33. Pei Chwen
    December 14, 2012 at 1:01 am #

    I would like to see tofu or beancurd skin.

  34. Chin Ming
    December 14, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    Would like to see Angus beef…

  35. CF Chai
    December 14, 2012 at 1:34 am #

    Never try a Thai style Barbeque before, hope to have a chance to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  36. Law March
    December 14, 2012 at 4:36 am #

    I like the BBQ & Soup! All I likeeee! very deliciouss! I will come again with my family ^^.

  37. Sophia Ang
    December 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    Mushrooms! :-)

  38. admin
    December 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    Congrats to Lianne Low & Mike Tung for each winning a set meal from MooJaa! Please contact me at with your contact details. Merry Christmas in advance!

  39. May 31, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    A group of 6 of us were there this evening. Food is do-it-yourself only, not value for money. Imagine 6 cheese balls for $8, 8 cocktail hotdogs for $8,6 cheese toufu for $8! And the service was really bad! Especially one girl who literally threw your food down! N when you ask her for additional cutlery, she ignored you! Once is enough, will not go back again! And they have the cheek to charge service charge!

  40. May 31, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    Auto correct * food is so so only *

  41. Carina Miki Kimparkyeo
    May 31, 2014 at 1:10 pm #



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