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I have not been to Bangkok in the last 15 years and my unit of measurement for Thai food is at best comparing against the standards of Thai Express. So I am probably not your ideal person to comment on what is good and what can be improved upon when it comes to Thai cuisine. Thankfully, I had along two Thai foodies who know what constitutes a good Pad Thai and how to differentiate quality green curry so I must say this outing was somewhat a learning journey for me.
Prior to my friends’ vehement recommendation of Folks Collective, I had not heard of it before. But once we reached the restaurant, I knew I had to be an isolated case because it was packed with the CBD lunch crowd!
Upon entering the somewhat dark and and dimmed space, located along the row of shophouses of China Square Central, the communal bar counter of alcoholic drinks first greets you before the vintage mismatched furniture and quirky art paintings hanging on the wall do. The next thing that strikes you is that the staff all speak Thai, not only do they greet you in Thai (as do every other Thai establishment), they communicate with each other in Thai as well! I was impressed. One up for the authenticity factor!
The menu at the moment is still in their soft launch phrase but the options for Appetizers & Finger Foods, Soups, Curries, Mains and Desserts are considerably diversified and varied.
We ordered the Signature FOLKS Wings $6.90 which is supposedly one of their best sellers. Problem was, these were not wings but drumlets! My friend who is fan of wings, was very disappointed. Nonetheless, we moved on from that and ate it anyway. Taste wise, although the marinate was sticky sweet with a hint of spice and the chicken itself was fried to a crispy skin that was addictive to munch on, sadly between us, we all agreed it that this appetizer was marginally underwhelming.
The Pad Thai Goong $8.90 seemed promising with its fragrant notes and motley of colors that was extremely appetizing. At first bite, the rice noodles were chewy with the right texture and the overall consistency was not oily. The pad thai sauce however was much too sweet with the absence of a balanced tangy sourness from the tamarind.
Thailand is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for Singaporeans to escape for a quick getaway. Not only because it is near, cheap to get to on a budget airline, has amazing shopping but most importantly of course, because of the food!
And now with the opening of MooJaa, Mookata Thai BBQ Steamboat, a barbeque/hot-pot eatery along Keong Saik Road, it is almost like having a bit of that Thai experience along the busy streets of Bangkok in a fully air-conditioned well ventilated restaurant, without that after-smell of BBQ. With a Thai chef at the helm and 7/10 families visiting MooJaa being Thai, it is almost a straight out endorsement to the authenticity of the food offered here.
“Moo Ka Ta” literally means “pork skillet” in Thai and refers to the special apparatus used to cook at MooJaa. Made out of a trough of soup sitting over a crock of charcoal with a grill placed over the trough, it is an ingenious two way traffic of allowing the smoke from the charcoal to permeate the meats grilling on top, and for the juices from the meat to drip into the soup, enhancing the flavours of the broth which you can slowly savour and drink.
Binchotan Japanese charcoal is used here at MooJaa as it produces noticeably less soot residue compared to locally obtained charcoal so you are assured that your meats and soup keeps to its true essence with none of that black soot that we often see at regular barbeques.
Pira Thai Cuisine at Parkside was a huge recommendation by the seniors when we were craving for Thai food. They gave us a few MUST-TRY dishes so off we went in our rented car to the suburbs to find out what this modest restaurant had to offer.
Pepper and Garlic Pork or Seafood $12.80
Marinated loin pork sliced and pan fried with pepper and crispy garlic flakes and chilli.
Crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Every bite of this garlic pork was simply divine. Coupled with the extra crunch from the garlic flakes and tinge of spiciness, there was absolutely nothing to complain about this dish.
Decided to come to Chopstix for dinner because we needed a nearby place which wouldnt take too long to serve up the dishes especially since there were exams the next day! :)
Beef Pho Noodle Soup
Tom Yum Rice Vermicelli Noodle Soup
Vegetables and Tofu in Sizzling Bangkok sauce
$8.90 lunch special! Yummy food and huge portions :D I like ordering takeaway from here because they always pack the food in cute white little boxes with handles. Anyway I realised all 3 photos of the dishes look similar but anyhow, they did taste different and for $8.90 (all rice/noodles dishes are $8.90 during weekday lunch times but otherwise $11.90 for dinner and weekends), I thought it was very worth it! Quick stop at Gelatissimo next door for dessert after lunch. How convenient :)
Kway Teow- Fresh flat rice noodles with seafood & seasonal vegetables.
Pud Thai- Traditional Thai rice noodles fried with egg, shrimps, chicken & bean sprouts topped with crushed peanuts.
I usually get the Rundle Spices Noodles but decided to try something new today! And Im glad I did! My new favourite- Hot and Sour! Tastes a tad like Tom Yam Noodles dry :D
Hot & Sour Noodles- Rice vermicelli with barbequed pork, chicken & vegetables in a hot & sour paste
Guide to Rundle Street Restaurants and Cafes
278a Rundle Street
Adelaide, SA 5000
08 8232 9288