Tom Yum Kungfu

Tom Yum Kungfu
16 Circular Road

56 Serangoon Garden Way

Above Average, Affordable Thai Mookata

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Ambience & Setting: 6
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 7
Value for Money: 9
Spent about SGD $22 per person.


Tom Yum Kungfu is a Thai inspired casual restaurant, focusing on serving authentic and affordable Thai cuisine. Known for their generous portioned dishes at decent prices, Tom Yum Kungfu usually draw crowds during peak dining hours, and queuing is a norm.

Decor at Tom Yum Kungfu is post-modern yet retro, with Andy Warhol inspired pictures, and mulit-coloured light bulbs. Overall ambience at Tom Yum Kungfu is noisy, poorly ventilated, yet comfortable and open.

Because Tom Yum Kungfu tends to operate mostly in semi coffee shop settings, Tom Yum Kungfu staff tend to be brusque / to the point. Service is generally fast and efficient, albeit loud and without finesse. Expect heartland style service.

The menu at Tom Yum Kungfu is diverse in range. Focusing on Thai speciality dishes, Tom Yum Kungfu mostly serves ala-carte, communal / sharing portions. They are also known for their Thai style combination steamboat and grill, also known as Mookata.

Prices at Tom Yum Kungfu, in comparison to other Thai restaurants, is generally cheaper and more affordable. Even their Mookata is slightly cheaper than other places. Expect to pay between SGD $15 - $25 per person, for Thai food which is tasty, is served in large portions, and is good value for money.


The crowded, noisy, and great smelling restaurant draws attention with its colourful decor, tasty smell of grilling meats, and long queues.

Tom Yum Kungfu Exterior

Tom Yum Kungfu Interior

As a specialist in Thai Mookata / steamboat combination barbecue / hotpot, the menu has decent range, but food is ala-carte, not buffet style. Prices are pretty affordable though.

Tom Yum Kungfu Thai Mookata Menu 01

Tom Yum Kungfu Thai Mookata Menu 02

Tom Yum Kungfu Thai Mookata Menu 03

Tom Yum Kungfu Thai Mookata Menu 04

Tom Yum Kungfu Thai Mookata Menu 05

Thai Iced Tea & Lemongrass Tea, prefect cooling and refreshing drinks after a hot meal!

Thai Iced Tea & Lemongrass Tea

The duo Thai Dipping Chili Sauce & Seafood Sauce enhance your meal... use the tangy Seafood Sauce for dipping any seafood items or vegetables, while the spicy Thai Chili Sauce is great with grilled meats.

Thai Dipping Chili Sauce & Seafood Sauce

Mookata is an all-in-one steamboat and grill, with the soup / broth in a shallow trough below, and a curved grill top above. The idea is that during grilling, the meat and seafood juices will flow down and flavour the soup! The Mookata Pot here uses good quality charcoal, and comes with some aromatics like corn and cabbage. The original soup stock is MSG free, and starts quite bland, but gets more robust after cooking.

Mookata Pot

This place has no buffet, only ala-carte sets... but the Mookata Set Large (SGD $44.90) is good enough for 3 - 4 people, plus there is no GST! All sets are served with sliced pork belly, pork loin, prawns, scallops, fish cake, and a vegetable basket. I love that the food here is completely fresh, and properly handled by staff!

Mookata Set Large

The Mookata Vegetable Basket is served with kang kong / water spinach, cabbage, golden mushrooms, pea sprouts / dou miao, baby bok choy / chinese cabbage / xiao bai cai, bean skin, and cellophane noodles.

Mookata Vegetable Basket

We ordered extra ala-carte Mookata Chicken, and Mookata Squid. Both ingredients are very fresh, the chicken was slightly fatty though. Portions are generous.

Mookata Chicken

Mookata Squid

So appetizing seeing the Mookata Cooking!

Mookata Cooking