Hidden along Upper Serangoon is Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap, a small Thai eatery serving, as its name suggests, none other than authentic Thai Kway Chap. The folks here at Yaowarat were inspired by this humble dish during their travels to Bangkok that they decided to bring it to our sunny shores.
This cosy eatery is able to accommodate around 50 people so be prepared to wait during peak hours. We visited around 1pm and it was packed. But let’s just say it was well worth the wait.
While the decor was fairly minimalistic and simple, the metal tables and chairs added a modern and edgy vibe to the place.
The Signature Thai Kway Chap ($5) came piping hot, filled with the kway and ingredients alike. Unlike the dark soups we get in our local kway chap, this one was slightly cloudy and had a strong peppery fragrance. The soup was reminiscent of Bak Kut Teh and we felt like we could easily finish the whole bowl.
We were informed that the soup at Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap has slightly lesser spices and pepper that what you’d find in Thailand in order to suit local palettes. However, the spices were still fairly prominent and we personally had no complaints. Also, the kway came rolled up, instead of flat sheets, lending a springy and slightly chewy bite to the dish.
The dish came loaded with pork slices, intestine, deep fried pork belly and Thai fish sausage. The variety and abundance of ingredients made us feel like it was really worth our money, and each of the ingredients were prepared well.
The highlight for us was the pork belly which was crispy and added a slight saltiness. If you can’t get enough of it, additional portions are available at $6, $8 and $10 for a small, medium and large respectively.
If you wish to add a kick to your soup, consider adding their chilli flakes which really pack a punch. For this, I have to say, a little goes a long way.
For something non-fried, the Thai Boiled Pork Belly ($6, Small) is a great alternative. I had my reservations about this dish, and expected it to be plain and chewy, however it turned out to be an unexpected surprise. On its own, the pork was tender, without the strong “smell” commonly associated with pork.
However, the garlic sauce on the side was what truly made the dish. Salty with a slight kick from the garlic, this dish was anything but plain and boring. A downside though – I had my breath smelling like garlic for a while. Definitely not a dish for a first date.
If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed by pork, consider getting the Thai Mid Wing ($6, Small). The wings came out fresh out of the fryer and we couldn’t wait to dig in. The meat inside was juicy and complemented the crispy exterior well. The mid wings were also well seasoned and definitely a must-try if you’re visiting.
For a dish that’s similar to our local version of kway chap, the Braised Tau Pok ($2) is the way to go. Steeped in a rich, sweet and salty dark sauce, the fluffy tau pok was a good contrast to all the meat that we’ve had.
Wash everything down with a glass of Iced Thai Green Milk Tea ($3) which was refreshing and rich at the same time. The floral note that comes with green milk tea adds another dimension of flavour and was a nice complement to the meal.
Alternatively, get the Bottle Drinks ($2.50, Fanta Strawberry), which are served in the glass bottles you would normally get from Thai street food stalls. This was a nice touch and added another traditional yet novel element to the meal which we really appreciated.
All in all, we really enjoyed our meal and experience here at Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap and we would definitely visit again for a bowl of hearty kway chap and the delicious accompaniments that are available!
Address: 945 Upper Serangoon Road, S534711
Tuesday to Thursday, 11 am – 3 pm, 5 pm – 11 pm
Friday & Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm, 5 pm – 1 am
Contact Number: 8822 5637
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Closest MRT Station(s): Kovan