Chickata offers halal-certified mookata buffet in the West
The last Muslim-owned mookata place we went to was The Talking Cow, which is pretty much the end of the rainbow for those living in the West. But don’t fret, Westies can now enjoy halal-certified mookata at a spot in Jurong East called Chickata! They got their name by replacing ‘chick’ with ‘moo’ (pork in Thai) in the word “mookata”. Despite it being at the far end of the green line, we braced our butts for a long journey to the West in the name of good food. Without further ado, let’s check out what they have to offer!
Food at Chickata
We went for their a la carte buffet ($18.80 for adults, $9 for children aged 7 to 12) on a weekday. The 90-minute buffet is only available every Monday to Thursday, 3pm to 11pm. They have a wide variety of ingredients including meats, seafood, veggies, and staples. We were given a form to indicate which ingredients we wanted and were served shortly by a staff member. Most of the food are free-flow unless stated otherwise. Soon enough, our table was filled with stackable plates of food.
For our free-flow soup, we opted for their Chickata soup which was basically a chicken-based broth. You can get their tom yum soup if you prefer spicy food and don’t mind forking out another $3. We filled up the moat with soup and watched as tiny bubbles formed. The soup was initially light tasting, with its flavour deepening as we put ingredients into it. We added seaweed to give the soup a savoury-umami taste. The slippery strands of tang hoon were silky, as we slurped it with fervour.
If you don’t know what to order from their wide menu, go for their recommended dishes such as tom yum chicken, teriyaki chicken, black pepper beef, and black pepper lamb. We wanted to get their sliced smoked duck but unfortunately, it was out of stock. Try not to order too many things as the portions were quite substantial in every plate. We gulped our saliva while watching the meats sizzle as the aroma whetted our appetites.
Out of all the meats, my favourite would have to be the tom yum chicken. The meat absorbed the spicy and sour marinade well, and retained its juiciness and tenderness despite being grilled for a while. For something sweet and savoury, the succulent teriyaki chicken hit all the right spots.
An order of scallops gives you six large pieces of the shellfish. The sound of scallops sizzling when seared gave me an ASMR. Their scallops didn’t shrink as much as I thought it would. My wooden chopsticks carefully picked up a luscious piece and popped it into my mouth. It was juicy and soft, and its texture gave a satisfying mouthfeel. Dip it into their house-made sauces for more flavour.
Crab sticks are so yesterday; try out their snow crab sticks. We constantly flipped the delicate sticks on the pan to prevent it from turning chao tah. It tasted like an atas version of regular crab stick, with a subtle sweetness. Before I knew it, I finished the entire plate by myself.
The black pepper beef was run-of-the-mill and a tad dry. Dip it into their house-made green Thai chilli dip for an added sharp sourness which I really liked. I found the black pepper lamb passable, it would have been better if the gristles were trimmed off. However, be warned that it gives a potent peppery kick to both your tongue and throat. Dip it into their Thai chilli sauce for a sweeter taste. If you don’t mind paying for more premium a la carte items for your buffet, they have tiger prawns and Angus beef where you can get 30% off its original price.
They offer free-flow canned soft drinks and other drinks such as bandung and lime juice. Fork out another $2 for their free-flow premium drinks such as iced longan, iced Milo Dinosaur, and iced Thai milk tea. Also, their white rice is free flow as well so don’t be shy to ask for a second serving!
Ambience at Chickata
This casual eatery is located at the void deck of a HDB flat in Jurong East. Do bear in mind that their a la carte buffet is only available every Monday to Thursday, from 3pm till 11pm. You will be given 90 minutes, starting from the moment your first order is made. You can order until the last 15 minutes of your remaining time. If you’re not in the mood for mookata, they also have Western food platters you can enjoy with your family or friends. The staff member was really attentive and fast so kudos to their efficient service.
Overall, I would say that Chickata met our expectations. Their a la carte buffet offers a bang for your buck and their food is generally tasty. If they were to include mozzarella cheese, it would definitely be a hit. With Chickata, fellow Westies can now enjoy mookata without having to travel to the East. I would definitely drop by if I happen to be in the area and am craving for mookata.
Address: Blk 326 Jurong East Street 31, #01-118, Singapore 600326
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 3pm to 11pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 11pm
Tel: 8440 4938
Chickata is a halal-certified eatery.
This is an independent review by Eatbook.sg.