Friends will know I have some weird mad cravings over Thai style Wanton Noodles aka Baa Mee Moo Daeng and I will pounce if I know of a Thai eatery serving a ‘legit’ option.
I find that the local adaptations would have a few key elements lacking, or were inconsistent. So far, it was Chat Thai’s version – a popular restaurant owned by Thais in Sydney, which remains highly rated among my foodie kakis.
When I heard this Thai noodle eatery KinMoo had opened at Tan Quee Lan Street (near Bugis MRT) and received some positive reviews, I made my way there almost immediately.
The signature at KinMoo is BaaMee Haeng Cha Kang Rao ($7.50) though, a type of braised knuckle noodles seldom seen in Singapore.
When the bowl arrived, it reminded me of Singapore’s Bak Chor Mee. I totally loved the texture of the springy chewy egg noodles and its seasoning. It was tossed in pork lard oil (have to) which gave this aroma and authentic flavour, and a special sauce which was adequately salty.
Unfortunately, the pork ribs were all bones, almost no meat, and didn’t taste like it was marinated or seasoned. As if it just came out of the boiling water.
There were whole lot of other ingredients from fried Thai shrimps, peanuts and crispy pork lard added, which my friend thought that some Singaporean customers may not be accustomed to.
The BaaMee Moo Dang ($6.50) aka Wanton Noodles was not that salty. Special mention of its plump dumplings, and accompanying radish soup which made the meal almost complete.
I felt this was probably one of the closest versions that would remind me of Thailand. Told my friends, “80% Chat Thai”.
Other Thai dishes I ordered, such as the Tom Yum Goong ($10.90) and Deep Fried Pork Belly with Lime Leaf ($8.00) were better versions that the average Thai restaurant in Singapore.
That was then I learnt that the chef in the kitchen (who was also the wife of the owner), owns a Thai restaurant called Chicroom in Phuket. She did adapt some dishes to what she thought Singaporeans would like.
With that said, KinMoo is new and therefore waiting time can be long. Even though we were the only customers, the food did take some time to arrive. During peak hours, I hear that it can take up to an hour, especially if you are ordering the signature Green Curry Fried Rice ($7.50).
The Thai Iced Milk Tea ($3.50) would probably need some work too – slightly diluted, mildly bitter, and could be more milky-smooth.
KinMoo has some elements and signature dishes that could make this THE NEXT IT Thai Noodle Eatery to look out for. I really think so.
(On another note: The KinMoo team is looking for franchisees to join their growing family. If you are a budding restaurateur looking for a business opportunity, you can drop them an email at email@example.com.)
KinMoo The Thai Noodle House – Bugis
2 Tan Quee Lan Street #01-02 Singapore 188091
Tel: +65 8795 1188
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
KinMoo The Thai Noodle House – Boat Quay
10 North Canal Road, Singapore 048823
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 9:30pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun