Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap is a popular eatery offering authentic street-style Thai fare and a less-commonly seen Thai version of Teochew dish Kway Chap (or Kuay Jab).
If you are a frequent visitor to the famed Yaowarat Street at Chinatown Bangkok, then this dish should be a familiar one.
Well, you do not have to go all the way to Bangkok to experience this dish now, as you can find it at Holland Village and Upper Serangoon.
Composed of broad rice noodle sheets with braised meats and veggies, Kway Chap is typically served with a soy sauce-based broth.
Yaowarat Thai’s version, though, has a clear pepper-based soup and curled up rolls of kway.
Late-night munchers will love how they close late – 11pm at Holland Village and 1:30am at Serangoon.
This simple cash-only eatery is filled with metal tables and stools to replicate the roadside eateries in Thailand, but upgraded with air conditioners for dining convenience.
Serving sizes are generous for their low-price points, making this an affordable yet comfortable meal option this side of town. Here are some of Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap signatures:
Signature Thai Kway Chap ($5)
The comforting warmth of this light, peppery broth is reminiscent of bak kut teh but milder, complemented with silky smooth kway uniquely curled up on the edges.
Accompanying the rice noodle sheets are assorted meats like chewy chunks of Thai fish sausage with balanced sweetness and savoury, and well-cleaned pig offal with no gamey taste at all.
This huge bowl also contains pieces of lean meat and topped with crisp-fried pork belly making it extra filling.
All these for $5 is a really good deal.
Thai Mid-Wings ($6, $8, $10)
Need a good-for-sharing side? Order these Thai Mid-Wings, with a crisp exterior and succulent meat tender enough to fall easily off the bone. They were quite juicy but I thought it would do with more marination say fish sauce, to bring out the flavours even more.
You get 11 pieces for the smallest order ($6.00) which can be shared between 2-3 people.
Deep-Fried Thai Pork Belly ($6, $8, $10)
Made with thick cuts of pork belly with that perfect fat-to-meat ratio, this well-seasoned dish is deep-fried to create wonderful layers of flavour and texture.
Compared to what you get in the usual roast shops, I noted that those here are sliced more thinly – great for nibbling I guess.
Biting into the crunchy not-too-oily skin will delight foodies who love all-things fried. Served with a dark sauce that’s both sweet and spicy as a dip, with hints of garlic for a punchy flavour.
Thai Fish Sausage ($6, $8)
Served in coin-like slices, these aromatic red-hued fish sausages are firm to the bite and flavourful.
You can taste the sweet and savoury layers in the meat making them addicting to munch coin after coin.
Fried Large Intestines ($8, $10)
Made from a pig’s large intestine, this plate of Thai delicacies comes in two sizes to accommodate sharing or bigger appetites.
Savour its unique flavour minus the undesirable small as these are well-cleaned and prepared. Enjoyed the crispy outer layer, contrasted with the softer texture within for a good bite.
Thai Stir Fried Cabbage with Fish Sauce ($5)
Add some veggies to your meal with these wok hei immense cabbage shreds, prepared Thai-style by stir-frying with Thai fish sauce.
This light, simple dish is a great palate-cleanser that’s fragrant and flavourful at the same time.
Fried Egg with Salad
Still hungry? Add in this Thai style fried omelette to complement your Kway Chap – cooked till fluffy.
What I enjoyed was the addition of ‘salad’ at the top, with sprinkling of spring onions, crunchy onions and chopped red chillies. The drizzling of of a tangy sauce made this a lot more addictive.
Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap – Holland Village
17A Lor Liput Singapore 277731
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap – Serangoon
945 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534711
Tel: +65 8822 5637
Opening Hours: 11am – 1:30am (Mon – Sun)
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap.