Khao Hom by Rung Mama is an authentic Thai restaurant found at the Ang Mo Kio neighbourhood.

While it is tucked away among F&B shops at Level 1 of Djitsun Mall, it has found Thai-food-loving fans searching for a wide range of tantalising Thai dishes.

Good news. Its second outlet in the East of Singapore at Katong Square has also launched, offering a wider menu due to the bigger kitchen space.

So, who’s Rung Mama?

Khao Hom started when a Thai lady opened an eatery using recipes from “Rung Mama”, her mother. She is known to have been a cook since the 1980s in Thailand and Singapore.

It was her recipes that form the foundation for this Thai specialty place. Fresh ingredients, together with herbs and spices imported from Thailand, make dishes here truly authentic.

All food items are prepped and cooked fresh daily with no shortcuts. The result is a perfectly balanced, distinctively Thai blend of sour, sweet, salty, and spicy flavours.

Behind the kitchen is Khao Hom’s main chef who is formerly from Banyan Tree Resort, who cooks up a storm of Thai dishes with his team.

New dishes you can expect at the Katong Square outlet include Shrimp Omelette with Rice, Papaya Salad with Crab & Fermented Fish Sauce, Corn Salted with Salted Egg, Tiger Prawn & Scallop in Thai Chilli Paste, Massaman Beef, Grilled Pork Red Curry with Lychee, Tiger Prawn Steel Pot Vermicelli and many more.

They also serve up affordable Weekday Set Lunches (11am – 3pm) from $11 with a main, side and drink.

Hungry? Here are some of the must-try specialties to feast on at Khao Hom by Rung Mama, Katong Square:

Steamed Fish with Chilli & Lime Sauce – Pla Neung Ma Now ($30 for tilapia or barramundi, $42 for red snapper)
A whole fresh fish before steaming to perfect tenderness, served with an appetite-whetting sauce.

The sauce was really addictive, made with freshly squeeze lime juice (ma now), garlic, and chili that is zesty, spicy and garlicky at the same time.

Only fresh fish is used here – you can tell from the white flesh (instead of pink), tender and soft.

Grilled Pork with Homemade Sauce – Moo Yang ($12)
Typically associated with Isan or Northeastern Thai cuisine, this dish features a pork (“moo”) cut not too fatty nor too lean, marinated in a seasoned mix of fish, soy, and other sauces.

It is marinated for at least 48 hours to keep the flavours well-absorbed and texture succulent.

The grilling (“yang” means grilled in Thai) adds an appetizing smoky aroma.

Paired with a house-made nam jim jaew (Thai chili dipping sauce), it simply bursts with classic Thai flavours.

Pork Salad with Garlic & Lime Dressing – Moo Ma Now ($12)
Whet your appetite with a meat-centric Thai salad uniting sweet, sour, savoury and spicy flavours in one plate.

Extra thin and tender slices of pork are seasoned, before a quick blanching.

The dressing is a mix of pounded garlic and chilies, palm sugar, fish sauce, chopped cilantro and lime juice.

Served plated with slices of fresh lime and fresh mint leaves. Enjoy it as a refreshing appetiser.

Thai Crispy & Fluffy Omelette – Kai Jeow ($8)
A traditional Thai street food made with the most basic ingredients: egg and fish sauce.

High heat cooking in a wok creates an inviting aroma, and the hot oil delivers delightfully crisp edges and exterior.

Inside, the fluffiness is pure comfort.

Though delicious on its own, you may add $2 for pork, or $4 for prawn to make your omelette more filling.

Century Egg with Basil Leaves – Pad Kraphrao Kai Yeow Ma ($12)
A spicy Thai stir-fry dish featuring minced meat tossed in hot wok with garlic, shallots, chillies.

The meat blend is umami-fied with fish sauce, soy sauce, and oyster sauce, plus key ingredient of kraphrao Thai basil leaves which are deep-fried.

But what makes this dish more special is the additional deep-fried century egg for added textures – said to be really popular among Singaporean diners.

Minced Pork in Southern Thai Dry Curry – Khua Kling ($12)
Khua Kling is one of the most well-known southern Thai dishes, of stir-fry minced pork with Southern Thai-style curry paste.

Let the server know if you want the spiciness to be authentic Thai-style, like what I did.

While I thought the spiciness was still manageable on the first mouthful, the chilli kick really hits in later. So best to pair this with some rice.

Tom Yum with Seafood – Tom Yum Talay ($12)
This iconic, mother-of-Thai-soups, Tom Yum is a robust blend of sweet, spicy, and sour flavours.

This version is made with seafood (talay) and enriched with coconut milk, fish sauce, soy sauce and fragrant herbs and spices.

If you prefer just prawns instead of mixed seafood, add $2 for regular or $5 for large prawns.

Tiger Prawn Steel Pot Vermicelli – Goong Ob Woon Sen ($22)
One of my favourite dishes here, don’t miss the vermicelli dish Goong Ob Woon Sen made with glass noodles.

Complementing these smooth strands which are braised in this special savoury sauce are large, juicy Tiger Prawns.

A blend of herbs and aromatics like coriander, basil and chilies power up this dish.

Served in a steel pot which keeps the ingredients warm, I loved it when the vermicelli absorbed the appetising sauce.

Crab Meat Dry Noodles – Ba Mee Pu ($12)
I love my Thai-style Ba Mee noodles, and instead of the usual barbecue pork slices, they used chunks of sweet crab meat to compliment the rest of the noodles.

Accordingly, this is made from a secret recipe from the chef who was previously wad previously from Banyan Tree Resort.

This style of noodles do not incorporate a lot of condiments like others do, but give it a good toss and you would find that it is not as simple as it seems – especially with the slight sweet sauce and aroma of pork lard.

Red Ruby – Tub Tim Krop ($6, add coconut gelato for $2)
A popular Thai dessert that is visually enticing. These red rubies are chunks of water chestnuts coated with tapioca flour, making them chewy outside and crunchy inside.

Refreshing and sweet, the jewels are served in sweetened coconut milk and ice. Top up $2 for coconut gelato for a creamier take.

Khao Hom by Rung Mama – Katong Square X DFD Exclusive Promotion: Get $10 OFF
Get $10 OFF with min spend of $40 at Khao Hom by Rung Mama, Katong Square. Flash this post & voucher to the server staff to redeem the promo.

Applicable for dine in only, from Mondays to Sundays (except Eve of PH and PH).

* Terms and Conditions apply:
– Voucher is valid until 30th November 2022 (inclusive) only.
– Voucher is valid for use for dine-in at Khao Hom Katong Square only.
– Voucher is not applicable with any other promotions/discounts/set lunch
– Voucher is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for cash in part or full.
– Voucher is not applicable for use during Eve of Public Holiday & Public Holidays.
– Limited to 1 voucher per transaction, per table, per visit. Splitting or combining of bills is not allowed.
– The management reserves the right to amend the terms & conditions as necessary.

Khao Hom by Rung Mama – Katong Square
Katong Square #01-05/06/07, 88 East Coast Road, Singapore 423371
Tel: +65 8363 4154
Opening Hours: 11am – 2:30pm, 4:30pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 11am – 10pm (Fri – Sun)
Reservation: https://www.khaohomsg.com/reservation

Khao Hom by Rung Mama – Ang Mo Kio
Djitsun Mall #01-06, 5 Ang Mo Kio Central 2, Singapore 569663
Tel: +65 8202 2512
Opening Hours: 11am – 2:30pm, 4:30pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 11am – 10pm (Fri – Sun)

* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Khao Hom by Rung Mama.

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