Food Review: Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap At Kovan | Thai Street Food Casual Restaurant Along Upper Serangoon Road
The Place The second branch of this popular Thai kway chap stall is located along Upper Serangoon Road, just minutes walk from Kovan MRT Station. Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap focuses on dishing out local Thai street food in a casual restaurant setting that will remind you very much of Bangkok. Bare white walls, with cement flooring and clean silver metal tables and chairs. Was told the owner imported the furniture from Thailand to provide diners with a complete experience.
Yaowarat’s other branch is at Holland Village, located at 17A Lorong Liput.
The Food Not the usual kway chap you are familiar with in Singapore, the kway chap in Thailand is typically served with a clear and slightly peppery broth, instead of the soy sauce-based broth. The kway itself is also slightly different, you will notice the kway are all rolled, instead of the flat layers we are used to seeing in Singapore, although it does not have much of a difference in terms of texture or taste.
You can go for their Signature Thai Kway Chap (S$5), which really is a one-person portion incorporating all the other signatures of the restaurant including the Deep Fried Pork Belly, Pork Slices and Thai Fish Sausage. More of the individual signatures later, this bowl basically is the go-to when you visit Yaowarat. Otherwise, you can order the Plain Kway Chap (S$3) and the individual portion of the signature items to share amongst your fellow diners too.
One of the main signatures here, the Deep Fried Pork Belly (S$6) is a popular street food item in Bangkok and something we are familiar with locally as well. The pork belly itself is juicy and I like that it is not overcooked, although the skin lacks the crispiness which I think is key for all deep-fried pork belly. Perhaps it wasn’t a good day for the kitchen during my visit. Make sure you dip the pork belly into the dark soy sauce, which elevates the overall taste.
Another signature dish here, I actually enjoyed the Thai Fish Sausage (S$6), which will remind you of the lap cheong albeit less salty. This goes very well with the kway chap, although some may not like this as you may find it slightly fishy.
Strongly recommend Thai Stir Fried Cabbage (S$5) with your mains. The generous garlic and fish sauce makes the cabbage a very enjoyable plate of greens.
Rants The restaurant space is not that big, so do expect a short queue during peak dining hours.
Will I Return Again? Comfort food at its best. If you go for their signature bowl, the meal will set you back by just S$5 for a comforting hot bowl of kway chap and Yaowarat’s signature items.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap
946 Upper Serangoon Road
Tel: +65 8822 5637
Monday to Sunday: 12pm to 9pm
Ranted by The Rantee