Gooey melted cheese, usually associated with pizza, pasta and fondue, is stretching its way into steamboats, Korean barbecue hotplates and mookata, Thai-style barbecue steamboat.
Most of the restaurants use both mozzarella and cheddar cheeses for their dip. Mozzarella gets stretchy when melted but has a mild, milky flavour, while cheddar cheese is saltier and richer.
The cheese tastes better with firmer meats as the cheese flavours become more apparent when you chew on the meat.
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Popular dishes include the Cheese Pork Spare Ribs Set A ($58 for two to three people), which has spare ribs with mozzarella and cheddar cheeses topped with shiitake mushrooms.
The Cheese Pork Spare Ribs Set B ($59 for two to three people) has sides such as tortilla chips, salsa and steamed egg. The spare ribs are marinated in a mix of fruit and gojuchang sauce before being char-grilled.
#01-175 Goldhill Centre, 175 Thomson Rd, Singapore 307624
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This steamboat and barbecue buffet comes with a warm, light cheese dip that is mixed with spices and a chicken-based stock.
The buffet includes more than 100 items such as crayfish, tiger prawns, mussels, shabu-shabu beef and free flow of cheese.
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Choose between mookata and tom yum steamboat with melted cheese, which is placed in one of the soup troughs in the mookata pot. There is free flow of mozzarella or a secret blend of three cheeses.
On the buffet are more than 30 ingredients, including sea bass and pork collar.
For an additional charge, diners can opt for extras such as jumbo prawns ($1.90 each this month). The buffet also comes with dishes such as tom yum spaghetti.
644 Lorong 40 Geylang, Singapore 398075
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Tuck into more than 50 items, including crayfish, prawns, scallops and oysters, which you dip in melted cheese and satay sauce.
The cheese is in a compartment fitted in the trough of the mookata pot kept warm by the soup below.
#02-01 Golden Mile Complex, 5001 Beach Road, Singapore 199588
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The Cheese Mookata set (for two to three people) comes with more than 20 ingredients, such as prawns, squid, sausage, meats and vegetables. Instead of soup, the trough is filled with melted cheese.
Those who opt for the steamboat buffet (from $13.95 a person) can pay an additional $14.95 for a separate mookata pot filled with melted cheese.
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This six-year-old Thai barbecue chain has a Cheesy Grill set, which comprises ingredients such as baby back pork ribs, purple scallops, chicken thigh and bak kwa.
Customers can also top up $9.90++ for four crayfish, limited to one order for each set. Buffet customers (from $18.90++ a person) can pay an additional $3.50++ for a free flow of cheese.
NEXT: Happy Mookata →
This four-year-old mookata chain started offering cheese mookata in March this year. Besides containing tom yum and chicken stock, the pot also has a compartment for melted cheese.
There are more than 30 items, such as black pepper and garlic chicken, prawns and crayfish.
#01-55D Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Rd, Singapore 199589
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By Kenneth Goh, The Straits Times, 4 September 2016