What do you get when you cross Korean barbecue with Chinese hotpot? Meet mu kratha. It’s a mash-up commonly found across Thailand, and guess what. You can get it in Sydney too. And it’s all you can eat. Yeah, baby.
Get it at Capital Thai, the restaurant located next door to the Capitol Theatre. I bet you’ve walked past it a million times and never even realised. Sure they have a la carte options but head deeper into the dining room and you’ll find the mu kratha buffet set-up. It’s here you’ll find groups of Thai uni students in the know. And now, you.
The buffet is a veritable bargain. Just $29.80 for all you can eat meat, seafood, vegetables and desserts. It even includes a self-serve soft drink station, so you can pump all the post-mix soda you please.
Stackable trays mean you can bring back the motherlode of ingredients for your table. Proteins include chicken, beef and pork – marinated and plain.
Tripe and intestines
If you love tripe, you’re in luck here. Bible tripe and intestines are both available. Cook them in the soup for maximum deliciousness.
Fish tofu, fish balls and meatballs
Soup aficionados will want to load up on fish balls, meat balls and more.
Fishcake slices and meatballs
Green bean vermicelli noodles, egg noodles, enoki mushrooms and mussels
Grab all the noodles you want as well. We went nuts on the enoki mushrooms.
Water spinach, Chinese cabbage, baby bok choy, Thai basil and fresh corn
Don’t forget your greens either. We ate tonnes of kang kong water spinach and baby bok choy. The corn cobbettes worked a treat on the grill.
Cooking pork on the mu kratha
The mu kratha is genius in design. Imagine a Korean barbecue grill surrounded by a trough filled with clear soup stock. The grill – greased with hunks of pork fat – is slightly domed so as your meat cooks, all the juices run down into the soup. That means grilled meat with a bonus of meaty vegetable broth. Nothing gets wasted here!
Drinking soup from the moat filled with enoki mushrooms and water spinach
In Thailand the mu kratha vessel is much bigger and fueled by charcoal. Here you’ll have to contend with a portable gas flame, and a significantly smaller moat, but it’s still a heap of fun.
Moo kratha party
There’s no limit to broth refills. And everyone gets two types of nam jim dipping sauces, providing a spicy, salty sweet and sour baptism for the protein of your choice.
Fried rice and fried chicken wings
Too hungry to wait for your food to cook? They have cooked dishes too. A massive tray of fried chicken wings was hard to resist, coated in a golden batter.
Fried prawn crackers and fried wonton crackers
The prawn crackers are particularly good too. They’re the proper prawn cracker type with real prawns and extra crunchy.
Chicken skin crackling
But wait until you clap eyes on the chicken skin crackling. You read that right. And there’s a mountain of it!
Self-serve nam kang sai shaved ice dessert station
Your 90-minute buffet time limit includes unlimited desserts. After the heaviness of grilled meat, you’ll relish the relief of the self-serve shaved ice station. Here you’ll find jackfruit, grass jelly, toddy palm seeds, basil seeds, palm seeds, sweet corn and soft white bread. They even have fruit salad mixed through with chilli salt.
Adding grass jelly to basil seeds and jackfruit
Choose whatever fruit you prefer…
Adding condensed milk to shaved ice
add a mountain of shaved ice and then drizzle with condensed milk or flavoured syrups.
Coconut jelly and fresh watermelon
Need more? They have banana and sago soup, fresh watermelon and rockmelon, and my favourite – coconut jelly.
Go with friends. Go hungry. Go now.
The all you can eat mu kratha hotpot buffet costs $29.80 for adults and $15 for children under 11 years old. A 90-minute time limit applies. Additional charges may be applied for excessive food wastage, so only take what you can eat. Bookings are highly recommended.
21A Campbell Street, Haymarket, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9211 1130
Lunch daily 11am-3.30pm
Dinner daily 5.30pm-1am
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