The newest addition to the list of dining outlets in Vivocity is this Go Ang Pratunam Chicken rice store that boast of being the most famous chicken rice in Bangkok. The bright pinkish signboard is very eye catching and it takes over from Thai Express which used to operate from the same unit. Established in 1960 as a food stall specialising in Hainanese chicken rice in the Pratunam district of Bangkok, Go-Ang Kaomunkai Pratunam quickly gained popularity among locals. In 2018 and 2019, the popular eatery was awarded a prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand Award in the Bangkok edition of Michelin Guide.
The restaurant itself is a casual dining concept outlet with very little reference to Bangkok. The outlet is brightly lit with modern furnishings and a typical glass showcase area where the chicken is being hung and chopped.
The menu offers some typical Thai dishes like the steamed fish in lime sauce, tofu in thai chilli sauce as well as some stewed pork. There are also other Chinese dishes like fried omelette and steamed soup.
The half chicken was a pretty standard portion chopped into rather small pieces. Unlike the Singaporean style, the chicken is pretty dry without much gravy. The chicken itself is very smooth and tender but extremely bland and tasted a lot like steamed plain chicken instead. You will definitely need the chilli sauce to add some taste to the chicken.
The rice itself was quite fragrant but not as oily as the ones found in the hawker center.
The stew pork meat came nicely sliced in thin slices and some soy gravy which resembles the usual stewed pork we have with our kway chup. The pork meat again is pretty tender but there was an overpowering of five spice added to the sauce. Instead of tasting the semi sweetness of the braised sauce, you can only get a strong bitter five spice taste.
The omelette was pretty normal and it was cooked well with the right fluffiness and taste.
The steamed spinach with eggs, salted eggs and century egg was also quite normal. There was nothing too special about the dish.
The best dish of the meal was this steamed fish in lime and chilli sauce and it was the only one that tasted like a Thai dish. The rest of the dish was really common like the dishes we get here in Singapore. The fish came in a hot plate kept hot with a burner and the gravy was boiling the moment it was served. The fish was tender and the meat very succulent and the gravy had the right mix of tangy from the lime and the spicy kick from the chilli. In fact, the fish was a little spicy for my tolerance but the gravy was so addictive you will keep drinking it non stop. This can definitely match up to the ones I had in Bangkok.
Address: Vivocity, B2-30, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585
Operating hours: 11 am to 10 pm