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If you still can’t play in the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ (read: fully vaccinated travelers have been allowed to enter the Thai tourist hotspot quarantine-free since July 1), perhaps you can get a taste of Phuket here. The new Moo Station hawker stall in a Crawford Lane kopitiam sells khao tom haeng (dry rice porridge), which pairs rice with a peppery pork-bone broth and offal. The stall, which officially opened on September 18, is helmed by Pilaiporn Boonchoo (who goes by Sandy here), 36, and her 35-year-old Singaporean husband, David Ang.

The Singaporean PR (who was born in Nahkon Si Thammarat in Southern Thailand) decided to specialise in the dish after eight years as a freelance tour guide in Phuket. Sandy often took tourists to Go Benz, a famous street food spot peddling dry rice porridge that’s been recognized with a Michelin Bib Gourmand since 2019. 

We haven’t had a chance to try Moo Station, but we do know that khao tom haeng is exceptionally hard to find here. One restaurant which used to sell it has taken it off the menu. Moo Station’s claim to be “probably the first and only” hawker stall centered around the dish in Singapore is ostensibly true.

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