Located right at the exit of Chinatown MRT, this place was easy to find. Just look out for that brightly lit bullfrog signboard peeking out of a window.
Wah! Kungfu is a contemporary Chinese restaurant that serves up flavourful mouthwatering spicy Hunan-style specialty grill, BBQ and stir-fries, and its interior is pretty much bar-like (夜店风) with neon lights, manga-style graffiti'ed wall-panels and its mascot of butt-kicking kungfu frog. Kitschy? Very. Fun, nonetheless.
|guess you know my name|
We were ushered to Level 2 where the lights are a bit more manageable. Service staff wears cutesy frog-ears and they are earnest in their work.
The spice level for its pot/grill items is less spicy, medium spicy and very spicy. However, the very spicy version was still manageable as long as you have a jug of that kumquat lime juice nearby to quench some of those fire.
|toy frog on every table|
|平锅牛蛙 - 怪辣味 （flatgrill bullfrog - special pepper) @$39.80|
|泡锅牛蛙 (香辣味) Bullfrog with soup (spicy flavour) @$39.80|
My favourite bullfrog dish that night was the spicy flavour in the round pot with soup. Alhough, it similarly had a 3 chilies rating on the menu, it didn't come across as fiery as perhaps the soup helped to balance out the spicy flavours. Also, I liked it as one could taste more of the sweetness from the meat when it was cooked in this manner. Very yummy and goes well with rice.
|drinks (left to right) kiwi fruit juice, plum huice, kumquat lime juice and pomegranate juice|
|外婆酸菜味 (pickled mustard) @$39.80|
If you prefer something that is medium spicy and more of a appetising sourish tangy taste, can opt for the pickled mustard flavour. However, this version was not as sourish as we'd prefer and the soup came across as a tad too salty for my liking. This was the least spicy amongst all the pots that we've tasted.
There are side-dishes that one could add-on to the frog pots. For example, the stewed intestine, or the QQ shrimps. For us, we were happy to munch on these on its own as it was already very flavourful as it is.
|stewed intestines @$9.80|
|QQ shrimp @$11.80|
Items from the BBQ/grill section were also good. Particularly, I enjoyed the BBQ wings and the lamb skewers. So good! The wings were dry-rubbed with peppercorn salt and it has a bit of that ma-la (麻辣) numbing factor after a while. These are salty so get ready a drink before tucking into these moist and juicy wings.
|BBQ mid-wings ( 考鸡翅）@$2.20 per skewer|
|lamb skewer @$1.20 per stick|
What happens if you don't take bullfrog? No worries, as there's still fish and crabs to choose from.
|招牌烤鱼 (barbeque fish) @$35.80|
|虾蟹一锅 (fresh crab and shrimps in one pot) @$38.80|
We have seen two petite ladies sharing a pot, so it is possible to enjoy the food here even though in a smaller group. Just take your time to chat and savour the food slowly. After all, the night is still young.
Food portions at Wah! Kungfu is generous, and expect strong flavours throughout. Recommend the kumquat lime juice to quench thirst (and fire), the spicy flavour (round pot) for bullfrog, the fresh crab pot, the BBQ wings and lamb skewers.
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Thank you to HGW for the invite and Wah! Kungfu for hosting the dinner.
Wah! Kungfu 蛙功夫Location: 74 Pagoda St, Singapore 059233
Contact: +65 62255981
Daily: 11:30 - 23:30