The hot pot seems to have originated during the Chinese Jin Dynasty where the main ingredient was meat, usually beef, mutton or horse meat. A multitude of other ingredients have since been added but the communal dining practice remains popular amongst many today. Prepared with a simmering pot of soup, the ingredients are cooked at the table itself and usually eaten with a dipping sauce. Here are some steamboat places in Singapore that are worth checking out.
iSteamboat is a family-concept Chinese Steamboat restaurant which provides simple, affordable, accessible, and a healthier dining option. iSteamboat is the perfect spot for a simple yet unique Chinese steamboat dining experience that will give customers fulfillment and satisfaction as they dine together with family and friends.
Located on the fourth floor of Marina Square shopping mall, it serves mouthwatering home cooked dishes and also has a multi-tier PAGODA steamboat buffet which offers over 40 ingredients. Its dipping sauce is available in salted egg, cheese, or satay, and you can choose two soup bases, including herbal, tom yum, spicy mala, and Korean kimchi.
Using MSG-free ingredients that are prepared with less salt and oil, iSteamboat is also the preferred option for the health-conscious.
Mon – Thurs: (Adult) $22.80+ (child) $11.40+
Fri, Sat, Sun, eve of PH, PH: (Adult) $26.80+ (child) $13.40+
(Add-on) Free flow ala-carte dishes $4.99+
#04-102A, Marina Square Shopping Mall, Singapore 039594
JPOT offers a variety of unique and exquisite hotpot soup bases inspired by the well-loved flavours of local favourites. From the mildly spicy to the fiery hot, there is something for everyone here.
Served in personal pots that make for a more hygienic way to enjoy this traditional meal, JPOT Superior Broth, Bak Kut Teh, Herbal, Laksa, Silky Porridge, Tom Yum and Vegetarian are the perfect base for the impressive variety of hotpot ingredients available. These include fresh seafood, succulent meats, healthy vegetables and delicate dim sum, which are accompanied with staples like rice and noodles.
To add another dimension of personalisation to this hotpot experience, the JPOT condiments bar offers diners the opportunity to get creative and customise more than a hundred variations of sauces and dips.
#01-53, VivoCity | #03-16, Tampines 1
Hua Ting Steamboat
Known for its Cantonese cooking, Hua Ting Steamboat is at Claymore Connect, Orchard Hotel’s newly renovated and rebranded shopping arcade.
They have a large selection of soups brewed from recipes by Hua Ting chefs including Tomato Soup With Century Egg & Coriander ($20), Chinese Herbal Soup With Black Bone Chicken ($28) and Sea Treasure Flambe ($36) packed with seafood. For spice lovers, there is Sichuan Style Seaweed Soup with Bean Sprouts ($22).
The restaurant also offers dishes such as Spicy Chicken Hotpot With Ginger & Spring Onions ($28) and Fried Sea Perch With Fermented Beans, Garlic & Chilli ($34) that come ready-cooked. Stock can be added halfway through to turn it into a spicy steamboat.
Besides the usual ingredients like meats and vegetables, such as drunken chicken ($5 for half portion), sliced pork neck (from $5) and spinach (from $3), they also have premium ingredients like sliced Japanese top grade wagyu beef (from $29) and US kurobuta pork belly (from $7).
#01-08, Claymore Connect, 442 Orchard Road, Singapore, 238879