Blending flavourful soup with easy-to-eat ingredients and condiments, these restaurants are some of the most satisfying places for steamboat in Singapore
Steamboat or hot pot is thought to have originated in Mongolia before spreading to China. These days, steamboat and hot pot meals are a popular staple in many Asian countries, each offering their own take on it. It’s the same here, as steamboat in Singapore is one of the island’s biggest culinary highlights. From simple steamboat ingredients and spicy mala broths to individual hot pot portions, these restaurants have plenty to offer if you’re looking for an authentic steamboat experience to remember.
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This popular steamboat restaurant in Singapore offers six nourishing soup bases – think Beauty Collagen steamboat broths, spicy pork bone broth, wild pine mushroom vegetarian steamboat broth and more – each rich in flavour and health benefits. Pair your soup base (or opt to try two or four soups in a single session) with a fresh seafood platter, assorted pastes, speciality meats and Beauty In The Pot’s signature homemade fish tofu, which is made daily. The queues here are long, so its best to book ahead if you want a table at this popular steamboat restaurant.
Beauty in The Pot, multiple locations, www.paradisegp.com/brand-beauty-in-the-pot
This local concept steamboat restaurant in Singapore offers shabu-shabu – a Japanese steamboat dish that comprises thin slices of meat and veggies boiled in soup or water and served with dipping sauces. Expect high-quality ingredients, seats that surround the restaurant’s open kitchen and stunning views of the city through its wall-to-ceiling glass windows.
City Hot Pot – Steamboat, multiple locations, www.facebook.com/pg/cityhotpotshabushabu
There are more than 65 ingredients to pair with your steamboat soup base at this Thai-Chinese hot pot restaurant, which blends Thai cuisine with Canto-style home cooking. Don’t miss out on the house specialities while you’re here: fish glue, shrimp paste, handmade dumplings, seasonal vegetables, as well as fresh meat and seafood. If you want something a little more luxe, opt for the premium hot pot, which kicks off with a complimentary welcome aperitif and top-tier steamboat ingredients like lobsters, scallops, black mussels, snow crabs and flower clams. You can also have a one-time order of Lobster Mala Xiang Guo and free-flow beverages and desserts.
COCA, multiple locations, www.coca.com.sg
A hot pot concept with a Korean twist, GoroGoro offers seven soup base choices, which include Singapore’s Pepper Bak Kut Teh, Korean Ginseng, collagen steamboat soup and a fiery Mala steamboat soup option. Choose from more than 70 ingredients to dip into your soup, and pair your steamboat in Singapore with other Korean and local delicacies.
GoroGoro Steamboat & Korean Buffet, multiple locations, www.facebook.com/gorogorosg
While steamboat in Singapore is meant as a form of communal dining, Guo Fu allows you to have your own little personal hot pot, which can be comforting if you want to enjoy steamboat without sharing. Often referred to as a ‘fat cow’ hot pot buffet, Guo Fu’s steamboat offering aims to offer an authentic premium beef hot pot from Northeast China. With ten types of soup, 64 fresh steamboat ingredients, free, housemade condiments and unlimited amounts of xiao long bao, it’s a favourite steamboat spot!
Guo Fu Hotpot Steamboat, 20 Cross Street, #01-31, China Square Central, Singapore 048422, Tel: (+65) 6557 0906, www.guofu.sg
Steamboat in Singapore would not be complete without a mention of this popular hot pot franchise. In addition to its five soup bases and classic steamboat ingredients such as fish balls, luncheon meat, stuffed bean curd and more, Haidilao also offers a range of seafood, styled dishes (flavoured tripe and crispy fried pork, anyone?), vegetables and new offerings such as Arctic surf clams, tempura shrimp and carrot-flavoured konjac noodles. Best to book this popular steamboat restaurant ahead!
Haidilao Hot Pot, multiple locations, www.haidilao.com/sg
Not only will you get to dine on more than 70 varieties of meats, seafoods, free-flow xiao long bao and handmade noodles at this Bugis steamboat joint, Hot Pot & BBQ Buffet recently introduced an all-you-can-eat crab buffet. For something a little Insta-worthy, you can request a ‘meat doll’, which is essentially a Barbie-esque doll draped in meat.
Hot Pot & BBQ Buffet, 470 North Bridge Road, #01-05, Bugis Cube, Singapore 188735, Tel: (+65) 6977 7788, Facebook
While you can opt for herbal or chicken soup, or a mala steamboat base, what the crowds flock here for is the laksa steamboat. Made with fresh coconut milk, most diners pair the creamy base with laksa noodles and a range of seafood, meats, surimi and and veggies. If this steamboat is too spicy for the kids, there are kid-friendly snacks such as potato wedges and spring rolls to keep them happy.
King’s Laksa Steamboat, 17 Teck Chye Terrace, Singapore 545724, Tel: (+65) 6287 8010, www.kinglaksa.com
A conveyor belt brings the steamboat ingredients to you, and the free-flow soup (we love the mala steamboat soup!) comes in a single person’s portion. No sharing needed! There’s also a selection of pre-cooked Sichuan dishes and free-flow xiao long bao in the evenings.
La Jiang Shan Hot Pot, 35 Selegie Road, #01-06, Parklane Shopping Mall, Singapore 188307, Tel:(+65) 8669 6144, Facebook
Lamb is the star of the show at this Mongolian hot pot restaurant, and there are no dipping sauces here. Instead, Little Sheep’s rich broth bases have various flavours made from seven different spices, and is paired with mutton from the inner Mongolian grasslands.
Little Sheep Hot Pot, 1 Fullerton Road, #01-05, One Fullerton, Singapore 049213, Tel: (+65) 6222 9959, www.nosignboardholdings.com/little-sheep-hotpot.html
This in-trend Hong Kong-style steamboat concept in Singapore serves you an array of soup bases in individual gold-plated hotpots. There are 13 steamboat soups to choose from, and you choose from a wide range of steamboat ingredients that have been carefully prepared by the team of chefs at Paradise Hotpot. You can also pay a small fee per person for free-flow ingredients.
Paradise Hotpot, multiple locations, www.paradisegp.com/brand-paradise-hotpot
There are lunch and dinner steamboat buffet and hot pot options here. Check out the ‘lok-lok’, a Malaysian-style steamboat that’s usually served from a food truck, typically eaten while standing on the street corners. Pot Yummy Yummy also offers BBQ options.
Pot Yummy Yummy, multiple locations, www.facebook.com/PotYummyYummy
Craving halal steamboat in Singapore? Seoul Garden is the hangout of choice! Here, you’ll get a generous portion of steamboat ingredients, a tow-in-one proprietary smokeless grill for irritation-free BBQ sessions, Korean-Asian marinades and even a cool birthday treat. Head over for the lunch or weekend steamboat buffets, and treat yourself to seven different steamboat or hot pot soups – four of which are spicy – and a host of premium meats and seafood.
Seoul Garden, multiple locations, www.seoulgarden.com.sg
This authentic Japanese steamboat restaurant in Singapore serves seven soup bases and more than 60 steamboat ingredients. Don’t miss out on the Tonkotsu base, made using the same recipe as Shabu Sai’s Japanese outlets. There’s also an all-you-can-eat shabu shabu and sukiyaki buffet, so bring your appetite!
Shabu Sai Singapore, multiple locations, www.facebook.com/shabusai.sg
Pick between several hot pot sets, whether you’re in the mood for fish, meats, pork collar or chicken. Four soups make up the menu, with highlights such as mala steamboat, mushroom, tomato and the signature pork bone broth. Shi Jian Hot Pot also offers satisfying family meals filled with noodles, vegetables and other fresh ingredients.
Shi Jian Hot Pot, 2 Jurong East Central 1, JCube, #02-19, Singapore 609731, www.shijianhotpot.com
This restaurant prides itself in offering affordable hot pot dining and steamboat in Singapore. And while prices here are budget-friendly, the staff doesn’t skimp on the good stuff, and you’ll find plenty of natural, healthy and sustainable steamboat ingredients to go with your meal.
Shi Li Fang Hot Pot, multiple locations, www.shilifangsg.com
The signature shabu shabu is a must-try at Suki-Ya, which can be paired with the Tonyu Miso broth. But if you’re really hungry, you’ll love the all-you-can-eat servings of sliced beef, pork and chicken. There’s also a generous salad bar for a little healthy balance.
Suki-Ya, multiple locations, www.suki-ya.com.sg
Sichuan and Cantonese hot pot is what you’ll find at Taikoo Lane. Ask for individual pots or opt for large, shared pots, filled with soup bases such as the collagen nourishing pork bone soup or Chengdu Green Pepper Soup. Pair that with the Stellar-1 pork ribs, Spanish Iberico black pork, braised meat platters, handmade steamboat ingredients and more.
Taikoo Lane Hot Pot, 133 New Bridge Road,#B1-16, Chinatown Point, Singapore 059413, Tel: (+65) 6970 0966, www.taikoolane.com
Once you’ve decided which of the 11 steamboat soup bases you want, opt to enjoy that as a single hot pot, or in a two- or three-soup combo. The soups go well with steamboat ingredients such as handmade tofu pudding, fresh tripe, Australian abalone, handmade noodles, bite-size purple sweet potato pies, Chinese rice cakes and so much more. Free-flow drinks and fruits are also optional.
Upin Hot Pot, multiple locations, www.upinhotpot.com.sg
Not only does this hotpot chain have lunch and dinner steamboat buffets, you can also have a 90-minute, all-you-can-eat steamboat session with the squad only at its NEX location. Free-flow, a la carte items include American beef brisket, pork collar and belly, seafood, noodles, vegetables, dumplings, chawanmushi, fried buns, onion rings and more. The buffet also comes with an unlimited amoung of Lu Rou Fan (braised pork and rice) and bubble milk tea!
Yue Long Men Hotpot, multiple locations, www.facebook.com/pg/yuelongmen