A boiling hot pot meal is perfect for rainy days, reunion feasts, or just to satisfy your cravings. The hot pot experience gives an unrivalled sense of connection amongst friends and loved ones, from the flavourful broth to a broad selection of ingredients to a variety of side dishes and customizable sauces. So, here are some of the best Hot Pot establishments you should check out.
Taikoo Lane, serves one of the most authentic Sichuan and Cantonese broths in Singapore for dipping meats and veggies in. Try the Sichuan hot broth ($5), which is prepared with beef tallow rather than oil for a more strong and pungent flavour, or the Chengdu green pepper broth ($5), which is prepared with peppercorn oil and green peppercorns.
For some great accompaniment, turn to dishes like Lobster noodles ($39.80), spicy marinated beef ($18.80), and sliced chicken with green peppers ($17.80) which are some dishes that leaves the crowd craving for more.
Location: 133 New Bridge Rd, B1-16 CHINATOWN POINT, Singapore 059413
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 9.00pm (Mon – Fri)
At this restaurant, everyone gets their own hot pot, so there’ll be no more debating which soup bases to choose for a shared pot. There’s plenty of variety here, with 12 soup bases (starting at $5.99) and 19 different sauces to pick from. Diners can choose from a fixed menu or a la carte items to add to their simmering pots.
All meats are cut to order. The wagyu chuck eye roll ($19.99), lamb leg ($13.99), and minced pork paste ($8.99) are all standouts you must try when you are here or get the lobster ($58.99) or fresh fish fillet ($15.99) if you want to impress your date. City Hot Pot also provides braised pork rice ($3.99), mee sua ($1.99), another additional sides if you need more to satisfy your appetite.
Location: One Raffles Place, #04-26/27/28, Singapore 048616
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3pm, 5.00pm – 10.00pm (Mon – Sat)
Beauty in the Pot are especially good with their soup bases that are said to be good for the complexion. Beauty Collagen Broth ($20) and Spicy Nourishing Broth ($20) are two distinctive soups created with a combination of conpoy (scallops) chicken, and pig bones. They even use a plethora of Chinese herbs, such as red dates and ginseng, to make the soups as nutritious as they are tasty.
The hotpot ingredients here, are priced a cut above the typical steamboat establishment, so expect to spend more here. You can expect wagyu rib-eye from the United States ($21), Kurobuta pork ($9), and a variety of fresh seafood. Even the many varieties of tofu are worth trying, like their fish tofu ($1.80), which absorbs the broth’s flavour like a savoury sponge.
Locations: Jewel Changi Airport | KINEX | Serangoon NEX | The Centrepoint | The Star Vista | VivoCity | Westgate
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Soup bases are perhaps the most important aspect of a successful steamboat meal, and Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hot Pot provides a variety of gourmet broths that will enhance the flavour of whatever you put in them.
A spicy stock with stewed, seasoned beef ($48), tomato with oxtail ($48), pickled cabbage with dory fish ($38), and a golden-hued chicken soup ($20) are among the five signature soups. For the adventurous diners, Tong Xin Ru Yi’s menu includes duck tongue ($14), pig aorta ($18), beef tripe ($16), frog ($14), rabbit kidney ($12), and more.
Location: 6 Lor Telok, Singapore 049019
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10.30pm (Mon – Fri) | 12.00pm – 10.30 pm (Sat – Sun)
Hua Ting, tucked away on the calmer side of Orchard Road, offers a whopping 11 different steamboat broths, several of which come in unique variants that you won’t find anywhere else. To mention a few scrumptious dishes, there’s the drunken prawn ($28), glutinous wine with kampung chicken ($22), and fish soup with winter melon and conpoy ($38).
From handmade balls and seafood pastes like fish paste with black moss ($7) to tripe, offal, quality meat cuts, and fresh seafood including cockles, clams, and lobsters, the steamboat menu is huge, so come with someone who has a big appetite.
Location: Orchard Hotel Singapore, Level 2, 442 Orchard Rd, 238879
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.00pm – 10.00pm (Mon – Fri) | 11.00am – 2.30pm, 6.00pm – 10.00pm (Sat – Sun)
It really doesn’t matter which one you pick; they are all good In their own way. So, why not grab your family or friends and head on down during a chill afternoon to warm yourselves right up.