Most of us associate steamboat with precious memories spent with friends and family due to the communal nature of this dish. Essentially, a boiling hot steel pot brimming with flavourful soup is served alongside an array of raw ingredients for all to enjoy, including crowd favourites like cabbage, meatballs and quail eggs.
You’ve had your fair share of steamboat buffets at restaurants, but how about something more affordable, economical, and equally satisfying? Jumping on the hot pot hype train, more hawker and food court stalls are offering steamboats, their rendition of no frills, fuss free and tasty, be it individual hot pots or for sharing.
Here are 6 places to get your steamboat fix at an affordable price.
There’s something for everyone when dining at Ah Pang Steamboat Seafood. Serving both Zi Char and Steamboat, the stall dishes up the best of both worlds. Pick from one or the other (or both) when visiting this unassuming stall in the Mei Chin Market and Food Centre.
The steamboat is served on a metal pot atop a mini gas stove. The liao (ingredients) are served based on the number of people. so just sit back, relax, and enjoy the fresh seafood and meat placed in front of you. Do inform the staff if you wish to exclude any of these ingredients due to dietary requirements or preference.
Springy and flavourful, the fish balls and hee keow (fish dumpling) are the stars of the steamboat. Additionally, the meats provided are well-seasoned and the vegetables taste just as fresh. A steamboat for five only costs around $48, hurry down and snap up this fantastic deal!
Ah Pang Seafood Steamboat: 159 Meiling Street, Mei Chin Market #02-21 Singapore 140159 | Opening Hours: (Thurs-Mon) 12:00 to 22:00 | Tel: 6476 8158
Put a smile on your face at Steamboat Cheery located in Kallang Bahru which serves their steamboat using a superior stock without any MSG or artificial seasonings. Started in march 2014, the stall has been serving quality food at affordable prices since.
If you’re in a big group, opt for their large steamboat, ordering individual plates of ingredients or sets for the table to share. Standard ingredients range from $2 to $5 per plate and more luxurious ingredients like abalone are available at a premium.
If not, go for their mini steamboats at only $6 for chicken or pork set, and $7 for the seafood set. The sets come with the protein as well as a mix of vegetables for your enjoyment.
Steamboat Cheery: Blk 63 Kallang Bahru, #01-443, Singapore 330063 | Opening Hours: (Daily) 1130am – 1030pm | Tel: 62994676| Website
What happens when Prawn Noodles meets steamboat? The stall sells the usual offerings of pork rib or prawn noodles, but here at Wen Wen Pork Rib Big Prawn Mee, have your hotpot filled to the brim with their flavourful broth. The prawn mee broth gives the steamboat an extra oomph that I guarantee you’ll enjoy.
The $50 Seafood Pot comes with a variety of ingredients including crabs, prawns, clams, pigs intestines, pigs tail, pigs skin and pork ribs. If you want more premium ingredients to “glam” up your hotpot, options like baby abalone or crayfish are available (Just remember to call and check if these items are in stock).
Oh, and if you’re in the mood for some meat, the stall allows you to bring your own ingredients for the steamboat! So just pop by a nearby supermarket or bring some vegetables from home for a even better steamboat experience.
Wen Wen Pork Rib Big Prawn Mee: Blk 51 Old Airport Road, #01-147, Singapore 390051 | Opening hours: (Daily) 12:00-14:00, 17:30–22:00 | Tel: 90265983 | Facebook
With coconuts adorning it’s signboard, Chicken Legend serves steamboat with (yup, you guessed it) coconut water. You’re probably thinking it’s a weird combination and that you’d much rather have it as a drink than as the base of your steamboat but you’ll never know till you’ve tried right?
Pure coconut water is extracted fresh from the coconut and poured straight into your hotpot without any additives, sweeteners or flavouring. Pay only $20 for a small set, which serves around one to two people, featuring half of their recommended kampung chicken. (After all, the store’s called Chicken Legend)
Don’t chicken out and try other sets including the meat set (beef, pork, and prawns) or the seafood set (salmon, dory, scallop, mussels and prawns). Here’s a suggestion: dip the ingredients into their signature soy sauce that is infused with over 20 different herbs and spices for more flavour. With such a variety, what’s holding you back?
Chicken Legend: 15 Upper East Coast Road Singapore, 455207 | Opening Hours:(Tues-Sun) 17:30-22:00 | Tel: 92950650 | Website
Tired of placing your meat in the steamboat and losing it five seconds after? Cast your worries aside with Hock Leng Satay Bee Hoon Lok Lok. With your ingredients skewered onto satay sticks, just dip it in the hot soup and pull it out once it’s cooked.
Unlike the usual Lok Lok we’re familiar with eating in Malaysia, a dish that is usually cooked in front of you, Hock Leng lets adopts a Do-It-Yourself style here where you can choose which skewer you wish to cook. By doing so, the ingredients remain hot when you are eating it.
The sticks are sold by sets, based on the number of people dining so expect a wide array of ingredients with $15 being the minimum. Choose from two different broths, the first being a satay based broth, while the other being a clear broth served with a separate satay dip. Whichever you choose, expect nothing short of a delicious meal!
Enjoy the steamboat with their signature satay bee hoon, or just have it on it’s own. With the freedom to cook each skewer as and when you like, this is the perfect place to chat and mingle with friends.
Hock Leng Satay Bee Hoon Lok Lok: #01-141 Old Airport Road Food Centre, 51 Old Airport Road, Singapore 390051 | Opening Hours:(Daily) 14:00-21:00
Emperor Pot consists of a steamboat, mini grill, and a steamer. Unlike your traditional hotpot, the one at Emperor Pot comes with other attachments for you to enjoy your dining experience to the fullest. Choose however you want your meats or vegetables to be cooked according to your preference for that bit of personalisation.
In this pot however, the steamboat portion is truly the star. Whether you want tomato, mala, laksa or chicken as your broth, rest assured that all the broths are delicious and perfect for poaching your meat in (or just drink it straight from the pot).
Going alone? Don’t worry, apart from large sharing sets, the stall offers individual portions ($5.90 for meat or seafood set) for your very own hearty, satisfying meal. The stall also features nine different dipping sauces so indulge to you heart’s content.
Emperor Pot 皇帝锅: 100 Tyrwitt Road, Jalan Besar Stadium (Broadway Food Centre), Singapore 207542 | Opening Hours: (Daily) 12.30-03:00| Website
Don’t simmer in excitement any longer. Head down to any of the places mentioned and be prepared to boil over in happiness and satisfaction as you stuff meats, veggies and broth into your tummies without burning a huge hole in your wallet.
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