Last Updated: October 30, 2019
Steamboat, mainly a Chinese or Japanese tradition, is something we Singaporeans hold very dear to our hearts. It seems like we can’t get enough of it, from yearly reunion dinners to even a casual bonding session with friends at a nearby restaurant.
Steamboat used to only involve a pot of boiling water with additional ingredients like fish, meat, seafood, fishballs and vegetables are thrown in to slowly flavour the soup. Nowadays though, to increase the intensity of the experience, the base soup used is mostly stock or some precooked flavoured soup.
Of course, with steamboat being such a prevalent staple in our Singaporean culture, many steamboat chain restaurants have started to pop up in these recent years.
We have not included Chinese-style fish head steamboats, which could be another article all on its own.
Here is a list of 10 best steamboat restaurants in Singapore that you should definitely try with your family!
Open till 3am, Beauty in The Pot is perfect for your late night casual gathering with friends or family alike. Featuring their signature Collagen Broth (yay to youthfulness), you can still stay bright and awake while having steamboat at 1am.
Robust and tasty soup bases like their delicately crafted mala soup make a great combination with their homemade ingredients, such as homemade fish paste cakes.
You’re in for a treat here at Beauty in The Pot!
Expected Damage: $25 per pax
It is no secret that Singaporeans are in love with Japanese cuisine, not to mention Japanese hotpot (nabe).
Tsukada Nojo is famous for its Golden Jidori Chicken Soup. Chicken bones from locally-grown chicken farms in Japan are stewed for at least eight hours until they are totally dissolved.
This special broth is then allowed to cool, forming a jelly-like semi-solid soup that disintegrates magically into a creamy, thick broth when heated. It is super rich in both flavour and collagen, and not to mention healthy too. No wonder there always seems to be a queue!
Expected Damage: S$50 (Bijin Nabe Set for two pax)
Tsukada Nojo: 68 Orchard Road, #03-81, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839 | Tel: +65 6336 5003 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3.30pm & 5pm – 10pm (Daily) | Facebook
Famous for their boiled-for-hours “Ma La Tang” and “Old Faithful Chicken Stock”, The Magic Of Chongqing Hot Pot 重庆火锅馆 takes pride in its fresh ingredients. They even have unique ingredients like Beef Tongue, Abalone and Lobster on their a la carte menu.
Dip it in their tasty broths and you’ll be blown away instantly. What makes this steamboat even more unique is the fact that no MSG is used. Naturally delightful, this is a steamboat you have to check off your list at some point in time!
More than 20 years old now, The Magic Of Chongqing Hot Pot is consistently improving their standards.
The Magic Of Chongqing Hot Pot 重庆火锅馆: 19 Tanglin Road, #04-06/07, Tanglin Shopping Centre, Singapore 247909 | Tel: +65 6734 8135 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 10.30pm (Daily) | Website
Gaining fame and popularity island wide for their delectable steamboat selection and even better service, get ready to be treated like a king here at Hai Di Lao 海底捞.
The waiting times are long (one to two hours) but are made so much better with their wide range of services, which include a manicure session, lounging couches to watch TV or read magazines.
They will hand you a queue number and call when it’s your turn, so feel free to go explore the mall.
With various soup bases available and even the ‘Yuan Yang’ option (two soup bases), our favourite was the Laksa Soup Base, which had a very authentic Singaporean taste.
Expected Damage: S$45 per pax
JPOT is a great place to congregate with your friends and family for a casual dinner that’s still hearty and food coma-inducing.
With premium, thinly-sliced meat marbled with just the right amount of fats, you and your guests would be in for a treat. Their pork meat was well-marinated and one of my favourites here.
Like many hotpot chains nowadays, they also let you choose and mix your condiments, which we really liked. Not to mention, their outlet at Tampines 1 introduces unique Singapore-style broths such as Salted Vegetable with Duck and Fish Head Soup, which diners can add a shot of cognac into. How cool is that?
Expected Damage: S$20 – S$30 per pax
JPOT: 10 Tampines Central 1, #03-16, Tampines 1, Singapore 529536 | Tel: +65 6532 3536 | Opening Hours: 11am–11pm (Daily) | Website
With one of the best Laksa Steamboat Soup Bases you can find here in Singapore, San Laksa Steamboat definitely managed to snag the hearts of many. It is a little puzzling how there are so many good laksa joints here in Singapore, but those serving that creamy, thick and authentic laksa steamboat are few and far between.
San Laksa Steamboat will surely satisfy your tastebuds. I thought I might get a little sick of the rich, coconut-based broth, but it actually got even more enticing as ingredients were added in. We ended up polishing off almost the whole pot of soup. Talk about a bowl of sinful goodness!
Expected Damage: S$11 – S$20 per pax
San Laksa Steamboat: 404 Telok Blangah Road, Singapore 098840 | Tel: +65 6275 7069 | Opening Hours: 11am–2.30pm & 4.30–11pm (Daily) | Website
Located at a quieter end of Orchard, Hua Ting Steamboat which sits within Claymore Connect brings us superb lunch deals that are completely worth it.
Diners can prepare to dig into hassle-free and delicious mini pots made up of scrumptious broths and freshly-picked, quality ingredients.
For those pressed for time, Hua Ting Steamboat offers Casserole Hotpots which are self-contained hotpots. These offer the same tastes and experience as a regular hotpot but with a more down-sized, specialised pre-cooked hotpot set lunch. This allows busy office workers to enjoy hotpots with extreme ease.
Expected Damage: S$25 – S$40 per pax
Hua Ting Steamboat: 442 Orchard Road, Claymore Connect, Mezzanine Level #01-08, Singapore, 238879 | Tel: +65 6739 6628 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Daily) | Website
A different take on the local hotpot scene, Shabu Sai offers a shabu shabu selection instead, with many different soup bases to choose from. Their broths may not be as thick in authentic flavour as the rest here but they definitely have more variety. The broths include favourites like the Spicy Jjigae and Sukiyaki Base.
Shabu Sai serves a shabu shabu buffet, so it’s an extremely value-for-money option, where you can continuously order a free flow of US Beef, South American Pork and Brazilian Chicken.
Expected Damage: From $16.99++ per pax
Shabu Sai: 181 Orchard Road, #08-09/10/11, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896 | Tel: +65 68846760 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3pm & 6pm – 10pm (Mon), 11am – 3pm & 6pm – 10pm (Tue – Fri), 11.30am – 4pm & 5pm – 10pm (Sat & Sun) | Other Outlets | Facebook
Located along Teck Chye Terrace, Kings’s Laksa Steamboat offers an all-you-can-eat steamboat buffet that comes with an affordable price tag. It also offers various soup bases such as Laksa and Mala that can be paired with over 80 different steamboat ingredients.
You’d be pleased to know that the buffet doesn’t just provide raw ingredients; they serve fried side dishes, as well. In fact, they have a wide array of appetisers ranging from Fried Spring Rolls, fluffy Mantou Buns and Nuggets to Luncheon Meat Slices and delicious Prawn Paste Chicken Wings.
These really helped to keep our tummies from grumbling while we were waiting for the steamboat ingredients to cook. What’s more, each of these dishes is fried a la minute so, you know that they’re guaranteed to be fresh!
Expected Damage: $16.80 – $25.80 per pax
Address: 17 Teck Chye Terrace, Singapore 545724 | Tel: +65 6287 8010 | Opening Hours: 11.3oam–11pm (Daily) | Website
The MOF’s latest venture, Danro Singapore features nine different soup bases from all around Japan.
Slightly thicker than your usual steamboat broth, our picks were the Tonkotsu Miso and the Chicken & Milk Broth.
Danro’s signature item is the Kiritanpo, a rice stick that is both slightly sweet and salty, which absorbs the soup and complements the flavours very well when dipped in.
Expected Damage: From $16.90++/pax