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Steamboats

Steamboats

Featuring Wen Wen Pork Rib Big Prawn Mee (Geylang Bahru Market & Food Centre), Hai Xian Lao (Wilkie Edge), Upin Hot Pot (Clarke Quay Central), Xiangcao Yunnan Original Ecology Hotpot, Spice World Hot Pot, Da Miao Hot Pot, Shi Li Fang (JCube), Ding Xian Hot Pot (Eat At Seven), Xiao Jun Gan Chuan Chuan Xiang (Beach Road), Hai Di Lao Hot Pot (Novena)
Wei Zhi Chiang
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Nong Su is newly opened by the same people behind Mi Casa, just a few doors down the same road! While Mi Casa is focused on Spanish cuisine, here they serve ala carte steamboat with Hainanese influence. The menu is simple with 2 bases you can choose from or opt for a dual pot ($6) - 100% Natural Chicken Stock and Home-made Spicy Broth. Nong Su prides themselves for using simple and natural ingredients with no MSG, and that shows through the light broths that feels very homey. While you shouldn’t come expecting the usual strong and heavy flavours, you can get their complimentary condiments to match. They even put up special recipes on how to mix certain sauces.

We went for their Pork & Chicken Set ($34) that came along with prawns, fishballs, cabbage, tofu, tomatoes, yam, golden mushrooms and sliced fish. It was pretty worth it for its portion! Although I wasn’t a fan of the fishballs, the meats were particularly fresh. The Nongsu Prawn Paste ($10) was good as well. It’s not the kind with a bouncy texture like those you get in HDL, theirs was more meaty and the prawns used had a light sweetness.

We also ordered a Har Cheong Gai ($12) which was marinated and fried well. Space was small but clean, service was warm and friendly!

📍Nong Su Steamboat 我家火锅
100 Jalan Jurong Kechil
🕔 5pm to 9.30pm Tuesdays to Sundays

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Back again at the steamboat lane in Bugis 😂 We were here on an early weekend afternoon and Xiao Jun Gan Chuan Chuan Xiang is one of the few that opens earlier. The $ per pax doesn’t include drinks (there’s lots of watermelon to help quench your thirst), but is inclusive of the soup base which many of the other places down the lane charge separately for. We had the Yuan Yang option of ma la and herbal soup. Both were flavourful and not too salty that makes you thirsty.

Was looking forward to the skewers, but unfortunately, the majority of them were beef which we don’t take. Those we could have, the chicken wings and chicken, were marinated pretty well with a good rub of spices. Thankfully, they had quite a big range of fresh ingredients including crabs and a variety of clams, so it wasn’t too big of a problem! Make sure to also give their appetisers of liang pi and century egg tofu a try too as they were done very nicely. Liked that the space was airy and cooling with a strong enough air conditioning!

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Walked up and down Liang Seah street, aka steamboat street now 😂, before finally settling with this place! They have an ala carte option as well but we went for the standard 90 minutes buffet (they’re quite strict during peak hours). If I didn’t remember wrongly, the premium buffet is around $32++, but it looks more worth if you take beef - we saw many tables ordering plates and plates of them! The trio soup base is an additional $8 top up per table with their mushroom base as a default. We went for tomato and ma la for the other two.

They have a good range of veg, seafood, etc. that is available for you to take, while their fish and meats are prepared on order. Ingredients were all pretty fresh I must say! Ma la broth was drinkable and the mushroom base was comforting.

Overall it’s affordable for its variety plus free flow drinks and ice cream, but it got really stuffy after awhile. Ventilation inside is not the best, it might be cooler sitting outside if you’re coming for dinner! Weekdays’ pricing per pax is $25.80++.

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Glad that the parents are equally as big fans of steamboats like me, so family lunches are quite often about looking for new spots to go! This time we’re here at Mr. Pot, newly opened in Suntec City. They do set meals and ala carte, and we went for their $35.90 2 Pax Set Meal: Fresh Chicken, Pork Belly, Seafood with Vegetable Platter and Vegetable Twin Set, alongside Handmade Mashed Shrimp ($10), Luncheon Meat ($5) and a Vegetable Twin Plate ($4) of Kelp and Potato Wide Vermicelli.

The 1 Pax Set Meals ($15.90 up) come with a choice of a broth while the 2 Pax Sets come with an option of 2: Pig Bone Soup, Beauty Tomato Soup, Mushroom Chicken Soup, Pickled Cabbage Soup, Healthy Mushroom Soup and Mala Spicy Soup (+$1). Seems quite good to get the sets for variety, since the broths are $6/$7 each ala carte.

It’s an additional $3 per pax for free flow of sauces, appetisers and drinks. I liked that they had a few types of drinks (water, tea, lemon juice, red tea, plum juice) unlike most with just two or three choices. On the other hand, appetisers and sauce choices were much more limited.

Ingredients were fresh, but overall taste wise, we found it pretty average. Thought the mala was a little disappointing - it could be a lot more flavourful and fragrant!

📍小炉鲜生 Mr. Pot
Suntec City Mall, North Wing, #B1-146
3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
📞 9337 6185

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More and more steamboat places popping up and at Suntec, Eat at 7 has their new steamboat concept, Ding Xian Hotpot! 5 broth options and we went with the spicy Blazing Magma Soup (Japanese miso) and non-spicy Herbal Bak Kut Teh. We liked the BKT as it was more drinkable, with sweetness from a bunch of Chinese herbs like dried sugarcane, xue li, dang gui, etc. Prices for the fresh ingredients are relatively affordable - go for their tender Iberico Pork Collar ($5 for 6 pieces)! As an opening promotion, they have a 1 for 1 lunch set going at $12.90 from this Monday till Friday.

Thank you @dingxianhotpot for having us and @brandcellar for the kind invite! 🙆🏻‍♀️

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First time at HDL’s Novena outlet and we managed to get a lunch reservation to avoid the long waiting time. The space is cozy but our table next to the window was a little cramped. Food is shiok as usual and the service we received was exceptional - even got two complimentary bowls of longevity noodles for our parents and a stalk of carnation flower for Mother’s Day!

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This hotpot space is open till 5am daily = another spot for suppers! We got to try 3 different soups - Healthy Collagen, Si Chuan Spicy Soup Base and their newly launched Prawn Soup Base. Our clear winner that night was the super rich Prawn Soup Base, made from boiling lots and lots of prawn heads - it was so rich and intense that it felt super sinful slurping down (but unfortunately heard that you’d have to top up $ for more broth, which doesn’t seem as worth it). While the Collagen felt too watered down, the Si Chuan base is a not bad option for ma la lovers. The buffet was pretty standard, and includes the usual steamboat options you’d expect. Not outstanding, but what we enjoyed most were their ala carte Homemade Prawn Balls ($12.90 for 6) which were super q and packed with prawn meat.

Thank you to @haixianlao for having us and @burpple for the kind invite! 🙆🏻‍♀️

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Another new hotpot kid on the block! There’s almost zero information online on Xiang Tian Xia’s new Singapore outlet (they have branches in China, New York, etc.), but we took a risk and bought their $200 cash voucher on Fave at 51% off (that’s $99) - & score! Cause it was definitely worth it for the amount we had. We had the triple pot with their Mushroom, Tomato and Ma La broths. Shoutout to the fragrant mala broth, spicy and thick, leaving a light numbing sensation. Flavour is quite different from the familiar HDL probably due to the mixture of spices used, but it was still good albeit not as drinkable. It’s also customizable for less spice, less oil, etc. The good range of ingredients were fresh but for some like the wide sweet potato noodles ($5), the portions were significantly smaller.

They don’t do half portions here too, so make sure to grab along a few more friends! Just a few prices for a better gauge - triple pot $22, double pot $18, tiger prawns $14, pork belly $16, dory fish $12, handmade pork and mushroom meatballs $10, shrimp paste $18. Service is not mind blowing but still warm and attentive. We’re surely coming back with another voucher, but if without, we’d probably stick to HDL and Upin!

📍香天下 Xiang Tian Xia Hotpot
Blk B 3 River Vally Road #01-06/07
Singapore
🕦 10.30am to 4am Daily

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Back at Wen Wen for the second time after what seems like forever but the wait was so worth it. ✨We paid $70 for 5 pax. Unlimited noodles and refills of that amazing broth in a mix of crabs, clams, prawns, intestines and pork ribs along with shabu pork and veg we brought along. S H I O K. Their contact number for reservations has changed to 90265983 and I think they now provide additional vegetables for top up if you forget to bring your own!

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Got to Clarke Quay with an izakaya in mind for lunch, but it poured so badly we found ourselves around this bubbling hot pot instead! Upin's relatively new and snugged on the 3rd floor of Clarke Quay Central. Can't say that I like this more than my fav HDL, but it was still really satisfying! We got the mushroom broth and ma la (why of course). Both broths started out lighter and became more flavourful half way through, as compared to HDL where the flavours hit you well from the start. Similarly, you also get to choose the amount of oil, level of spiciness as well as numbness for the ma la base. We went for the spiciest and it was good!

Prices are lower here, but they don't do half portions, so come in a bigger group to stretch your dollar! Some prices for comparison - Twin Pot ($14/$16, depending on the higher cost of soup among the two chosen), Black Pork ($10), Prawn Paste ($12), Indian Lettuce ($4), Kelp ($4), Wide Vermicelli ($5). Ingredients were fresh, quality and came in relatively big portions. Service was great too, we were served by a very friendly 吴阿姨! Beverages are free flow at $3 a pax, while access to the sauces, seasonings and fruit table is at $4 a pax. Upin takes reservations up till 6.30pm before the dinner crowd fills up the space, but is also open till 3am for supper. Will be back!

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Resisted our favorite HDL and got down to trying a new hotpot place in Clarke Quay! Started off with a yuan yang pot of ma la (why of course) and pork bone broth. The latter caught our hearts with its rich savoury flavour, the kind that you'll feel is boiled super thoroughly. The ma la paled in comparison, it didn't pack a punch as much as we would have liked, especially if you're used to HDL. It was light but still quite fragrant and had a nice balance of both numbness and heat! You can customize the level of oil, peppercorns, etc. Also, not sure if it was the ventilation, but it got really hot half way through and we were sweating buckets even though it wasn't crowded.

Price wise, it's about the same as HDL's but somehow, we all felt that the portion here is a tad smaller for certain dishes. There isn't half portions here, so come in bigger groups! Would definitely recommend to get their Shrimp Paste ($17) - two square blocks of pure shrimp paste, once cooked its crunchy and q, super shiok!

Service wasn’t as attentive at times although there weren't many people. We had to keep getting up to get our dishes placed on a separate table, but our cups and soups were constantly refilled. Not sure if we'll come back again but if you do want to give it a try, there's a Si Chuan Face Changing (四川变脸) performance daily from 7.30pm to 8pm!

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Finally got down to Shi Li Fang after hearing so much about it, but as much as I wanted to like it, it kinda fell short of expectations. We got the chicken and ma la soup bases, both were average with the chicken one being slightly better (heard the tomato is one of the best ones here). Didn’t slurp down too much soup but it made us really thirsty after the meal. 😔 That said, plus points for the fresh ingredients served quickly after orders despite being full house!

Heard that prices are affordable, but that's more for the set meals. The ala carte options are not the most kind to the wallet imo - ordered some of the more basic dishes and our bill came up to $54 for 2 pax, something I'd prefer to pay for a buffet at one of the steamboat places in Bugis. But, collect enough stamps here and you can redeem soft toys in exchange!

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