Hot pot isn’t only meant for Chinese New Year, it’s good for any occasion when you feel like catching up with your buddies or simply to satisfy your hotpot cravings.
While Singapore’s hot pot scene is dominated by large Chinese chains (HDL, anyone?), there are numerous other spots that offer up quality dishes for less than half of the waiting time. Read on to discover which hot pot restaurants are worth a visit for top-notch ingredients and satisfying broth without the exorbitant waiting time.
Travel back in time with the traditional Southwest Chinese-style interior that makes you feel like you are on the set of a historical drama. A luxurious Chinese dining experience awaits your arrival! All the way from Cheng Du, this authentic Sichuan hot pot restaurant treats you like royalty with a plethora of hot pot ingredients like Pork- Wrapped Lady’s Finger and A-Grade Lean Beef.
Make a reservation at these outlets:
2. Hai Xian Lao
For the night owls, add this to your supper list because Hai Xian Lao closes at 5am daily. Besides the usual offerings, this hidden gem located along Selegie also serves premium meat cuts, live seafood, and a range of flavourful soup base. Take the spice up a notch with the Mala broth or tone it down with the thick, free-from-MSG collagen soup base. Feed your midnight cravings with Kurobuta Pork Belly, US Wagyu Beef Striploin, Lamb Shoulder, and more!
Looking for a comforting, hearty hot pot after work? Located a few minutes away from Raffles Place MRT, City Hot Pot Shabu Shabu is an ideal place to seek solace for your restless soul. You have your own individual pots, which means no fighting over whose meat is this or which ingredient to cook first. Give the more interesting soup base flavours like the Korean Kimchi and Fish Soup with Milk a try! It will surely soothe your tummy.
One layer of seafood delights after another, stacked right in front of you, it’s almost impossible to resist going for seconds, or thirds, or even fourths! Select from three different soup bases: the classic Kombu Dashi base, Korean Kimchi soup, and Premium Korean Ginseng Chicken soup. Not a single ounce of goodness goes to waste here: at the end of the meal, rice is added to the flavourful juices from the steamed seafood tray collected at the base. The freshness and sweetness of the Blue Mussels and Half-Shell Scallops will leave you satisfied for days!
Housed in a heritage shophouse in Outram, Singapore’s first ever catch-your-own seafood automated hotpot buffet is here! Experience hand how to catch live seafood from the blue tank situated conveniently beside your table and cook it in your hot pot. To the lazy diners who hate peeling prawns, we feel you! The table deshelling service at this establishment is your saving grace. Enjoying unlimited Prawns, Snow Crabs, and Lobsters without the fuss? We dig it.
This is one of the coolest hotpot spots you’ll ever visit. Its concrete walls with street-style murals complement the edgy metal and wooden furnishings. The soup bases do not contain MSG and are robust without being overpowering. You can expect a wholesome hotpot experience with nourishing soup bases, fresh seafood, healthy vegetables, and quality meats like the Signature Chili Beef Tenderloin.
This wallet-friendly Japanese hotpot buffet place is every Japanese food lover’s paradise. From a starting price of $14.90++, you can enjoy unlimited servings of quality sliced beef, pork, or chicken. Dip your meats in their healthier soup base options like Shabu Shabu and Tonyu Miso. Balance your meal with the salad bar, featuring a variety of fresh vegetables.
Make a reservation at these outlets:
- Bukit Panjang Plaza
- Plaza Singapura
- Tampines Mall
- Heartland Mall
- Kallang Wave Mall
- Marina Square
8. Li Xiang Lan Hotpot
Li Xiang Lan Hot Pot is a newly opened hot pot restaurant located in the busy streets of Chinatown. The triple-soup based hot pot consists of Sichuan Mala Soup, Tomato Soup, and Pork Bone Soup, that are rich in flavour. Premium meats such as American Wagyu Beef and Spanish Black Pork can be found on the menu too. Cool off the mala spiciness with their signature ice herb tea, infused with 72 types of herbs that are beneficial to your health.
Find it at 46 Smith Street, Singapore 058956
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9. BB Hotpot
This modern hotpot restaurant with Chinese traditional touches is inviting and cosy, perfect for a post-work gathering with colleagues. Get an upgrade to the Collagen Broth (made with cod fishbone) and enjoy free flow salmon sashimi at a reasonable price of $29.90++ per pax. Besides hotpot, BB Hotpot dishes out Braised Duck, smoky-sweet Char Siew, and more tantalising goodness.
Unlike the rest of the steamboat places, Si Wei Chuan Chuan offers the most authentic Chengdu hotpot experience, “Chuan Chuan” which means food on skewers. With smaller portions on each stick, you can order a larger variety of meats, vegetables, and side dishes. Don’t forget to try their unique Sichuan dishes such as the Matsutake Soup and Si Chuan Brown Sugar Ice Jelly to end your meal on a sweet note.
11. JPOT Tampines 1
A family-favourite, JPOT is loved by many customers for its casual dining ambience where the young and old gather for a heartwarming meal. JPOT puts a local twist to their soup bases such as the Fish Head and Bak Kut Teh. Operated under Jumbo Group, rest assured that the ingredients and service are of high standards.