Love all-you-can-eat meat, seafood and vegetables with free-flow soup? These Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Korean restaurants serve hotpot feasts that will leave you slurpin’ and burpin’
Prefer your beef undercooked to well done? Rather have your soup sweetened by prawns and cabbage? Do you like your kurobuta pork simmering in tomato soup or a tongue-tingling ma la broth? If you love making all these decisions, then you’re probably already an expert in hotpot cuisine. Perfect for dining in groups, hotpot is a communal affair that lets you cook whatever you want, however you want, often in a hotpot placed in the centre of the table. From Chinese steamboat to Japanese shabu shabu, and even unique Thai and Korean variations, there are plenty of hotpot restaurants in Singapore for you to dip and sip. Here are 10 of our favourites.
This dining venture takes on authentic Japanese shabu shabu dining with a touch of European flair. The twist being that – unlike just cooking in boiling water – the broths served here are European-influenced, like beef consomme and bouillabaisse. Sakurazaka also offers less common pork and beef varieties, and also a mix of Asian and Western vegetables. Sakurazaka’s Chef Masashi, a Fukuoka native, has also introduced traditional sukiyaki, as well as a selection of European-inspired kakigori (shaved ice) – we’re especially fond of the port wine-flavoured one! Click here for a full review.
Sakurazaka, 24 Greenwood Avenue, Singapore 289221. p. 6463 0333. Open daily 6pm-10.30pm.
Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle
Gourmands who love prawn noodles will tell you that it’s all about the rich broth, and they’ll be over the moon to hear they can now slurp it all up in a hotpot from this 66-year-old establishment. Called the BIG WAH! Kee Pot, this hotpot contains flower crabs, fish, clams, prawns, sotong, vegetables, egg and rice, served in the same signature broth used in the restaurant’s prawn noodles. Best part? It’s pegged at an affordable $30 for two.
Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle, #01-13C Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039802.
Hai Di Lao
Be warned: It’s a long wait to dine at this Sichuan-based restaurant (mostly over an hour), but if you’re looking for fiery hotpot, the wait is worth it. If you can handle the heat, choose the numbing ma la soup base and say goodbye to any sensation in your mouth. Hai Di Lao is also known for its theatrics, as staff will flamboyantly stretch noodles right in front of you like a twirling martial artist.
Hai Di Lao, #02-04 Clarke Quay, 3D River Valley Road, Singapore 179023, p. 6337 8626.
GoroGoro Steamboat & Korean Buffet
Built up an appetite after a hard day’s shopping on Orchard Road? You’ll be glad to refuel at GoroGoro Steamboat & Korean Buffet. Serving up bubbling broths that won’t break the bank, you’ll leave with a full tum, and your wallet intact to boot. With six broth bases to choose from, and no fewer than 50 meat and veggie options to toss in, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
GoroGoro Steamboat & Korean Buffet, #04-01 Orchardgateway@Emerald, 218 Orchard Road, Singapore 238851, p. 6385 7854.
Ginger at PARKROYAL on Beach Road
While not a specialty hotpot restaurant, this hotel fixture is known for its buffet spread that rolls out unlimited lobsters on ice, and other amazing seafood such as mussels, prawns and clams. Case in point: get the Crustacean Hotpot for a bonanza of seafood, chock-full of crab, lobsters, tiger prawns and mussels simmering in a flavourful seafood broth. You might want to bring stretchy pants for this.
Ginger, 1/F PARKROYAL on Beach Road, 7500 Beach Road, Singapore 199591, p. 6505 5710.
This well-known stalwart has been around since 1957, so really, they must be doing something right. We particularly like the good ol’ clear chicken broth as a soup base. For maximum satisfaction, dip your favourite cooked ingredients in Coca’s fiery homemade chilli sauce. All three outlets (Takashimaya, Resorts World Sentosa and Leisure Park Kallang) are usually crowded, so book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Coca Restaurant, #04-22 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238874, p. 6734 7887.
Crazy about the whole collagen-gives-you-beautiful-skin business? At Tsukada Nojo, you can get your wonder protein fix in a pot with their famous Bijin Nabe – a collagen-rich creation featuring organic chicken broth and fresh ingredients like shrimp, mushrooms and chicken meatballs. Taking care of your skin while stuffing your face? Score!
Tsukada Nojo, #03-81 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839, p. 6336 5003.
Thai Super Bowl
Here’s a new hotspot to cure all your Thai nosh cravings, especially if your appetite’s always hot for the tangy, sharp spiciness of tom yum soup. Their Signature Thai Super Bowl ($36) caters to a group of four or six. It’s served in an intimidatingly large, rectangular hotpot bursting with fresh seafood and other ingredients, all immersed in spicy, milky tom yum broth. Expect mussels, prawns, squids, crab meat and even noodles for your carb fix.
Thai Super Bowl,#01-41 Hougang 1, 1 Hougang Street 91, Singapore 538692.
How does puffer fish hotpot sound? Japan’s largest fugu chain, Guenpin, has finally arrived in Singapore, making it the only fugu specialist in town. The signature dish, the Tiger Puffer fish (or “torafugu”), is prepped by the restaurant’s extremely skilled chefs (you’ll be fine, don’t worry) and is recognised as the highest grade of fugu. The restaurant offers both á la carte and full-course menus, featuring torafugu served sliced, grilled, as a karaage, sushi or hotpot.
Guenpin, #01-06, 32 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069115. p. 6634 2916. p. 6634 2916. Open weekdays 12pm-3pm 6pm-12am, weekends 5pm-12am.
You’ll have plenty of reasons to come back to Shabu Sai, because these hot pot geniuses offer a new soup base every month. From bonito & lime and Assam curry, to cheddar cheese and mala chicken soup, Shabu Sai doesn’t shy away from the unconventional. You can also opt for a ‘yin yang’-style soup pot with two different flavours.
Shabu Sai, 181 Orchard Road, #08-09/10/11, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896. p. 6884 6760. Open weekdays 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm. Open weekends 11.30am-4pm, 5pm-10pm.