Best hotpot and steamboat places in Singapore: HaiDiLao, Beauty in The Pot, Shang Pin Hot Pot, and more
Unlike festive foods like bak kwa and pineapple tarts, hotpots have long permeated the stigma of being an occasion meal. Especially in Singapore where it has assimilated into our daily diets — with the roaring success of HaiDiLao and Beauty in The Pot, alongside many others. In spite of that, there's something heartening in rounding up the fam and crew over a boiling pit of nourishing broth and assorted meats especially over the Lunar New Year. After all, where else can you find restaurants that are open for dinner and supper with service staff working through the holiday? So yes, we are eternally grateful for these spots that will be open throughout the festivities. No amount of cookies can fill up the gaping hole we have for collagen soup.
There's always a wait for a meal at HaiDiLao. And there's good reason for it — besides top-notch servers at your beck and call, the spread (of varying ingredients) and soup bases are of top and premium produce. Most favoured soups would go to the tangy tomato as well as the pork stomach and chicken. Not forgetting a fruit buffet to cleanse your palate after the meal.
Known for: Exceptional service where you'll get a personal waiter looking over your table, free manicures, and their iconic à la minute noodle performance.
313 Orchard Road, #04-23/24, Tel: 6835 7227
Opening hours: (Mon-Sun) 10.30am-6am
Beauty in The Pot
What's in a name? For Beauty in The Pot, it's all about drinking collagen for the better of your skin. With six nutritious soup bases to choose from, you'll get rich flavours from the collagen-based broths that aren't just mouthwatering but good for your mien. Can't say the same for our waistline though.
Known for: Fried beancurd skin that stay crisp even after dunking it in the silky thick broth.
176 Orchard Rd, #05-15/16, Tel: 6235 3557
Opening hours: (Mon-Sun) 11.30am-6am
Shang Pin Hotpot
There are some similarities between Shang Pin and HaiDiLao — to which the former could be a better alternative if you're getting weary of the queues. What this spot offers is a pared down space sans the award-winning service, but makes up for it with the spread and soup bases.
Known for: A cheaper and more accessible alternative to HaiDiLao.
6 Raffles Blvd, #02-102/102A, Tel: 6565 7666
Opening hours: (Mon-Sun) 11.30am-5am
Da Miao Hot Pot
If you are craving mala like everyone does these days, Da Miao Hot Pot signature special spicy soup will do just the trick. Those that can't handle heat can opt for a beauty collagen soup instead, which is also something you can get at Da Miao. Apart from the gratifying meal, exclusive cultural performances and opera shows will make a special appearance every evening during the Chinese New Year.
Known for: Containing more than 20 herbs and spices, the Da Miao Special Spicy Soup is a must-try dish for all customers. Why you ask? Well this dish is being credited as one of the most authentic mala soups in all of Singapore. Impressive, indeed.
3C River Valley Rd, #01-11, Tel: 6250 9969
Opening hours: (Mon-Thurs) 11.30am-10.30pm, (Fri & Sat) 11.30am-3am, (Sun) 11.30am-10.30pm
Xun Wei Hot Pot
At Xun Wei, authentic Sichuan offerings come into play. Their beef is pickled with spice and pair in tandem with the sour nature of the tomato broth here. Also, expect the typical favourites like pork bone and mala bases. They also make it a point to charge each soup as the price for a person's pax. Which sums up to be a pretty good deal.
Known for: Exotic cuts like fresh aorta and Sichuan black tripe for those game for a change. All they need are a quick few minutes in the pot.
28 Liang Seah St, Tel: 8869 8384
Opening hours: (Mon-Sun) 11am-2am