Faigo Hotpot 小辉哥 – One of China’s Most Popular Hotpot Restaurants In Singapore
Faigo Hotpot is one of China’s most popular hotpot restaurants, and I would recommend this If you are up for some high-quality meat and fresh seafood with variety of tasty soup bases.
The Hong Kong style hotpot restaurant started at Julu Road Shanghai in 2004, and became relatively successful. It then went further into individual small pots in 2012 to appeal to the young and trendy, and expanded to a chain of over 80 outlets across China.
So one big difference between Faigo and other hotpot restaurants is that every individual will get a pot with your own soup base, which you can control your own temperatures electronically. (There are even individual USB ports to charge phones!)
There are 5 soup bases of clear Teochew, Bitter Gourd Pork Rib, Potato Curry, Consommé and Sichuan. I picked the Teochew as I wanted to savour more the natural tastes of the meats.
For a basic $19 set, you get a platter of meat, mixed vegetables, mixed balls, carbs, drink and specialty sauces. You can also opt for the $29 or $39 sets with tiger prawns, scallops and wagyu beef.
The soup was whitish-clear, rich, yet not overly intense, allowing you to enjoy the ingredients without the broth overly masking the taste. Meat was also fresh and of good quality.
So the question is: why isn’t there any buzz at all considering this is quite a popular chain in China? This, contrasted with Hai Di Lao 海底捞火锅 which is also located at Clarke Quay.
Singapore’s F&B market can be quite different, where publicity with word of mouth constitutes to patronage. So I didn’t recall Faigo Hotpot doing enough.
The interior decor, amenities, essentially the hardware is top-notch, but one needs to do more to really get the crowd in.
Faigo Hotpot 小辉哥
Tel: +65 6635 5677
Opening Hours: 12pm – 12am (Mon – Tues), 12pm – 2am (Wed – Sun)
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