Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shared a personal nugget of family life, that Mr Lee Kuan Yew used the word ‘BATTLESHIP’ to mean ‘steam boat’ in a telegram to save the number of words and cost. It was a lovely story that reminded us of the importance of thriftiness.
Of course the post went viral, and people start calling steamboat ‘battleship’. “Let’s have some battleship” is the new way to jio some friends for a bonding session over tasting hotpot.
Here are 5 places in Singapore to have some delicious ‘battleship’. I hope to expand this list to 10 some day, but haven’t found enough really good ones to make up 10. So, please contribute by commenting.
Hai Di Lao Hotpot Restaurant 海底捞火锅
#02-04 Clarke Quay, 3D River Valley Road (the side facing Riverside Point)
Tel: +65 6337 8626 (Reservations encouraged)
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 3:00am
Hai Di Lao 313@Somerset
Level 4, 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road (Somerset MRT)
Tel: +65 68357227, 68357337
Opening Hours: 10am – 4am
IMM, 2 Jurong East 21 Singapore 609601
One pot, endless smiles. Hai Di Lao can be known more for their gimmicks more than their food itself – not that it is any bad. “Have you heard about the hotpot place with FREE manicure service? Oh and FREE fruits and popcorn while you are waiting for a table?” Super good service. Recommended food include Aorta (pork/beef), house made noodles (get the guy to do those acrobatic pulls in front of you), Fresh Triple, and Beef Balls which spurt out with juice.
Hai Di Lao is indeed all about the entire package and experience, and certain satisfying. I am quite willing to pay that $10 extra for the attentive service, and the other $10 for its fresh ingredients and variety. Their 3rd branch in Singapore… is going to be at Jurong East IMM. (Read: Hai Di Lao 海底捞火锅 Clarke Quay and Hai Di Lao 海底捞火锅 313@Somerset)
Beauty In The Pot
OneKM, 11 Tanjong Katong Road #02-21 Singapore 437157 (Paya Lebar MRT)
Tel: +65 6702 2542
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 1am (Mon-Thurs), 11am – 3am (Fri-Sat, Eve of PH), 11am – 1am (Sun, PH)
Beauty In The Pot at OneKM is another concept from Paradise Group. One thing about them is, they borrow, I mean get inspired by competitors, and sometimes make them better. Service was excellent.
Their signature broth is the Beauty Collagen Broth ($20 per pot, $25 for twin flavours), comprising of shark’s cartilage and boiled for more than eight hours every day. Sounds machiam like a Tsukada Nojo Bijin Nabe in Chinese pot. This cloudy, rich, smooth, collagen-rich soup is flavoursome yet not overly intense, complementing most of the ingredients cooked in it. We found ourselves sipping the dense soup non-stop. So tasty and shiok! Thankfully refills were artfully placed in four bottles by the table. Spicy soup not so good.
We paid about $70-$80 per person, similar to what we would have paid at some of its competitor. (Read: Beauty In The Pot OneKM Mall)
Imperial Treasure Steamboat Restaurant
TripleOne Somerset #01-21/22/23, 111 Somerset Road
Tel: +65 6732 823
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 3am
ION Orchard #04-09/10
2 Orchard Turn
Tel: +65 6636 9339
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm, 6-11pm
Imperial Treasure’s soups are simmered for hours, their Ginseng chicken soup tasting rich and nourishing is my favourite. If not, there are always the Traditional Pork’s Bone, Seal & Kelp, Parsley & Century Egg, Sichuan Spicy and the intriguing Satay Flavoured Soups for choices.
We loved the fresh and bouncy handmade prawn and pork balls, and tender pieces of sliced marble beef and kurobuta pork belly. Set course of 2 at $88 onwards.
The highlight of the entire meat has to be its condiments and sauces, ranging from peanut sauce, green and red chills, spring onions, plum sauce, chopped garlic, sambal chili and chicken rice chilli … All 12 of them. (Read: Imperial Treasure Steamboat Restaurant TripleOne Somerset)
Crystal Jade Steamboat Kitchen
#02-32, Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238839
Tel: +65 6336 2833
Opening Hours: 11 – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 10pm (Sat, Sun and PH)
If I talk about Imperial, I cannot not talk about Crystal Jade right? Crystal Jade Steamboat Kitchen steamboat buffet at affordable prices in a restaurant setting along with the traditional Cantonese favourites. The 90-minute buffet includes more than 35 ingredients such as fresh chicken, pork and beef slices, mussels, mushrooms and vegetables.
The 6 different soup bases include Pork’s Bone, Tomato, Curry, Miso, Superior, and Spicy Mala Soup (I hear superior I also feel like choosing already.)
Weekday dinner buffet is at $21.90++ for adults and $17.90++ for children aged 12 years and below. On weekends and public holidays, dinner buffet is $27.90++ for adults and $23.90++ for children aged 12 years and below.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, B1-01B
Opening Hours: 11am – 2.30pm (hotpot, dim sum and a la carte menu), 2.30 – 5pm (dim sum only), 5pm – 11pm (hotpot and a la carte menu).
Tel: +65 6688 7722
More of the expensive side, since the restaurant is at MBS. The soup bases looked promising, but they were hardly inexpensive – Spicy Soup, Pork Bone, Picked Vegetables with Fresh Fish Soup, Bak Kut Teh were at $15, while Beef Consomme, Pork Tripe with Pepper, La-La Seafood, Korean Kimchi, Herbal Chicken, and Chicken Soup were all at $25.
Live Prawns go at $9 per 100g, USA Black Angus $32 per 100g, Japanese Wagyu Ribeye $35 per 100g, Handmade meatballs were between $12-$14 for 6 pieces (so that’s $2 or more per ball) and Homemade Noodles at $10-$12, while the rest of the Noodles go at $5 per portion. Go for the sets which would be cheaper.
Service was professional and non-intrusive. Hotpot Kingdom seemed more suitable for quieter meals and gatherings. (Read: Hotpot Kingdom Marina Bay Sands)
(Note: Prices are correct at time of posting. But as you know, these restaurants will keep revising their prices for various reasons.)