Love it or hate it. Insane or instagrammable. What is your first reaction when you hear of “CORIANDER Hotpot”?

COCA Restaurants known for Thai-style ‘Suki’ Steamboat, have introduced an “Over The Top Coriander Hotpot” which will make you go green.

Diners get a mountain of fresh coriander leaves topped on a specially concocted rich chicken broth.

Are you the type that would request for frequent top-ups of coriander (or cilantro) in a steamboat restaurant; or would pick out any forms of greens accidentally found in your bak chor mee?

If you are the former, then you should quickly gather a group of friends for this.

A bit of history on COCA Restaurants: It is founded in Bangkok, Thailand way back in the 1950s, and is now known to be an international chain of Thai suki steamboat restaurants.

The name “COCA” was derived from the Chinese word “ke-kou” meaning “appetising”.

COCA Restaurant actually first opened its doors in Singapore in the 1987 – it has been that long, considered one of the ‘pioneer’ steamboat restaurants in the country.

Steamboat wasn’t that fancy back then, and it was just known for serving quality meats, freshest seafood and “in-season” vegetables which would add those natural flavours to the base broth.

It has currently 3 branches at Ngee Ann City Level 4, Leisure Park Kallang Level 2, and Resorts World Sentosa.

COCA Restaurants Coriander Hotpot
Have you considered why you need more Coriander in your life?

The leaves are known to be particularly rich in Vitamin A, C and K, is the “perfect antioxidant”, reduce high blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, help the digestive system, and em…is a natural body perfume, good for people with B.O.


Okay, to be really honest, I was initially skeptical and went ”What?” when the service staff carried the tray with a mountain of coriander leaves and plate of spring onions over.

All these into the pot of chicken broth.

The combination of crunchy leaves, soft cooked meat and meatballs, and flavourful broth actually worked very well and made a nutrition-packed meal.

My friend said it reminded me of a tasty Yong Tau Foo soup, and I had to agree.

Some people may worry there would be this sharp, bitter taste, but there was none of that.

The other draw was the aroma of boiled coriander, like refreshing lime-like flavour, which lingered for a while.

On retrospect, I might not have topped up the pot with the entire hill of leaves, but choose to cook them slowly so that the texture would stay fresh and crisp.

The Coriander is available as a top up of $5 per POT for the buffet ($2.50 for half a pot), or $12 for Ala Carte orders.

COCA Restaurants House Special Steamboat
If coriander is really not your thing, worry not as there is the COCA House Special Steamboat.

The Premium Buffet which includes unlimited bamboo lobsters, scallops, black mussels, and more with drinks and dessert of the day.

As for the Ala-Carte Steamboat option, there are choices of Double Boiled Treasure Soup ($12), Tom Yum Soup ($12) and Healthy Chicken Collagen Soup ($18).

The recommended would be the “Yuan-Yang” Double Boiled Treasure with Tom Yum Soup ($15).

Add in some of the thinly sliced meats from Pork Collar ($13.50), US Striploin ($23), Lamb ($15) to Australian Wagyu ($38).

Apart from the standard steamboat fare, take your pick from COCA’s House Specialties, such as the original “Fish Glue” ($10) – mackerel fish paste on the plate, Fortune Fish Paste ($9), House Special Dumplings ($10), along with an endless array of à la carte Thai delicacies.

My to-go-for would be the House Special Shrimp Paste ($11) and Cuttlefish Paste ($9) which would be scrapped from the tube down into the soup.

When cooked, the pieces would have this bouncy springy texture, along with sweet freshness of seafood.

In addition, there is the famous home-made COCA dipping sauce, concocted in 1957 by the founder’s wife, Mrs Patama.

The COCA sauce was sweet, spicy, rich, and savoury, with that distinct Thai flavour.

I find it best to go with ingredients lighter in taste, such as chicken fillet, fish fillet and the local fish balls.

COCA Restaurants Revamped Ala-Carte Menu
Initially, I had the idea that COCA was just a steamboat restaurant, till I saw the ala carte dishes in the menu. (They recently had a revamp, and would feature more items in time to come.)

On its menu are classic Thai staples such as Seafood Tom Yum Soup ($15), Pineapple Rice ($15), Tang Hoon Prawn ($22), Pad Thai – cooked Pattaya style with a coating of egg ($15), Thai Style Kang Kong ($13) and Yum Woon Sen ($14.50) – spicy silver noodle salad with seafood.

If you think Lobster with Butter is so yesterday, the dish to get would be the Fried Lobster in Salted Egg ($30) – of deep-fried lobster coated in rich crumbly yolks of salted eggs.

I say, suck the lobster shell then eat the meat, to enjoy the sweet, grainy, golden yellow coating.

Not to be missed are the Deep Fried Prawn Paste ($9 for 3, $14.50 for 6) which are essentially handmade prawn rings deep-fried till golden brown; and Roast Meat Combo ($18), especially the Roast Pork Crackling with a crunchy outer layer that reminded me of the suckling pig.

Don’t forget about the tangy Thai dipping sauce.

Steamboat Buffet Pricing
Premium Lunch Buffet
$49++ per adult, $20++ per child

Premium Dinner Buffet
$66++ per adult, $25++ per child (Mon – Fri)
$68++ per adult, $25++ per child (Sat, Sun, Eve PH, PH)

Lunch (11:15am – 4pm)
$28++ per adult, $20++ per child, $22++ for senior, $20++ per student
(Senior citizen and student promotion only valid for lunch from Mondays to Fridays, excluding Public Holidays)

Dinner (4pm – 9:45pm)
$43.80++ per adult, $25++ per child (Mon – Fri)
$46.80++ per adult, $25++ per child (Sat, Sun, Eve PH, PH)

Prosperity Bloom Thai-Style Yusheng ($48 for Salmon, $54.80 for Abalone, $68 for Salmon and Abalone)
Perhaps more well-known for Thai-style ‘Suki’ Steamboat, COCA has also introduced their very own rendition of prosperity Yusheng with a Thai-twist.

Drawing inspiration from the iconic Thai Mango Salad, shredded mixed fruits are used as a base, topped with freshly sliced assorted vegetables such as carrots, purple cabbages and pickled ginger to add a refreshing crunch.

The Yusheng is further garnished with edible flowers that are commonly used in Thai food and beverages, which literally symbolizes “Hua Kai Fu Gui” (花开富贵) or ever-blooming fortune. Also adds brownie points for “instagrammability” factor.

Before tossing, the auspicious treat would be drizzled with COCA’s house-concocted Thai sweet sauce for tangy-sweet en-Thai-cing finish.

COCA CNY 2019 Promotion
Get 15% OFF for Yusheng TAKEAWAY when you quote ”DanielFoodDiary” upon placing an order. Available till 19 Feb 2019. GST & $2 takeaway container charge applies.

COCA Restaurant – Ngee Ann City
391 Orchard Road #04-23 Ngee Ann City Singapore 238872 (Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 67347887
Opening Hours: 11.15am – 10.30pm (Mon – Sun)

COCA Restaurant – Leisure Park Kallang
5 Stadium Walk #02-01 Leisure Park Kallang Singapore 397693 (Stadium MRT)
Tel: +65 62413833
Opening Hours: 11.15am – 10.30pm (Mon – Sun)

COCA Restaurant – Resorts World Sentosa
26 Sentosa Gateway #01-215/216 Resorts World Sentosa Singapore 098138
Tel: +65 66592133
Opening Hours: 11.15am – 10.30pm (Mon – Sun)


* This entry is brought to you in partnership with COCA Restaurants.


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