6 Places To Enjoy Hot Pot With Your Friends
When it comes to hanging out with friends, nothing speaks better of a bond than sharing a meal – or sharing saliva by eating hot pot. We kid. But hot pot is really a great meal to have with your friends and family because during the time that you spend cooking the ingredients, you can pretty much talk about your whole life. Here are six places to enjoy hot pot in Singapore with your friends.
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Text: Sean Tham
Hai Di Lao
One of the pioneers of hot pot in Singapore, Hai Di Lao now has nine outlets, with its newest located at the recently-reopened Century Square. With its roots stretching back to 1994, this Sichuan-style hot pot is internationally renowned, and offers up six different types of soup bases, including a laksa base, as well as chicken, mushroom and tomato. It also has a variety of ingredients including duck gizzards, crab, frog and clams. The outlets, which are famously known for their long queues, offer services such as massages and manicures so that you can while away the minutes as you wait for a table. Prices start at $20 for a soup base. Do remember to look out for hidden costs for sauces ($4) as well.
Where: At various malls from Plaza Singapura to VivoCity and Bedok Mall. Visit www.haidilao.com/sg for locations.
Beauty in the Pot
Opened by the Paradise Group, Beauty in the Pot is known for its nutrient-rich collagen soup (derived from shark’s cartilage). It offers both meat-based collagen and vegetarian soup bases, and you’re allowed to customise your spice level of Sichuan chili oil. An extensive menu includes ingredients from the melt-in-your-mouth homemade fish tofu to ebiko prawn paste. This swanky joint even serves palate cleanser shots after your meal. Prices start from $2 per piece for homemade fish tofu, while broths cost $20. Pay $25 for a duo soup pot, if you can’t decide on one flavour.
Where: At #03-08 OneKM, and #05-15 The Centrepoint. Visit www.paradisegp.com/brand-beauty-in-the-pot
JPOT Hot Pot
This Singapore-style hot pot restaurant serves soup bases with a distinctly local flair. Chilli Crab, Bak Ku Teh, Fish Head Soup and Laksa, along with Tom Yum, Herbal and Vegetarian broths are on offer. Ingredients include live lobster, Iberico pork collar, wagyu beef, as well as handmade items like spinach tofu. Prices for individual soup pots start from $4.80 for the vegetarian soup base to $23.80 for the chilli crab soup. But if you’re on a cost-saving mission, visit JPot on weekdays, as the lunch set menu, which includes a soup, a meat, rice or noodles, and a selected range of small delights such as crabstick and cheese tofu, costs $16.80 per person.
Where: At #03-16 Tampines 1, and #01-53 VivoCity. Visit www.jpot.com.sg
Imperial Treasure Steamboat Restaurant
This one is has appeared on so many “best of” lists when it comes to hot pots that it needs no introduction. Here, the soup is simmered for hours, resulting in a rich, tasty broth that comes in chicken or pork flavours. The signature is the Imperial Drunken Chicken Soup, brewed in Shaoxing rice wine and with herbs like wolf berries and ginseng. For ingredients, try the Four Treasure Ball Platter, a combination of cuttlefish, prawn, fish and pork balls. One of the best ways to indulge here is to get a set menu but be prepared, for prices start at $108 for two people.
Where: #04-09/10 ION Orchard (2 Orchard Turn). Visit www.imperialtreasure.com
Upin Hot Pot
Upin is a relatively new hot pot venture started by folks who were once part of Hai Di Lao. The mid-range eatery offers seven different soup bases, but offers Upin Three Soup Hotpot for those who want to try more than one soup bases, which makes it great for the group of friends who can’t agree on which flavour to try! Prices start from $16.80 per pax for the weekday set lunch, from 11am to 4pm (includes a free flow of drinks, as well as a free soup base for a minimum of 2 people).
Where: At #03-87 Clarke Quay Central, #04-19 Orchard Gateway, and #01-02 West Coast Plaza. Visit www.facebook.com/upindining
Spice World Hot Pot
Spice World Hot Pot is known for its Mala soup that comes along with a teddy bear or Hello Kitty motif ($9.90), which is made of mala butter that melts into the soup once it’s placed in the pot. Only 10 Hello Kitties and teddy bears are served each day, so request one upon reservation before heading to the outlet. Spice World’s flair for presentation doesn’t stop there — it “dresses” a blonde, Barbie-like doll in wagyu beef slices ($38.90), harkening back to Lady Gaga’s infamous meat dress at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2010. Prices start from $22.90 for the Yinyang two-flavoured broth.
Where: Block B, #01-06/07 Clarke Quay (3 River Valley Road). Visit www.facebook.com/SpiceWorldSingapore, Instagram @spiceworldsg