If meeting for steamboat at Liang Seah Street is part of your monthly routine with friends, then you’ll be glad to know that there’s a healthier alternative now. Bid goodbye to unnecessarily oily soup bases and generous amounts of MSG by heading to Steam Box for your next squad gathering.
Steam Box uses high-speed steaming to cook raw ingredients, which helps to lock in their nutrients. Most of their ingredients (with the exception of dim sum items and marinated meats) are absolutely fresh, natural and MSG-free. If you’re worried about waiting ages for your food to be ready, know that it only takes two to six minutes for each ingredients to be steamed and ready to eat!
Begin your meal by choosing between Century egg and pork rib congee ($15) or seafood congee. A pot of congee would be placed on top of the stove, followed by a large metal plate that you’ll steam your food on. The natural juices of the ingredients would then slowly drip into the congee as you go about steaming them, and you’ll be able to end your meal with a bowl of sumptuous and flavourful congee.
We recommend going for ingredients like Fresh Scallop ($18), Crayfish ($25) and Chef’s Marinated Ginger Chicken Thigh with Wolfberry ($4.50 for a small portion and $9 for a big portion) to maximise the flavour of your congee. While they have a large variety of dim sum choices, they weren’t particularly impressive in terms of taste.
What really blew our minds was the congee at the end of the steam sesh. It was incredibly flavourful and we could eat a few bowls of it despite being incredibly full. As the flavour of your congee is determined by the amount of juices accumulated from ingredients throughout your meal, we recommend going to Steam Box in a group of four or more. While the ingredients may seem a little pricey, the portions are generous and more than enough for sharing. And trust us when we say you shouldn’t scrimp on the ingredients if you want your congee to taste awesome!
Steam Box is at 68 Serangoon Garden Way. They are opened from Tuesdays to Sundays at 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 11pm. Tel: 6281 6939
Images: Steam Box
Text: Liu Kai Ying