For a truly enjoyable dining experience, you can't beat a visit to one of Singapore's many steamboat restaurants. Also known as hot pots, steamboats are dishes you cook yourself right at your table. First you choose your ingredients - meat, fish, tofu, seafood, vegetables and so on, which arrive ready sliced on plates. Then the waiter brings you a pot filled with water and sets it on a stove to heat. As the water boils, you add in your chosen foodstuffs to brew up a stew that gets continually thicker and tastier. It's then spooned into small bowls and devoured with passion.
Steamboats are said to have originated in China during the Tang Dynasty as a way of keeping warm in winter. Now they're popular throughout Asia and for good reason - they're nutritious, tasty, filling, and above all, great fun to prepare as a group. Each diner serves himself at leisure and there's plenty of time for conversation. The soup is sinfully delicious, but it's the communal sense of enjoyment that gives steamboat dining its unique zest. So if you're in town with family or friends and feeling peckish, Singapore's steamboat restaurants offer a frolicsome and filling experience.
As a long standing Chinese tradition, steamboats are very dear to the Singaporean heart. As a result, you have a huge variety of restaurants to choose from. Most are traditional outlets serving Chinese recipes such as the popular fish-head hot pots. Singapore's steamboat restaurants also serve local variants including the laksa steamboat which contains coconut milk. Japanese hot pots known as Nabe which feature mainly beef are also very popular. For fast, convenient dining you can visit Singapore's chain steamboat restaurants including Coca and MK, the Thai sukiyaki chain. The latter offers Tom Yum steamboats flavoured with lemongrass and other Siamese herbs.
Singapore's steamboat restaurants draw lively crowd keen to enjoy everything from birthdays and festivals, to after-work get-togethers and reunions. This can mean long waits to get seated, especially during lunch times, evenings, and holidays. If you're in a rush, you could opt for a pre-cooked hot pot set meal. They're very tasty but nowhere as near as much fun. Better still, avoid all the queues and dine at your convenience by booking your steamboat restaurants in Singapore with Quandoo!