Having tried big hotpot brands like Beauty in the Pot (BITP) and Hai Di Lao (HDL), how does this good ol’ skool steamboat compare?
For starters, the sauce station is brought to you.
You can mix your own concoction, or have them mix one for you depending on your preferred level of spicyness. I recommend getting them to do it!
Doesn’t look appetising here but trust me it’s superb! I was shocked at the amount of sauce initially but by the end of the meal I was down to less than half.
For soup bases, they don’t have fancy flavours of the likes of HDL and BITP. Since I’ve decided to go old skool, I chose a familiar broth — Healthy Chicken ($17).
Spread of dishes plus more (below).
Four Treasure Ball Platter ($14).
Kurobuta Pork Belly ($14).
Beef Brisket ($20).
Deep Fried Beancurd Skin ($6).
Assorted mushrooms ($8.80).
Fresh Prawn Paste ($14).
Assorted Vegetables ($6.80).
For the above, my total bill came up to $140 for 2 pax. I would say for the standards, quality and amount of food, the price is justified. The meats were really fresh and of good thickness, while the handmade balls were flavourful and bouncy! I also loved the fresh prawns paste and definitely the fun of squeezing it into the soup.
The $140 bill is not a good reflection of what you will spend for 2 pax. I definitely over ordered. At the end of the meal I was left with at least half of the fresh meat. That said, I totally skipped the part of the menu with the fresh seafood (think: Boston lobsters going for $13/100g). I can imagine big families with rich grandparents eating here for their birthdays.
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Daily: 11am to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm
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