When it finally rains after a dry spell of our very unforgiving (read: sunburn-inducing) weather, there’s nothing quite as comforting as a bubbling pot of hot soup. That said, I simply can’t afford to splash $60 on Hai Di Lao, even if they do offer free manicures and ziplock bags for my phone… Which is why I began my hunt for restaurants with cheap steamboat in Singapore.
Let’s be real: The prices of steamboat restaurants and hotpot buffets in Singapore are expensive. Even the more affordable chains will set you back $35 to $40 on a weekend (after taxes). However, during lunch on weekdays, many of these have very reasonable prices that can cost you under $20 (under $25 with taxes).
Here are some of my favourite cheap steamboat restaurants – while I’m sure you can find cheaper steamboat stores at hawker centers, this list focuses more on the cheapest deals at the more popular hotpot chains at shopping malls.
|Steamboat restaurant||Price range||Cheapest price & timeslot|
|Shi Li Fang||From $9.90++||$9.90 set meal, all day|
|Shabu Sai||$14.99 – $29.99++||$14.99++ lunch buffet, weekdays (all outlets except Orchard Central and Eastpoint)|
Danro Collagen Hotpot by MOF
|$15.90 – $24.90++||$15.90++ lunch buffet, weekday|
|Jpot||From $16.90++||$16.90++ lunch set, weekdays|
|GoroGoro Steamboat & Korean Buffet||$16.90 – $25.90++||$16.90++ lunch buffet, weekdays|
|Seoul Garden||$17.99 – $31.99++||$17.99++ lunch buffet, Mon – Thu|
|Hao Lai Wu Steamboat & BBQ||$18.80 – $24.80+||$18.80+ lunch buffet, weekdays|
|Suki-ya||$18.90 – $27.90 ++||$14.90++ lunch buffet, Mon – Thu (all outlets except Plaza Singapura, Marina Square and Bugis+)|
Shi Li Fang
This is one of my personal favourites – I actually eat at the Thomson Plaza outlet at least thrice a month (say hi if you see me!). I’m quite a small eater, so Shi Li Fang’s $9.90 set meal is more than enough for me: It comes with a plate of your preferred meat, a bowl of rice or noodles, the soup base and a basket of assorted vegetables. You can add $0.30 to upgrade your greens to a more premium selection and $0.60 for free flow of drinks.
For bigger eaters, you may need to top up with some ala carte meats. They’re always on discount, and are about $4 to $7 per plate. The ala carte portions are way more generous.
I like the non-spicy specialty chicken meat and prawn paste. Popular soup bases include ma la and tomato, and you can top up a few dollars for the chicken collagen soup.
Orchard Central – 181 Orchard Rd #07-10/11 Singapore 238896
Icon Village – 12 Gopeng St #01-41&42/52&53 Singapore 078877
Thomson Plaza – 301 Upper Thomson Rd #01-106 Singapore 574408
Chinatown Point – 133 , New Bridge Road , #B1-30 Singapore 059413
City Square – 180 Kitchener Rd #02-53/54 Singapore 208539
JCube – 2 Jurong East Central 1 #02-08A Singapore 609731
West Coast Plaza – 154 West Coast Road #02-24 Singapore 127371.
Shabu Sai is chain with 6 outlets located in shopping malls all across Singapore. They’re not the first brand that comes to mind when anyone thinks of cheap hotpot – their weekend dinner buffets are $29.99++! But if you can head there during weekday lunches, the prices are really affordable ($14.99++, all outlets except Orchard Central and Eastpoint, which are $16.99++).
They have a decent selection of meat and vegetables, and aside from the usual sukiyaki and tonkotsu, often have seasonal soup flavours. Drinks are an additional $1.99++ per pax.
Causeway Point – 1 Woodlands Square #05-14/15, Singapore 738099
Orchard Central – 181 Orchard Road #08-09/10/11, Singapore 238896
Changi City Point – 5 Changi Business Park Central 1 #B1-28/29, Singapore 486038
Suntec City Mall – 3 Temasek Boulevard #B1-133, Singapore 038983
Eastpoint Mall – 3 Simei Street 6 #03-06, Singapore 528833
Westgate – 3 Gateway Drive #B1-12, Singapore 608532
Danro Collagen Hotpot by MOF
Danro Collagen Hotpot is the steamboat brand under the Ministry of Food (MOF) chain in Singapore. They recently hopped on the collagen hotpot bandwagon – collagen soup is served as white puddings that melt when placed over heat. It’s supposedly super nutritious and great for your skin, which is why they sometimes call it “beauty collagen soup”.
I’ve tried Danro and while it isn’t good as the OG collagen hotpots like Tsukado Nojo and Beauty in a Pot, it is tasty enough for the price. It’s especially worth it during weekday lunches, when it’s only $15.90++ for the hotpot buffet.
Bugis – 200 Victoria Street, #02-45 Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021
Waterway Point – 83 Punggol Central, #01-32 Water Way Point, Singapore 828761
NEX – #02-04/06 NEX, 23 Serangoon Central, Singapore 556083
Bukit Panjang – 17 Petir Road, #01-13/14 Hillion Mall, Singapore 678278
Judging from the name, I thought this might be a Japanese hotpot of some sort, but it actually isn’t – Jpot is a Singapore-style steamboat restaurant under the Jumbo Seafood group. There are two outlets – one at Vivocity and one at Tampines1 – and the most unique thing about Jpot is that each diner gets a personal pot. That means no quarrelling over soup flavours and ingredients!
Jpot is not a buffet restaurant, and features an ala carte menu that’s slightly expensive. Depending on how much you order, your bill could go from $25++ to $35++ per pax. However, they do have a weekday lunch set that’s relatively affordable at $16.90++ per pax. The lunch set comes with a choice of pork collar or chicken as your main meat, and if you want seafood (prawns, fish and squid), it’s an extra $3++.
Vivocity – 1 Harbourfront Walk #01-53 VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Tampines – 10 Tampines Central 1 #03-16 Tampines 1, Singapore 529536
GoroGoro Steamboat & Korean Buffet
First of all, GoroGoro Steamboat & Korean Buffet has square hotpots, so you can trick your Instagram followers into think you’re living it up at Hai Di Lao. Here, you can choose from 7 soup bases, which include the popular collagen, tom yum and even bakuteh.
There are also cooked dishes like salted egg popcorn chicken, fried mochi and Korean wings. The weekday lunch buffet ($16.90++) is super worth it for the selection (over 50 dishes for lunch and over 70 for dinner).
Address: 218 Orchard Road, Orchard [email protected] #04-01, Singapore 238851
Seoul Garden (halal)
Seoul Garden is yet another big chain, and while it’s known for its Korean-style grill, each table also comes with a pot of soup for cooking. Since Seoul Garden is a casual Korean restaurant, it makes sense that the soup bases include the spicy Kimchi Jjigae and milky Saengseon Tang (fish soup).
Seoul Garden is also halal, and is the most affordable during weekday lunch ($17.99++, Mon to Thu only).
Bugis Junction – 200 Victoria Street #02-52, Singapore 188021
Harbourfront Centre -1 Maritime Square #01-65/66 HarbourFront Centre Singapore 099253
Jurong Point – 63 Jurong West Central 3 #B1 – 45/46 Singapore 648331
Marina Square – 6 Raffles Boulevard #03-210 Singapore 039594
NEX – 23 Serangoon Central #B1-34/35, NEX Singapore 556083
Northpoint City – 930 Yishun Avenue 2 #03-05 Singapore 769098
Tampines Mall – 4 Tampines Central 5 #04-01 Singapore 529510
Hao Lai Wu Steamboat & BBQ
Hao Lai Wu is the closest to a hawker centre, but even though it is not in a mall, it is a restaurant. Like Seoul Garden, Hao Lai Wu Steamboat has both a grill and hotpot for cooking the buffet meats and vegetables. At $18.80+ (weekday lunch), Hao Lai Wu is actually slightly cheaper after taxes.
Judging from the many online videos and photos of the impressive seafood selection, it seems like a really good deal. There are fresh prawns, clams and even mud crabs! There’s also an appetiser selection of fried buns, French fries and more. The pots are see-through, and because of the red light from the heating stove, it looks like it’s being lit up.
Address: 8 Sago St, Singapore 059012
Although the general food selection is not the best, Suki-ya is another one of my favourite cheap steamboat restaurants. I particularly like the sukiyaki soup and chicken meat.
The usual price of $18.90++ to $27.90++ is by no means the cheapest, but with as many promotions as Suki-ya, you very rarely have to pay full price.
The current promotion is $14.90++ for lunch buffets at all outlets except Plaza Singapura, Marina Square and Bugis+. For those 3, it is $16.90++, which is still $2 cheaper than the original $18.90++ price. Suki-ya is also currently on Eatigo, which offers discounts during off-peak hours.
Bugis+ – #04-14/15 201 Victoria Street Singapore 188067
Bukit Panjang – 1 Jelebu Road #02-16 Bukit Panjang Plaza Singapore 677743
Kovan – Blk 205 Hougang Street 21 Level 2 Singapore 530205
Katong – 112 East Coast Road #02-07, Katong Mall Singapore 428802
Kallang – 1 Stadium Place #01-35 Kallang Wave Mall, Singapore 397628
Marina Square – 6 Raffles Boulevard #02-183B/C Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Orchard – 68 Orchard Road #04-62 Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
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