Indulge in Rainy Day Comfort Food at The Best Steamboat Restaurant in Singapore, Hotpot Kingdom

The season for steamboats (read: Chinese New Year) may long be over, but with the recent spate of thunderstorms and heavy showers, there’s nowhere else we’d rather be than huddled up next to a roiling hotpot. And we’ve found just the place: Hotpot Kingdom, where a fanfare of Asian soup bases, premium meats and seafood, and house-made specialties (think dim sum and handmade meatballs) awaits.

 Hotpot Kingdom at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Hotpot Kingdom Marina Bay Sands - Private Dining Room - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Hotpot Kingdom Marina Bay Sands - Table Full View - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Upon being seated in the brightly-lit 110-seater restaurant, you’ll first be presented with the option of ordering from the a la carte menu or having one of two set menus. The advantage of going a la carte gives you the full range of 10 Asian soup bases to choose from—the beef consomme soup ($25); simmered with radish, celery and carrots for a hearty, sweet-savory flavor, and pickled vegetables with fresh fish soup ($15); a deeply-flavorful broth brewed from garoupa fish head and bones, rank among our top picks and are not up for selection if you opt for the set menus.

That said, we highly recommend Hotpot Kingdom first-timers to zoom in on Set Menu B ($49.80 per person; minimum two to dine), which is designed to give diners a holistic sampling of what this steamboat specialist has to offer. The attractively-priced set comprises two soup bases (out of four options; we say go for the creamy Macanese pork bone soup and the piquant Korean kimchi soup), Japanese Wagyu beef, Japanese Kurobuta pork, local lobster, live prawns and cuttlefish, sliced garoupa, scallops, handmade meatballs (prawn, dace, cuttlefish and pork), seasonal vegetables and mushrooms, noodles, and dessert.

Set menu B at Hotpot Kingdom

Hotpot Kingdom Marina Bay Sands - Set Menu B - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Sliced Japanese Wagyu beef at Hotpot Kingdom

Hotpot Kingdom Marina Bay Sands - Sliced Japanese Wagyu Beef - Review by Gourmet Adventures

While waiting for the soup bases to heat up in the special ceramic pots that Hotpot Kingdom uses, busy yourselves with the whopping spread of 12 condiments that you can mix and match as you please. Chilli-lovers will be in spice heaven with the four variations of house-made chilli sauces—Super chilli sauce (garlic and chilli padi), Teochew chilli sauce (made with black beans), ikan bilis chilli sauce and dried shrimp chilli sauce.

If you’re not sure where to begin, try this foolproof combination as suggested by Hotpot Kingdom’s lady boss: one teaspoon sesame paste, Hotpot Kingdom’s special blended soy sauce (to fill the saucer until half-full), one teaspoon chopped celery, one teaspoon coriander, one teaspoon cut red chilli, and a sprinkling of white sesame seeds.

Handmade meatballs & condiments at Hotpot Kingdom

Hotpot Kingdom Marina Bay Sands - Handmade Meatballs & Condiments - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Now, we’re ready to dive into the steamboat proper. If you need any assistance with cooking, feel free to hail one of the very amicable waiters and waitresses over to your table—their attentive, sincere service contributed to making our dining experience here a 10/10.

And here’s a final tip: have dinner there early, so you’ll be sure to snag one of the chefs’ complimentary handmade mango mochi before they run out! Those dreamy, delicate orbs filled with fresh cream and sweet mango cubes are sheer pleasure—we couldn’t ask for any better way to complete a highly satisfying meal.

Hotpot Kingdom, #B1-01B The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, 6688-7722. Open daily 11am-11pm.

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Categories: Business Lunches, Casual Dining, Chinese, Communal Dining, Dining, Family friendly, Restaurants, Reviews, Seafood, Steamboat

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