Having hot pot, also known as steamboat, for Chinese New Year reunion dinners is a common practice in Singapore. Several companies are now offering to deliver steamboat packages to save families the hassle of preparing the stock, ingredients and equipment needed.
What: The Family Hotpot package for up to five people costs $71.10. Groups of up to 30 people can opt for the meat deluxe at $414.30. Additional ingredients can be ordered from the a la carte menu, as well as cooked items such as fried rice and curry chicken.
Info: Order online at steamboatdelivery.com.sg at least a day in advance. Steamboat rental or purchase available. No delivery on Feb 8 and 9.
What: Started by two brothers who expanded their mother’s yong tau foo business. Their yong tau foo comes with all steamboat packages. The basic package starts at $15 a person with a choice of meats, seafood, noodles and soup. Steamboat equipment available for purchase.
Info: Till Feb 7, order at least two days in advance. No delivery charge.
What: Packages start at $80 (five people) and $160 (10 people). They include a variety of seafood, poultry, vegetables and surimi-based products. Additional items can be ordered from the a la carte menu.
Info: Last day to order is tomorrow at thesteamboatspecialist.com.sg. Last day of delivery is Feb 7. Free delivery for orders above $80. Steamboat available for purchase.
What: Laksa, tom yam or black herbal chicken soup are among the seven soup bases available, along with dumplings and chilli sauce. Chinese New Year packages start at $188 nett for six people. Yusheng, pen cai or abalone can be added on when ordering Chinese New Year packages.
Info: Order online at mr-steamboat.com a day in advance. Rental for steamboat, tables, chairs and waitstaff service for big events available. Additional $30 surcharge for orders made from Feb 5 to 8.
What: The basic package starts at $120 (10 to 12 people) with chicken and dory fish slices and goes up to $339 for a premium package (10 to 12 people) with wagyu short ribs, scallops and Kurobuta pork collar. Equipment rental is available. You can also order yusheng and pencai.
Info: Call 6243-7243 or order online at store.reunionsteamboat.com. Feb 7 delivery, from noon to 5pm ($25 surcharge); Feb 8 to 10 delivery, from noon to 2pm ($35 surcharge).
What: After the success of its collagen soup stock last year, The Soup Spoon’s steamboat sets now include raw ingredients. Prices start at $188 a set (for 12 people) and include collagen, kimchi and chicken stock, with ingredients such as white clams (500g), Boston lobster (600g), salmon fillet (1.1kg) and minced chicken with yamaimo (a type of Japanese yam) balls. Housemade chilli dip and ginger scallion oil are included. The ingredients are also sold a la carte.
When: Till Feb 18, order four days in advance. Last date of collection on Feb 22. Self-collection at central kitchen (01-03, 171 Kampong Ampat) or Raffles City outlet from 10.30am to noon, 4.30 to 6pm except Feb 7 (10.30am to noon, 2 to 3.30pm). No collection on Feb 8. Delivery available with minimum $30 charge, no delivery on Feb 8 and 9.
Info: Order online at thesoupspoon.com/cny
What: Chinese restaurant Peach Garden offers steamboat takeaway at its Thomson Plaza outlet, priced at $638+ for 10 people. An additional $200 deposit is required for the four-tier steamboat and gas stove. There are more than 30 ingredients, including abalone, flower crab, prawns and assorted vegetables. There is free salmon yusheng with every order.
Where: 01-88 Peach Garden, Thomson Plaza, 301 Upper Thomson Road
When: Till Feb 22, order two days in advance, self-collection only, make pre-payment upon order. The latest collection time on Feb 7 is 5pm.
Info: Call 6451-3233
What: Chinese New year steamboat party packs filled with Japanese produce from the gourmet grocer include the Luxe Foodie Party set ($288) with uni and two live lobsters, the Dai-kichi pack ($258) with tiger prawns (1kg), Hokkaido scallops (1kg), sashimi-grade salmon and Alaskan king crab legs (1kg). Also available are Japanese soup stock packs ($22 for four) with flavours such as pork miso and sesame chicken.
Info: Till Feb 5, order a day in advance from zairyo.sg. Free delivery for orders $100 and above, otherwise there is a $15 surcharge. No delivery on Sunday and public holiday.
What: No need to queue for hours for the popular Hai Di Lao hotpot chain. Prices start at $98 for a two-person set meal including ingredients such as US beef, mashed shrimp and sliced fish. A la carte items can be added as well.
Info: Order online at haidilao.oddle.me/. A minimum order of $98 for delivery, maximum delivery charge of $50, payment is $4 per 1km from 313@Somerset or IMM as delivery point. Order a day in advance, service hours between noon and 9pm. A $300 deposit is required for steamboat rental and $100 charge for service staff.
What: For a decadent steamboat feast, check out the Ultimate Seafood Combo ($388, above), which comes with items such as frozen US Kurobuta pork belly and pork loin shabu shabu (500g each), live-catch flounder (1 to 1.2kg) and cooked whole lobster.
Meat lovers can opt for the Steamboat Reunion meat shabu set ($248) with A5 Miyazaki shabu shabu (500g), and USDA prime striploin shabu shabu (500g each). Both sets come with a free bottle of Ainan gold yuzu dipping sauce and a free cooler bag.
The Japanese gourmet grocer also sells Daisho Soup Stock ($6.30 each) and dipping sauces such as Ehime soy ponzu ($9.60), as well as Asamurasaki sesame citrus vinegar and yuzu dressing ($5.90 each).
Where: 01-18 Emporium Shokuhin, Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard
When: Order three days in advance by Feb 5, last date for delivery on Feb 7 ($20 to $40 delivery charge).For walk-in customers, festive produce is available till Feb 22.
Info: Call 6812-2157 or go to emporiumshokuhin.com.sg
Eunice Quek, The Straits Times, January 31, 2016
Photo: The Soup Spoon’s Facebook page