More than just a Chinese New Year staple, steamboat is widely loved by Singaporeans of all ages. Just check out the long queues outside Hai Di Lao and Beauty In A Pot! While it’s certainly convenient to dine out and have your soups and meats prepared for you, organising a hotpot party at home can be easy too — you’ll get to beat the queues and indulge in all your favourite ingredients! Not sure how to begin your hot pot party at home? The first and most important step is finding the right steamboat pot. Check out this guide to learn how to pick the best steamboat pot and where to buy one in Singapore for your CNY hot pot party!
What is steamboat?
Steamboat, also known as hot pot, is extremely popular in South East Asia. In Singapore, steamboat can be enjoyed all throughout the year, but is most commonly eaten during Chinese New Year. At a steamboat party, a steamboat pot is heated up and filled with boiling broth. Guests at the dining table can help themselves to a wide variety of raw ingredients including thinly sliced meat, seafood and vegetables. These ingredients are cooked in the hot pot and then dipped into a dipping sauce for a flavour boost! Steamboats are a favourite for many families as it’s easy to prepare (no pre-cooking involved) and can cater to different palates. In addition, it slows down the eating process so there’s more time to catch up with one another across the dining table!
Which steamboat pot is the best in Singapore?
Shopping for the best steamboat pot in Singapore can be challenging, especially with so many types of pots to choose from. Here’s a quick rundown on the different types of steamboat pots you can buy, as well as their pros and cons:
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Best electric steamboat pots in Singapore
1. PowerPac Multi Cooker 2-in-1 PowerPac Steamboat Pot
This PowerPac Multi Cooker 2-in-1 PowerPac Steamboat Pot (available on PowerPac Official Store) with a detachable steamboat pot and a free barbeque plate which can be easily swapped in whenever you are craving for either a steamboat or barbeque! Besides having a non-stick coating detachable inner pan, this electric steamboat pot also comes with adjustable heat settings and a cool touch for the handle and base so that you don’t have to worry about overcooking your food or scalding yourself while moving the pot around! This 1.1L steamboat pot is the best steamboat pot in Singapore for families of two to three.
2. Iona 5.0L Shabu Shabu Steamboat Pot
Can’t ever decide on a soup base that’ll satisfy everyone? With the Iona 5.0L Shabu Shabu Steamboat Pot (available on Iona Official Store), you’ll no longer need to choose between a spicy and non-spicy soup base! It also features a transparent glass lid and adjustable heat control so you can monitor your broth without having to take the lid off. Additionally, the pot is also detachable and has a non-stick coating making cleaning up less of a hassle. Looking for a steamboat pot with a large capacity for your Chinese New Year hotpot gathering? This steamboat pot boasts a capacity of 5L and can cook enough to feed a party of guests! Don’t miss this yuan yang steamboat pot in Singapore that’s perfect for family and friends who like to have more choice!
3. Tiger Electric Steamboat
Prepare a wide variety of dishes for the upcoming Chinese New Year gathering with this Tiger Electric Steamboat (available on Heap Seng Shop)! Besides using this for steamboats, you can also swap out the steamboat pot with the grill or takoyaki pan to create your desired dishes! If you’re worried about not having enough space to store the pans, fret not, the plates are stackable for easy storage. Together with an “M-shaped” heater and specially designed plates for even cooking, this is undeniably one of the best multipurpose steamboat pots in Singapore!
4. Mistral 1.2L Mini Electric Pot
Where to buy a portable steamboat pot in Singapore? Meet the Mistral 1.2L Mini Electric Pot (available on Mayer Official Store), which is both lightweight and portable. Made from 304-grade stainless steel, this pot is corrosion and rust resistant thus making it safe for food preparation, storage and dining. On top of using this pot for cooking noodles and steamboats, there is also a stainless steel steam tray, rack and stand included so you can use it as a steamer!
Best induction steamboat pots in Singapore
5. IRIS Ohyama Induction Cooker Ceramic Hot Pot Set
Leave it to the IRIS Ohyama Induction Cooker Ceramic Hot Pot Set (available on IRIS Ohyama Official Store) to spice up your Instagrammable Chinese New Year reunion feast this 2022! This best steamboat pot in Singapore by IRIS Ohyama boasts six adjustable heat settings and a huge capacity of three litres — definitely sufficient for a table of five! There are also several safety features in place with this induction cooker hot pot set. The induction cooker automatically turns off if no pot is detected and also when the temperature spikes to an abnormal level. As such, you can just sit back and enjoy your hot pot feast without any worries!
6. PowerPac Induction Steamboat
This PowerPac Induction Steamboat (available on PowerPac Official Store) that comes with a stainless steel pot is a wallet-friendly option that doesn’t compromise on quality! Featuring a microcomputer control, you can preset the program and timer for fast and easy cooking. What’s more, the heater plate is also specially designed to heat up your food more quickly. Together with multiple safety protection and self detecting functions, this best induction steamboat in Singapore is easy to use!
7. Mayer Induction Steamboat
Are you someone who loves and cares about home aesthetics? If yes, this Mayer Induction Steamboat (available on Mayer Official Store) with an attractive, compact, and sleek design, is perfect for you! Together with a user-friendly knob and eight power levels, it’s easy to operate and enables fast cooking. What’s more, it comes in two colours — red and black. Go for red to give your kitchen a pop of colour!
Best gas steamboat pots in Singapore
8. Aerogaz Gas Steamboat Pot
The Aerogaz Gas Steamboat Pot (available on aerogaz Official Store) comes with a stainless steel pot with an internal divider for two different soup bases and three gas cartridges. A carrying case is also provided to keep the cartridge cooker making it convenient and easy to bring it out for picnics or even your next camping adventure in Singapore.
9. Iwatani Hotpot Steamboat Shabu Set
This Iwatani Hotpot Steamboat Shabu Set (available on EZtrade.sg) comes with a 28cm divide stainless steel pot and gas canister. This gas steamboat pot is super value for money as the pot has an induction base that’s suitable for use even on induction cookers and stoves!
Best steamboat grills in Singapore
10. Cornell 2-in-1 Steamboat Grill
This Cornell 2-in-1 Steamboat Grill (available on Cornell Singapore Official Store) comes with both the grill and a 2.5L soup pot for steamboat. What’s great about this steamboat grill is that you can control the temperature of the grill and steamboat separately to prevent your food from overcooking! If you’re health-conscious, don’t fret — the handy pull-out container by the side of the grill helps to collect excess oil for a less sinful meal. At less than $80, this best steamboat pot and grill in Singapore makes for a great housewarming gift for new homeowners too!
11. EuropAce 4L Steamboat With Grill
This EuropAce 4L Steamboat with Grill (available on Europace Official Store) will transport you back to your favourite mookata place but this time from the comfort of your homes! What’s even better is that the moat surrounding the skillet has a greater depth than typical mookata grills allowing you to add more ingredients into the soup base! Together with the non-stick coating on the grill and two separate controls for the steamboat and grill, this is surely the best steamboat pot in Singapore for mookata lovers!
12. TOYOMI Electric BBQ Grill & Steamboat
Grill your favourite meats while slurping on delicious soup with this TOYOMI Electric BBQ Grill & Steamboat (available on Toyomi Singapore Official Store)! Aside from having a cold-touch design to prevent scalding, this steamboat grill also comes with a stainless steel pot that can be removed to make more space for grilling! Thanks to the non-stick coating on the grill pan, you can even get away with a light clean up! Pressed for time? This steamboat grill also boasts a high power setting of 1850W to supercharge the cooking process. With so many features, this is definitely a must-have for those planning to host a hotpot gathering for the upcoming Chinese New Year!
13. Takada Steamboat Grill
Can’t wait for the food to cook? This Takada Steamboat Grill (available on Takada Singapore Official Store) has a dual heating element that heats up almost immediately so you don’t have to waste time waiting for your food to cook! The barbeque plate is coated with a heavy-duty non-stick coating, making cleaning up less of a hassle.
14. Bear Steamboat With BBQ Grill
The Bear Steamboat With BBQ Grill (available on PowerPac Official Store) is not only stylish with its unique retro green hue, but also suitable for big families of up to seven people. Aside from steamboat and grill, it is also a multi-cooker for boiling, frying and roasting. The zone independent temperature control also means you can choose to use only one side of the steamboat grill whenever you like, providing more flexibility for your dining options!
Feast away with the best steamboat pots in Singapore!
Now that you know what are the various steamboat pots in Singapore, it’s time to start having steamboats at home! In case you have no idea how and what to prepare for a hotpot session with your family and friends, here are some tips and tricks on how to organise a hotpot gathering! Lazy to head to the supermarket to get ingredients for your hot pot? These steamboat delivery restaurants, best online meat delivery and best online seafood delivery vendors will deliver ingredients to your doorstep! Check out other CNY essentials during our CNY Sale to enjoy attractive promotions!
This article was updated on 18 January 2022. Additional research done by Fatimah Tasmeem.
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