11 Cheaper Hot Pot Alternatives in Singapore To Skip Hai Di Lao’s Insane Queue

There’s no denying that we all love Hai Di Lao! But the crazy queue and exorbitant bill at the end is one big major turn-off. If you’ve resorted to purchasing Hai Di Lao soup bases, here’s another alternative for you! Check out our recommended restaurants that might just be as good as Hai Di Lao but at wallet-friendly prices! You’re welcome. 😉

1. Shi Li Fang Taiwan Hot Pot

Shi Li Fang Hot Pot

Extremely budget-friendly, Shi Li Fang’s hot pot prices start from just $9.90++, with occasional 50% off discount for seafood and meat items! If you’re short on budget, but you have the craving for collagen-tomato-mala-mushroom soup combo from Hai Di Lao, this is where you should be turning to! Many might be turn off by the loud decor and the soft toys that are plastered all over the entrance, but we do find it pretty cute and inviting. Simply spend a minimum of $38 to earn one stamp. These stamps can then be used to redeem cute stuffed toys!



2 Jurong East Central 1, JCube #02-08A, Singapore 609731

Contact: 66942122


Orchard Central

181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central #07-10/11, Singapore 238896

Contact: 62380800


Icon Village

12 Gopeng Street, Icon Village #01-41/42/52/53, Singapore 078877

Contact: 62228518


Thomson Plaza

301 Upper Thomson Road, Thomson Plaza #01-106, Singapore 574408

Contact: 64560800


Chinatown Point

133 New Bridge Road, Chinatown Point #B1-30, Singapore 059413

Contact: 66363833


City Square Mall

180 Kitchener Road, City Square Mall #02-53/54, Singapore 208539

Contact: 66367899


West Coast Plaza

154 West Coast Road, West Coast Plaza #02-24, Singapore 127371

Contact: 62662858

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 10pm

Facebook Page: Here


2. Shang Pin Hot Pot

Shang Pin Hot Por
(The Heartlander Tourist)

Rumoured to be started by a former Hai Di Lao employee, Shang Pin Hot Pot is just as good as Hai Di Lao with set lunches at only $18.80++! We will recommend getting the 手工拉面 which is just as good and legit as the one at Hai Di Lao. The entire experience at Shang Pin is also complete with the 师父 coming to your table to perform and cut the fresh noodles into your pot! It is definitely the best meal to have after a KTV session at the next-door Teo Heng Studio.


Rendezvous Gallery

9 Bras Basah, #02-02, Singapore 189559

Contact: 62387666


Marina Square

Marina Square Shopping Mall, #02-102, Singapore 039594

Contact: 65657666

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 12am

Facebook Page: Here


3. ManLe Hot Pot

ManLe Hot Pot
(MANLE Hot Pot Facebook Page)

Other than catering to the Western-food lovers out there, Astons also caters to the hot pot lovin’ Singapore crowd with their ManLe Hot Pot brand, at the same unbeatable, affordable prices. Unlike Hai Di Lao, ManLe offers only buffet menus, at just $28.80++ for adults and $18.80++ for children. With a huge spread of more than 100 freshly selected food, you will be spoilt for choice.


Downtown East

1 Pasir Ris Close, #02-344-348, E!Avenue, Singapore 519599

Contact: 62387666


City Square Mall

180 Kitchener Road, #B1-01/-02, City Square Mall, Singapore 208539

Contact: 65657666

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 5pm to 10.30pm

Facebook Page: Here


4. Guo Fu Steamboat

Guo Fu Steamboat

Free flow Xiao Long Baos? Yes, please! Other than serving authentic premium beef at just $18.90++ (which includes rice or noodles, dessert and fruits), and free flow Xiao Long Baos, Guo Fu Steamboat is also known for its huge assortment of broths. They have more than 10 different flavours of broths that are not only extremely tasty but healthy (P.S. some soup flavours are actually infused with Chinese medicine). If you’re looking for a place with unique soup flavours, this is a place that should be on your list. With flavours like Male Vitality Soup, we’re definitely intrigued.


China Square Central

20 Cross Street, #01-31/32/33, China Court, Singapore 048422

Contact: 65570906

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11.30am to 10.30pm

Facebook Page: Here


5. Shi Jian Hot Pot

Shi Jian Hot Pot

Look no further if you’re craving for authentic Szechuan hot pot because Shi Jian Hot Pot is the one. Other than the great flavour and authenticity, Shi Jian is also extremely affordable with soup bases at just $15++ and side dishes at just $3++. Grab a friend on a weekday and you can enjoy a nice warm meal at just $26.90++!



Jurong East Central, #02-19, Singapore

Contact: 93376185

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11.30am to 10.30pm

Facebook Page: Here


6. Hao Lai Wu Steamboat & BBQ

Hao Lai Wu Steamboat

Can’t decide between hot pot or BBQ? Why not go to a place with both? Get the best of both worlds at Hao Lai Wu Steamboat & BBQ where you can finally shabu-shabu and grill your meat at the same time. With more than 90 fresh items to choose from, you’ll be so spoilt for choice. Do check out their Facebook page for their latest promotions, because from what we see, they held a 3 + 1 promotion recently!


8 Sago Street, Singapore

Contact: 62210065

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11am to 3am

Facebook Page: Here


7. Hai Xian Lao

Hai Xian Lao

This is the place to go if you’re looking for a super-late night supper place that accommodates a large group of people. Opened daily from 11am till 5am, it’s the perfect spot to satisfy your hot pot cravings after a good night out. With a wide variety of dishes to choose from such as Kurobuta Pork Belly, US Wagyu Beef and even Alaska King Crabs, there is something for everyone. If you’re a big eater, you definitely need to check out their $34.80++ buffet set,  available from 12pm to 10pm daily.


8 Wilkie Road #01-21, Singapore

Contact: 65096194

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11am to 5am

Facebook Page: Here



JPOT Hot Pot
(JPOT Facebook)

Slightly different from Hai Di Lao, JPOT is well-known for its super-local soup base flavours. We’re talking about laksa soup base, Bak Kut Teh and more. If you’re slightly more particular about hygiene and germs, you will love JPOT because they also offer fuss-free individual hot pots so that you can cook what you want, without having to worry about what others eat or don’t eat. With a $16.80++ set lunch menu, we’re confirm booking this place for our next lunch date!


Tampines 1

10 Tampines Central 1, #03-16, Singapore 529536

Contact: 65323536

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11am to 11pm

Facebook Page: Here


9. Shi Shang Lao Steamov

Shishanglao Steamov Hot Pot
(Shishanglao Steamov Facebook)

You’ve probably seen some IG-stories of hot pots on a conveyor belt and if you’re wondering where’s this place, no, it’s not at the airport. Shi Shang Lao is Singapore’s largest conveyor belt hot pot place and is probably also the cheapest. At just $5 for a soup base and $1 or $3 skewers (with no GST or service charge), Shi Shang Lao is one of the most wallet-friendly places we’ve seen.


325 New Bridge Road, Singapore 088760

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11.30am to 10.30pm

Facebook Page: Here


10. Fountain Hot Pot

Fountain Hot Pot

Are you always annoyed at the fact that Hai Di Lao does not give an option for three soup bases? Well, we are. And this is why we love Fountain Hot Pot. At an affordable price of $18, you can get a big pot with three different soup bases, which includes a spicy beef soup base, pork bone soup base and a sweet tasty mushroom soup base. If you’re not a fan of regular hot pot, you’ll be happy to know that they’re offering BBQ options too.


44 Foch Road, Singapore 209270

Contact: 82229866

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 4pm to 2am

Facebook Page: Here


11. Hai Di Lao Soup Base

Hai Di Lao Soupbase

Of course, if all else fails and you’re really out of money, it is time to Do-It-Yourself! WIth a wide variety of Hai Di Lao soup base flavours and sauces to choose from, you can literally custom make and create the same Hai Di Lao flavour from the comfort of your home. Throw in a packet of chewy wide vermicelli noodles and you’re good to go. P.S the 手工拉面师父 is not included in the package!

Where’s your favourite hot pot place? Recommend us by commenting below!

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