I grew up knowing only one kind of hotpot which we used to refer to as "Steamboat". It's the kind that mum would make by putting together a pot of chicken broth, some meats, seafood, and a simple chilli sauce. Truth be told, I wasn't a big fan of hotpot in my younger days. Poached chicken just didn't quite appeal to me as much as fried chicken, burgers or beef steaks!
What makes this a "Teochew" Steamboat? When I was growing up, I don't remember ever referring to steamboat as "Teochew" or "Cantonese" or "Hainanese". Steamboat, or as we say in Teochew "juang lou" literally means "anything pot" which really is what a Chinese steamboat is all about -- you start with a pot of chicken stock and you put in anything you like! So, I guess a Teochew steamboat is anything that a Teochew would put into the pot!
Golden Mile Thien Kee Steamboat Restaurant: Hainanese Chicken Rice, Steamboat and Satay!
There aren’t many authentic old school Hainanese restaurants in Singapore and the number has just gotten even smaller with the closure of Yet Con and Mooi Chin last year! Thankfully, we still have Golden Mile Thien Kee Steamboat holding the fort and news has it that Chin Mee Chin will be making a comeback by the […]
Chaoniu Beef Hotpot: A slice of Chaoshan cuisine in Singapore!
I first came across this beef hotpot when I visited my ancestral village in Chaoshan (Teochew) last year. It was so good that I remember thinking that someone should start a beef hotpot in Singapore! Well, someone must have read my thoughts and the restaurant was opened soon after I came home! You might be […]
Have you ever eaten at someone’s house and found the food so delicious that you wished they would just open a restaurant so that you don’t always have to find an excuse to invite yourself over for dinner? Well, that is roughly how Empress Porridge came to be. Actually they started by making their porridge […]
Nam Wah Chong (Ah Chew) Fishhead Steamboat Corner: Serving Steamboat Since 1927!
Pomfret Steamboat In my last post on Fish Head Steamboat, I alluded to the fact that Nam Wah Chong is probably the earliest Fishhead Steamboat that is still in operation. The boss here tells me that it was his paternal grandfather who started selling Fish Head Steamboat way back in 1927 in merchant road. I […]
Whampoa Keng Fishhead Steamboat: One Man, Two Wives and Fish Head Steamboat
Pomfret Steamboat (L) $55 Fishhead steamboat. Is this another uniquely Singaporean dish or did it come from China? Doris, the lao ban niang (lady boss) at Whampoa Keng, tells me that she remembers eating this style of steamboat when she was still a kid living in the Char Jung Tao area (lit Wooden Ship Port […]
130 Dempsey: Hainanese Steamboat the way Moma used to cook!
This place has closed Steamboat Buffet $18 nett What kind of restaurant will you get when you put two crazy foodies together with an Al Fresco Bar at Dempsey Road? The kind of restaurant I like, that’s what. [email protected] is the kind of place where foodies like myself would imagine running. Just get a hole-in-the-wall […]
This Stall is ClosedWintermelon Soup Base I hated steamboats when I was a kid. As a child, I preferred food that were fried, grilled and deep fried over those that were steamed or boiled. Somehow eating a piece of boiled chicken didn’t quite appeal to me as much as eating fried chicken. I guess tastes […]
Fortune Cuisine: Steamboat and Charcoal BBQ Buffet
Please make sure you read the comments before going! With SCS Butter, Happi Mummi and ieatFamily Singaporeans are always on the lookout for a great bargain. And the best way to gauge if a something is a great bargain when it comes to food is when you leave the restaurant thinking: “How the heck do […]
Nomin Seafood Restaurant: Claypot Seafood Steamboat with Five Wines!
Seafood Steamboat $30 add $18 for extra plate of ingredients I get plenty of emails from people recommending food places that they would like me to blog. The list of recommendations is so long that it is hard to decide which one to go try. So often it is those really outstanding ones that catch […]
Thien Kee Steamboat: A Place to hold your Hainanese Clan Dinner?
With the ieatFamily Hainanese Steamboat set $32 Singapore’s Chinese population is made up of 41% Hokkien, 21% Teochew, 15% Cantonese and a mere 5% Hainanese. But when it comes to food, the Hainanese are right up there with their hugely popular Chicken Rice and of course, Singapore’s favourite brew, the good old Kopi and Kaya […]