Fish, shellfish and crustaceans, all snuggled up in a pot of sweet broth.
Jin Ho Mia
Jin Ho Mia (Hokkien for ‘really good life’) caters to nine-to-fivers looking for a quick, healthy and filling lunch. In the evening, however, they serve scrumptious bubbling hotpot sets for family and friends to bond over.
Their three options include the signature Tok Kong Pot (‘superb pot’, $40.80), which comes with an impressive Alaskan king crab, tiger prawns, flower clams, and assorted veggies. Their Ah Boy Pot ($33.80) boasts tender roasted pork, bacon, luncheon meat, sausages and meatballs. Lastly, their Giam Pui Pot (‘diet pot’, $28.80) is a guilt-free pot that boasts a range of seasonal ingredients and fresh vegetables.
All pots have four soup options: tom yum broth, chicken broth, fish broth, sweet tomato broth and an adventurous cheese broth. Look out for a la carte dishes to add on and homemade ngoh hiang ($7.80) to chow down as well. Available from 5.30pm-10pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.
#02-20 Alexandra Retail Centre, 460 Alexandra Road. Tel: 6352 7725
The Flame Café
Can’t decide what to have? The Flame Café provides it all in one vessel, with a steamer at the top, a cheese dip and a barbecue hotplate in the middle, and a soup pot at the bottom.
They offer five soup bases: herbal tonic soup ($9.90), clear chicken soup ($5.90), clear mushroom soup ($8.90), mala soup ($8.90) and tom yum soup ($8.90). The yuan yang soup option ($10.90) includes both chicken and mala.
In terms of ingredients, the seafood combo ($42.90) includes huge crayfish, sotong, mussels, clams, tiger prawns, crab sticks, salmon, sliced dory fish, and an assortment of vegetables. Their meat combo ($42.90) includes a wide variety of items including cheese tofu, hotdogs, chicken fillet, sliced beef and mutton. Want the best of both worlds? Get their seafood and meat combo ($48.90) to enjoy both selections.
#01-01 Centro Bianco, 73 Upper Paya Lebar Road. Tel: 6282 0251
Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle
Since their humble beginnings at Pek Kio Market in 1951, Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle has always used traditional cooking methods to create their signature prawn noodles.
Two months ago at their Esplanade outlet, they launched the Big Wah! Kee Pot ($30), a seafood hotpot set that uses their famous sweet prawn broth. Featuring fresh ingredients such as flower crabs, prawns, clams, fish slices, sotong and an assortment of vegetables, the set also comes with egg and rice. The fresh seafood imparts a sweet essence to the broth, which is great for pouring over the rice.
#01-13C, Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Avenue. Tel: 6327 9187
Wen Wen Pork Rib Big Prawn Mee
Wen Wen Pork Rib Big Prawn Mee is another prawn mee specialist that serves a seafood hotpot ($60/2 pax, $70/3-4 pax) with a sweet prawn broth.
The set comes with free-flow noodles, as well as fresh ingredients delivered daily, such as Teochew crabs, prawns from Pontian, pig tails, pig intestines, clams and pork ribs. The crabs and prawns are not frozen to retain their juiciness and they are cleaned and prepared upon order. And a pretty unique touch is how pu er tea is added to the broth for a deeper colour and an added fragrance.
#01-147 Old Airport Road Food Centre, 51 Old Airport Road. Tel: 9026 5983