Call it what you want – steamboat, hotpot, shabu shabu – this communal way of dining continues to be one of the most popular forms of dining in Singapore, especially with a group of friends or family. Perfect for gatherings, rainy days, reunion dinners or just because, a steaming bowl of hotpot with your loved ones always hits the right spot. Here are some of the best hotpot buffet in Singapore to check out the next time you round up your gang!
With trendy Chinese-style decorations and over 95 dishes to choose from, Hao Lai Wu comes highly recommended by many Singaporean food bloggers. Dubbed the Hollywood of seafood hotpot and BBQ buffet, Hao Lai Wu is a spot for those who want the best of both a hotpot and BBQ buffet. You’ll find a wide selection of seafood along with six different types of soup bases, and prices start at just $24.80++!
Guo Fu hails from Northeast China and serves some of the most, if not the most delicious fat cow hotpot buffet in Singapore. Did we also mention that they’re one of the pioneers in individual hotpots in Singapore? With prices starting from $29.90++, choose from ten different types of soup bases, hundreds of fresh and high quality ingredients, and a wide range of in-house special dipping sauces.
A budget-friendly alternative to Haidilao is Upin Hotpot, a mid-tier chain restaurant with three conveniently located outlets that open till 12am daily. They offer some of the most flavourful soup bases in town, including the signature Tomato Soup that can easily rival the more established hotpot brands. Those who want to get the most bang for their buck can visit the Orchard Gateway outlet for its all-you-can-eat hotpot buffet – prices start from S$22.80++!
The perpetually buzzy Liang Seah Street is home to Hippot, a popular hotpot buffet concept with over 100 ingredients and 11 soup bases for diners to choose from. You can go for Buffet A which starts from $26.80++ on weekdays, which comprises the usual meats, seafood, vegetables, and carbs. Or, go for the more premium Buffet B from $43.80++ for free-flow ingredients like Black Pork, Tiger Prawns, Scallops, and Snowflake Beef, alongside barbecued skewers, braised dishes, and even flavoured milk tea!
We’ve seen many 2-in-1 hotpots, but Yi Zi Wei is a 6-in-1 buffet that comes with free-flow hotpot, barbecue, Korean army stew, lok lok, mala xiang guo as well as mala soup. They also have ala carte dishes such as Kimchi Pancake, Spicy Rice Cake, Japchae, and Bibimbap. Prices for the impressive buffet start at $29.90++, and you can feast to your heart’s content all night long as they only close at 4am.
Serving a wide variety of quality and fresh ingredients, Zhong Hua Steamboat is sure to satisfy any hotpot cravings you may have. Choose from soup bases such as herbal chicken or laksa, or turn up the heat with tom yum, kimchi and mala soups. Apart from all-you-can-eat hotpot ingredients, you’ll also find a cooked food section with fried noodles, ma la prawns, spring rolls, samosas, dumplings, potstickers and fried mantou. All from $23.80++!
Buffet-style shabu-shabu and sukiyaki is always a good bet to indulge and fill up our empty bellies! Shabu Sai offers authentic shabu-shabu and sukiyaki in six different soup bases. From $18.99++, you’ll get to enjoy items like US Beef, South American Pork and Brazilian chicken. And with many outlets islandwide, Shabu Sai is one of the most convenient places to indulge in a hotpot buffet!
This Korean steamboat spot caters to different taste buds with seven different soup bases, from pepper bak kut teh to Korean ginseng, beauty collagen soup and ma la. Prices begin at $18.90 and diners can expect up to 70 different selections of food items to dip in the piping hot soups, along with Korean and local side dishes!
Yet another spot for individual hotpots in a communal setting is Jianghu Hotpot, which operates with a fun conveyor belt service system. Go for the affordable 2-in-1 hotpot and BBQ buffet that starts from S$27.80++, which comes with the option of free-flow Grilled Fish for an additional $3.80. The wide selection of ingredients which include Mala Scallops, Korean Pork Belly, and Homemade Ice Jelly is more than enough to keep you occupied for 90 minutes!
Another popular hotpot buffet joint along Liang Seah Street is Yunnan Ah Ma Shi Hotpot, a Yunnan specialty restaurant that opens till 2am. There are two different buffet sets to choose from – Set A (from S$25.80++) boasts an array of over 50 ingredients, including the likes of Fine Beef, Sliced Pork Belly, and Fresh Prawns. For a more premium option, Set B (from S$42.80++) features a more exotic lineup of meats, seafood, and other ingredients, from Spanish Black Pork and Premium Wagyu Beef to the Wild Mushroom Platters and Live Mud Crabs!
Yi Qian Ling Yi Ye turns things up a notch with a fun conveyor belt for ingredients, as well as free-flow xiao long bao – all from just $19.80++! Take your pick from 10 soup bases, with the most popular ones being the mala soup and herbal chicken soup. The buffet spread also includes dessert as well so you can end your meal with either vanilla or chocolate soft serve, fried oreos, red bean soup, white fungus soup, or fruits.
Ting Yuan Hotpot Buffet has been at Bugis for more than 20 years now, with signature homemade soups such as authentic Sichuan Mala Soup, signature Tomato and Fungus Mushroom Soup that have no added preservatives! From $25.80++, diners get to enjoy a variety of fresh ingredients such as wagyu beef, pork belly, prawns, fish, clams, squid and many more.
Can’t decide if you want a Korean BBQ or a hotpot buffet? Go for both at Pot Addiction! From just $18.90++, enjoy over 80 items with two options of cooking style, along with tempting add ons such as a molten, gooey cheese dip and premium meats! A wide range of soup bases are available, from tonkotsu to laksa base and a popular favourite, mala. And don’t forget the cooked food that ranges from Japchae to Fragrant Fried Rice, as well as Korean-style Sweet & Sour Pork and Sweet Spicy Chicken!
Suki-Ya provides a hearty hotpot buffet experience at an affordable price, starting from $22.90++. Its unique shabu-shabu is a must-try for all hotpot lovers, and it complements the high quality meats that they provide. For soup bases, sukiyaki and Tokyo miso broth are some of the most popular. Alongside unlimited servings of meat, health-conscious diners will also be glad to know that Suki-Ya has a vegetables bar that's decked out in a wide selection of veggies!
Originating from Bangkok, COCA established its first hotpot restaurant in Singapore in 1987 and remains well-known as an established Thai-Chinese hotpot restaurant that marries authentic Thai cuisine with traditional elements of Cantonese home-style cooking. Prices begin at $39++ for weekday lunch, and apart from an endless array of seafood hotpot ingredients, take your pick from COCA’s scrumptious house specialties such as Fish Glue, Shrimp Paste and Handmade Dumplings, along with fresh seasonal vegetables and meat offerings. Diners can also indulge in premium choices such as the seafood buffet at $88++!
Pot Yummy Yummy offers hotpot buffets starting at $21.80++. Pick your choice of buffet items off the conveyor belt, and each diner gets a personal pot with a choice of one of the 10 soup bases – including the popular black chicken, pig bone, and Japanese sukiyaki. The only downside here is that the buffet price excludes the soup base, which costs an additional $3-$6. If you fancy ingredients such as American snowflake beef slices, Japanese wagyu beef and extra large scallops, you also have the option of going for the luxury wagyu beef buffet option from $43.80++!
Halal-certified Jin Shang Yi Pin has six different soup bases to choose from, brewed using a mix of herbs and spices. If you prefer your hotpot buffet to also be a barbeque, the restaurant comes through with a barbeque grill add-on. With a large variety of meats, vegetables, and other hotpot goodies, you can eat to your heart’s content from just $35 – no GST or service charge!
Meaning ‘two meals’ in Korean, Dookki is a fun hotpot concept that begins with tteokbokki hotpot and finishes with fried rice! At $20.80++ per adult, there are eight kinds of tteokbokki for you to choose from which includes cheese, sweet potato, slim, hollow, as well as other ingredients like fried chicken, mandu, luncheon meat, mushroom, veggies, fish cake and skewers to enjoy. For an additional $10.80++, you can also get a double cheese ring which is blow torched on the top for crusty and caramelised cheesy delight which you can dip your tteokbokki in! And just in case your tummy isn’t fully filled after all that, you can fry rice with the residual soup base you have left after you are done with your hotpot and end your meal with your very own unique fried rice.
Located in Tai Seng’s Sakae Building, this hotpot buffet offers an all-you-can-eat dining experience from $29.90 nett, with access to over 40 different buffet items including green-lipped mussels to fish-shaped surimi and marinated pork and chicken. You’ll be spoilt for choice here, and make sure to pair your food with the free-flow condiments and sauces, and end your meal on a sweet note with unlimited scoops of ice cream!
La Jiang Shan is an individual BBQ and hotpot buffet with free flow marinated meats, greens, carbs and more from just $18.80++. You’ll be spoilt for choice with dozens of ingredients to choose from to complement your hotpot. Take your pick from nine different soup bases which are perfect for cosy, rainy days! They’re also open from 11am to 6am daily, so you know where to go for late-night suppers.