This week, our Makan Kaki Aun Koh shares with us his mind-blowing experience at a Chinese restaurant he never expected would have such superior steamboat.
If you like dipping raw meats in boiling stock round a communal pot, this isn’t for you, because this steamboat takes that self-serve concept and elevates it to decadent proportions.
First of all, this is a place that requires TWO days’ notice, because of the sheer amount of preparation required and the sheer number of premium, fresh ingredients that need to be sourced. That’s why this is no ordinary steamboat – this is exquisite, special occasion steamboat, that is, admittedly, expensive. However, once you’ve had the experience, you’ll find the $180 per head price tag truly value-for-money. Here’s why:
You get a private room that seats 2-6 people (6 is the max because of the personalised service) AND a personal chef. After you sit down at the table, you’ll notice a large, empty claypot in front of you. Just as you wonder what you should do next, the chef begins his magic. Using herbs, chicken, Korean Ginseng, stock and wine which he flambes to great effect, your steamboat broth is piping hot and ready for its first tasting within minutes. You’d never believe a broth could be this tasty after such a short time, but it is.
Next, comes a full parade of the freshest, top-quality, premium ingredients, including abalone, lobster, crab, tiger prawns, whole grouper, pork, beef and the most exquisite, hand-made dumplings, all of which the chef will personally cook for you. That’s right, you don’t have to lift a finger except to bring perfectly prepared, perfectly cooked morsels to your mouth!
Just when you think things can’t get any better, at the tail-end of the steamboat feast, the chef places all the lobster and crab shells, the grouper head and other tasty bits he’s been saving back into the broth and adds rice to make an immensely satisfying seafood porridge that gets simmered and reduced till the flavours are intensified. It’s the perfect, comforting end to a near-perfect steamboat meal. You will literally stagger out of the restaurant rubbing your warm belly!
Please, do go try this MIND-BLOWING steamboat experience – it’s worthy of a special occasion, worthy of the price tag! And don’t forget to book in advance!
The Art of Eating Steamboat @ Man Fu Yuan
80 Middle Road
Reservations: +65 6338 7600
Want more pictures and details? Read Aun’s steamboat story on his website, Chubby Hubby.