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Compilation of cheap steamboar restaurants, alternatives to hai di lao

Hai Di Lao Alternatives: Cheap and Good Steamboat and Hot Pot Restaurants In Singapore

profileMing Feng

When it comes to group or family outings where nobody seems to be able to decide what they would like to have.

It’s nice that we always have hot pot or steamboat to turn to.

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But a visit to popular places like Hai Di Lao or Beauty In The Pot usually involves crazy long queues and a pretty expensive bill just for good quality steamboat.

And this makes it really difficult for us to satisfy our steamboat cravings as and when we love to.

Especially in this period of social-distancing.

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Frustrated and suffering from mild steamboat withdrawal symptoms (yes, this is real…) after Circuit Breaker?

We came up with this list of quality steamboat restaurants that can be a good, budget-friendly substitute for Hai Di Lao or Beauty in the Pot.

From steamboat buffets to more premium ala-carte picks, here are affordable hot pot in Singapore.

There are also hotpot delivery options offered by a few of the restaurants for safe steamboat feasting!

TL;DR: Cheap and Good Steamboat In Singapore

Steamboat PlacesPrice RangeOutlets
Shi Li Fang Taiwan HotpotFrom $9.90++Orchard Road, Eastpoint Mall, Icon Village, Thomson Plaza, Chinatown Point, City Square Mall, J-CUBE, West Coast Plaza, Bedok Point, Hougang One, Kinex
Shabu Sai$9.99++ to $22.99++Causeway Point, Orchard Central, Changi City Point, Suntec, NorthPoint City, Westgate, Tampines 1, NEX
One Pot (Yi Guo)From $29.80++ for 2 personDunlop Street
Shang Pin Hot PotFrom $15.80++Marina Square
GoroGoro Steamboat and Korean BuffetFrom $16.90++Tampines
Hao Lai Wu Steamboat ands BBQFrom $19.80++Bencoolen, Sago Street
City Hot Pot Shabu ShaubuFamily meal deal $68++ for 3-4 paxOne Raffles Place
Guo Fu SteamboatFrom $25.90++Cross Street Exchange (formerly China Square Central)
Hai Xian LaoFrom $26.80++Wilkie Road, Isetan Shaw Centre
Shi Jian Hot PotFrom $26.90++J-CUBE, Suntec

Save Money While Enjoying Your Hotpot

While we were compiling this list of steamboat and hotpot outlets for you to get your grub on, we noticed that some of the places are listed on food apps like Eatigo, Fave, and ShopBack GO too!

And since we’re all about getting a good deal while enjoying good food, we went the extra mile to compile this list of foodies’ favourite mobile apps to help you save more!

Mobile Apps Every Singaporean Foodie Should Have

For Cashback
1.ShopBack GO by ShopBack
For Good Deals And Table Reservations
1.The Entertainer App
2. burpple
(previously Groupon)
For Food Delivery
3. GrabFood
For Easy To Follow Recipes

“What if the restaurants or outlets below don’t belong on any of the abovementioned platforms,” you ask?

Fret not!

Just make sure that you pay for your meal with a cashback credit card in order to get some cash back!

Cheap and Good Hot Pot & Steamboat Alternatives to Hai Di Lao and Beauty In The Pot

The usual visit to Hai Di Lao and Beauty In The Pot can be frustrating due to the long waiting time and not forgetting that it’s rather taxing on the wallet as well.

Want hot pot or steamboat on a budget? Check these places out…they might even have home delivery so you enjoy your hot pot at home.

Shabu Sai

Buffet lovers take note. Shabu Sai is an authentic Japanese steamboat place that offers Shabu-shabu and Sukiyaki buffet. Brace yourself as they spoil you with 7 types of soup bases and 60 buffet items.

Source: Shabu Sai | Facebook

The price is probably one of the cheapest too! Here’s how Shabu Sai’s pricelist looks like:

Weekday Lunch, Monday to Friday, excluding EPH/PH
$14.99++ per pax
• 2 plates of meat (Beef/Chicken/Pork)
• Free flow soup (2 choices)
• Free flow buffet counter

Weekday Dinner, Monday to Thursday, excluding EPH/PH
$22.99++ per pax
• 2 plates of meat (Beef/Chicken/Pork)
• Free flow soup (2 choices)
• Free flow buffet counter

Weekend Lunch, Sat, Sunday, EPH and PH
$19.99++ per pax
• 2 plates of meat (Beef/Chicken/Pork)
• Free flow soup (2 choices)
• Free flow buffet counter

Weekday Dinner Promo, Monday to Thursday, excluding EPH/PH
$24.99++ per pax
• UNLIMITED meat (Beef/Chicken/Pork)
• Free flow soup (2 choices)
• Free flow buffet counter

Due to the COVID-19 situation, Shabu Sai have changed their self-service buffet counters to table-service. Their sushi buffet bar is also temporarily halted.

While available for dine in now, Shabu Sai does not take reservations at the moment, they go by a FCFS basis.

They have a total of 8 outlets all around Singapore.

Shabu Sai Causeway Point

Causeway Point #05-14/15
1 Woodlands Square, Singapore 738099
Daily: 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6462 1557

Shabu Sai Orchard Central

Orchard Central #08-09/10/11
181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
Daily: 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6884 6760

Shabu Sai Changi City Point

Changi City Point #B1-28/29
5 Changi Business Park Central 1, Singapore 486038
Daily: 11.30am to 10pm
Tel: 6444 9569

Shabu Sai Suntec

Suntec City Mall #B1-133
3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
– Around the Fountain of Wealth –
Daily: 11.30am to 10pm
Tel: 6336 6129

Shabu Sai Westgate

Westgate #B1-12
3 Gateway Drive, Singapore 608532
Daily: 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6908 5686

Shabu Sai Tampines 1

Tampines One #02-04
10 Tampines Central, Singapore 529536
Daily: 11.30am to 10pm
Tel: 6904 8861

Shabu Sai NEX

NEX #03-07
23 Serangoon Central, Singapore 556083
Daily: 11.30am to 10pm
Tel: 6904 2120

Shabu Sai Northpoint City

Northpoint City #B1-198/199
South Wing NorthPoint City
1 Northpoint Drive, Singapore 768019
Daily: 11am to 10pm


One Pot (Yi Guo)

OnePot has a decent variety of soup bases, including Laksa broth which many praised, and a wide range of seafood including Bamboo clams.

You can also opt for freeflow drinks at an extra $2.

Source: One Pot | Facebook

Based on the reviews on their Facebook, on top of fresh ingredients, their chilli sauce is a must-try too!

One Pot (Yi Guo)

7 Dunlop Street
Singapore 209337
Daily: 11.30am – 2am
Tel: 92322367

City Hot Pot Shabu Shabu

For those working in the Central Business District, City Hot Pot is THE hotpot spot you gotta try.
If you’re unsure about this hot pot joint, relax. It’s City Hot Pot vision to provide high-quality food and service at a fraction of the price.
Source: City Hot Pot | Facebook
Priced at an affordable range of $24.99 to $49.99, each meal set comes with one main course (choice of Wagyu beef, chicken, lamb, pork), vegetable combo, sauces and an individual pot of soup.
During this time, City Hot Pot ensures customers’ safety by giving each diner their own personal hotpot, so no communal sharing there!
Additionally, City Hot Pot also offers home delivery services so you can feast on steamboat without fuss, at the comforts of your own home.
For hot pot delivery, they have promotional value set meals for a varying number of people from 2 to 6 pax. All set meals will include at least 1 Soup base of your choice, 1 serving of Wagyu Beef and Prawn Paste, Vegetables and more.
The lowest deal starts from $54.99+ for 2, and the most indulgent one goes for $219.99 for 6.

City Hot Pot Shabu Shabu Raffles Place

One Raffles Place, #04-28
Operating Hours:
11.15am – 3.00pm, 5.00pm – 10.00pm (Monday to Friday)
11.30pm – 3.00pm, 5.00pm – 10.00pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Tel: 6536 2185

City Hot Pot Shabu Shabu Tanjong Pagar

Guoco Tower, #B1-04/05,
Singapore 078884
Operating Hours:
11.15am – 3.00pm, 5.00pm – 10.00pm (Monday to Friday)
11.30pm – 3.00pm, 5.00pm – 10.00pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Tel: 6721 9501


GoroGoro Steamboat and Korean Buffet

They call themselves the first hotpot concept in Singapore to give a Korean twist. With 7 choices of soup bases to choose from, they even have really localised flavours such as Pepper Bak Ku Teh.

Source: Kingdomfood.sg

They have weekday buffet lunches at $16.90, and weekend lunch at $26.90. For weekday buffet dinners, it costs $26.90 on weekdays and $28.90 for dinner.

From now till 31 October 2020, they have a 4+1 where 1 diner in a group of 5, gets to dine free. This hotpot promo is only available for their Sat-Sun Lunch and Sun-Thu Dinner only.

GoroGoro’s Centrepoint outlet is temporarily closed. However, their Tampines 1 outlet is still open for dine-in and reservations are available.

GoroGoro Steamboat and Korean Buffet Tampines

Tampines 1, #03-16A
Daily: 11.30am to 10.30pm
Tel: 6509 4281


Shi Li Fang 食立方 Taiwan Hotpot

Shi Li Fang is a Taiwanese steamboat restaurant that is committed to delivering all-natural, healthy, and sustainable food.

Just check out the soup bases they have on offer:

Source: Shi Li Fang

And look at the spread that you can choose from:

Source: Shi Li Fang

More of a carnivore, you say? Check this out:

Source: Shi Li Fang

Most importantly, you can enjoy all of that at very reasonable prices thanks to their regular promotions like:

  • Single value set meal for just $9.90++
  • Fresh Prawn set meal for only $13.80
  • Seafood items at 50%

Their West Coast Plaza outlet is currently running a Happy Hours Daily Promotion from 10am to 5pm where you can enjoy an additional 38% off every dish!

  • 10am – 4pm: get an additional 38% off
  • 4pm – 6pm: additional 28% off
  • 6pm – 10pm: additional 18% off

We highly recommend checking out the promotions on their Facebook page before paying them a visit!\

For diners who wish to enjoy Shi Li Fang at home, you can takeaway their hotpot soup and ingredients with 20% off!

And because we know you need to know where’s the nearest Shi Li Fang, here’s a list of 10 of their outlets for your hotpot craving convenience:

Shi Li Fang OutletAddressHotline
Flagship store181 Orchard Road #07-10/11 Singapore 2388966238 0800
Eastpoint Mall3 Simei Street 6 #02-04 Singapore 5288336870 888
Icon Village12 Gopeng Street #01-41 Singapore 0788776222 8518
Thomson Plaza301 Upper Thomson Road #01-106 Singapore 5744086456 0800
Chinatown Point133 New Bridge Road #B1-30 Singapore 0594136636 3833
City Square Mall180 Kitchener Road #02-53/546636 7899
J-CUBE2 Jurong East Central 1, #02-24 Singapore 6097316694 2122
West Coast Plaza154 West Coast Road #02-24 Singapore 1273716266 2858
Bedok Point799 New Upper Changi Road #03-38/39 Singapore 4673516581 8885
Hougang One1 Hougang Street 91 #01-23 Singapore 5386926282 6678
(Previously One km)
11 Tanjong Katong Road #02-17/18, Singapore 4371576870 8893



尚品火锅 Shang Pin Hot Pot

A couple of our Seedly members swear that Shang Pin Hot Pot tastes as good as Hai Di Lao, but without the steep price tag.

It is also rumoured that Shang Pin Hot Pot was started by a former employee of Hai Di Lao… Which probably explains why it looks and tastes so similar.

But y’know what, if it tastes good; it’s good enough for us!

Source: Shang Pin Hot Pot | Facebook

What makes dining at Shang Pin Hot Pot even more affordable are their set lunches which cost  $15.80++. Choose from premium ingredients like sliced fish, black pork, tender chicken, tender lamb, or fatty beef.

While Shang Pin might not be a hotpot buffet, its prices are still incredibly reasonable for the quality of the food and the place.

The portions are generous and they have inventive soup bases like the Chicken Pumpkin Soup. Customers cite an expected damage of about $30 per pax on regular days.

Shang Pin Hot Pot @ Marina Square

Marina Square Shopping Mall
6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-102 Singapore 039594
Daily: 11am – 12am
Tel: 6565 7666


Guo Fu Steamboat 国府珍锅

If you hang out around the Central Business District (CBD) after work, then you definitely have heard of Guo Fu Steamboat.

With over 12 years of experience in the business, Guo Fu claim to fame is their premium beef offerings, and free flow, Xiao Long Bao.

Source: Guo Fu Steamboat | Facebook

On top of their hot pot set meals, Guo Fu also has cooked food and herbal soup.

Guo Fu’s weekday lunch buffet starts at $25.90++ per pax

Guo Fu Steamboat @ Cross Street Exchange

20 Cross Street, Cross Street Exchange
#01-31/32/33 China Court, Singapore 048422
Daily: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Tel: 6557 0906

食间火锅-Shi Jian Hot Pot

Shi Jian Hot Pot is yet another authentic Si Chuan-style hot pot restaurant that serves a wide selection of popular dishes with its fiery broth. Their dishes range from $3 to $10 each on top of the soup base which costs $15.

They offer a premium quality buffet at $28.80 for lunch and $32.80 for dinner, per person.

Source: Shi Jian Hot Pot | Facebook

Fancy a weekday lunch treat? Go with a colleague and enjoy a weekday set lunch for two at $26.90+.

If you’re not keen to dine out, Shi Jian Hotpot can bring the hotpot feast to your doorstep. They even have affordable bundled set meals for you to from. A family meal for 3-4pax costs as low as $68.

Simply choose the soup bases and ingredients of your liking and they’ll deliver it over to you with a minimum order of $50.

Shi Jian Hot Pot @ Jcube

#02-19, Jcube, Jurong East Central
Daily: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Tel: 9337 6185

Shi Jian Hot Pot @ Suntec

B1-146 Suntec City Mall, North Wing, Tower 1
Singapore 038983
Daily: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Tel: 6909 8306

Hao Lai Wu Steamboat & BBQ 好来屋火锅烧烤餐厅

Finally, a restaurant that provides both steamboat and BBQ!

With over 100 dishes to choose from, Hao Lai Wu Steamboat & BBQ serves quality food at reasonable prices.

One of the special dishes on their menu is called the “Dragon Pheonix Sunrise Egg Roll”. Order that and you’ll have a professional “egg roller” who will make you an egg omelette roll on request.

Source: Hao Lai Wu | Facebook

On Weekdays, their lunch buffet costs $19.80++ (U.P $21.80)  and the dinner buffet is $24.80++ per person.

On Weekends, both lunch and dinner buffet costs $25.80++

You can also get free flow bubble tea from their neighbour Feng Cha Tea House.

Hao Lai Wu also offers delivery services for their hotpot selection – orders above $80 can be delivered with no delivery fees.

Hao Lai Wu Steamboat and BBQ @ Sago Street

8 Sago Street Singapore
Daily: 11.00am – 3am

Hao Lai Wu Steamboat and BBQ @ Bencoolen

175 Bencoolen Street #01-57
Burlington Square 189649
Daily: 11.00am – 3am
Tel: 6221 0065

Hai Xian Lao 海鲜捞

Hai Xian Lao offers a wide variety of fresh and quality ingredients and is as a great late-night supper haven for big groups looking to feast on Kurobuta Pork Belly, US Wagyu Beef, and Lamb Shoulder. Note: only the Wilkie Edge branch stays open till 5am.

They also serve fresh seafood such as oysters, prawns, lobsters, and even Alaskan King Crabs!

Source: Hai Xian Lao | Facebook

Check out their current promotional prices:

Monday – Thursday (Afternoon)
Adult : $26.80++, 
Senior: $23.80++
Child: $15.80++

Monday – Thursday (Night) 
Adult: $34.80++
Senior: $23.80++
Child: $15.80++

Friday/Sat/Sun/Eve of PH/PH 
Adults: $34.80++
Senior: $23.80++
Child: $15.80++

Hai Xian Lao @ Wilkie Road

8 Wilkie Road #01-21
Singapore 228095
Daily: 11am – 5am
Tel: 6509 6194

Hai Xian Lao @ Isetan Shaw Centre

350 Orchard Road, ISETAN Shaw Centre Level 4
Singapore 238868
Daily: 11am – 10pm
Tel: 6219 0777


Want More?

So you’ve reached the end of this list… wanna try something else?

Why not look at our list of 1-for-1 buffet promotions to expand your dining repertoire?

Whatever your dinner plans or budgets are, Seedly’s got you covered!

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About Ming Feng
A stint in Bloomberg gifted me with a beer belly, which only grew larger when I moved on to become a Professional Trader. Now I turn caffeine into digestible finance-related content.
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