Hai Di Lao hacks

 

cover image for Hai Di Lao freebiesImage credit: Nastya L,@christinalowww

When we Singaporeans think of having hotpot, the household name Hai Di Lao probably pops up immediately in our minds. And regardless of whichever outlet you check out, there’s always a long queue. That’s no surprise though, as not only is their food mouth-watering, they’re also extremely generous with their freebies.

If you’re new to the Hai Di Lao scene or a loyal customer who has yet to uncover the full list of perks to be had, check out these freebies that all Hai Di Lao outlets offer, and make sure you tick them off your list during your next meal there.

Check out our video on HDL hacks:

 

1. Free-flow snacks like popcorn and ice cream while queuing

 

free snacksImage credit: All About Singapore

The queues at Hai Di Lao can get crazy long and to stop your stomach from growling, they offer up all types of sweet and savoury treats while you wait for your seats. These options range from popcorn to watermelon slices and even ice cream.

snacks buffet barImage credit: All About Singapore

These are refillable, so be sure to pop by their snack counter for seconds!

 

2. iPhone screen protector replacement

 

iphone screen replacementImage credit: ZGXoff

Getting a new phone screen protector isn’t always cheap, but at Hai Di Lao, you can get it replaced for free. And it’s not of some flimsy low-grade quality either, we’re talking tempered glass.

Do take note that their screen protectors are only available for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 7.

 

3. Gel manicure and gloves

 

Gel manicuresImage credit: @christinalowww

Yes, ladies, this is probably one of the reasons why Hai Di Lao’s queues are extraordinarily long. They sure know how to pamper their female customers who’re waiting for their seats by providing them with free gel manicures. Children who are yearning to get their nails done too are more than welcome.

nail artImage credit: @christinalowww

Customers can choose between having simple single-coloured nails or themed nail art designs during festive occasions.

manicure servicesImage credit: Haidilao Singapore

To protect your freshly done nails, the restaurant also provides you with plastic gloves.

 

4. Prawn peeling service

 

prawns peeling servicesImage credit: My Daily Moo

We all know one person who only eats prawns if they’re peeled, and whether you’re that pampered person or the one who ends up doing the peeling, you’d be glad to know that the restaurant offers up free prawn peeling services.

Simply wave to any friendly staff and state your request and voila, you got it. Say goodbye to dirty hands and just sit back and enjoy your meal.

 

5. Side dishes when you solve puzzles

 

paper cranesImage credit: Nastya L 

For those looking for more than just walking to and from the snack counter to pass time while queuing, try out Hai Di Lao’s quizzes and challenges. Solve them, and you’ll get a free side dish worth $6.

challenges at Hai Di LaoThe restaurant even provides a guide on how to fold paper stars
Image credit: Kok Chee Hou

We recommend trying out origami challenge to fold paper cranes and stars. Under this category, you’ll get a free side dish for every 30 paper cranes or 100 stars folded. Redemptions for origami activities are unlimited so jia you!

SodukuImage credit: Keurimu

Those who prefer something more analytical can try solving a Rubik’s cube or sudoku puzzle while waiting. However, the side dishes under this category are limited to 1 redemption per table.

Rubik's cubeImage credit: @cwchee86

 

6. Charging ports and wifi

 

USB ports are in-built into every tableImage credit: Haidilao Singapore

Yas, charging ports and WiFi. The charging ports are built into every table so just whip out your USB and refuel your phone’s battery juice if you’re running low for that perfect flat lay shot.

The username and password for the free WiFi are as follows:
ID: haidilaohotpot
Password: haidilao

You’re welcome.

 

7. Birthday fruit platter and longevity buns during birthday month

 

fruits platterImage credit: Jasmine Ong

One year older, one year healthier. To celebrate your birthday, Hai Di Lao will give you a free fruit platter during your birthday month. And we’re not looking at just a small plate with only 1 type of fruit. We’re looking a huge spread including mangoes, kiwi, tomatoes and seedless grapes.

longevity buns

The elderly get something a little different – longevity buns, which represent health and long life in Chinese culture. In addition, the restaurant also loans all birthday peeps a giant LED-light display signboard with the words “Happy Birthday”

Happy BirthdayImage credit: @lyndelim

 

8. Children’s playroom

 

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Hai Di Lao is a family-friendly place thanks to the restaurant’s playrooms for children. These spaces can be found across all outlets and contain toys, games, and slides to keep the little ones entertained.

baby in cotImage credit: @manthadarling

Parents can also request for the baby cot to be brought directly to their table so they can keep a closer eye on their toddlers.

 

9. Side dishes when you flash your GV ticket

 

Options for side dishes include fishballs, squid balls and yam cakes. 
Image credit: @lovedlinxuan

Golden Village moviegoers, here’s a deal for you. Whip out your movie ticket and you’ll get a free side dish ($6) of your choice. Note that free side dishes are limited to 1 per customer, no matter how many tickets you might have on hand, and this deal is only limited to the Plaza Singapura outlet.

 

10. Hair ties

 

hair tiesImage credit: Ebay

Ladies (and gentlemen) with long hair will understand how it always gets in the way when eating. Once again, Hai Di Lao comes to the rescue with their FOC hair ties so you don’t have to borrow from your friends. Aside from helping you keep your hair in place, the restaurant will also provide you with aprons to protect your clothes from stains.

 

11. Ziplock bag to protect your phone from soup splashes

 

zip lock bag and phoneYou can also request for smaller zip lock bags to protect other personal belongings like jewellery
Image credit: Wander In The Raine By Sherraine YQ

Placing your phone anywhere near boiling water is pretty precarious, but many of us take the risk anyway. But to give our phones extra protection, the restaurant provides free ziplock bags in case of any soup or drink spillage.

 

12. Free membership to chalk up points to redeem branded gifts

 

membership perksPast gifts include iPhones and SK-II facial products
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Loyal fans of Hai Di Lao, here’s an extra excuse for you to continue dining there. If you sign up for Hai Di Lao’s membership programme, you’ll receive points for every dollar spent ($1=1 point), which can be used to redeem attractive branded prizes such as Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryers. The gifts change every few months, so you’ll always be surprised by what’s offered next.

It’s completely free to be a member so just notify any of the staff of your request and you’re in the fam.

 

13. Zero corkage fee

 

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We know how particular restaurants can be sometimes, with all their rules about not allowing drinks purchased from other stores to be brought in. Well, that’s something you won’t have to worry about at Hai Di Lao since they don’t have any corkage charges. Yep, feel free to bring your bubble tea into the restaurant without having to worry about it getting confiscated.

 

Free gifts at Hai Di Lao Singapore

 

And there you have it, an extensive list of freebies to look out for apart from just Hai Di Lao’s manicure services. We hope that this list will make your next visit extra memorable as you nab every one of these good steals.