Cheap hotpot buffets in Singapore
No longer reserved for yearly reunion dinners during Chinese New Year, indulging in a hotpot meal is now a common group activity – and naturally, restaurants with hotpot buffets are now a dime a dozen in Singapore these days.
We all love a bubbling pot of soup with an unlimited selection of meat cuts and veggies, but not all of us have the cash to splurge at Hai Di Lao or Beauty In The Pot on a regular basis. Worry not – here’s a list of affordable hotpot buffet restaurants in Singapore so you know where to stretch your dollar at.
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1. Hao Lai Wu – trippy illuminated crystal pots that won’t scald (from $19.80)
Patrons at Hao Lai Wu Steamboat & BBQ will notice something different right off the bat – instead of metal pots, the restaurant uses trippy illuminated crystal pots. They disperse heat well, and feel just warm to the touch – so you don’t have to worry about getting scalded while enjoying that piping hot broth.
On top of that, you won’t have to worry about reeking of smoke post-feast, because smokeless grills are used.
Starting from $19.80, their BBQ and hotpot buffet promotions come with over 100 ingredients to choose from, including fresh seafood such as crab, scallop, and oysters.
Hao Lai Wu regulars would know of a secret item that is not listed on the menu – their speciality egg roll. Mixed with chopped scallions, chillies and crab-stick, the fragrant and fluffy omelette is a must-try.
Open till 3AM daily, this hotpot spot is perfect for satisfying your late-night hunger pangs. Check out Eatbook’s review of Hao Lai Wu here.
- Lunch: $19.80 (adult)
- Dinner: $24.80 (adult)
- Weekends and PHs: $25.80
Address: Burlington Square 175 Bencoolen St, #01-57, Singapore 189649
Telephone: 6732 0816
Address: No. 6 & 8 Sago Street, Singapore 059012
Telephone: 6221 0065
Opening Hours: Daily, 11AM-3AM
Hao Lai Wu Website
2. Pot Addiction – Korean BBQ & Ying Yang hotpot (from $14.90)
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If you can’t decide if you prefer Korean BBQ or hotpot, Pot Addiction can serve up both for you. Prices begin from $8.90++ for children, $14.90++ for seniors/students and $16.90++ for adults. The spread of seafood, meat and vegetables is sufficient enough for you to go around a few times without getting tired of the selection.
Top up $3 for a bowl of mozzarella and nacho cheese, and let it melt on the stove so you’ll get a portion of gooey, molten cheese to dip your meat in.
- Weekdays: $16.90++ (adult) | $14.90++(students & seniors) | $8.90++ (child)
- Weekends/PHs/eves of PH: $26.90++ (adult) | $24.90++ (students & seniors) | $11.90++ (child)
- Weekdays: $24.90++ (adult) | $22.90++ (students & seniors) | $11.90++ (child)
- Weekends/PHs/eves of PH: $27.90++ (adult) | $27.90++ (students & seniors) | $11.90++ (child)
Sun Plaza Outlet
Address: 30 Sembawang Drive, #02-14, Singapore 757713
Telephone: 6481 3456
West Mall Outlet
Address: 1 Bukit Batok Central Link, #01-38, Singapore 658713
Telephone: 6336 2929
United Square Outlet
Address: 101 Thomson Road, #B1-15, Singapore 307591
Telephone: 6255 0320
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 11.30AM-10PM | Fri – Sat 11.30AM-10.30PM | Sun 11.30AM-10PM
Pot Addiction Website
3. Shabu Sai – traditional Japanese-style setting (from $16.99)
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Shabu Sai has drawn in the crowds with a huge range of buffet items at wallet-friendly prices. The weekday lunch buffet is only $16.99++ per pax, while weeknight dinners will set you back $23.99++ per pax.
Patrons can order as many sets of their favourite meats, with two soup bases placed in a yin-yang pot with choices like bak kut teh, herbal duck and laksa. You can also top up $1 for soft serve and drinks.
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Shabu Sai sports the beauty of a traditional Japanese food house – decked in banners with Japanese characters, wooden seats, and tiny wooden planks indicating names of garnishes and ingredients.
*In light of COVID-19, the self-service buffet is now a table-service buffet instead, and the sushi buffet bar is also temporarily unavailable.
- Weekdays: From $16.99++
- Weekends: From $20.99++
- Weekdays: $23.99++
- Weekends: $25.99++
4. Yi Qian Ling Yi Ye Steamboat Buffet – free-flow xiao long bao and dessert (from $19.80)
Yi Qian Ling Yi Ye Steamboat Buffet kicks things up a notch by including a fun conveyor belt for ingredients, as well as free-flow xiao long bao – all from just $19.80.
The XLBs are hands down the star of the show, where the soupy goodness explodes in your mouth once you bite through the slightly stretchy and delicate skin. While they’re all stuffed with the same filling, the dumplings come in 3 colours for extra Insta-worthiness.
The buffet includes dessert as well so you can end your meal with either vanilla or chocolate soft serve, red bean soup, white fungus soup, or fruits.
- Lunch: $19.80
- Dinner: $26.80
Address: 930 Yishun Avenue 2, #B1-184, Northpoint City South Wing, Singapore 769098
Opening Hours: 11AM-10PM
Telephone: 6988 3962
Yi Qian Ling Yi Ye Steamboat Buffet Website
5. Suki-Ya – Japanese sukiyaki and shabu shabu (from $18.90)
Suki-Ya offers all-you-can-eat Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu. Lunch buffets begin at $18.90, where you’ll enjoy an unlimited amount of thinly-sliced beef, chicken, and pork. Instead of being laid out in the open, the meat will only be served to your table in little trays ala carte style so as to ensure freshness.
Good news for the health-conscious: Suki-Ya has an extensive salad bar for you to get your fibre from, with a variety of greens and mushrooms.
- Weekdays: $18.90 (adult) | $14.90 (child)
- Weekends/PHs/eves of PH: $21.90 (adult) | $17.90 (child)
- Weekdays: $24.90 (adult) | $17.90 (child)
- Weekends/PHs/eves of PH: $27.90 (adult) | $20.90 (child)
6. King’s Laksa Steamboat – laksa broth and free-flow har cheong gai (from $26.80)
King’s Laksa Steamboat’s lunch buffet starts from $26.80. Their fragrant laksa soup base is a must-get, with broth thick enough to coat the meat and noodles without being too jelak. Plus, they’ve got free-flow har cheong gai (prawn paste chicken) so you don’t have to get all hangry while waiting for your food to cook.
Despite the modest ingredient selection, the decent service, ambience and quality of food make up for it. There’s also an ongoing promotion that brings the weekday lunch price per pax down to $21.80 for walk-in and Chope customers.
- Lunch: $26.80 (adult) | $16.80 (child)
- Dinner: Weekdays & Weekends: $26.80 (adult) | $16.80 (child)
Address: 17 Teck Chye Terrace, Singapore 545724
Opening Hours: 11.30AM-11.00PM
Telephone: 6287 8010
King’s Laksa Steamboat Website
7. Dookki Korean Tteokbokki Buffet – rice cake hotpot with kimchi fried rice (from $18.80)
Dookki – meaning 2 meals in Korean – is a dining concept that begins with a Tteokbokki (rice cake) hot pot, and finishes with kimchi fried rice. For the price of $18.80, customers can DIY their own Korean fried rice by mixing their leftover Tteokbokki sauce with steamed rice.
Cheese lovers can order an ala carte “Double Cheese Ring” at $9.80 for some of that cheese-pull action. Dookki offers 8 types of Tteokbokki, all imported from Korea. Other dishes here worth a mention include their Kimnari (Korean Seaweed Roll), Eomuk’ (Korean Fishcake) and QQ noodles.
The buffet also includes free-flow soft drinks, Korean tea and Bingsu (shaved ice dessert). Do note that you’ll have to complete your meal within 90 minutes.
Prices: $18.80 (adult) | $10.80 (child)
Suntec City Mall Outlet
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #B1-107 East Wing, Singapore 038984
Telephone: 6266 2425
Clementi Mall Outlet
Address: 3155 Commonwealth Avenue West, #B1-30/31, Singapore 129588
Telephone: 6904 8733
Opening Hours: 11.30AM-10.30PM
8. Pot Yummy Yummy – personal hotpots for the saliva-conscious (from $18.80)
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We all know how difficult it is to find decently priced food in the CBD but Pot Yummy Yummy is here to change the game by offering steamboat buffets at $18.80. Buffet items are presented on a conveyor belt, and each diner gets a personal pot with a choice of 1 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 $3-4, and free-flow beverages such as soft drinks and juices come at an additional $1. If those aren’t your thing, you can also crack open a Qingdao, Snow, Carlsberg or Tiger Beer.
Pot Yummy Yummy is the ideal spot for the introverts, and pairs as their setup may not fit large groups.
Telok Ayer Outlet
- Lunch: $18.80 (adult) | $10.80 (child)
- Dinner: $21.80 (adult) | $10.80 (child)
HDB Hub Outlet
- Lunch: $23.80 (adult) | $10.80 (child)
- Dinner: $26.80 (adult) | $10.80 (child)
Telok Ayer Outlet
Address: 80 Telok Ayer Street, #01-01, Singapore 048466
Telephone: 6909 7379
Opening Hours: 11.30AM-10PM
HDB Hub Outlet
Address: 480 Lor 6 Toa Payoh, Toa Payoh HDB Hub, #B1-01, Singapore 310480
Opening Hours: 11.30AM-11PM
9. GoroGoro Steamboat & Korean Buffet – convenient spot in town (from $16.90)
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Smack in the heart of Somerset, GoroGoro Steamboat & Korean Buffet offers hotpots beginning from $16.90.
Guests can eat to their heart’s content with 50 choices of meat, veggies, and Korean side dishes during weekday lunches, while on weekends the options go up to 70. Their seafood spread is only available during dinner and includes mussels, fresh prawns, and squid.
- Weekdays: $16.90 (adult) | $14.90 (students & seniors) | $9.90 (child)
- Weekends/PH: $26.90 (adult) | $23.90 (students & seniors) | $16.90 (child)
- Weekdays: $26.90 (adult) | $23.90 (students & seniors) | $16.90 (child)
- Weekends: $28.90 (adult) | $25.90 (students & seniors) | $16.90 (child)
The Centrepoint Outlet
Address: The Centrepoint, 176 Orchard Road, #03-43, Singapore 238843
Opening Hours: 11.30AM-10.30PM
Tampines 1 Outlet
Address: Tampines 1, 10 Tampines Central 1, #03-16A, Singapore 529536
Opening Hours: 11.30AM-10.30PM
Affordable hotpot buffets in Singapore
You can now feast like a king without burning a hole in your pocket, thanks to these affordable hotpot restaurants in Singapore.
Check out our other articles on budget buffets:
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Originally published on 30th October 2018. Last updated by Josiah Neo on 7th January 2021.
Cover image adapted from: Eatbook