Steamboat, also known as hot pot, is a popular dish in Asia, particularly in China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. A typical steamboat dish normally consists of fish cakes, frozen seafood, fresh vegetables, tofu, wontons, thinly sliced meat, or any other ingredients that you prefer.


In certain cultures, some foods included in the soup-based dish are considered to be auspicious, such as prawns (considered to be a symbol of happiness), long noodles (which signifies longevity), dumplings (a symbol of wealth), and fish slices (a symbol of abundance). These ingredients are then thrown together in a metal pot filled with stock (chicken, tom yum) and eaten with dipping sauces.


Follow this simple recipe in 5 simple steps and enjoy your steamboat meal in 5 minutes:

What you need (for 2-4 people):

  • A stove/pot/induction cooker
  • Soup base (fish sauce, salt, sugar, chicken stock)
  • Golden or Enoki mushrooms
  • Cabbages
  • Chicken, meat, pork or fish slices
  • Frozen seafood (i.e. prawns, squid, crab sticks)
  • Fish cakes
  • Eggs
  • Noodles
  • Wontons
  • Tofu
  • Dumplings
  • Condiments like soy sauce or chili sauce for dipping



  1. In a stove, pot or induction cooker, combine the fish sauce, sugar, salt and chicken stock. Mix them well and bring to a boil.
  2. Unpack all the ingredients for your steamboat and arrange them on serving dishes.
  3. Prepare dipping sauces (extra tip: you can add in dried chili or crispy garlic)
  4. Add all the remaining ingredients into soup.
  5. Wait for them to cook, and enjoy your instant meal!


No longer a meal to be enjoyed only during winter or traditional celebrations, steamboat is not only great for a fun get-together, it’s also the perfect go-to meal for the health-conscious, those who are pressed for time, those who don’t know how to cook, or even those who are too lazy to cook. Due to how easy and time-saving it is to prepare for a steamboat dish, almost everyone could make it, whether you’re a busy parent, a professional, or a student.