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Shang Pin Hot Pot, Marina Square and Rendezvous Hotel

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Step out of the comforts of Hai Di Lao and Beauty in the Pot. Shang Pin Hotpot at Marina Square and Rendezvous Hotel is arguably the most affordable alternative to the two big players. As a bonus, there’s hardly any queue especially at the Marina Square branch because the floor area is huge!

I’ve visited both branches and there’s a stark contrast in ambience and service between both branches. Go for the Marina Square branch if you can.

I’ve included pictures from both Marina Square and Rendezvous Hotel just to show you the contrast.

Exterior and interior of Rendezvous Hotel branch (my pictures look better than the reality!):

Exterior and interior of Marina Square branch, so huge that they have a children’s play area:

Below pictures are a mix from both branches; quality is similar with some differences which I’ll mention.

(L) Tomato Soup, (R) Pig Stomach and Chicken Soup, (M) Mushroom Soup.

The price of the soup is dependent on the most expensive soup you’ve selected. It doesn’t matter if you select one, two or three soups, they charge you only for one soup base. In this case, the pig stomach was the most expensive at $20.

Meat Festival, $24.

I giggled at the name of the dish. At one point the service at Rendezous was so slow that I had to ask the staff “is my Meat Festival coming soon?” Apart from that, good quality slices of beef, mutton and pork. The beef was really fatty though.

Fish Egg Ball (half portion), $6.

Ordered this in lieu of fancy pastes. Unlike HDL and BITP, Shang Pin’s pastes are rather ordinary and common. This was the most interesting fresh paste ball out of the entire selection.

(L) Mushroom Platter (half portion), $7. (R) Cabbage (full portion), $4.

I thought the mushroom platter was value for money. 5 different types of mushrooms for $7! The mushrooms here are about $5 to $6 for full portions so the amount you pay for variety is well spent.

Fried Beancurd Skin (full portion), $6.

I ordered this dish at both outlets but somehow it seems like ordering the half portion is more worth it. The above picture has 6 rolls (Rendezvous Hotel) but when I ordered the half portion for $3 (Marina Square), I got 4 rolls! So I should be getting 8 rolls at Rendezvous but somehow only got 6. Hmm.

Shrimp Paste (half portion), $7.

This is a must order when you’re here. The shrimp paste was crunchy and fresh.

Shang Pin Beef, $16.

The Rendezous Hotel one came rather frozen, causing its texture to be a little rough after cooking. The Marina Square (above) came thawed and fresh looking.

US Beef (half portion), $7.

My advice is to skip this and go straight for the Shang Pin Beef. The difference is only $2 for the full portion but the quality is so, so different.

US Black Pork (half portion), $6.50.

Look at the balance of fats to lean meat! I only thought it was slightly unsightly that the meat was cut in half. Doesn’t have that shiok feeling if you know what I mean.

Chinese Dumplings (half portion), $2.50.

The dumplings were normal tasting. What caught my attention writing this part was that I realised I had 6 dumplings for $2.50. Not sure if they had mistakenly given me the full portion but if not, $2.50 for 6 dumplings is so worth it!

Overall, you can expect the price per pax to be about $40. It’s still not really within the budget of an everyday hotpot meal, but it’s slightly cheaper than HDL and much cheaper than BITP. There’s no fancy waitressing or gifts at all, but the amount of food you get here is definitely more than the other two places. The variety at Shang Pin honestly is not as great, but it suffices. Best of all, NO LONG QUEUES!

Marina Square

6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-102, S(039594)

+65 6565 7666

Daily: 11am to 12am

Rendezvous Hotel

9 Bras Basah Road, #02-02, S(189559)

+65 6238 7666

Daily: 12 noon to 12am

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Imperial Treasure Steamboat, Ion Orchard

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Having tried big hotpot brands like Beauty in the Pot (BITP) and Hai Di Lao (HDL), how does this good ol’ skool steamboat compare?

For starters, the sauce station is brought to you.

You can mix your own concoction, or have them mix one for you depending on your preferred level of spicyness. I recommend getting them to do it!

Doesn’t look appetising here but trust me it’s superb! I was shocked at the amount of sauce initially but by the end of the meal I was down to less than half.

For soup bases, they don’t have fancy flavours of the likes of HDL and BITP. Since I’ve decided to go old skool, I chose a familiar broth — Healthy Chicken ($17).

Spread of dishes plus more (below).

Four Treasure Ball Platter ($14).

Kurobuta Pork Belly ($14).

Beef Brisket ($20).

Deep Fried Beancurd Skin ($6).

Assorted mushrooms ($8.80).

Fresh Prawn Paste ($14).

Assorted Vegetables ($6.80).

For the above, my total bill came up to $140 for 2 pax. I would say for the standards, quality and amount of food, the price is justified. The meats were really fresh and of good thickness, while the handmade balls were flavourful and bouncy! I also loved the fresh prawns paste and definitely the fun of squeezing it into the soup.

The $140 bill is not a good reflection of what you will spend for 2 pax. I definitely over ordered. At the end of the meal I was left with at least half of the fresh meat. That said, I totally skipped the part of the menu with the fresh seafood (think: Boston lobsters going for $13/100g). I can imagine big families with rich grandparents eating here for their birthdays.

2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard, #04-09/10, Singapore 238801

+65 6636 9339

Daily: 11am to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm

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