Food Guide: Upin Hotpot whips up authentic Sichuan steamboat in Singapore
Chinese New Year is almost here, and nothing screams ‘tasty!’ more than an authentic Chinese steamboat for dinner! Cue Upin Hotpot; nestled in the buzzy area of Clarke Quay, this spacious hotpot place serves up authentic Sichuan selections with their Ma La soup base. The best part? Prices are around SGD $35 – $45 per head, which means you can get fresh quality Chinese food without breaking the bank! Here are some of the highlights to look out for at Upin Hotpot.
Soup Broth: Herbal Black Chicken Soup & Tomato Soup
If you think an authentic Sichuan restaurant only has a Ma La soup base, you’ll be in for a lovely surprise! Besides the usual soups, Upin Hotpot’s specialty also includes their Black Chicken Soup and Tomato soup. Looking for a concentrated body which packs a punch? The Black Chicken Soup is your top choice! Made with herbs such as lotus, red dates, angelica fungus, and ginseng, the stock is stewed for a whole day to achieve its natural sweet taste.
If herbal isn’t to your liking, then go for their Tomato soup. You won’t find any canned tomatoes here; the soup reduces freshly plucked tomatoes to its essence in the pot to give this popular soup its tangy flavor.
You might want to give the steamboat staples a miss, and instead opt for their fine choices of Japanese Kurobuta Pork and Australian Marbled Beef, both imported directly from overseas. But what would really pique your interest is their unique handmade meatballs made from prawns, scallops, or meat. These aren’t you ordinary meatballs though; unique to Chinese cuisine, the meat is minced finely before being rolled into a shaped mass and placed into the simmering steamboat soup.
For the adventurous diner, don’t miss this opportunity to sample some of China’s exotic cuisine. Help yourself to a freshly prepped platter of pig offal such as Pig’s Kidney, Liver, Brain, as well as the famous Sichuan Black Tripe. These delicacies are not commonly offered in Singapore, and is a rarity for those who relish them. Don’t fret though if these doesn’t whet your appetite; Upin Hotpot also cooks up a mean Fried Crispy Pork too. Wrapped in batter and deep-fried to a crisp golden brown, your stomach will start growling just looking at it! It’s perhaps no exaggeration to say that the fried slices are one of the best in Singapore.
Crispy Fried Pork
Upin Hotpot, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #03-87 Clarke Quay Central, Singapore 059817. Phone: 6221 5550
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Do note that bookings for 27 January are open except from 7pm-9pm.