Try to ignore this eatery’s dank surroundings in an old shopping mall’s basement. It is actually considered a gem in the Singapore food scene. Set up almost 50 years ago in Middle Road, this is the last surviving Hainanese steamboat restaurant in town.
Invented by Hainanese immigrants in the 1950s, it uses clear chicken stock as soup and a heavy selection of seafood (fish maw, sea cucumber, cuttlefish, cockles) and beef meat and tripe. The highlight is its delicious chilli sauce, which is made from chilli, ginger, garlic, sour plum and just the right dollop of fermented beancurd. You can also get very good chicken rice here, which goes very well with the steamboat.
Expect to pay about S$18 for 2 – 3 people. And good luck in finding the place…. it’s the building next to Golden Mile Complex. And it’s at the basement.