1. Man Fu Yuan
The steamboat here is the restaurant’s best-kept secret. Even though it’s not cheap – at $180 a person, for a minimum of four persons and up to six persons – take a look at the list of food items and you will find that it is not that bad after all.
There are live lobster, star garoupa, tiger prawn, crab claw, abalone, spiky sea cucumber, bird’s nest, USDA Prime ribeye and kurobuta pork, among others. Our favourites are the handmade balls – made with Angus beef, kurobuta pork and dace fish – as well as plump shrimp dumplings of a standard that only a top Cantonese restaurant like Man Fu Yuan can boast of.
The steamboat is not on the restaurant’s regular menus. But those in the know – that includes you now – call up three days in advance and turn up prepared for a feast. A server is assigned to do the cooking for you because, with such precious ingredients, you do not want to run the risk of overcooking anything.
The meal starts with an empty pot and the server prepares the broth with chicken infused with rice wine and aged hua diao. Then, one by one, the ingredients are cooked for you at the table. For the finale, rice is added to the remaining broth to make a delicious porridge. And you end up with an empty pot, which is how you start the meal. Go hungry, because there’s lots to eat!
Man Fu Yuan is at Level 2, InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, Tel: 6825 1008. Visit singapore.intercontinental.com/dine-drink/man-fu-yuan