A feast of healthy, wholesome steamboat!

It’s probably going to rain for the next few days and it rained for the whole day yesterday (causing floods and destruction) so it was a cold, cold and wet day. The best thing to do on a rainy day is to have a huge feast of some home made, home cooked healthy, wholesome steamboat!



The best part about having a steamboat meal is that we do not even need any cooking skills! Heheheh…however, if you want a tasty base soup, you will need to boil a huge pot of soup first.

Boil a huge pot of base soup for the steamboat

Boil a huge pot of base soup for the steamboat

Usually, we’d boil the soup over several hours in the day before using it for the soup base for steamboat. Since, we normally have steamboat meals during dinner, it is best to prepare the soup around noon.

Here’s a simple recipe:

Soup Base for Steamboat Recipe


2 whole chicken bones (carcasses), best to remove the fat and thoroughly clean it out

3 stalks spring onions






1. Heat up a potful of water till it boils.

2. Add in the chicken carcasses and spring onions. Add in seasoning of a dash of salt, a dash of pepper and a dash of sugar.

3. Let the soup simmer over low heat for up to 3 hours.

The soup is now ready for the simplest, easiest meal of steamboat! Just remember to stock up on loads of fresh, raw ingredients to place into the steamboat. You can use an electric cooker for the steamboat.

Raw food you can prepare for the steamboat:

Some of the raw food you can prepare for the steamboat

Some of the raw food you can prepare for the steamboat

Green, leafy vegetables

Deboned chicken fillet, sliced thinly

Fish fillet (best to use red snapper or garoupa)


A variety of fish balls

Black fungus

Button mushrooms, sliced

Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms, sliced

Golden Needle Mushrooms

Cuttlefish, sliced thinly

Squid, sliced thinly

Crabs, halved

Boiled quail’s eggs

Beancurd sheets

Sea cucumber mushrooms, sliced

Now, for the feast!

Switch on the power, heat up the soup and dump the raw food in

Switch on the power, heat up the soup and dump the raw food in

You just need to pour the hot soup into the cooker, turn on the power to high and then dump in some of the raw food such as prawns, chicken, fish balls, crabs and mushrooms. Cover it and let it come to a boil and everything will be cooked and ready to eat! You can now start scooping out the ingredients and the soup together.

If you can’t do without some carbs, prepare some noodles and vermicelli to dip into the hot boiling soup and you will have your very own noodles / vermicelli soup.

Just repeat the process with the rest of the ingredients. Steamboat meals take a lot of time so it is great to spend time with family or friends while having this meal. Remember not to overcook the squids and cuttlefish or else you’d end up with rubbery treats. You will find that at the end of the meal, the soup would have taken on a thick consistency and the taste, absolutely out-of-this-world. That’s why the soup base for the steamboat does not need much seasoning!

Enjoy the steamboat feast.

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Comments: 6

  1. Jessie October 1, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Wow, what a feast! It looks great. Why is it called a steamboat feast?

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  2. Foong October 1, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Jessie: Hi. This type of meal is usually called steamboat because the traditional cookware used to cook this (instead of the electric cooker) is shaped like a boat with a funnel in the centre and a space below to burn coals. Due to the heat, there are usually loads of steam, thus, steamboat.
    It’s a Chinese meal all in all, so when Chinese eat, it’s usually a feast!

  3. Jessie October 2, 2008 at 12:33 am

    Oh, wow! Thanks so much for the explanation. 😀


  4. Bentoist October 3, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Ohhh… steamboat is my favorite cold-weather meal. All the prep is in the ingredients and you sit down with family and friends to enjoy at the table. The Weather Channel says it’ll rain this weekend and get down as low as 15oC. I should dig out my claypot steamboat set and dust it off since Fall has officially arrived. Yum, your steamboat looks delicious!

  5. Foong October 4, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Bentoist: Although I stay in a tropical country where it’s hot most of the time, we still do enjoy having steamboat for dinners because it is a great way to have a great time with family and friends.

  6. Sherry December 11, 2008 at 4:29 am

    I’ve had steamboat with my son and daughter-in-law (it is fantastic). They live in Singapore. I’ve tried now for months to find an elec. steamboat with a small grill in the center and each one I find online: they are out. I don’t know where to go now to purchase one.

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