There are two things that are most important when we make steamboat at home. First of all, we need high quality delicious soup base. Secondly, it is the taste of your other food products that you would like to cook in your steamboat.

Some of the most common ingredients are also ingredients that a steamboat lover shall never skip. For examples, dou kee (tau kee), golden needle mushrooms, kale, lettuce, tau pok, cheese toufu fish cakes, eggs, meat balls, wanton, chicken hotdog, fish cakes, prawns, thick cut cod fish, and marinated ginger minced pork. Dipping sauces are a must as well!

Before we talk further about the ingredients, let’s talk about these three delicious and simple steamboat soup recipes that we have found on different websites. As a proud glutton, the writer vouches for these recipes to be utterly delicious. 

*All recipes are sourced from the links placed in the name of the below recipes. Credits to these sources.

1.    Mizkan Pork Bone & Soy Nabe Soup Base

Serves  : 4 people

Preparation time           : Approx. 20 mins


Cooking oil2 tbsp
Minced garlic2 tbsp
PepperAccording to taste
Mizkan Pork Bone & Soy Nabe Soup Base400ml
Water800 ml


  1. Heat up cooking oil and add minced garlic.
  2. Fried garlic till golden brown.
  3. Drain the minced garlic.
  4. Place the garlic on paper towels to soak up the excess oil.
  5. Add hotpot soup base and water into pot.
  6. Add carrots and long cabbage into pot together with 1 tbsp of garlic oil. Allow the soup to cook till it boils.
  7. Add 1-2 tsp of fried garlic.
  8. Add pepper.
  9. Start adding the hotpot ingredients as desired.

2.    Herbal Chicken Steamboat Soup Recipe

Serves  : 4 to 6 people

Prep and cooking time  : About 2.5 hours


Chicken carcass 1
Pork bone 500 grams
Red dates, pitted 15
Pitted dried longan15 pieces
Angelica sinensis (dang qui, 当归)8 pieces
Discorea yam (huai shan, 淮山)3 pieces
Codonopsis pinadula (dang shen, 党参)1 to 2 pieces
Solomon’s seal (yu zhu, 玉竹)20 grams
Goji berries1 table spoon
Water4 litres
Salt According to taste


  1. Rinse dried herbs with water, drain and set aside.
  2. Blanch pork bone for 10 mins, and chicken carcass for 5 mins. Drain and set aside.
  3. Bring 4 litres of water to boil. Add blanched pork bone and chicken carcass, and rinsed herbs (except goji berries).
  4. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over low heat for at least 2 hours.
  5. Season with salt to taste.
  6. Strain soup and transfer to steamboat pot.
  7. Add goji berries just before the steamboat starts.

3.    Steamy Mala by Chef Shen Tan

Serves  : 4

Prep Time         : 1 hour


Chicken stock3 litres
Dried chillies10 pieces, cut into 3-cm pieces
Green cardamom6 pods
Dried bay leaf2 pieces
Wolfberry50 g
Large dates6 pieces
Whole nutmeg1 fruit
Dried longans in shell10 pieces
Cumin seeds1 tsp
Garlic10 cloves
Thai cardamom 6 pods
Ginger50 g
White peppercorns1 tbsp
Sichuan peppercorns1 tbsp
Spring onion, cut into half, including the bulb60 g


Boil all the ingredients in chicken stock for 1 hour.

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