Steamboat is one of my favourite types of food. It is great if you are eating alone, or in a group. It is also good for rainy days, when all you want is just something hot. Furthermore, it gives me an illusion of actually cooking, which I am horrible at.
I can never resist 麻辣 (ma la), an oily and extremely spicy sauce/soup that numbs your senses. It is kind of masochistic, but the more my lips burn and my nose run, the better! It definitely helps to have ice water on the side.
My mum introduced Shi Li Fang to me, as they had a special promotion going on. There was a 50% off on all seafood and meat items all day! In addition, their set lunches are going for only $9.90 (U.P. $22) and they come with a soup base and drink of your choice!
Best of all, they have something special that I have not seen at other steamboat restaurants yet.
Similar to many steamboat places, this restaurant has a station with a wide variety of sauces.
For people who have never eaten steamboat before or rarely do, they have a piece of paper substituting for a place mat, telling you the average amount of time you need to cook your items.
Ordering is done by noting down your choices on a piece of paper.
Instead of just offering a double-flavoured pot, this place has a triple one! It makes ordering so much easier when we do not have to argue over our soup base.
And now for the specialty of this restaurant…
Handmade noodles, going for only $1.80! You will be given gloves and get to pull your own noodles! There is a huge TV screen where a chef is seen demonstrating the steps to pulling the handmade noodles.
But we got lazy and had the waitress pull it for us.
Overall, I find the prices here reasonable and suited to local taste. I will definitely visit again.
Shi Li Fang @ Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road, #07-10/11
Tel: 6238 0800
Opens daily from 1030-2200hrs