Hai Di Lao Hot Pot

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One of our favourite places to eat in Singapore has got to be the Hai Di Lao Hot Pot. If you’re not familiar with the concept of steamboat or hot pot restaurant, which is common in South East Asia, you basically order a type of soup and various ingredients to go into the soup! It is a great way to share a meal with family and friends. We decided to go to the Clarke Quay branch last weekend.

Hai Di Lao has so many soups and ingredients to choose from (on their electronic menu on an iPad!), but we always go with the tomato soup. It’s the best. You can also choose to have 2 or 4 types of soup at once, if you’d like. We also stick to the few ingredients we all love: the beef and pork slices, enoki mushrooms, bean curd skins, luncheon meat, meat balls, green leafy vegetables like spinach or kailan, and some handmade noodles. Fun fact: in Hai Di Lao, the handmade noodles are prepared right in front of you and the server puts on an entertaining show, pulling and waving the noodles in the air!

The meal always leaves us feeling happy and satisfied, albeit a little tight around the stomachs, so we took a stroll around to walk it off. Singapore has been hazy lately due to the forest fires in Indonesia, but last weekend the wind must have shifted because the air certainly improved. Do not take clean air for granted, y’all.

All photos are taken using my new Fujifilm XT1, which I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a professional mirrorless camera.

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