Seafood Steamboat

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 52 min
  • Prep: 40 min
  • Cook: 12 min
  • Yield: 10 to 15 servings
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3 litres (3 quarts) chicken stock, plus more, if needed

1 tablespoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons fish sauce

1/2 Chinese cabbage (wong bok), washed and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces

1 bunch mustard greens, washed and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces

1 bunch chrysanthemum leaves (tan o), washed and torn into 4-inch pieces

1 pound raw tiger prawns, peeled and deveined

1 pound barramundi fillets, sliced into 1/4-inch slices

1 pound mussels

1 pound calamari

12 sea scallops, on the half-shell

8 ounces dried vermicelli noodles, cooked

4 bird's eye chillies, thinly sliced

1/2 cup light soy sauce for dipping


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the chicken stock, salt, sugar and fish sauce. Mix well and bring to a boil. 
  2. Put the gas stove and steamboat hotpot or large saucepan in the middle of the dinner table. Transfer 2 litres of the chicken stock mixture to the steamboat. On separate platters, arrange the vegetables, herbs, seafood and vermicelli. In small dipping bowls, add some sliced chilli and soy sauce for dipping. 
  3. When the stock starts to simmer, each person dips some greens and seafood into the stock until cooked. They then retrieve their cooked ingredients with their chopsticks and ladle some stock into their bowls. Dip into soy and chilli. 
  4. As the greens and seafood cooks, the more flavourful the stock becomes. 
  5. When stock starts to boil down, replenish the pot with more stock.

Cook’s Note

You'll need a portable gas stove for cooking at the table and a special steamboat hotpot or a large saucepan.

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