One Pot (一锅) – Professional Skater Opens Steamboat in Ulu Coffee Shop
The coffee shop at Jalan Benaan Kapal is not the most accessible but many of us still visit the place in the morning for the cheapest kopi in Singapore. Even taxi drivers and parking attendants would come here to have lunch. But from mid-July, this ulu coffeeshop got busier at night because of the opening of One Pot 一锅.
The stall is opened by Mr Brent Tay, is a professional inline skater and DJ. He spent a lot of time ice skating at Kallang Leisure Park when he was younger, and he would always drop by Jalan Benaan Kapal to have a meal after his skating sessions. This coffee shop was where Brent frequented while he was growing up, so you can safely say that it’s a huge part of his life. Hence, Brent had that little dream of opening a stall here when he grows up. Fast forward to 20 years later, he decided to set up One Pot 一锅 with his friends.
Come to think of it, I haven’t really had steamboat in a food centre. The only two places that come to my mind is Tian Wai Tian Fish Head Steamboat and Ah Pang Steamboat Seafood at Mei Ling Food Centre. However, I do visit hotpot restaurants very often such as Beauty In The Pot, Da Miao Hotpot and Hai Di Lao.
I think what sets them apart is definitely the quality of the ingredients. And here at One Pot 一锅, I am surprised to find the hawker stall buying their own meat slicer to cut their Australian ribeye fresh every day. That’s amazing. Brent shared with us,”I used to get the meat slices directly from supplier, but those meats do not have the beautiful reddish tinge, so I decided to slice it fresh in the stall.”
Of course, don’t expect melt-in-your-mouth wagyu in a coffee shop. So, this is good enough for me. I appreciate that they try to use better quality meats. And in future, they may also bring in kurobuta pork as well.
Besides good quality meats, One Pot 一锅 also serves handmade fishballs and fish dumplings. Brent does the shopping every morning to ensure that the ingredients are fresh. Diners can choose from a pork, chicken or beef set, and prices start from $15 for 1 pax to $60 for 5 pax. Nicely presented in a wooden box, each set comes with cabbage, mushrooms, fish balls, crabstick, tung hoon, quail eggs, tao kee, minced pork, fresh fish slices, prawns, luncheon meat and eggs.
Now, let’s talk about the broth. Brent only serves premium Japanese pork bone broth. Nope, he doesn’t cook it in the stall, and the broth is purchased from a supplier. But the broth is very tasty, and we don’t get thirsty after our dinner. Hopefully, there will be a spicy broth in the future.
There are two sauces available – one is spicy while the other is a sweeter version of it. I wish they can come up with a spicy and tangy chilli sauce. That would definitely whet our appetite more. But that’s just us.
Overall, it is quite a nice and quiet location for a steamboat. Brent even allows guests to bring their own alcohol. Oh yes, two things to note. Parking is free here and please call Brent to make reservations to avoid disappointment.
One Pot 一锅
Address: 56 Jalan Benaan Kapal, Stall No. S4, Singapore 399644
Phone: 9007 7959
Opening Hours: 6pm to 10pm, closed every Monday
MissTamChiak.com made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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