SINGAPORE - "Let's have some battleship!" is the new war cry in Singapore, following PM Lee Hsien Loong's recent revelation that his father Lee Kuan Yew had used that term to substitute for "steam boat" in an old telegram.
Singapore has no lack of places for good steamboat, but what about one made with a stock of 100 per cent pure coconut juice?
Young entrepreneurs Jasper Tan, 21, and Dylan Dai, 24, have put in $20,000 of their own savings into the business, which is a stall in a coffeeshop.
Jasper said they wanted to 'start small', before growing the business, which is on the way to breaking even after five months.
China-born Dylan was in Shenzhen, China, when he chanced upon the unusual Coconut Chicken dish and thought it was "amazing" after he tried it.
"I wanted to bring it to Singapore to let Singaporeans try a healthy steamboat," said Dylan.
Each steamboat contains no sugar, and no water added, just 100 per cent juice from two coconuts, after which you put in your meat and other ingredients. The kampung chicken which they use is leaner and known to be healthier than farm-bred hens.
They also have a seafood platter, and a shabu-shabu combo set that includes beef and pork.
The soy sauce dip, which Dylan makes himself, is infused with 10 different herbs, and you can mix the sauce with other condiments like garlic and chilli.
SPH Razor's multimedia journalists Yitian and Olivia gave the unique steamboat a "Very Shiok" rating.
Besides being a "novel" concept, Yitian was impressed by the two young owners' passion for their food.
On the taste, Olivia says: "This is very different from those steamboats that you know... this is a very light, very healthy, very delicate soup. After drinking it, I don't feel thirsty at all (from MSG or salt)."
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Opening hours: Tues- Sun 5.30pm to 11pm; Closed on Mondays
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