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I love being thrifty and this is my list of cheap steamboat food for parties!

I love being thrifty and this is my list of cheap steamboat food for parties!

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Cheap food under $5 for your potluck steamboat party

It’s almost time for the annual reunion dinner! Most of us will be attending potluck steamboat parties which I love because they’re ridiculously cheap and everyone gets to bring what they like. Plus, I’m a cheapskate.

After years of planning such potluck dinners, here’s my go-to list of cheap steamboat food items that cost less than $5!

Koka Ezy Cook Plain Noodles

cheap steamboat food
Credits: Koka Noodles

As someone who prefers noodles over rice, I personally love having Maggi Mee in my steamboat. However, for those who don’t want to waste their Maggi seasoning, I recommend getting Koka Ezy Cook Plain Noodles as they come with just the noodles and comprise five servings.

Price: $1.55

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Pasar Fresh Eggs

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Credits: Ageless

I like to add eggs to my broth because it adds creaminess. All you have to do is crack the eggs and pour them in when the broth is boiling. If you’re eating with vegetarians, simply substitute the eggs with tofu.

Price: $3

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FairPrice Frozen Chicken Franks

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Credits: AsiaOne

Hot dogs are a staple for steamboats. They’re super cheap and filling. I love these ones as they’re halal-certified for my Muslim guests and come in packs of 10, which is a lot! Be sure to buy more as hot dogs tend to be depleted quickly during steamboat parties.

Price: $1.45

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Maling Premium Luncheon Meat

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Credits: Fairprice

Luncheon meat is another common ingredient in the steamboats I’ve eaten. My parents usually get this brand as it goes well with all kinds of broth. Plus, it’s reasonably priced too.

Price: $2.95

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Pokka Tea

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Credits: The Smart Local

I’ve been a big fan of Pokka Green Tea ever since I was in primary school as it’s so refreshing. Pokka tea also tends to be on promo 90% of the time which makes it a value-for-money item during potluck dinners.

Price: $4.30 (for two bottles)

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Hai Di Lao Hot Pot Seasoning

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Credits: KL Foodie

I enjoy Hai Di Lao soups, particularly their tomato soup base. If you’re on a budget and want different soup bases, you can buy one packet of HDL tomato seasoning, and make your own separate vegetable broth. This lets you enjoy a yin and yang hot pot at a reasonable price.

Price: $3.80 per packet

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Mr Joy’s Steamboat Fish Dumpling With Shrimp

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Credits: Mr Joy

Since fish is costly, a cheaper alternative is fish and shrimp dumplings. You can still get your seafood fix without shelling out so much money.

Price: $3.50

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BoBo Frozen Chicken Cheese Meat Ball

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Credits: BoBo Fishball

Because the meatballs are filled with cheese, children love eating these balls during steamboat parties. Once, my friend poked a meatball and hot cheese spurted on his skin, scalding him. So be cautious!

Price: $4.30

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Save money during your next potluck steamboat party

I hope that these food options helped you to save money while having a great steamboat party with your family and friends. A good steamboat does not need expensive ingredients; it’s more about bonding with your loved ones.

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