饮水思源 is a Chinese saying that encourages one to recognize the source of the water he drinks, to bear gratitude for the wellspring from which his good fortune or happiness originates. Likewise, having eaten at numerous steamboat restaurants in Singapore, one must never ignore the first of them all.

With this in mind we made a pilgrimage to Jade Room Restaurant at the Hotel Royal, the first restaurant in Singapore to serve hot pot. Master Chef Poon Sai, from Hong Kong, opened the doors to Jade Room in 1971, just six years after Singapore’s independence. Drawing on his culinary training from Beijing, China, Chef Poon introduced Peking cuisine to…

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