TL;DR – Worth a try.
You’ve probably spent a heck lot of money at Haidilao – which is probably one of the reasons that made the founder of Haidilao Zhang Yong, who has a net worth of US$13.8 billion, the richest person in Singapore.
But did you know that there are secret hacks that you can take advantage of when you are at Haidilao Hot Pot and save the moolah?
Two Singaporean influencers, with over 36,000 subscribers on their YouTube channel BenRanAway, decided to try out some of the Haidilao secret hacks that have been circulating online.
Hack 1: Bring your own beverage
Surprise surprise! You can bring your own drink into Haidilao!
The boys were even provided with ice to go along with their drinks.
Apparently, diners can even bring their own alcohol into the restaurant.
Hack 2: Make your own soup base
The trick is to order only one soup base and leave the other three as plain water.
That will only cost you $6.50 instead of the usual price that you have to pay.
Next, get the ingredients and condiments from the sauce bar to create your own soup bases!
Hack 3: Create your own “Specialty Dishes”
Basically, you can create your own “Specialty Dishes” with the items available off the menu.
In the video, the boys ordered four items – bacon, enoki mushrooms, prawn paste and lotus root.
The first dish which they tried creating was the lotus root with prawn paste.
First, added the prawn paste on top of a slice of lotus root.
Then, add another slice of lotus root on top of the prawn paste and secure it with a toothpick.
Then drop it into the soup and let it cook.
The second dish which they tried to make consists of enoki mushrooms wrapped in bacon.
All you need to do is to wrap the bacon around the mushrooms and secure it with a toothpick.
And then cook it in the soup – pretty straight forward!
The third dish they tried was the prawn paste wrapped in bacon.
Spread the paste along the length of the bacon.
Then, wrap the bacon into a roll and secure it with a toothpick before dropping it into the soup.
And finally, the last dish that the duo attempted was the Tomato Meat Rice.
It seems that most of the hacks actually worked and in fact, the dishes turned out good – except for the non-spicy soup base and the tomato meat rice, perhaps.
The total bill came out to around $61, which worked out to just $15 per person.
You can watch the full video here: