A steam boat dinner can take several hours since there is usually a wide variety of raw food available to be put into the soup like meat, fish, vegetables, eggs, tofu, noodles and so on. This leaves plenty of time to chat until the food is ready to eat and it is time to put in the next round. In Malaysia there are usually 2 types of soups - regular soup and spicy tom yum soup. Some steam boat restaurants have special tables with a pot and stove already integrated.
Steamboats refer to a variety of dishes eaten throughout East Asia, where ingredients are cooked in a simmering pot of broth at the table, usually communally, similar to a fondue. Typical steamboat ingredients include thinly sliced meat, leafy vegetables, mushrooms, tofu, noodles or seafood. The cooked food is either eaten with a dipping sauce, or sometimes as a soup.
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