Cute Pop-Up Doraemon Display At Hot Pot Restaurant In Singapore Ft. Rare & Limited Items

Cute Pop-Up Doraemon Display At Hot Pot Restaurant In Singapore Ft. Rare & Limited Items

Lifestyle Food
By Karmen on 03 Feb 2021
Digital Editor

The worlds of Doraemon and hot pot have unexpectedly collided much to our delight at Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot (同心如意传统火锅) restaurant.

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Located at the heart of Boat Quay, Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot is a traditional Chinese hot pot restaurant that aims to recreate a dining experience that feels like you're in China.

The interiors incorporate traditional Chinese elements with bamboo dividers, Chinese porcelain and calligraphy, and Manchuria glass window. The wooden furniture, nature-inspired colour scheme and arched details at the seating area gives the space a cosy and intimate ambience.

Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot seatsPhoto from Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot

Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot private seating area with bamboo dividersPhoto from Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot

Perhaps outshining the interior design is the pop-up Doraemon display at the restaurant! In celebration of Doraemon's 50th birthday, Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot has a limited-time display of rare private Doraemon collections from around the world.

There's everything from Baccarat crystal Doraemon to prints by Takashi Murakami x Doraemon. Here's a peek at what's on display:

doraemon reading a book at Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional HotpotPhoto from Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot

doraemon toys at Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot restaurantPhoto from Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot

doraemon framed art at Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot restaurantPhoto from Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot

doraemon concrete statue at Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot restaurantPhoto from Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot

baccarat crystal doraemon glassesPhoto from Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot

Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot seatsPhoto from @feliz.blue via Instagram

Most of us probably weren't even born yet when the first volumes of Doraemon manga were published in the 1970s. The full collection of the vintage original manga is on display here.

first version of doraemon mangaPhoto from Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot

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This miniature house was handmade by the owner of Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot himself! Made of over 1000 pieces, this Japanese-style Doraemon house was painstakingly put together over a week.

handmade doraemon housePhoto from Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot

One of the cutest items is the miniature Japanese rock garden complete with a tiny rake and two Doraemon figures sitting in the sand.

doraemon in japanese rock garden at Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot restaurantPhoto from Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot

Fun fact, Doraemon was originally yellow with cat ears and it's a traumatic story how his appearance changed. His ears were nibbled off by robot mice, after which Doraemon fell into a depressive state and attempted to drink a cheer-up potion. Unfortunately, he drank the sadness potion by mistake, causing him to weep until his skin turned blue.

You can ponder the origin story of Doraemon while you pose alongside giant figures of both the yellow and blue Doraemon at the restaurant.

doraemon sitting on bench at Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot restaurant in singaporePhoto from @redseo via Instagram

Besides the aesthetics and Doraemon museum-ish experience, the food is also worth a visit there. This hot pot restaurant serves a wide range of soups from traditional soup bases like Golden Chicken Soup ($20), Vegetarian Spicy Soup ($16) and Corn with Tomato Soup ($16) to unique soups like Pickled Chinese Cabbage with Pork Ribs Soup ($38), Tomato with Oxtail Soup ($48) and Catfish with Spicy Soup ($48).

The restaurant specialises in beef, offering a wide range of beef including Japanese Wagyu ($48), Angus Beef ($22) and Beef Tongue ($22). There's also their signature Premium Eight Second Beef ($28) which is sliced thinly so it only needs to be dipped into soup for exactly eight seconds.

Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot beef and oystersPhoto from Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot

December 2021 update: The Doraemon showcase will be ending its run on 31 December 2021.

Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot
Address: 6 Lor Telok, Singapore 049019 (6-minute walk from Clarke Quay MRT Station)
Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 11am - 11pm; Sat & Sun: 12.30 - 11pm
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