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Ili Sulaiman’s love for Steamboat (also known as Hot Pot) is drawn from her Chinese heritage. Born to an English-Chinese mother and a Sri Lankan-Malay father, Ili was immersed in a mesh of cultures since birth. Just like most Malaysians, Ili grew up with weekends filled with family gatherings over a meal or two. “Food has been the consistent thing for me since I was young. I was always in the kitchen with my grandmothers,” said Ili. Her family would often opt for a home-cooked meal in the comfort of their home that involves the dipping, gentle blowing and slurping on thin slices of meat, noodles, vegetables and fresh seafood in a steaming hot pot of delicious broth with an array of dipping sauces.
What does Ili love most about Steamboat, you ask?
“It’s the conversations around the table whilst waiting for your soup to bubble up… the fussing about who gets the last fish ball, and the fact that everyone plays a part in making the thick broth taste so good, right up to the end of the meal.” said Ili. Everyone has a role to play in this and it’s all about having fun together.
Like many Malaysians who pined for family and friends near and far over the recent lockdown, Ili truly misses her family and their steamboat sessions at home. So, when two friends, Chun Yew and Jason, planted the idea of creating a ‘Ili Sulaiman style’ steamboat business, she said “Why not?”. After months of researching, building the business plan and testing out recipes… Ili Pot was born: a Halal, Grill and Steamboat Delivery Service. Cause let’s face it, we Malaysians love coming together and eating!
What do we do?
So here we are, celebrating what truly makes us Malaysians. Just like a hot pot of broth,
we are a steaming melting pot of culture. Ili Pot Delivery is the first Halal Steamboat and Grill Delivery Service, brought to you by Ili Sulaiman. With just a click away, Ili Pot delivers everything you need from our kitchen to your doorstep, within an hour. And when we say everything, it really IS everything: the pot, grill, burner, cutleries, bowls, table cover, soup, sauces, and all the ingredients… packed neatly in a bag. All you need is a table and you are ready for a Steamboat and Grill! The cuisine as one would put it as ‘…if we Malaysians were to eat Malaysian, Japanese, Korean, Thai or any other Asian food, what would we do?’ Ili is sharing her 5 soup flavours, 4 marinades, 2 special dipping sauces and an additional option to purchase her Signature Chili Oil through Ili Pot. All these flavours are inspired by her heritage, travels and the Asian pop culture. Thoroughly tested and loved by her family and friends over the years, we are now happy to announce that these delicious flavours are available through Ili Pot Delivery.