Though nothing beats the flexibility of Houdini, this workaround offers a lot of power and options for customization. Works on any object and can easily “boil” custom shapes if needed. The emission is based on the “matterwaves” node which means you can create shader or light based boiling patterns with ease.
The shading part features the brilliant “Topology Vertex Maps” by Paul Everett
Music: Woodkid – Iron (Gucci Vump remix)