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Some time back, a few friends and I, tried out Chicken Claypot House (鸡煲之家), a Claypot Chicken restaurant along Geylang Road. I have to say, I wasn’t particularly keen to try initially with recent news reports of Chinese nationals using gutter oil for food. But after trying out the food here, I have been craving a return for another taste of this very yummy hot pot.
From what I know, this would largely be a Chinese-style of claypot chicken. The local style always includes rice cooked together with the chicken in a claypot whilst this version from China, only features chicken cooked in your choice (one of three) flavour: either dark sauce, ginseng & herbs soup or pepper. Naturally, the restaurant is run by mainly Chinese nationals but the service is not curt and the servers are warm and accommodating.
An induction cooker is available on each table, flushed to the table top and the claypot is placed atop the cooker to slowly heat up the claypot. The first time we were there, we tried the dark sauce claypot. There are also S$3 side dishes such as vegetables, mushrooms and tau kee (bean curd) available as additional ingredients for the claypot chicken. An a-la-carte menu which features other types of cooked dishes including fermented vegetables, pork belly, etc., is also available.
The sauce is a thick, dark gravy and cooks through to the chicken thoroughly. The lovely aroma which permeates from the claypot is intoxicating. Eating from a steaming hot pot like this on a cold, rainy day is truly ideal. The chicken meat is tender and tasty, with the meat falling off the bone without much effort. We added in a few plates of golden mushrooms and vegetables for added taste.
We also ordered a serving of Fried Chicken and a serving of Preserved Mustard Greens with Pork Belly also known as Mei Cai Kou Rou (梅菜扣肉 in Mandarin), a popular Chinese dish from the Hakka clan amongst the Chinese. Both dishes did not disappoint. The fried chicken was crispy, tasty and juicy – not hard, dry and bland. While the pork belly dish was also absolutely awesome.
The preparation and cooking for the pork belly dish can be complicated and takes a long cooking period. This dish was executed well with the pork belly texture cooked to perfection – tender and savoury, contrasting the sweetness of the preserved mustard vegetables perfectly.
If you are in the mood for some steaming hot pot, do give this place a try. Chicken Claypot House (鸡煲之家) is located at No. 757 Geylang Road, Singapore 389659. They open every day from 4.00pm to 4.00am.
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