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The shop is simply called Traditional (Charcoal) Claypot Rice (砂煲鸡饭) and is located in the Toa Payoh Lorong 5 Food Centre.
Mention sah poh fun (Cantonese for Claypot Rice) and most people will talk of their favourites – just to name a couple of famous ones: New Lucky (famed stall from Clementi relocated to 44 Holland Drive), or Geyland Claypot Rice (639 Geylang Road, Junction of Lor 33). A few week day nights ago, my party of three decided to try out this stall at Toa Payoh Lorong 5 Food Centre.
Traditional charcoal claypot rice refers to a dish best served smoking hot in which a claypot of rice is cooked over red-hot charcoal, flavouring the rice and the other ingredients in the claypot with a lovely smoky flavour. Usually a 20-minute wait, this dish is definitely not one for those who may be a hurry. To me, the allure of claypot rice is scraping off the burnt, crispy bits of rice at the bottom of the claypot.
Most people will usually order other dishes while waiting for the claypot rice to be served. True to that, we ordered chicken wings and braised pig’s ears.
While the barbecued wings were too dry, I lapped up the pig’s ears because they were the perfect juxtaposition of umami – some parts sweet, other parts savoury – while tender and crunchy all at once.
I think the measure of a good claypot rice is when the rice is firm and accented by the fragrance of moist salted fish, revealing well-marinated, tender pieces of chicken coupled with thick slices of Taiwanese sausages (traditional waxed sausages). This one at Toa Payoh came pretty close to perfection. Here are some photos of our claypot dinner. I thoroughly enjoyed this pot of rice!
Naturally, you add your own dark soya sauce for flavour and oil. This stall has infused its oil for added fragrance and taste.
This was super tasty, especially when savoured slowly with good company. Watch the sizzling fun in the video when the oil and sauce is being added into our claypot rice!
Traditional (Charcoal) Claypot Rice (砂煲鸡饭) is located at Blk 75 Toa Payoh Lorong 5, Lorong 5 Toa Payoh Food Centre, #01-330M, Singapore 310075.
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