Last Updated: June 12, 2019
Claypot rice is a dish that reminds me of my childhood as my family used to have it every other week. The humongous, steaming claypots are always a spectacle to behold.
While it’s a traditional dish, claypot rice has quietly evolved over the years. Today, there’re numerous modern adaptations of it out there which really intrigue younger people like me.
So, we set out to discover the best claypot rice places, both traditional and modern. Here are 10 claypot rice places to try that will surely hit you with nostalgia!
Well-known for its impressive lineup of hipster hawker fares, Simpang Bedok is also home to House of Happiness (满福小厨).
Established by the man who founded Mr Lor Bak, the eatery gives traditional claypot delights a modern spin.
Their Lor Bak with Onsen Egg Claypot Rice (S$7) comes with a thick mouth-watering slab of braised pork. They braise it with a secret blend of spices, making it incredibly tender and aromatic.
The addition of an onsen egg also gave the dish a delightfully creamy mouthfeel. It brought all the ingredients together and went very well with the firm rice grains too!
House of Happiness (满福小厨): 294 Bedok Road, Singapore 469450 | Tel: +65 6241 2648 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Wed – Mon), Closed on Mon | Facebook
No list of claypot rice places in Singapore can ever be complete without New Lucky Claypot Rice (新鸿运瓦煲饭). Located in Holland Drive Market & Food Centre, the stall has retained their Michelin Bib Gourmand award every year since 2017.
During peak hours, the wait can go up to 90 minutes. Despite so, people are still willing to wait, so you know they must be doing something right.
Their signature Claypot Wu Wei Rice (S$10/S$15 for two pax, S$15/S$20 for three pax, S$20/S$25 for four pax) comes with a hearty selection of ingredients which includes salted fish and lup cheong (Chinese sausage).
Cooked over charcoal, the rice has a delectable smoky flavour. You can also find crispy charred bits of rice stuck to the pot — the most flavourful bits, in my opinion.
New Lucky Claypot Rice (新鸿运瓦煲饭): 44 Holland Drive, #02-19, Holland Drive Market & Food Centre, Singapore 270044 | Tel: +65 6778 7808 | Opening Hours: 11am – 1pm & 5pm – 8pm (Thu – Tue), Closed on Wed | Facebook
Located just a five-minute walk away from Clementi MRT station, you can easily find Yong Nian Claypot Chicken Rice (永年瓦煲鸡饭).
The owner, who hails from Taiping, Malaysia, inherited the secrets and recipes from her father. He used to run an empire of claypot rice stalls which dates back to 1983 in their hometown.
Their signature Claypot Chicken Rice 瓦煲飯 (S$6.50) is cooked in a special claypot that’s handcrafted in and imported from Taiping.
They season the large and juicy chicken chunks with a secret-recipe marinade, making it extremely flavourful. The dish also comes with thick slices of lup cheong, an absolute dream for lup cheong lovers like me.
Yong Nian Claypot Chicken Rice (永年瓦煲鸡饭): Block 325, Clementi Avenue 5, #01-129, Singapore | Tel: +65 8133 0032 | Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm & 5pm – 8.30pm (Daily) | Facebook
Previously located in Geylang, the famous Geylang Claypot Rice (芽笼砂煲饭) has recently been revamped.
Their brand-new outlet in Beach Road features a brighter and cosier environment while preserving old-school flavours.
With over 30 years of history, the long-established brand is most popular for its Signature Claypot Rice (S$15/S$26/S$36). The dish consists of a wide selection of ingredients including chicken, bits of salted fish, pork belly and vegetables.
They season the chicken meat really well. It was super flavourful and tender, complementing the other ingredients perfectly.
Geylang Claypot Rice (芽笼砂煲饭): 361/363/365 Beach Road, Singapore 199576 | Tel: +65 6744 4574 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm & 5pm – 10pm (Mon – Sat), Closed on Sun
Golden Mile Food Centre is home to many great eats in the CBD area, but Yew Chuan Claypot Rice (酉川沙煲饭) is undeniably one of the most popular ones there.
Run by a husband-and-wife duo, the stall has been in business for almost 20 years. But unlike many other claypot rice stalls out there, they serve only one type of claypot rice.
Their Claypot Chicken Rice 沙煲鸡饭 (S$6/S$12/S$18/S$24/S$30) comes in many different sizes, ranging from portions for one up to a large group. Every claypot comes with unbelievably tender pieces of chicken, which they flavour with their secret-recipe marinade.
What’s also unique is that, over here, they serve two types of lup cheong. The different levels of sweetness added another dimension of flavours to every bite.
Yew Chuan Claypot Rice (酉川沙煲饭): 505 Beach Road, #01-73, Golden Mile Food Centre, Singapore 199583 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Wed & Fri), 4pm – 10pm (Sat – Sun), Closed on Thu
Nestled in the heartlands of Ang Mo Kio, Broadway Claypot Rice (百樂匯砂煲飯) has always been my family’s go-to place for claypot rice.
With more than 30 years of history, the stall is well-known to be the definitive place for claypot rice in the area.
Over here, you get to choose between two types of claypot rice: Kampong Chicken 山芭雞 (S$9/S$11/S$17/S$22/S$26) and Normal Chicken 普通雞 (S$8/S$10/S$15/S$24).
If you’re one of those who absolutely love the burnt bits of rice at the sides of the claypot, this is the place to go. They’re notorious for always slightly overcooking their rice, creating a burnt layer which I simply adore.
Broadway Claypot Rice (百樂匯砂煲飯): 727 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, #01-4236, Singapore 560727 | Tel: +65 9657 7947/+65 9369 0902 | Opening Hours: 10am – 10.30pm (Daily) | Facebook
A 40-year-old establishment in Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice (联合本记煲饭) prides itself on delivering nostalgic flavours with traditional cooking methods.
Despite its unassuming location in the hawker centre, the stall faces a staggering long line of customers each day. We heard the waiting time can stretch up to an hour!
Their most popular dish, the Mixed Rice (S$10), contains the ingredients of all the other claypot rice renditions. From lup cheong to salted fish, this dish has everything.
However, it was the generous chunks of chicken meat which sealed the deal for us. Succulent and perfectly chewy, the chicken had clearly soaked up the fragrance and flavour of the soya sauce. The long cooking duration was definitely worth the wait after all!
Lian He Ben Ji Claypot (联合本记煲饭): 335 Smith Street, #02-197/198/199, Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, Singapore 050335 | Tel: +65 6227 2470 | Opening Hours: 4.30pm – 11pm (Fri – Wed), Closed on Thu | Facebook
Tucked away in the same hawker centre as Wow Wow West, Yuan Yuan Claypot Rice (源源砂煲饭) serves up not only claypot rice but also nourishing soups.
The owner is currently in his 70s and runs the stall in ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre together with his family.
They’re popular for using hua diao wine in their Famous Claypot Rice (S$10/S$15/S$20/S$25). This enhances the aroma and taste of the dish, making it all the more irresistible.
Cooking their claypot rice over a charcoal fire also gives it a prominent smoky taste. The smokiness forms a perfect pairing with the umami flavours of the chicken and lup cheong.
Yuan Yuan Claypot Rice (源源砂煲饭): 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-38, ABC Brickworks Food Centre, Singapore 150006 | Tel: +65 6276 5259 | Opening Hours: 4pm – 11pm (Thurs – Tues), Closed on Wed | Facebook
Located near the famous white bee hoon place, White Restaurant, Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice (三巴旺原味煲仔饭) serves up delectable bowls of claypot rice.
Their signature dish, the Claypot Rice (S$8.80/S$13.80/S$19.80 large) comes with chicken, mushroom and Chinese sausages. Mix well with some black soya sauce and oil and you’ll taste the fragrance of the sauce seeping through.
While they specialise in claypot rice, their Claypot Seafood Da Lu Mian (S$8.80/S$13.80) is also a hit amongst customers. The sizzling pot of seafood, runny egg and noodles will definitely satisfy those seafood and bee hoon cravings of yours.
Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice (三巴旺原味煲仔饭): 4 Jalan Tampang, Singapore 758948 | Tel: +65 6757 7144 | Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Daily) | Facebook
Its name might not sound like it but Le Chasseur in Eunos actually serves up a decent claypot rice dish.
The Singaporean owner-chef used to live in East Africa and owned a restaurant of the same name there. However, his restaurant in Singapore actually features zi char-style dishes that are familiar to our Singaporean palates.
Of their wide menu of Asian-inspired dishes, their Claypot Rice (S$12.50/S$23) receives the most praises. Despite the long waiting times, people are still willing to wait for it — certainly an indicator of how good it is!
We heard they also provide a satisfyingly spicy sambal belacan that goes incredibly well with their claypot rice. So be sure to put your spice tolerance to the test when you’re there!
Le Chasseur: 27 Eunos Road 2, Singapore 409387 | Tel: +65 6337 7677 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3pm & 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Daily) | Facebook
Singapore is such a fast-paced city, so we expect good food to be readily available. However, some of the best foods take the longest time to prepare, and claypot rice is undeniably one of them.
Where’s your go-to place for a piping-hot bowl of claypot rice? We’d love to know if there’re other claypot rice places out there which are worth the wait.