Top 10 Best Claypot Rice in Singapore [2021 Edition]
The claypot rice is the quintessential Cantonese comfort food. The rice is either pre-soaked or partially cooked. Then, the flames lick the claypot with chicken, lup cheong (Chinese sausage), along with some vegetables. With claypot rice, your patience is rewarded. After waiting for anywhere between 15 to 30 minutes, or even more if there’s a crowd, you can taste the fragrance of the ingredients suffused with the subtle chao-tar aroma. Most swear by charcoal to cook the best claypot rice. That’s what the team at Tropika Club have been noticing across Top 10 Best Claypot Rice in Singapore.
These are Tropika Club’s very own aggregated rankings, or ‘rankings of rankings’. We collect information from a variety of sources to ascertain the final rankings here. This is further refined through consulting the TripAdvisor rankings to decide the position of the choices here when there’s a tie.
Table of Contents
- 1. New Lucky Claypot Rice
- 2. Lian He Ben Ji Claypot
- 3. Geylang Claypot Rice
- 4. Yuan Yuan Claypot Rice
- 5. Yew Chuan Claypot Rice
- 6. Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice
- 7. He Ping Claypot Rice
- 8. Tai Liok Claypot Chicken Rice
- 9. Broadway Claypot Rice
- 10. Le Chasseur
- 11. Xiang Jiang Claypot Chicken Rice
- 12. Fei Kee Claypot Chicken Rice
- 13. Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant
- 14. House of Happiness
- 15. Zhao Ji Claypot Rice
1. New Lucky Claypot Rice
Introduction: Opened since 1979, the stall used to be located in Bukit Merah and Clementi, but has since moved to its current location in Holland Drive. (For tourists, Holland Drive is kind of near Holland Village, perhaps a 5 minutes car-ride, 15 minutes walk away.)
The Singapore Michelin Bib Gourmand has gotten more inclusive, with the entrant of a traditional style Claypot Rice stall.
The signature Claypot Wu Wei Rice came after a 15 to 20 minutes wait as the rice is glazed in a claypot at high heat to perfection. It comes in options for two pax ($10/$15), three pax ($15/$20) and four pax ($20/$25).
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.
Location: 44 Holland Dr, #02-19, Holland Drive Market & Food Center, 270044
Contact: +65 6778 7808
2. Lian He Ben Ji Claypot
Introduction: “Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice” has been handed from father to daughter-in-law Mdm Lim when the stall moved from the streets into a hawker stall. Mdm Lim have worked at hawker stalls since she was 12 at a wanton mee stall. At 16 years old, she helped her then boyfriend’s father at “Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice”. Hawker life is in her blood. Now, she managed the stall together with her sisters and cousin – all women power team!
Offerings: 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.
Location: 335 Smith Street 02-197/198, 199, Chinatown Complex, Singapore 050335
Contact: +65 6227 2470
3. Geylang Claypot Rice
Introduction: Founded by Mr Ng Kim Hock (better known as ‘Ah Tiam’) over 30 years ago, their famous claypot rice originated from a humble street stall in Chinatown before finding its home on the most colourful street in Singapore – Geylang.
Their signature dish is slow-cooked to order over charcoal to infuse the wonderful flavours of chicken, Chinese sausages, waxed meat and salted fish into our carefully selected premium rice. Their ‘Tze Char’ dishes are masterfully prepared by their team of chefs, who have cooked at Geylang Claypot Rice for decades.
Offerings: The high point is the house specialty Claypot Rice ($15 for 2 pax, $26 for 4 pax, $36 for 6 pax), cooked in a claypot over charcoals. Each pot is served with toppings of pork belly, bits of salted mackerel fish, well-marinated chicken, two types of lup cheong (Chinese sausages), and fresh vegetables.
Location: 361, 363, 365 Beach Rd, Singapore199576
Contact: +65 6744 4574
4. Yuan Yuan Claypot Rice
Introduction: The owner, Mr Seah, runs this stall with his wife and an assistant. He makes his claypot rice by seasoning the meat in a special sauce of sesame oil, pepper, peanut oil, salt, sugar and ginger for more than 5 hours.
Offerings: 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.
Location: 6 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-38, Singapore 150006
Contact: +65 6276 5259
5. Yew Chuan Claypot Rice
Introduction: After learning the trade for six years from none other than that famous claypot rice stall in Geylang Lorong 33, Pan Nip Chang started his own claypot rice business (Yew Chuan Claypot) some 10 years ago and employs the same twice cooking method that his previous workplace uses to make the claypot rice nice and roasted..
Offerings: 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.
Location: 505 Beach Road, #01-73 Golden Mile Food Centre, Singapore 199583
Contact: +65 9137 5661
6. Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice
Introduction: Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice is located along Jalan Tampang. Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice is an ideal place where diners can enjoy delicious dishes in a casual and relaxed atmosphere that will surely deliver a memorable dining experience and gastronomic indulgence.
Offerings: 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
Location: 4 Jln Tampang, Singapore 758948
Contact: +65 6757 7144
7. He Ping Claypot Rice
Introduction: He Ping Restaurant serves a wide range of delicious Chinese cuisine and is known for their delicious Claypot Rice.
The Claypot Rice is prepared the traditional way with charcoal, so be prepared to wait 30 minutes or more if you did not reserve before hand.
There is something different about the way it was served. The ingredients of chicken chunks, Chinese sausage, salted fish and salted duck egg yolk were removed before the dark sauce and oil were poured in. Auntie helped with the entire process, rather than some stalls which are DIY.
Location: 148 Sims Avenue Singapore 387470
Contact: +65 6748 9495
8. Tai Liok Claypot Chicken Rice
Introduction: Tai Liok Claypot Chicken Rice serves Singaporean and Chinese cuisine. They are known for their Claypot Chicken Rice.
The stall used to be located at Level 2 of Margaret Drive Food Centre, and has moved to Alexandra Village Food Centre.
Offerings: It sells the fragrant dish of Claypot Chicken Rice (price depends on portion size) that comes with a generous portion of lup cheong and boneless chicken meat.
The price is at $12 for 2 pax, $18 for 3, $23 for 4, and $28 for 5.
The rice is fragrant and considered to wetter than the typical which is on the drier side; topped with generous portions of chunky yet soft chicken meat.
You can also add on side dishes including Oyster Sauce Vegetables ($5 – $6), Pig Stomach with Pork Rib Soup ($4), Water Cress with Pork Rib Soup ($4) and Herbal Black Chicken Soup ($3).
Location: 727 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, Singapore 560727
Contact: +65 6474 0439
9. Broadway Claypot Rice
Introduction: Nestled in the heartlands of Ang Mo Kio, Broadway Claypot Rice (百樂匯砂煲飯) has always been a go-to place for claypot rice for the residents of the neighbourhood.
With more than 30 years of history, the stall is well-known to be the definitive place for claypot rice in the area.
Offerings: 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).
Location: 727 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, #01-4236, Singapore 560727
Contact: +65 9657 7947 | +65 9369 0902
10. Le Chasseur
Introduction: Located along Eunos Road 2 and just a few minutes away from Paya Lebar MRT station, Le Chasseur is a casual dining restaurant that serves a variety of Chinese and Singaporean cuisines that will surely satisfy your taste buds.
It is a suitable place for casual dining and group gatherings where friends and families can enjoy a wonderful meal filled with the freshest and most delicious ingredients.
Offerings: Of their wide menu of Asian-inspired dishes, their Claypot Rice (S$12.50/S$23) receives the most praises.
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!
Location: 27 Eunos Rd 2, #01-101, Singapore 409387
Contact: +65 6337 7677
With that we have our Top 10 Best Claypot Rice in Singapore. But if you want a little more adventure, you can try the bonus picks below!
11. Xiang Jiang Claypot Chicken Rice
Introduction: Xiang Jiang Claypot chicken rice is usually a dinner dish in the southern regions of China, Malaysia and Singapore.
Offerings: With the use of high quality dark soy sauce and salted fish, coupled with tender and well marinated chicken, claypot chicken rice here is worth the wait. You can also go for Mixed Claypot Rice which consists of waxed pork and Chinese liver sausage for extra flavour. The waxed meat pairs well with the smoky and crispy rice at the bottom of the claypot, making it a truly satisfying meal. An average meal here for two ranges between $10 to $15.
Location: 498 Jurong West Street 41, CCMW Coffeeshop, Singapore 640498
Contact: +65 9270 0993
12. Fei Kee Claypot Chicken Rice
Introduction: Fei Kee Claypot Chicken Rice is one of the traditional dishes in the Chinese culture…carried forward into modern Singapore. Chicken cooked over rice in an claypot on a hot stove…warms the heart.
Offerings: Unlike other claypot rice stalls, Fei Kee uses dried shrimps instead of salted fish to enhance the saltiness of the dish. These dried shrimps, along with cabbage, also add a nice crunch to the dish. For those who hate removing bones from their meat, Fei Kee offers boneless and skinless chicken, making your meal an effortless one. With prices ranging from $5 to $13, this is definitely worth a try.
Location: 341 Beach Rd, Singapore 199567
Contact: +65 8222 6360
13. Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant
Introduction: Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant (JPSR) established since 1998 is a 150-seater eatery with 6 private dining rooms. At JPSR, they serve traditional Cantonese cuisine, focusing in using only exceptionally fresh ingredients for all their dishes. Do drop by and indulge in a wide selection of live seafood, dim sum, roast cuts, and their famous traditional claypot rice.
What sets them apart from others: the wine. They pay as much attention to the quality of our food as to wine makers do when making each bottle of wine. JPSR believes strongly in serving good wines with our food and we are happy to say that their wine cellar stocks a fine collection of wine with over 3,000 bottles (between 150 to 200 labels) from the world over.
Offerings: There is a one-paged selection for its Claypot Rice itself, with ingredients such as pork ribs, dried scallop, minced chicken, preserved pork sausage, liver sausage, to even South African abalone.
Be prepared to pay a whopping price though. The basic Traditional Assorted Preserved Meat Claypot Rice is priced at $68++.
Location: 583 Orchard Road, Forum The Shopping Mall, #B1-13, Singapore 238884
Contact: +65 6732 6628
14. House of Happiness
Introduction: House of Happiness is a casual dining place that offers a pleasant experience with their menu featuring a variety of delicious Chinese and Singaporean cuisines. They offer a wide array of claypots, braised pig belly and trotters, prepared using only the freshest and most delicious ingredients, every dish in the menu is bound to satisfy your taste buds.
Located along Bedok Road and just a few minutes away from Tanah Merah MRT Station, House of Happiness is a great place where families and friends can share and enjoy delectable dishes in a comfortable and relaxed setting.
Offerings: 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!
Location: 294 Bedok Road, Singapore 469450
Contact: +65 6241 2648
15. Zhao Ji Claypot Rice
Introduction: In operation since the late 1980s, Zhao Ji Clay Pot Rice is the second outlet opened by the “sifu” (master) who first operated at the famous Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice, also located within Chinatown Complex.
Even though it is not as famous as Lian He Ben Ji, Zhao Ji does a claypot rice which is arguably one of the top in Singapore. But here’s the twist: they don’t even use charcoal to achieve that smoky aroma and flavour. Everything is gas-powered here.
Offerings: The claypot rice ($10/12/15/20/25/28) has the usual assortment of ingredients — lup cheong (Chinese sausage), marinated chicken, cai xin (Choy sum), salted fish and waxed pork — but noticeably missing is the yun chong (liver sausage) which would make for a good addition.
Location: 335 Smith Street, #02-53Singapore
Contact: +65 6221 9449
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