Food Review: Geylang Claypot Rice (芽笼瓦煲飯) | Quintessential Claypot Rice in Singapore
The Place As the name suggests, Geylang Claypot Rice is located at Lorong 33 of the infamous Geylang Road. Located at a corner of a row of shophouse, the restaurant has expanded to the next door unit some years back and you can now enjoy your claypot rice in a pleasant air-conditioned environment now. Expect a rather retro setting at the restaurant, although that’s part of the vibe of dining here.
The Food Despite its name, Geylang Claypot Rice serves more than just claypot rice, it is a zi char restaurant despite its limited options on the menu. Of course, you must go for its signature Claypot Rice (S$13/2 pax), although be ready to wait for a minimum of 30 minutes for your order. If you are planning to go, do advice you to give them a call, and you can actually pre-order your pot of rice.
Done with the traditional method, the claypot rice is prepared with fire from charcoal. The heat gets you the charred rice we all love to scrap off the walls of the claypot, and the smokey flavours we are craving for while digging into our rice. The winning formula of the claypot rice here to us are the tender chicken meats, the pork belly and the salted fish bits in the rice. Just add in the dark soy sauce, mix it well, and dig in.
For sides, there are a good selections of zi char options here. To go with our claypot rice, we ordered the simple Tofu with Crab Meat (S$15/medium) to complete the dinner. Nothing special, although quite enjoyable with the rice as is.
Order either the Ice Jelly (S$2.50) or the Calamansi Plum (S$2.50) in the hot climate of Singapore.
Rants The 30 minutes wait for your claypot may not be the best start to any meal.
Will I Return Again? For that craving for a traditional authentic claypot rice, there is not a better option in town. Sadly, we heard their other branch at Serangoon Gardens has closed.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 2.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Geylang Claypot Rice
639 Geylang Road
Tel: +65 67443619
Tuesday to Sunday: 11.30am to 2.30pm; 5pm to 11.30pm
Ranted by The Rantee