Geylang Clay Pot Rice @ Geylang Lorong 33

My laptop crashed when I returned from Macau and lots of settings inlcuding remembered passwords, applications, photographs and bookmarked sites on browsers were lost in that very instant. I am still trying to recover as much as I could. Currently, I am using my 2008 version of Macbook and every apps that I had saved in my hard disc were Windows based so they did nothing good now that I’m on a Mac.

The Mac that I am working with has limited space and my photos are in RAW so that took up a lot of memory. I needed a new hard disc badly as the one I had was Windows formatted (can read but not write in my Mac). I have been procrastinating but this “crash” has taught me a lesson. I have to go and get myself another hard disc to back up all my new photos or else I could not process any of it for blogging.

The red one is Windows formatted and there's not much working space left. I got a new Mac formatted hard disc that's double the space of my previous HD, too.

The red one is Windows formatted and there’s not much working space left.
I got a new Mac formatted hard disc (HD) that’s double the space of my previous one, too.

So on this rainy night, I went to Funan IT Mall and got myself a HD but before that, I called a friend who works in the building to arrange a dinner date after my shopping. We agreed that clay pot rice is a good choice since it was a rainy night and Chinese waxed meats (the main ingredients that go into the making of claypot rice) are in season. Besides, Desmond has not eaten clay pot rice for 6 years!

I called Le Chasseur to book a table but they have moved from New Bridge Road to Eunos. We would never make it in time (my friend gets off work at 8.30pm and Le Chassuer closes at 9.30pm with last order at 9pm). And then I remembered the good old Geylang Clay Pot Rice which opens till 11pm.

Geylang Clay Pot Rice is good old because the business has been operating for at least 2 decades and has maintained its reputation well all these years.

Watercress and Soft Bone Soup.<br />Watercress has been known to be a storehouse for natural phytonutrients like isothiocyanates that have health promotional and disease prevention properties. It is often recommended in cholesterol controlling and is believed to be cancer preventing by inhibition of phase I enzymes (mono-oxygenases and cytochrome P450s).

Watercress and Soft Bone Soup.
Watercress has been known to be a storehouse for natural phytonutrients like isothiocyanates that have health promotional and disease prevention properties. It is often recommended in cholesterol controlling and is believed to be cancer preventing by inhibition of phase I enzymes (mono-oxygenases and cytochrome P450s).

Four Season Beans with Dried Shrimps.<br />French or String Beans is known in Chinese as 4 Season Beans. They are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Four Season Beans with Dried Shrimps.
French or String Beans is known in Chinese as 4 Seasons Beans.
They are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

What's in this Lotus Leaf package?<br />Foods wrapped in lotus leaves have wonderful aroma.<br />In TCM, Lotus leaves is believed to have nutritional value that is used as a treatment for the digestive and circulatory systems. Its bitter qualities causes the stomach to secrete more stomach acid, which can aid in food digestion.<br />TCM also believes the lotus to cause the liver to secrete increased amounts of bile, which breaks down fats from our diet more quickly and efficiently.

What’s in this Lotus Leaf package?
Foods wrapped in lotus leaves have wonderful aroma.
In TCM, Lotus leaves is believed to have nutritional value that is used as a treatment for the digestive and circulatory systems. Its bitter qualities causes the stomach to secrete more stomach acid, which can aid in food digestion.
TCM also believes the lotus to cause the liver to secrete increased amounts of bile, which breaks down fats from our diet more quickly and efficiently.

Chicken Feet??? I thought this was a pork dish.

Chicken Feet???
I thought this was a pork dish.

Dried Mushrooms, Chicken Feet, Chestnuts and Pork Spare Ribs.

Dried Mushrooms, Chicken Feet, Dried Chestnuts and Pork Spare Ribs.

Geylang Clay Pot Rice has been in business for more than 2 decades.

Geylang Clay Pot Rice has been in business for more than 2 decades.

The dish is first cooked using gas and then finished on charcoal stoves to create the smokey flavours of the waxed meats and crispy rice on the sides of the claypot.

The dish is first cooked using gas and then finished on charcoal stoves to create the smokey flavours of the waxed meats and crispy rice on the sides of the claypot.

The ingredients used were chunky Chicken parts, Salted Fish, Chinese Waxed Sausage and Preserved Duck Liver Sausage with Bok Choy.

The ingredients used were chunky Chicken parts, Salted Fish, Chinese Waxed Sausage and Preserved Duck Liver Sausage with Bok Choy.

Desmond, my makan kaki for this night.

Desmond, my makan kaki for this night.

Always happy to fill my tummy with good food and great companion.

Always happy to fill my tummy with good food and great companion.

Our meal cost S$47 including drinks and miscellaneous charges. Date visited: 14th December 2013

Our meal cost S$47 including drinks and miscellaneous charges.
Date visited: 14th December 2013

Watercress Soup:
Chinese like soups (depending on types, some only requires quick boiling) that have been cooked over low heat for long hours as we believed most of the nutrients would be extracted and infused into the broth. As such, this little pot of soup made the criteria as I could see that the soup had greenish hue, the watercress had become wilted and dull in colour and the soft bones (pork) were truly tender. This nutritious tasty pot of soup could only be achieved due to long simmering process.

Four Seasons Beans:
The crunchy tender beans were sweet and the contrasting savoury dried shrimps topping complemented the dish well. I’ll have to highly recommend it since I had 3 quarters of this dish 🙂

Lotus Leaf Pork Ribs:
I must admit that it was the lotus leaf packaging that got me intrigued enough to order this dish as foods wrapped in lotus leaves have wonderful aroma. When Desmond opened the package, he almost yelled “Chicken feet!” in distaste as he doesn’t eat them. Lucky me, I can have them all to myself. The flavoursome mushrooms and tender pork ribs would compensate him enough. The reconstituted dried chestnuts was firm yet “powdery” in texture. I would preferred them to be cooked a little longer. Overall, I thought the dish to be just right in seasonings but Desmond found them mild.

Clay Pot Rice:
I’m glad I called the shop in advance as the claypot rice required at least 25 minutes to be ready. As forewarned by the shopkeeper over the phone, this pot of rice came in as the last dish of our order. I was rather disappointed when I saw it because I thought the clay pot to be very new. I like seasoned clay pots as I believed knew the food to be better tasting in those old pots. However, the aroma of waxed meats did permeate the air when the clay lid was lifted. Again I was displeased when I saw the ingredients (now this is entirely my fault). The rice was fluffy and crisp but not enough. I felt it could do more crisping, maybe the new pot couldn’t deliver? The chunky succulent chicken was well marinated and tender. The bright bok choy provided visual appeal and crunch to the dish. The Chinese waxed meats were the pin in my eye. They were sliced too thinly for my liking as I love meaty bites. I admit I have been spoilt by my recent consumption of  a similar dish called “Lap Mei Fan” in Macau. Click here to view photo. Okay, I was comparing apple to orange. To be fair, the dish was delicious by Singapore’s standard and the amount of ingredients used were generous.

I had a good time with Desmond at Geylang Clay Pot Rice. We ate and chatted till late. The staff was gracious not to hurry us even when near closing time. They simply half-closed the shutters and waited for us to finish eating and pay up without urging.

This is one place I will go back to try the other tempting cze char dishes. I have eaten there before and will eat there again.

Geylang Clay Pot Rice
Address: 639, Geylang Lorong 33,
Singapore 389570.

Tel: 67444574 / 67443619 (call to pre-order)

Operating hours: Closed on Mondays
Lunch: 11.30am – 2.30pm
Dinner: 5pm – 12mn

Happy eating 🙂

P.S. Nutritional values provided here are for entertainment purposes only and do not construe as educational or factual materials as they may not be supported by western medicines. Please do your own due diligence.

Click links below to see other eateries in Geylang:
Tonny’s Restaurant (Cantonese cuisine)
Old Geylang for Turtle soup
126 Dim Sum
Yong He Eating House (Taiwanese Small Eats)

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Comments
7 Responses to “Geylang Clay Pot Rice @ Geylang Lorong 33”
  1. wingedprisms says:

    I have to say no chicken feet, please. LOL We Americans don’t eat that – well, not that we know of 😉

  2. jmsabbagh says:

    Hope you enjoyed your trip to Macau .Delicious dish.Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season.jalal

  3. Laura Lynn says:

    i’m looking at my chickens feet and they look very bony. (and my pet chicken thinks I’m crazy too) How would you eat a chicken foot? I use them sometimes to make my soup a jelly but I never eat them. What have I been missing?
    Glad to see you’re backing up your stuff now. I’ve lost important data too. It’s terrible, isn’t it? That said? I have to buy one of those for my Mac too! I don’t have any of my photo’s back up! Thank you for the timely reminder!

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