Sunday, February 19, 2006

Cooking á la minute

Geylang Claypot Rice
659 Geylang Road, Lorong 33
Tel: 6744-4574
Opening hours: 5pm – 12am
(Closed on Monday)

(I apologise for the out of focus picture, it isn’t your eyes, it is my shaky hands and the lack of sidewalk light)

Packed to the brim with the tables lining the sidewalk and the back alley, this corner shop is the place for many claypot rice devotees. As I joined the many, I experienced that sitting on the sidewalk for dinner had its perils. The sidewalk pavement is rather narrow, so a rectangular table is much better than a circular one, but if you were like us, who sat around a circular table and at the tail end of a pavement where there was a slight slope, dinner becomes quite a balancing act between trying not to accidentally fall into the drain or onto the road, and keeping the table at equilibrium with the help of a tiny bottle cap to prevent plates to slide off the table. However, once we settled down and worked out the balance, it was all good, then all we needed was the food to arrive.

The average waiting time here is 30 minutes, non-negotiable. No compromised is made on the quality of food here, the rice is cooked from scratch once the order chit makes it to the kitchen, so, you will just have to be patient. The owner offered one other alternative the last time we walked in but didn’t have the time to wait, call them in advance and give them a heads up of what time you will arrive and they should be able to accommodate you.

Once the claypot arrived, the three of us quickly divided the work that had to be done. One person took charge of the scoop and started scooping the “toppings” off onto a side plate, my other dinner companion took charge of the oil and I took charge of the dark sauce. Together we worked together and very efficiently flavoured our rice, transferred the “toppings” back, and distributed the food. The defining feature of this claypot rice is the al-dente rice texture, with a slight resistance when you bite into it. The salted fish also flavours the rice and balances the sweetish lup-cheong that is scattered around the rice. Simply put, it is good rice.

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Blogger shaz said...

I had some claypot rice last sunday as well.. i think i'll post it up.

10:20 AM  
Blogger boo_licious said...

Yummy, I love Claypot chicken rice too. The things we do for good food.

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to confess I love homemade claypot rice better. Probably cux it has a hell lot more hearty ingredients into it. :)
Personally, I find some of the claypot rice sold are a little undercook at times.
In any case, thks for reviewing & sharing de food joint U visited. :)

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yea, the claypot rice is one of the best around imho. next time call and order before heading down, so dont need to wait! and the bamboo clams are pretty good too.

11:56 PM  
Blogger Piyo said...

Quick do some more postings! I miss you!

10:24 AM  

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