There is always something irresistible about eating food served in a claypot, especially on a rainy day when your food arrives bubbling and sizzling hot. So you can imagine how immensely excited we were to stumble upon Lau Wang Claypot Delights located at Serangoon Central one rainy afternoon.
Located within Wang Jiao coffee shop, Lao Wang serves up a great variety of yummy claypot dishes that are really affordable and oh-so-tasty! Every saucy dish has its own unique aroma and taste which is sure to get you salivating.
There are about 20 types to choose from, ranging from spicy sambal prawns to their signature sesame chicken—all of which are freshly made to order over a roaring wok, which gives each dish a complex savoury flavour and charred aroma.
For super tasty and affordable claypot delights which embody the essence of any great stir-fry, we highly recommend you to check this corner shop out.
The Sesame Chicken (S$5.20) is a must-have here. The signature dish contains small pieces of boneless chicken thighs drenched in a thick dark gravy of sesame oil and minced garlic. Those who prefer a little more kick can opt for dried bird’s eye chillies to be added into the mix.
When it first arrived at our table, the first thing that hit us was the savoury aroma from the sesame and garlic. The chicken pieces were tender and flavourful, but the real money maker here is the sauce. The thick, gooey brown sauce provided a subtle sweetness to the dish which balanced the savoury notes from the garlic and the sesame oil out very well.
That being said, it is safe to say that this is a dish we could easily have just by itself with a bowl of steamed white rice.
Making it a point to include some vegetable items into our meal, we went for the Sambal Kang Kong (S$4.80) and the Traditional Nyonya Chap Chye (S$5.20)—which were both very pleasing. Although much more subtle in flavour compared to the ones you would find in a proper Peranakan joint, their version of Nonya chap chye retained the essence and authenticity of the dish right down to the use of lily flower buds.
The sambal kang kong, on the other hand, was full-flavoured with a good amount of hei bi (dried shrimp) accenting the sambal really well.
The Sambal Prawn with Lady’s Fingers (S$7.30) is definitely worth a mention. Stewed for only a short while, the lady’s fingers retained a nice crunch without much of its slimy interior. The sauce is a lot milder than we anticipated, as much as it arrived piping hot and bright red, it was not that spicy. The presence of hei bi (dried shrimp) was notable and provided a distinct umami to the dish which made it so addictive.
To offset the oiliness of the other dishes, we decided to try one of their herbal soups (S$5 for a regular size), which are all made with the same clear base using nutritious ingredients such as goji berries, red dates and ginseng.
We got the Chicken Herbal Soup, which was clear, flavourful and easy on the palate. It contained a robust herbal quality that bolded nicely with the meaty taste of the chicken. In light of all the oily dishes we had, this was definitely a good choice to wash it all down.
Overall we were very pleased with our dining experience here. This is simple and very affordable comfort food that is sure to sit well with all palates. We recommend making a trip down during lunch time as it sees a relatively smaller and tamer crowd as opposed to during dinner.
Lau Wang Claypot Delights
263 Serangoon Central Drive, #01-43
Tel: +65 9001 0814
Daily: 11am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Serangoon