Claypot rice ranks highly on our list of favourite hawker dishes in Singapore and we are not afraid to admit that we will travel any distance just to source out the best claypot rice stalls in Singapore. Since cooking is usually done over a charcoal stove, the end result is a distinctive smoky and charred flavour that is further enhanced with the addition of ingredients such as lap cheong, chicken, salted fish and fresh vegetables—it is truly the ultimate Chinese comfort food for sure!
Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice in the North region of Singapore is a casual dining establishment that specialises in Traditional Claypot Rice, JB’s San Lou Bee Hoon, KL Hokkien Mee and Fish Head Curry. They offer both claypot and zi char dishes at one place which is perfect for dining out with your family and groups of friends.
With so many options, there is surely something for everyone at Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice.
TRADITIONAL CLAYPOT RICE
Raw rice is cooked from scratch over burning charcoal in their kitchen to ensure that each Claypot Rice comes with slightly-burnt crispy bits of rice surrounding the inner pot. Besides its complex textures, the rice is fragrant from being cooked with the chicken, lap cheong and fresh vegetables.
Yes, their signature Traditional Claypot Rice (Small – S$8.80, Medium – S$13.80, Large – S$19.80) is a must-order when you are there. Pour the accompanying sesame oil and dark sauce over it to complete the entire dining experience!
CURRY FISH HEAD
No zi char meal is complete without ordering the Curry Fish Head (S$26.80). Also served in a claypot, their curry fish head packs a punch with its brilliant curry stew cooked with vegetables and the whole head of a fish.
At Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice, additional chilli oil is added for that spicy kick—not one for the fainthearted but it makes for an extremely hearty meal, especially when you dip some deep-fried mantou into it!
SAN LAO BEE HOON
San Lao Bee Hoon (Small – S$4.80, Large – S$8.80) is a popular dish in Johor Bahru but there is no reason why you should travel all the way there when you can find an exceptional one here in Singapore. Unlike traditional fried bee hoon, this bee hoon is slightly charred and there is a layer of crust on the surface which keeps the noodles together.
Those who have heard of ‘Chao Ta (burnt) Bee Hoon’ may find that it bears a similar resemblance to the San Lao Bee Hoon.
LA LA BEE HOON
We would recommend getting the La La as an individual dish on its own with other dishes but if you are craving for a more substantial meal, you cannot go wrong with this delicious bowl of La La Bee Hoon (Small – S$4.80, Large – S$8.80). The savoury soup stock came with bee hoon, eggs, vegetables and a handful of fresh and juicy clams. The clams are extra plump and fresh, making it a very satisfying dish!
CLAYPOT SEAFOOD DA LU MIAN
Taste the flavours of the ocean found in the Claypot Seafood Da Lu Mian (Small – S$8.80, Large – S$13.80)! The large claypot comprises thick noodles, vegetables and fresh seafood ingredients such as prawns and squid cooked in a luscious, starchy broth that is served piping hot from the kitchen. So simple, yet so comforting.
DA LU MIAN
If you are craving for something rich in flavours on your taste buds, a bowl of Da Lu Mian (small – S$4.80, large – S$8.80) will do the trick. The Kuala Lumpur-style braised noodles are drenched in dark, fragrant sauce that is further elevated with crispy bits of pork lard.
GARLIC FRIED CHICKEN
We love our fried chicken. But this version of Garlic Fried Chicken (S$12.80) is even better—it comes with a generous amount of deep-fried garlic that is wok-fried together with the crispy chicken to produce an ultra-fragrant result.
STIR-FRIED LA LA
If clams are your thing, you will absolutely love the Stir-Fried La La (S$12.80) at Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice. The sweet and juicy clams were so addictive that everyone at the table cleared it within minutes! We also particularly liked the subtle spicy tones from the chilli padi.
DEEP-FRIED SALTED EGG BITTER GOURD
For something out of the ordinary, you should try the Deep-Fried Salted Egg Bitter Gourd (S$8.80). The savoury outer salted egg yolk layer helps to balance out the bitter element of the vegetables so that it is easier for everyone to enjoy.
4 Jalan Tampang
Tel: +65 6757 7144
Daily: 11am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Sembawang