All in it…

We had this rice with braised pork belly, lap cheong (Chinese sausages) and salted fish, all in a claypot (RM15.90)…

…for dinner the other night.

They opened this place…

…sometime before the outbreak of the pandemic but we never managed to drop by and give it a try for the simple reason that we seldom venture to that part of town.

We went out for a car ride that evening and it so happened that we were in the vicinity and I drove past this place. My girl said that she did not mind having claypot rice for dinner so of course, we stopped there right away and went in…

It is not a big place, very nice and clean, not that many tables and there are a few more on the pavement outside. Service was very pleasant and prompt – we placed our orders and the ladies got their drinks in no time at all.

My girl had the 3 sour (RM3.50) and the mum had the coffee with evaporated milk grass jelly (kopi-si cincao), also RM3.50…

…while I had a small bottle of drinking water (RM2.00). My girl felt that her drink was a tad too sour for her liking but my missus loved what she ordered. We had never come across this drink anywhere else before – so far, I’ve had the Michael Jackson, aka Black and White – the cincao in soya bean milk.

For one thing, it is partially DIY or self-service here – you have to go and get the bowls (for sharing your orders), the cutlery (and dip them in hot water) and the chili dip yourself from a section by the side. Thankfully, we did not have to serve the claypot dishes ourselves as those would be so very hot when they came out of the kitchen.

One of the girls brought it to the table and she helped toss everything in it and mix it all thoroughly…

…before we could dive in.

They were very generous with the lap cheong and yes, we did spot some salted fish but we wouldn’t mind a bit more of the braised pork belly. On the whole, we agreed that it was, at best, just all right, nowhere near the very nice one we had here or here but the latter has called it a day, no longer open. They probably had a different recipe for their braised pork belly so on the whole, their claypot rice tasted different from the ones we had had and loved before.

We also ordered their claypot seafood noodles (RM10.90)…

…which was nice but the prawns were small and there were so few of the crustaceans. Other than that, despite the fact that they had the yee mee in it, it lacked the taste and the fragrance usually associated with the noodles and I remember the ones I had before had a whole lot of ingredients in it plus a poached egg on top. Though we did enjoy it and we thought the addition of those canned clams (in soy sauce) was a nice touch, on the whole, we felt that this was a let-down.

All in all, everything was all right, that much I would say – the total came up to RM39.40, inclusive of 10% service charge (Wait a minute!!! Didn’t we have to get everything ourselves? Tsk! Tsk!!!). Well, we may drop by again someday because my girl had her eyes on their claypot porridge – they sure looked very nice in the menu.

CLAYPOT HOUSE (2.293686, 111.841509) is located at No. 16, Ground Floor, Jalan Wong King Huo 1D among the shops to the right of Medan Mall to the extreme left of the block behind the one facing the main road, with Warung BM to the extreme right.