Crackly rice, tender meat, sweet and savoury pieces of lup cheong (Chinese sausage) drenched in black sauce and cooked over an open flame – claypot rice is the quintessential Cantonese comfort food. Good things take time to make, and oftentimes you’ll find yourselves waiting upwards of 20 minutes for a serving. Well, you know what they say: good things are worth the wait. Here are 20 claypot rice in Singapore you just can’t miss!
Established in 1979, Lian He Ben Ji prides itself on delivering nostalgic flavours with traditional cooking methods. Every serving is cooked to order, and with no lack of customers, be prepared to wait anything from 30 minutes to over an hour. Over here, each claypot is cooked to a boil over a gas stove for five minutes. Once boiling, the ingredients are added so all the flavours will seep into the rice. Then, the claypot is transferred to a charcoal stove where it will sit and simmer for the next 20 minutes to impart a wonderful, smoky flavour.
Address: 335 Smith St, #02-198/199, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours: 4:30–10:30 pm Tues & Wed, Fri to Sun. Closed Mon & Thurs
No list of claypot rice places in Singapore is complete without New Lucky Claypot Rice, who has retained their Michelin Bib Gourmand award since 2017. The waiting time here is around 20 to 30 minutes during off-peak hours, and 45 to 90 minutes during peak periods. Their signature Claypot Wu Wei Rice includes a mix of both chicken and lup cheong.
Address: 44 Holland Dr, #02-19, Singapore 270044
Opening Hours: 11 am–12:30 pm, 5–8 pm Mon & Tues, 11 am–1 pm, 5–8 pm Thurs to Sun. Closed on Wed
Cooked first with a gas stove and ending off on a charcoal stove, Geylang Claypot Rice’s signature dish is slow-cooked to ensure that the wonderful flavours of chicken, lup cheong, waxed meat and salted fish are fully infused into their carefully selected premium rice. Besides claypot rice, you can also order tze char dishes here!
Address: 361, 363, 365 Beach Rd, Singapore 199576
Opening Hours: 12–2:30 pm, 5–10 pm daily
The signature Claypot Rice here comes with chicken, mushroom and chinese sausages, and the stall still uses the traditional way of cooking the rice: from scratch, in a claypot over hot charcoal. This also gives it added flavour and helps create the yummy crispy bits of rice at the bottom of the claypot. Mix well with some black soya sauce and oil and enjoy a bowl of claypot rice that you’ll never forget.
Address: 4 Jln Tampang, Singapore 758948
Opening Hours: 11 am–10 pm daily
The owner of Yong Nian Claypot Chicken Rice, who hails from Taiping, Malaysia, inherited the secret recipe from her father who used to run an empire of claypot rice stalls in their hometown. Their signature Claypot Chicken Rice is cooked in a special claypot that’s specially handcrafted and imported from Taiping. Each claypot is topped with juicy chunks of marinated chicken, chinese sausage and perfectly cooked rice, all steeped in a secret combination of sauces that results in a pot of umami.
Address: 201 Henderson Road, #01-18, Singapore 159545
Opening Hours: 10 am–4 pm daily
The chicken in this claypot rice is seasoned in a special sauce made with sesame oil, pepper, peanut oil, salt, sugar and ginger for more than five hours, making this the star of the dish. They’re also popular for using hua diao wine in their Famous Claypot Rice which enhances the aroma and taste of the dish, making it all the more irresistible.
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-38, Singapore 150006
Opening Hours: 4–9 pm Fri to Mon. Closed Tues to Thurs
It might not sound like it, but Le Chasseur is actually a Chinese restaurant serving tze char and claypot rice! Order the Signature Claypot Rice before anything else as the wait is about 20 minutes. The smoky flavour and charred basmati rice at the bottom of the pot will complement the rest of your dishes. They also have a satisfyingly spicy sambal belacan that goes incredibly well with their claypot rice.
Address: 27 Eunos Rd 2, #01-101, Singapore 409387
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–2:30 pm, 5:30–9:30 pm daily
He Ping Claypot Rice has been serving claypot rice for over 40 years and the rice is still prepared the traditional way with charcoal, so be prepared to wait 30 minutes or more. Something different about the way the claypot rice here is served: the chicken chunks, chinese sausage, salted fish and salted duck egg yolk are removed before the dark sauce and oil are poured in.
Address: 148 Sims Ave, Singapore 387470
Opening Hours: 11 am–11 pm daily
Golden Mile Food Centre is home to many great eats but Yew Chuan Claypot Rice has to be one of the most popular ones there. Run by a husband-and-wife duo, the stall has been in business for almost 20 years and they only serve one type of claypot rice. But what’s unique is that they serve two types of lup cheong and the difference in sweetness adds new dimensions of flavours to every bite.
Address: 505 Beach Road, #01-73, Singapore 199583
Opening Hours: 12–8 pm Tues & Wed, Fri to Sun. Closed Mon & Thurs
The stall used to be located at the second floor of Margaret Drive Hawker Centre and has since moved to Alexandra Village Food Centre. They are known for their fragrant dish of claypot chicken rice that comes with a generous portion of lup cheong and chicken meat! The rice is fragrant and considered to be wetter than the typical claypot rice which is usually on the drier side.
Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-68, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 5–10 pm Wed to Sun. Closed Mon & Tues
Widely touted to be one of the best claypot rice in the West, Bao Fa Traditional Food serves claypot rice alongside a range of other comforting rice and noodle dishes. Their claypot rice is cooked to order so expect a short wait. Topped with salted fish and drizzled generously with chilli, this is something worth travelling to Bukit Batok for!
Address: 283 Bukit Batok East Ave 3, Singapore 650283
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–9 pm Fri to Wed. Closed on Thurs
Nestled in the heartlands of Ang Mo Kio, Broadway Claypot Rice has more than 30 years of history and is well-known in the area. Here, you get to choose between two types of claypot rice: Kampong Chicken or Normal Chicken. Slow cooked over fire and served piping hot and steaming, the dish is smoky and tantalising, while the chunks of chicken and lup cheong are tender and juicy. And if you absolutely love the burnt bits of rice at the sides of the claypot, then this is one claypot rice you have to try because they’re notorious for always slightly overcooking their rice.
Address: 727 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, #01-4236, Singapore 560727
Opening Hours: 10 am–10 pm daily
A hidden gem in Aljunied, Tian Tian Xiang Claypot Rice has been serving traditional claypot rice cooked using blazing charcoal flames for years. What’s special about them is that besides the tender chicken pieces, slices of lup cheong and vegetables, there’s also salted egg in their claypot rice! Another star here is their sambal chilli which packs a fiery kick that will have you breathing fire, but pairs really well with the rice. Other than claypot rice, you can also get soups here.
Address: 119 Aljunied Ave 2, #01-54, Singapore 380119
Opening Hours: 11 am–10 pm Sat to Thurs. Closed on Fri
For halal claypot rice in Singapore, head over to Selera Cuppage that’s conveniently located near Somerset. Their claypot rice comes generously peppered with salted fish for some extra umami, but if you’re feeling adventurous, there’s also a beef selection here! Apart from the claypot rice, you’ll also find a wide variety of halal tze char dishes here, with selections from Sweet & Sour Prawns to Lemon Chicken, Hot Plate Tofu and Tom Yum Soup.
Address: 5 Koek Rd, #01-11, Singapore 228796
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–9:30 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Nan Xing Claypot Rice has been around for over ten years, doling out scrumptious claypot rice to those living in the area of Circuit Road. Apart from the usual ingredients, their Claypot Chicken Rice comes topped with a salted egg for extra flavour. If you’d like to try something different, they also have a Luncheon Meat & Egg Claypot Rice on the menu!
Address: 79 Circuit Rd, #01-11, Singapore 370079
Opening Hours: 12–7:30 pm Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
Located in Beo Crescent Market, here you will get claypot rice filled with well-marinated chunks of chicken, some salted fish to give the dish a pop of fragrant brininess, glistening lap cheong with its rendered fats coating the rice below, accompanied by a healthy amount of greens to cut through all that savoury goodness. They also have other selections, including the Claypot Sausages Bacon Pork Rib Rice, and to wash everything down, get the Papaya White Fungus Stewed Pork Ribs Soup!
Address: 38A Beo Cres, #01-66, Singapore 169982
Opening Hours: 12–8 pm Fri to Wed. Closed on Thurs
Old Airport Road Food Centre is another destination location for foodies. Head over to 132 Claypot Rice to satisfy your claypot cravings, where there’s a generous serving of tender chicken chunks and savoury lup cheong, and you can also top up for some salted fish or salted egg yolk. There’s a good balance of sweet and salty flavours, and you won’t be able to resist scrapping the charred bits of rice that were stuck to the bottom of the claypot.
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-132, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: 12:30–9:30 pm Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
For those who love claypot rice outside of the usual chicken version, Xiang Jiang Claypot Rice has several options such as Ginger & Onion Chicken, Black Pepper Chicken, Chicken Sausage and mixed flavour options. Besides claypot rice, Xiang Jiang also serves other popular dishes like Pig Liver Claypot and Claypot Sesame Chicken. Do expect some time for your claypot rice to arrive, but we assure it’s well worth the wait!
Address: 498 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 640498
Opening Hours: 11 am–2 pm, 5–9 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Located along Beach Road, Fei Kee is another great claypot rice option if you’re a purist. Each one is cooked to order, with the rice cooked from scratch in the claypot along with generous amounts of chicken thigh meat and lap cheong, and finally topped with cabbage. Instead of salted fish, the stall uses crunchy small dried shrimps to introduce an element of saltiness just before serving.
Address: 341 Beach Rd, Singapore 199567
Opening Hours: 11 am–7 pm Mon to Fri. Closed Sat & Sun
Deng Wen Ji is one of those interesting eateries that specialises in both Charcoal Claypot Rice and Wanton Mee, along with Prawn Noodles, tze char and even Roasted Duck. The shop is helmed by Chef Chong Hoi Ching who was previously an ex-chef from the famed Geylang Claypot Rice, and he has more than 20 years of experience under his belt. Cooked over charcoal fire with fresh chicken, lap cheong, salted fish and finally a generous drizzling of dark soy sauce, the burnt rice at the bottom makes the whole dish especially satisfying as well.
Address: 430 New Upper Changi Rd, #01-09, Singapore 487048
Opening Hours: 10 am–10 pm Tues to Fri, 8 am–10 pm Sat & Sun