Claypot Rice in Singapore
In my humble opinion, claypot rice might be one of the most underrated hawker dishes in Singapore. While we don’t think to have this dish often at the hawker centre, it is immensely satisfying to eat, both in terms of flavour and texture. You get the savouriness of dark soy sauce, umami of salted fish, and crispness of burnt rice, all in one bite. With that, here’s our list of 10 claypot rice stalls in Singapore you have to try if you’re a fan of the dish, including halal and Michelin-approved options.
1. Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice
Situated within Chinatown Complex is Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice, where every pot of rice is painstakingly prepared from scratch. While the queues can stretch up to an hour-long, the claypot rice here is definitely worth the wait.
Depending on the portion size, each pot of Mixed Rice ranges from $8 to $30. It comes loaded with tender chicken pieces, waxy lap cheong, umami salted fish, and a hefty serving of greens. While you’re here, be sure to get the Lotus Root Pork Rib Soup ($2.50) on the side, to wash down the heaviness of the rice dish.
Check out our Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice review!
Address: 335 Smith Street, #2-197/198/199, Chinatown Complex Food Centre, Singapore 050335
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 4:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 6227 2470
Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice is not a halal-certified eatery.
2. New Lucky Claypot Rice
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Another well-known claypot rice stall in Singapore is New Lucky Claypot Rice, with a Michelin Bib Gourmand accolade to their name. Waiting times can stretch up to 45 minutes if you walk in, so we recommend calling them to place your order beforehand.
Their claypot rice starts from $15, with the smallest portion able to feed two persons. This comes with the usual suspects such as chicken, sausages, and salted fish. Spoon on the dark soy sauce for extra flavour!
Address: 44 Holland Drive, #02-19, Holland Drive Market And Food Centre, Singapore 270044
Opening hours: Mon-Tue 11am to 12:30pm, 5pm to 8pm, Thur-Sun 11am to 1pm, 5pm to 8pm
Tel: 6778 7808
New Lucky Claypot Rice is not a halal-certified eatery.
3. Zhao Ji Claypot Rice
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While most people go to Chinatown Complex for Lian He Ben Ji, there’s also Zhao Ji Claypot Rice, an underrated stall that’s arguably as delicious. While the rice here is not cooked over charcoal, as it’s done traditionally, this stall is best known for the chicken within their claypot rice, which is said to be tender and flavourful. Prices range from $10 to $28, and if you’re a meat-lover, be sure to try the Various selection, which comes with additional pork on top of the usual ingredients.
Address: 335 Smith Street, #2-53, Chinatown Complex Food Centre, Singapore 050335
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12pm to 7pm
Tel: 6221 9449
Zhao Ji Claypot Rice is not a halal-certified eatery.
4. Yuan Yuan Claypot Rice
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Here’s a claypot rice I’ve eaten all my life—Yuan Yuan Claypot Rice, located in ABC Brickworks Market, alongside the likes of Project Penyek and Hosay Mee Pok. What makes their Famous Claypot Rice (from $10) extra flavourful is their use of hua diao wine. A smoky aroma is infused throughout this dish, and I especially love scraping the charred rice bits off the pot.
Address: 6 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-38, ABC Brickworks Market, Singapore 150006
Opening hours: Fri-Mon 4pm to 9pm
Tel: 6876 5259
Yuan Yuan Claypot Rice is not a halal-certified eatery.
5. Geylang Claypot Rice
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Hailing from Geylang Lorong 33 with over 30 years of heritage is Geylang Claypot Rice, now rehomed in an air-conditioned space along Beach Road. Zhng-up your usual chicken claypot rice with their Black Pepper Beef Cubes (from $28++) and Unagi (from $30++) selections. This restaurant also has zi char dishes available, such as Tofu With Prawn ($14.80++) and Pork Rib King ($14.80++), to go along with your claypot rice.
Address: 361/363/365 Beach Road, Singapore 199576
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 2:30pm, 5pm to 10pm
Tel: 6744 4574
Geylang Claypot Rice is not a halal-certified eatery.
6. Selera Cuppage
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For halal claypot rice in Singapore, head down to Selera Cuppage, located conveniently near Somerset. Priced from $5.50, their claypot rice comes generously peppered with salted fish for extra umami. If you would like to try something new, there’s even a beef selection.
This eatery also offers other halal zi char dishes, such as Sweet & Sour Chicken (from $12) and Fried Cereal Prawns ($20).
Address: 5 Koek Road, #01-11, Cuppage Plaza, Singapore 228796
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 9pm
Tel: 6235 0520
Selera Cuppage is a halal-certified eatery.
7. Yew Chuan Claypot Rice
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Golden Mile Food Centre has recently reopened after a three-month-long renovation, and here, you can find Yew Chuan Claypot Rice. They only serve Claypot Chicken Rice (from $6), and this comes already drizzled with black soya sauce, though you’re free to add more as you eat. Cooked the authentic way over charcoal, their claypot rice is said to have an old-school taste, sure to ignite nostalgia with every bite.
Address: 505 Beach Road, #01-73, Golden Mile Food Centre, Singapore 199583
Opening hours: Tue-Wed, Fri 12pm to 8:30pm, Sat-Sun 3pm to 8:30pm
Tel: 9137 5661
Yew Chuan Claypot Rice is not a halal-certified eatery.
8. Nan Xing Claypot Rice
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Nan Xing Claypot Rice has been around for more than ten years, dishing up scrumptious claypot rice to those living around Circuit Road. Their Claypot Chicken Rice starts from $6, topped with a salted egg for extra flavour. If you’d like to try something different, they have a Luncheon Meat & Egg Claypot Rice ($6) available. Meanwhile, meat-lovers will surely enjoy their Pig Trotter Vinegar ($6), packed with melt-in-the-mouth pork leg meat.
Address: 79 Circuit Road, #01-11, Circuit Road Food Centre, Singapore 370039
Opening hours: Thurs-Tue 12pm to 8pm
Tel: 9498 6599
Nan Xing Claypot Rice is not a halal-certified eatery.
9. Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice
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Northies may be familiar with Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice, where even the rice is cooked from scratch in the claypot. Depending on the portion size, their Traditional Claypot Rice starts from $9.10, and goes up to $20.30. This restaurant is also known for their San Lao Bee Hoon (from $5.80), a popular charred bee hoon dish hailing from Malaysia. Otherwise, for some munchies to go along with your carbs, consider the Sambal Sotong ($12.80) and Salted Egg Pork Ribs ($12.80).
Address: 4 Jalan Tampang, Singapore 758948
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6757 7144
Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice is not a halal-certified eatery.
10. Cantonese Claypot Rice
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For cheap and good claypot rice in Singapore, check out Cantonese Claypot Rice, located in the Beo Crescent Market. Apart from the usual Claypot Chicken Rice ($4.30), they also have other selections, including the Claypot Sausages Bacon Pork Rib Rice ($5.30). To wash everything down, get the Papaya White Fungus Stewed Pork Ribs Soup ($3.80), naturally sweetened with papaya.
Address: Block 38A Beo Crescent, #01-66, Beo Crescent Market & Food Centre, Singapore 169982
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 11:45am to 8pm
Tel: 8333 2813
Cantonese Claypot Rice is not a halal-certified eatery.
Where to eat claypot rice in Singapore
If you’re craving a hearty bowl of claypot rice, look no further than our list of 10 claypot rice stalls in Singapore.
Feature image adapted from @geylangclaypotrice.