30 years in the claypot rice business, this couple team is still going strong at its original stall at Golden Mile. The owner was sheepishly proud that her stall was rated Number 1 over the other famous Chinatown and Clementi stalls on a local television competition.
Golden Mile’s claypot rice was a classic – fragrant rice which was topped with tender marinated chicken pieces, tasty Chinese sausages, fresh green vegetables and light traces of salted fish. The winner was the soya sauce, thick and dark, yet not overly salty which would usually make one thirst.
Added with a formulated sweet chilli sauce, the combination was aromatic and addictive. Cooked over charcoal for about 15 minutes, the moist rice was soft and fluffy on the bite. It complimented well with the slightly salty meat and sausage slices. One wished for some mushroom pieces for an added texture though.
Although the ‘star’ of this Cantonese dish should be the ‘claypot’, I learnt that several patrons actually preferred to take-away. This would allow more time for the rice to absorb the various flavours and moisture.
I noticed that the rice, oil and sauce brands were displayed prominently around the stall, and asked if they were afraid others would steal their winning formula. The owner replied that the secret to success was not only about what went into the claypot, but the experience behind the hands cooking them. Well said.
Golden Mile Claypot Rice, Golden Mile Food Centre 505 Beach Road #01-65 Tel:+65 6295 8234
Opening hours: 5 – 10pm (Closed on Wednesdays)