House of Claypots @ Seri Kembangan – A Claypot Chicken Rice Worth the Journey?March 10, 2013 | 4,543 views
A big portion of claypot chicken rice for RM13/USD4.30 that can feed 2-3 pax; with optional salted fish (RM0.50/USD0.20), waxed sausage slices (RM0.50/USD0.20) and egg (RM1.00/USD0.30)
Short of swaying 180 degrees and going infinite rounds, I’d better stick to what I should be doing her on this page. Writing food reviews. Plus maybe a small dose of sarcasm and wittiness in my ramblings. A wee bit, tiny shot only …. okay?
Anyway, this is officially my first review of an eatery in Seri Kembangan or Serdang. Yup, 5 years plus and this is the first time I am stepping foot into the neighbourhood. It sure felt like an entire world of gastronomic delights opened up to me like an oyster baring its pearl.
Let’s stir things up a bit with a review of this particular restaurant named House of Claypots at Taman Equine, Seri Kembangan; the commercial area opposite of AEON Equine Seri Kembangan. And no .. horse meat is NOT on the menu. (Lame, I know … but still)
Salted Fish Steamed Chicken (RM8/USD2.70) tasted like an extension of the chicken cooked in the claypot, but still was delicious enough on its own
Now, it took me considerable effort to find information about this outlet on the Internet. Nor any other materials for that matter. Apparently, this used to be Shi Yue Tian Claypot Chicken Rice on Jalan Puchong opposite of one Guan Yin temple near to Taman Kinrara. Either this is a branch or they moved to this new location permanently.
A corner premise in the midst of a commercial area (somewhat aged, and reminded me strongly of Pandan Indah) with coffee shops monopolizing the alleys and adjacent streets by hoarding up the space with plastic tables and chairs, you can tell that the Chinese community here is very much dominant.
Red Roast Pork Seasoned Steamed (seriously, that was the name) (RM13/USD4.30), Old Cucumber Soup (RM5.50/USD1.90) and Peanut Lotus Root Soup (RM5.50/USD1.90)
The wait was a bearable 15 minutes or so. Or could be longer, but sure time flies when you’re in good company. The claypot chicken rice here apparently is cooked over charcoal fire; the almighty flavour-enhancing fuel in case you’re wondering, and priced reasonably low. A portion for one at RM6.50/USD2.20 that can feed 1-2 pax, while the big portion for 2-3 pax is priced at only RM13.00/USD4.30 and came with chunks of tasty marinated chicken with a mix of soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger paste, while addition of salted fish (more like mashed) and slices of waxed sausages added oomph to the already delicious pot of rice.
Yes, delicious. Rarely do I sing praises for claypot chicken rice for I’m not particularly a fan. So far, only the one at Damansara Jaya; presumed to be from Kampar, took the icing on the cake. And I found myself returning to that same outlet for my fix.
House of Claypots was not far off from that radar actually. Rice was separated by the grains; with no clumps of mushy, overcooked grains or hardened bits of ‘nails’. And the slightly sweet sauce complemented the ensemble really well. At the end of the feast? You’re rewarded with a paper thin layer of crust underneath; that may take some effort in removing (use the steel spoon, please) but captured the essence of the charcoal-burnt layer of the rice.
How was the sides then? The stewed soups fared okay; at RM5.50 per serving, I was not complaining. And always nice to pair off the meal with a few spoonfuls of homely boiled soups. The funnily named Red Roast Steamed Pork and Salted Steamed Chicken were both commendable efforts, though I am not sure that I will order those again during the next visit.
Maybe the more interesting “Ancient Medical Prescription” (?!) or Golden Dumpling? Time (and to some extent …distance) will be the deciding factor here. Any takers?
HOUSE OF CLAYPOTS (non-Halal)
Jalan Equine 9B,
near to AEON Taman Equine,
Bandar Putra Permai,
43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor
Tel No : +6016-263 3775
GPS : 2.996951,101.673987 (est.)