Once again, I've proven that exercise induced greater hunger in me and is detrimental to my diet plans lol! I did a minor 'leg workout' of walking for a good 15 minutes, as I lost my way inside Serangoon's NEX shopping mall, before finding the correct exit where Nat and Derrick were waiting for me. After walking for another 10 minutes to a nearby coffeeshop, we finally found ourselves at our intended destination - Lau Wang Claypot Delights 老王砂煲小厨. And by then, boy... I was famished and wolfed down dinner!
The entire corner coffeeshop unit is apparently operated by the same owner and only has 2 stalls - Mee Pok Master from 7.30am-5pm, selling Teochew Noodle ($3.50), Minced Meat Noodle ($3.30), Fishball Noodle ($3), Fishball Soup ($3) and Laksa ($3), and Claypot Delights from 10am-10pm. We were there specially to try out the claypot dishes.
Lau Wang Claypot features meats cooked in a variety of sauces, as well as dishes like Sambal Kang Kong ($4) to meet our vegetable needs. I particularly enjoyed the Frog Herbal Soup ($8/$15), a tasty clear broth redolent of delicate herbal aroma coupled with chopped pieces of fresh whole frog. The silky smooth texture of frog meat is lovely but if it doesn't appeal to you, the herbal soup does come in variant of Chicken ($5/$7.50) and Fish ($5/$7.50) too.
While the mushiness and oiliness of Minced Meat with Eggplant ($4.50/$6.50) is best left forgotten, the other spicy dish, Dried Chilli Sliced Fish ($4.50/$6.50) fared much better in comparison. The classic pairing of snakehead fish with bittergourd slices is drenched in a sea of mildly spicy sauce which was appetizing, but flavours can be bolder.
Likewise for the Sesame Oil Chicken ($4.50/$6.50) which does lived up to its name as a signature dish to a certain extent. The chicken part used no doubt came from the thigh, so wonderfully springy and succulent to bite, but the gravy could do with a more generous douse of sesame oil to level up the fragrance factor and to make it more distinctly different from the next dish of Ginger and Spring Onion Kidney Liver ($4.50/$6.50) in taste. The kidney needs a more thorough wash, but I love the liver which is nicely cooked to a perfect degree of beautiful doneness.
Food served in claypots, what's not to like about it. Arriving piping hot with heat retained as we progressed into the meal, the dishes are especially comforting in the cool evening. Though not really spectacular in gastronomic sense, its homey appeal is irresistible when enjoyed with bowls of white rice. I had half a bowl, then another half. Oh no, the flesh is weak... but satisfied lol!
Thanks to Lau Wang Claypot Delights for the hospitality.
Lau Wang Claypot Delights 老王砂煲小厨
Address: Blk 263 Serangoon Central Drive, #01-43, Singapore 550263
Contact: +65 90010814
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm Daily