It's time for some hawker food recommendations! This time, we made our way to Lian He Ben Ji Claypot. It was not our first time here. Having previous waiting experience of 45 minutes upon ordering, we wised up and decided to call to make prior reservations.
For a pax of 3, you can choose from $15 or $18. The difference? The ingredients are more but the amount of rice stays the same. As we also wanted to order from the Chang Ji BBQ stall beside it, we opted for the $15 one.
As you can see from the photo below, Lian He Ben Ji takes up two stalls. It sells You Cai (Vegetables) ($3) as well as different kinds of soups (Ranging from $3 onwards).
Of course, as the name goes, the highlight is the Claypot Rice. You can opt for other ingredients, but, for us, we ate the Chicken Claypot Rice ($15).
Steps for eating this dish:
1) Remove the chicken slices on top
2) Pour in the dark sauce and oil
3) Mix the sauce, oil and rice evenly (Add according to your taste preference)
4) TUCK IN!
So, normally, we would eat the rice separately from the chicken. Really, there is nothing that I can critic about the taste. The fragrance of the rice is simply marvelous. The chicken is tender, weaved in with salted fish and Chinese sausages. By just sitting there and smelling the aroma of the rice cooked over the charcoal, your appetite would increase by tenfold. The only complain my friend has is that there is too little salted fish. Other than that, we were really satisfied with it.
Tip: Call to reserve at least 3 hours in advance to avoid needing to wait long for the food.
Our Ratings: 9/10
Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice
335 Smith Street, #02-198/199
Chinatown Complex Food Centre
Tel No.: 6227 2470
Opens daily from 4.30-10.30pm (Closes on Thursday)
Till next time,