Here’s something new! Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice is a new restaurant in Bacolod City!
Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice is the first place in Bacolod city to serve Singaporean Claypot cuisine! It’s something new and different – and you guys have to try their their food!
Singaporeans are known all over the world for their excellent hawker food. It’s food that you would get from tiny stalls in places like a food court but the difference is that Singaporean Hawker food is simple, cheap and tasty with flavor influences from Asian countries surrounding Singapore.
You don’t have to go all the way to Singapore to try their hawker food. Just visit Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice restaurant at 888 chinatown square in Bacolod City.
We went for a visit and tried most of the items on the menu!
The proprietor of Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice is Mark Tay and his wife Lilibeth Tay. Mark is an elderly gentleman from Singapore who has a distinct singaporean accent. He cooks the food at Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice!
If you watch while they prepare your food, you will see that they cook it in claypots on top of the stove. Wow! We’ve seen clay pots like these before but mostly in Korean Surplus stores. This was the first time for us to see how to properly use them!
The pots are then delivered to you at your table. It’s very interesting since the pots themselves are very hot! They retain heat very well and keep your food hot. When you dine at Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice, be sure to handle the pots only by the top or the wooden baskets to prevent burns. This is very unique and a first for Bacolod City.
Here’s part one of what we ordered from Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice restaurant. Masala chicken claypot rice, Claypot Laksa, and Bak Chang.
The first dish we tried at Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice was the Masala Chicken claypot rice. When we lifted the lid off the claypot, we were surprised to hear a sizzling sound! The claypot was actually cooking the food, much like a sizzling plate. Filipinos will totally relate to this style of cooking.
The Masala chicken at Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice was good, a little spicy and very aromatic. We wished that there was a little more of it as the serving size is a little small. Still, it’s quite good. If you want to have it more spicy, ask the proprietor for a side of their delicious chili sauce.
Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice has laksa also. Laksa is a Southeast Asian Noodle dish made with a rich and spicy coconut soup and topped with various ingredients. Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice‘s laksa has tofu, fish cake, egg and shrimp. There’s a generous amount of rice noodles. It’s an okay laksa, not bad for the price but the broth seems to be much milder and less spicy/flavorful to cater to Filipino palates.
We tried the Seafood Claypot Rice at Lǎo Zhèng. This was our first time to actually have rice in the big claypot and the feeling was something like eating paella of sorts. You have the rice toppings of squid, shrimps, fishcakes, seafood and crabstick. A sauce is then poured over the rice. Quite nice as the hot clay pot kept the rice very hot and even formed a little crusty toasted rice layer at the bottom. It’s similar to what you would get in a paella pan! The Seafood Claypot Rice is a nice dish although we wished that there were more toppings of seafood.
We went back the next day to try more of Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice restaurant’s menu! This time we had the laksa again, some Claypot curry chicken and their Claypot braised pata baboy with rice.
Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice has a nice curry chicken in their claypot. It comes with plenty of curry that you can spoon all over your rice or even mix in your rice in the pot since the rice is served separately. We found the spice to be even milder than the masala chicken so ask for extra chili sauce if you are a fan of spicy food.
Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice has a sort of Filipino-Singaporean fusion dish in their menu. The Claypot braised pata baboy is a familiar dish that will be familiar with most filipinos. There’s mushrooms, vegetables and tofu in the pot! The taste of the broth is kinda similar to pares and it is quite aromatic. Pour it over your rice or mix the rice in! The only issue we found to this dish is that the slice of pata meat given to us is extremely small. Maybe its just because Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice is still new.
The things that we really enjoyed at Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice were the Singaporean suman or Bak chang and their yam cake.
Bak Chang is a dish of sticky rice stuffed with mushrooms, meat and all sorts of things. Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice serves their Bak chang with chili on the side. Very nice! We have other restaurants serving Bak chang in Bacolod but we like the Bak Chang or Ma chang at Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice very much!
It’s just 70 pesos for one Bak Chang. Pair it with their excellent chili sauce!
The next dish is a delightful savory dish that is extremely popular at Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice restaurant! You must absolutely try their Yam cake! It’s not a sweet dish, it’s a savory dish made with yams!
Yams are mashed up and mixed with spices and formed into a cake then steamed. The consistency and texture changes into something like a pudding. It is very nice and one of Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice‘s best dishes. It costs only 38 pesos so get a slice or two and pair it with the excellent chili sauce.
Overall Lǎo Zhèng Claypot Rice is a nice restaurant to have in Bacolod City. They’re still working out the kinks but even so it is very good to have another Singaporean restaurant in Bacolod City. The prices are reasonable and the food is good enough for the price.