Chinese Clay/Rice Pot [moved from SF Bay Area board]
Are these identical in San Francisco restaurants?
What is it about this type of cookery which is unique?
I am no expert but I think the terms clay pot and rice pot are used fairly interchangeably.
These recipes are cooked and served in an airtight clay pot. Rice is a common base, with savory meats, seafood, tofu, fungus, and vegetables common toppers. Clay pots are a good way for Chinese restaurants to combine some of their more strongly flavored ingredients, like preserved fish, chinese sausage, and whatnot.
Clay Pot City on 960 Grant in Chinatown is a decent place to go if you want to experience a wide variety of clay pot dishes at fairly cheap prices.
Clay or stone pots and containers are much the same throughout Asia. They are used for a variety of dishes or for storage.
Rice pots can be either the name of the dish as in ?? rice pot or it may refer to a rice cooker which is a completely different thing.