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Favourite Asian style Claypot dishes

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nasilemak Oct 15, 2007 11:28 AM

Does anyone have any recommendations of excellent claypot dishes in the boston area? Thanks in advance!

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    Pegmeister Oct 15, 2007 11:55 AM

    Well, it's not Asian, but Cafe Polonia (Near Andrew T Stop) does a wonderful goulash baked in a clay pot. The bread shell is baked on top of the pot and torn off to use as a bowl. The goulash is quite similar to the beef stew I grew up with.

    1. gini Oct 15, 2007 01:13 PM

      Lucky House Seafood, Taiwan Cafe, MuLan all have interesting claypots.

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        starvinginNH Oct 21, 2007 10:02 PM

        Ditto on the Lucky House Seafood and Taiwan Cafe for good claypot dishes. You can even get frog at Lucky House, but I think Taiwan Cafe has better claypot. Start with seafood or meatball claypots, then later you could try fermented tofu which is acquired taste.

      2. limster Oct 15, 2007 04:01 PM

        The claypot rice dishes at HK Eatery are pretty good.

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          nasilemak Oct 15, 2007 04:13 PM

          Do you have any specific recommended dishes? I usually have a tough time selecting from the menu.

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            limster Oct 15, 2007 04:17 PM

            The claypot rice with eggplant and ground pork is a standby for me. The other usual version I get the one with the different types of Chinese sausages.

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            chezchristine Oct 15, 2007 06:58 PM

            A lot of times claypot rice dishes take awhile to cook because they have to cook the rice from its raw state. Does it take a long time here? My family used to go to a restaurant specializing in claypot rice dishes in LA and we would call ahead so that it was ready when we got there.

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              limster Oct 15, 2007 07:42 PM

              HK Eatery takes about 20mins or so.

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                chezchristine Oct 18, 2007 08:03 PM

                Went there last night and got the Smoked Pork and Chinese Sausage claypot rice. Was decent, but I've had better. The rice at the bottom was slightly burned, and I like the sauce thicker and sweeter. I like a longer grain of rice.

                The black bean spareribs claypot rice I saw another table had seemed too saucy. My impression is that claypot rices usually don't have a thick gloppy sauce to really let the simple ingredients shine through and their flavors permeate the rice.

                Still, I thought overall it was decent and I will be back. I thought the roast pork we ordered was quite good, with crispy skin and most of the fat rendered.

                1. re: chezchristine
                  limster Oct 18, 2007 09:29 PM

                  What I tend to do (which may not be typical or traditional) is that I start stirring the rice up when it gets to the table, then wait a bit for it to crisp up, then stir it up again, to crisp up more rice. That prevents burning and distributes the crispy rice, which I like. Some places would also provide a little of of a thin soy based sauce to mix into the rice, especially for the ones with Chinese sausage but I don't think HK Eatery does that.

          3. digga Oct 15, 2007 04:40 PM

            I love Vietnamese catfish in claypot, but I don't know who does a decent version in town. Does anyone have any experience with this dish in Boston?

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