Best Chinese clay pot chicken / rice
I am craving the crispy rice at the bottom of the pot. Can anyone help?
The chef at Amigo used to be well known for Claypot Rice. I think they still have it on the menue.
I had to pick up Mrs. Porker and MIL Porker last night downtown. MIL wanted to hit up Beijing, so Beijing it was.
Mrs. Porker, an avid Chowhound lurker, asked our waiter George about "clay pot chicken&rice"
"Ahhh, yes, claypot, winter dish. Take half hour" and points to the Chinese listings along the wall, "which one you want? sparerib with blackbean, 5 kind BBQ, chicken and mushroom?"
He mentioned a couple of others which I don't remember as I lost him at 'chick & mushroom'...
3/4 liter wine later, the claypot arrives, delivered by Johnny. "Ahhhh, so YOU'RE the ones who order claypot. Chef say no, but George insisted on making it..."
I turn my head to get a better look at the Chinese menu on the wall and notice that the prices are removed. This means the dish is not available. They made it for us anyway (perhaps because we're regulars?).
Turns out the chef is
1. Newish and not the older guy who was really comfortable making the dish.
2. Quite busy and since the dish is somewhat timeconsuming, slightly errked to make it.
Bone-in chicken pieces with chunks of Chinese mushroom and super fine threads of ginger.
I don't have any experience with this dish, so can't compare it to others. I will say it is a subtle dish that grows on you. A background hint from the ginger and flavorings of the chicken and mushroom. They serve it with a side of thickish soy-based sauce laced with sesame oil ("use more if you want more color") as well as a small plate of steamed baby chinese brocoli.
I'll try the other types next time around.
I don't know why its described as a "winter dish", but still isn't quite available (seems quite wintry these days).
So perhaps ask real nice and tip well and maybe they'll cook up a pot for you. Johnny suggests pouring hot water into the near-empty pot to soften and free-up the crispy, stuck rice - turn it into a rice soup.
$13.95. This for the "small" which we had. Don't know size or cost of larger order.
Other claypots same price except for duck: $2 more.
New info: they only serve claypots on weekdays (Monday to Thursday, unclear on Friday), not on weekends.
No prices on menu yesterday " 'cause too lazy, forgot"
Maison Kam Fung on st Urbain makes it well. I usually will order this with my advance reservation to not have to take up my waiter's station too much, 0r I leave a doub;e tip.