On our Temple Street Night Foodie Tour, our Foodie Guides might have recommended you several places in the neighborhood for some delicious claypot rice. Very often, these eateries have long queues, especially in the winter. With our recipe below, you can now try to make it at home!

Cook Time: 30 minutes
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Serves two people


1 cup Rice
3/4 cup Water (use a full cup of water if your claypot rice doesn’t use spare ribs or any meat with marinade)
150 gram Spare ribs
1 piece Pork Chinese sausage (diced)
1 piece Liver Chinese sausage (diced)

Marinade for spare ribs:
1 tablespoon Light soy sauce
1 tablespoon Oil
1/2 teaspoon Corn starch
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/3 teaspoon Sugar

Black bean sauce:
1 tablespoon Fermented black beans
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 piece Chili (seeds removed if you prefer less hot), sliced
1/2 teaspoon Sugar
1.5 tablespoon Water
Sweet soy sauce (optional for using meats without marinade): 
3 tablespoons Light soy sauce
2 tablespoons Sugar

1. Marinate the spare ribs.
2. Rinse the black beans to clean out the dirt. Mince the black beans together with the garlic using the back of the handle of a knife. Add sugar and water to the mixture.
3. Mix the black bean sauce with the spare ribs just before you start to cook the rice.
4. Add rice and water to a small claypot or cast iron pot and cook on medium heat with lid on. (Best to use a gas stove instead of an electric stove.)
5. After cooking for about 3 minutes or when the rice becomes bubbly, stir it and make sure the rice is not sticking to the bottom of the pot.
6. Add the spare ribs and the diced Chinese sausages on top and cover the pot.
7. After 1 minute, turn the heat down to low and cook for 10-12 more minutes.
8. Turn off the stove, let it sit for 8 more minutes without taking off the lid.
9. Depending on the pot you use, if the rice in the bottom of the pot has not yet become crispy and you want to get the crispy rice, turn the heat back up on low for 2-3 extra minutes.
10. Top the spare ribs with the pieces of chili. Serve the claypot rice hot. If you use other meats with less flavorful marinade, feel free to add in the sweet soy sauce.