Sunday, April 11, 2010

Claypot King, Glen Waverley

Brrr... how cold has it gotten lately? Today is the first day of the year we have officially turned the heater on. I had grand plans to go walking around Albert Park today, but the cold, the wind and the rain had other ideas. Instead, we went shopping and then went in search of some warming food.

Claypot King
72 Kingsway
Glen Waverley
(03) 9561-8884

Claypot King is near the Village cinema on Kingsway in Glenny, and Su recommended it, having been there a few times before. I was up for anything as warming as a claypot! I was impressed by the menu, as it had a lot more than the usual claypots and fried noodle dishes that I expected. They had heaps of herbal soups and other invigorating dishes.

Out of the 3 of us, Sandra was the only one who got an actual claypot - beef in pepper sauce.

Beef in Pepper Sauce Claypot Rice - $11.50

The sauce had a good spiciness to it, and the beef was tender. The only problem with the dish is that it was huge! It could have easily fed 2 people.

Su and I stuck to the soups. Su's fishhead noodle soup (how Malaysian can you get!) had a thick, white broth. It looked to me like tonkotsu ramen, but was very fishy and not oily.
Fishhead Noodle Soup - $10.50

I chose herbal duck soup, partly because I love herbal soup, partly because it's hard to find. Check out the pools of melted fat on top. Delicious. Apparently a bit of melted poultry fat (chicken, duck, goose, whatever), is very good when you've got a cold. Explains why chicken soup is so popular in winter!

Herbal Duck Drumstick Noodle Soup - $10.80

Apart from the duck drumstick, the soup had very fine white noodles, some greens, coriander, and a bunch of awesome Chinesey herby things.

I have no idea what any of that is called, but they're all edible and I'm sure they all aid vitality and chi, and are possibly aphrodisiacs, haha. (Don't all Chinese herbs do that?) I'm not a big fan of the big grape-looking thing, but I enjoy the rest. I didn't get a photo of them, but there were also slices of a yam/taro-type thing inside.

Su told us we had to order the butter-fried chicken wings, and who was I to refuse?
Fried butter chicken wings - $6.00

I love the Chinese style of fried food that includes fried oats as well. In the past, I've had them on prawns and on boneless chicken too. Fabulous. The oats blanketing the wings were garlicky and crunchy.
Mmm... crispy. Ands yes, I have freaky short Megan Fox-style thumbs.

Claypot King was great! I'm sure I'll be heading back next time I'm down in Glenny.

3 comments:

Mark @ Cafe Campana said...

Great looking meal. The fried chicken looks good too, not too greasy.

Claypot King must be a popular name as Helen from Grab Your Fork posted about one on Swanson St last week.

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

That's making me crave chicken soup! It's definitely starting to get colder here. That fried chicken looks rather amazing :)

thanh7580 said...

Their claypot rice aren't as nice as "First Taste" in Box Hill or Springvale. The claypots they use doesn't seem to heat up the rice very well so you get that nice burnt crispy taste. Also, I've tried 5 different types of claypot and didn't like any of the toppings.

I have to say that the fried chicken does look good. Might give that a try next time rather than the claypots.