Claypot King, Glen Waverley4/11/2010 07:04:00 PM
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 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.