Media Tasting at House of Happiness
There are many Claypot stalls disappearing as not everyone can wait for a good 30 minutes for a Claypot Rice dish. William Liou, the talent behind Mr Lor Bak together with his business partner Marvas Huang, has come up with ways to reduce the cooking time for claypot rice. That’s based on what they’ve learn from the fine-dining restaurants. In addition, you can also expect healthier claypot rice cooked using par-boiling technique. Whereby the rice is pre-cooked and left to cool and rinsed to wash away any additional starch, keeping more complex and intense flavours.
House of Happiness is a new concept by Mr Lor Bak. Be it the traditional or new versions of claypot rice like 16 hours slowly cooked teriyaki pork jowl, and onsen egg with ikura and tobiko, House of Happiness got you covered.
Slow-cooked pork trotter for 12 hours, what you get is soft meat and all gelatinous and sticky and melt-in-your-mouth. For someone who seldom eats pork trotter cause of diet, I really like it. Diet later when it comes to good food.
12 hours slow braised pork trotter at S$8.
Topped with onsen egg and Shanghai green and not forgetting the Signature Lorbak braised in a stock of more than 15 herbs and spices. The lor bak has a good proportion of lean meat and fats and well-steeped in an intensely flavourful sauce that makes you crave for more. Best paired with their homemade chilli sauce.
Lorbak with assorted mushrooms, onsen egg and Shanghai green at S$7 (single), S$13 (for two).
A reinvention of claypot rice with Japanese ingredients including ikura and tobiko. Soaked in the nicely charred claypot rice and crunch from ikura and assorted tobiko.
Onsen egg, Ikura and tobiko at S$11.
If you think House of Happiness is all about meat? You are wrong, William has also come up with assorted mushrooms with Shanghai green whereby the vegetarians also get to enjoy the goodness of savoury charred rice with healthy greens and assorted mushrooms.
Assorted mushrooms and Shanghai green at S$7.
When it comes to luncheon fries, I can’t help but think a pint of icy cold beer to perfect this experience!
Luncheon fries at S$4.
A cosy corner at Simpang Bedok to enjoy a claypot rice filled with charred rice and delicious lor bak or simply the ala carte pork trotters. No fanciful deco or air conditioning but full of sincerity from the Chefs preparing each individual claypot. However, I do hope for the best of both worlds whereby we could add assorted mushrooms to lor bak claypot rice. That would be my perfect meal.
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