Claypot Chicken rice is something I particularly adore as a hawker dish. Today, let’s check out Happy snacks claypot rice, one such Claypot rice store located at the Bukit Merah southern region of Singapore.

Tucked at one end of the NEA hawker center in Bukit Merah View block 115, you may know it as the notorious market which was one of Singapore first large COVID-19 clusters in Singapore. But don’t let that deter you. Things are all good currently here.

Happy snacks claypot rice Store front at Bukit Merah view hawker center
Happy snacks claypot rice Store front at Bukit Merah view hawker center.

At its heart, Happy snacks claypot rice is a cooked food store. Interesting items includes their Claypot red wine chicken stew dish ($3.50). It is a warm hearty meat meal which is great on a cold day. Additionally, you get your Red wine served with small chunks of boneless chicken in rather flavourful wine-enriched broth.

Red wine chicken stew dish ($3.50), best paired with Rice
Red wine chicken stew dish ($3.50), best paired with Rice.

Also, it is reddish in colour presumably from the Chinese wine used for the dish. Also and alternative is their Claypot Sesame oil chicken. For $3.50 for the dish. It is cooked in a brown broth which is less soupy than the red wine and best paired with a bowl of rice.

Sesame chicken stew , one of my few favorite dishes and is not boneless
Sesame chicken stew , one of my few favorite dishes and is not boneless.

Try their Claypot chicken rice

Moreover, the highlight is the chicken claypot rice. It is a staple and signature dish of the store. Your rice dish is served in a steaming out claypot with plain white rice infused with black sauce. You are advised to immediately start mixing your after serving. Also so as to prevent the rice from sticking to the claypot walls. Also, your dish is served with large chunky chicken meat which is all boneless (a plus). Minor condiments include sliced Taiwanese sausages and oriental mushrooms. You can taste a small hint of salted fish buried in the rice.

Happy snacks claypot rice Staple claypot chicken rice with boneless chicken, sausages and chinese mushrooms. Available in 4 sizes starting at $5.50
Staple claypot chicken rice with boneless chicken, sausages and Chinese mushrooms. Available in 4 sizes starting at $5.50.

Furthermore, your Claypot rice is available in 4 sizes, starting from $5.50, $8 $10 and $12 for the largest. The $5.50 portion is great for lunches and dinners for most people. I would recommend the still-value $8 is for those who are really hungry.

Also, their smallest bowl or even their next up $8 is comparable to the claypot rice we had at YMCA Stevens in terms of quality, with the YMCA one costing from $15 per bowl. Notably, we previously found similar little gems such as the Fuxiang claypot and the now defunct Redhill Market Hong Kong Clay pot offering a similar proposition, but not at the price point here at Happy Snacks claypot.

More than a claypot store

In addition, the store also sells a selection of bowled herbal soups, with 6 choices to choose from. A bowl of steamed rice costs an additional 50 cents while healthier bowl rice costs 80 cents a pop. Also, other interesting soups includes pig stomach soup ($4.50) and pig tail soup ($4.50).

Happy snacks claypot rice other menu items does offer a rather hearty meal offering, especially when mixing and matching for dinner
Happy snacks claypot rice other menu items does offer a rather hearty meal offering, especially when mixing and matching for dinner.

Also, interestingly on their menu is pan fried fish. This costs $10 a pop, and is incredible value for what you get. Though a rather oddity for a claypot rice store is encroaching more into the Chinese Zhi-char offerings. Also, your fish is garnished with generous servings of fried shallots, parsley and chillies.

Happy snacks claypot rice pan fried fish ($10)
Pan fried fish ($10).

I found the various quirky dish offering at Happy snacks claypot does makes for a rather great full hearty meal, all from a single Chinese store itself. I would recommend additional sides of vegetables. It costs an affordable $3. In contrast, typical zhi-char vegetables starts upwards of at least $9 for the smallest plate.

$3 vegetables are a great budget-friendly side to go with your claypot meals
$3 vegetables are a great budget-friendly side to go with your claypot meals.

All in all, Happy Snacks Claypot Rice offers a rather quirky, yet wholesomely complete hawker dining from one shop with a great budget-friendly price to boot. Their must-try item would be their really affordable Chicken claypot rice, and their best offerings here at Bukit Merah.

Verdict:

Must Go! | Actually pretty Good | Worth Trying | Shortlist Optionally | Should Avoid

Happy Snacks Claypot Rice Locality Map

Unit #01-32
Blk 115 Bukit Merah View Hawker center,
Singapore 151115,
Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm (Or while stocks last)
Closed on Fridays.

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