Located not too far from Ming's Steamboat, Sand Pot Restaurant, as its name suggests, serves up a good range of clay pot style dishes. The restaurant's name is an alternative way of describing the vessels most of their dishes are served in. Two types of dishes form the key part of the restaurant's menu - the large-sized Sand Pot dishes which are ideal for sharing and the smaller Steam Pot dishes.
All the Sand Pot dishes offered feature your choice of ingredient cooked with kelp, tofu skin, tofu, shiitake mushrooms, enoki mushrooms, quail eggs and bok choy in a potato noodle soup. We chose the Meatballs Sand Pot which featured juicy meatballs of a generous size. The meatballs had a delightful flavour similar to Chinese five spice powder. The dish had a good amount of what seemed like handmade noodles, which had a chewy texture, and a scattering of roasted peanuts to add some crunch. Take care when drinking the broth as it packs a potent spicy punch.
Meatballs Sand Pot (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While the pieces of chicken in their Braised Chicken with Noodles were still on the bone, the meat was tender enough to be easily eaten off them. The plainer taste of the potatoes was a good foil to the spicy chicken and the same handmade noodles that featured in their Sand Pot dishes tied everything together. To best enjoy the dish, mix all the ingredients up to spread the flavour of the sauce throughout the dish.
Braised Chicken with Noodles (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For those who don't have the appetite to eat the Sand Pot dishes, the Steam Pot dishes are the ideal size for one. We chose the Fried Pork Steam Pot and Chicken Steam Pot. Both had succulent meat, with the chicken having a softer texture than the fried pork. The spiciness of the sauce in both dishes should be mild enough for most tastes. The Chicken Steam Pot notably had a hint of gingery taste to it.
Fried Pork Steam Pot (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Chicken Steam Pot (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
In addition to the usual steamed rice, the restaurant also offers Steamed Bun, Twisted Rolls and Chinese Baked Rolls to accompany your meal. We chose the Chinese Baked Roll, which had a delightful charred flavour. The crisp exterior of the roll contrasted well with the interior. The porous texture of the roll made it great for soaking up the sauce of their Sand Pot and Steam Pot dishes.
Chinese Baked Roll (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The restaurant had a clean look with some paintings on the walls and tables spaced a good distance from each other. Parking spaces are available on the street where the restaurant is located.