20 Aug2013


I am really enamored with my Chinese clay pots of late. They have an oddly intense heat for a clay based medium, and it cooks/steams dishes at great speed. Easier to use on conventional gas burners than say a palayok, these cheap, simple vessels are proving to be quite useful in recent experiments. It was 1130 am or so, and I realized I had nothing cooked or cooking for my lunch at the office. So I foraged around the kitchen and found a freshly roasted chicken, and some roasted chicken broth gurgling away in a large stockpot. Into the chinese clay pot went a tablespoon of lard, heat turned up high, then half a white onion, sliced and a tablespoon of minced ginger. I sauteed this for about a minute, then added about 3/4 cup of arborio rice which I had lying around for a paella-ish experiment. Next I added nearly two cups of roasted chicken broth, a touch of kikkoman soy sauce and some cracked black pepper. I laid two pieces of roasted chicken over the top and covered the pot.


I let this simmer for what seemed like just 15 minutes, adding a touch more broth along the way, and ended up with a perfectly scrumptious meal for two. The rice was nicely flavored, the chicken was tasty and tender (having been both roasted then steamed) and it was all made in a single pot. The rice looks a bit dry in the photo but it was actually rather moist when you stirred it all up. Arborio has a tendency to suck up all the fluids so just adjust your amount of liquids when using this or other types of rice. You could easily do an adobo variation of this dish, topping it with good pork adobo or even a saucy paksiw na lechon (using a pork or lechon broth for the latter two). :)



  1. pits, manila says:

    great vessel, MM! content looks delicious too. some intentionally make the bottom ‘crusty’.

    Aug 20, 2013 | 9:20 am


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  3. Betchay says:

    I am really liking your clay pot series. The question now is where to get a really good Chinese claypot. I don’t think the claypots available at department stores or even the ones at Japan Home Center/Saizen/everything P88 will do justice to these experiments :(
    In this weather,I am dreaming of a very good Japanese Ramen with a perfectly cooked soft boiled egg in a claypot!
    Let us all pray for the victims of typhoons Labuyo and Maring.Stay safe everyone!

    Aug 20, 2013 | 9:28 am

  4. ami says:

    MM’s version of chicken rice. Looks very good.

    Stay safe everybody!

    Aug 20, 2013 | 10:48 am

  5. T says:

    Happy birthday MM! If the old saying is true that rains are a blessing, you must be having buckets and truckloads of blessings for the coming year!

    Aug 20, 2013 | 11:32 am

  6. Marketman says:

    T, I certainly hope that’s true… and while we have a few leaks in our roof, our ceiling is buckling, our walls are damp and yard is threatening to spill into the living room, we are far drier than a lot of Manila residents right now… so I would have to deflect those blessings to folks who need it more right now. I hope all mm readers, their families and friends remain safe and dry…

    Aug 20, 2013 | 11:51 am

  7. Joan says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday Marketman! May the gods of bounty bestow abundance on you until there is no more room in your claypots and market baskets…Cheers!

    Aug 20, 2013 | 12:32 pm

  8. Didi says:

    Happy birthday MM!

    Aug 20, 2013 | 2:15 pm

  9. linda says:

    A very Happy Birthday, MM! Have a wonderful day!
    I thought your bday was on the 22nd, 20th ba?

    Aug 20, 2013 | 3:49 pm

  10. tpcc says:

    Happy birthday marketman! Thank you for the rainy day inspiration . May we know where you purchased your clay pots ?

    Aug 20, 2013 | 4:16 pm

  11. Lei says:

    Happy Birthday MM!!
    Keep safe Philippines!

    Aug 20, 2013 | 5:00 pm

  12. Teth says:

    Happy birthday, MM

    Aug 20, 2013 | 6:02 pm

  13. MP says:

    Happy birthday MM.. May you celebrate more happy birthdays with your family…

    Aug 20, 2013 | 6:40 pm

  14. Betchay says:

    May you have many more birthdays to come! Wishing you all the best!

    Aug 20, 2013 | 7:12 pm

  15. jaz says:

    Happy Birthday MM! If indeed rains on one’s birthday mean blessings for the coming years, then you must be truly blessed.
    On the other hand, I pray for all the victims of typhoon Maring. May they continue to have faith in the Lord amidst trials.

    Aug 20, 2013 | 7:36 pm

  16. kristin says:

    Happy Birthday MM! all the best to you and the family…

    Aug 20, 2013 | 7:56 pm

  17. Roderick says:

    Happy Birthday MM… Beers…

    Can you please inform us where can we find a good claypot here in Manila.

    More power…

    Aug 20, 2013 | 8:13 pm

  18. Jessie says:

    All the best to you on your birthday. Happy Birthday, MarketMan!

    Aug 20, 2013 | 9:13 pm

  19. Marketman says:

    Hi Roderick et al, the claypots can be purchased at Sin Kian Heng in Quiapo, or sometimes at Landmark Dept stores (housewares floor). I bought these in Whitegold warehouse in Cebu. I have also purchased similar pots in Hong Kong cooking stores.

    Aug 20, 2013 | 9:21 pm

  20. Maricar says:

    Have a wonderful birthday!

    Aug 20, 2013 | 9:40 pm

  21. Footloose says:

    The haters will now put you down as too down-to-earth.
    Tsk, never a happy a medium.
    Who said age quashes out spirit for adventure?

    Aug 21, 2013 | 1:33 am

  22. natie says:

    A Happy, happy birthday, MM!!! Stay indoors and COOK!!!!

    Aug 21, 2013 | 4:16 am

  23. ConnieC says:

    I wish you the sunshine these wet days and more claypot cooking days ahead !

    Just make sure they are not lead glazed claypots…a concern I have when I have the urge to buy those inexpensive glazed clay pots ( made in China or Japan) my sister loves to cook rice in. I get the feeling some unsafe goods, hopefully unfounded, flood markets where there are no regulatory oversight ensuring consumer safety.

    Aug 21, 2013 | 7:10 am

  24. Gia Mayol says:

    Happy birthday, MM!

    Aug 21, 2013 | 8:06 am

  25. Meg Mationg says:

    Happy happy birthday MM :-)

    Aug 21, 2013 | 10:03 am

  26. ECC says:

    Happy Birthday, MM (it is still August 20th in the US)!

    Aug 21, 2013 | 10:39 am

  27. Dragon says:

    Birthday wishes to you MM!

    Aug 21, 2013 | 12:38 pm

  28. bluegirl says:

    Belated Happy Birthday MM!

    Aug 21, 2013 | 12:48 pm

  29. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    Happy Birthday MM!!

    Aug 21, 2013 | 2:10 pm

  30. marilen says:

    Happy birthday, MM!! Your current ‘experimentation’ with clay pot cookery – mirrored in BonAppetit September issue – best 2013 restaurants – ‘Fat Rice’ Chicago, Illinois. Namit!!

    (Hope the torrential rains are over. Heart weeping at the devastation)

    Aug 21, 2013 | 10:34 pm

  31. sophie says:

    Happy happy happy Birthday, MM!
    Loads of blessings to you and to your family.

    Aug 21, 2013 | 11:12 pm

  32. Dogbone says:

    Happy Birthday MM! Your blog always gets my stomach going and your rants always make my day! Here’s to many more dishes and years to come! *raises shot glass!

    Aug 22, 2013 | 11:50 am

  33. Cynthia says:

    Hi MM! Do you use these pots directly on stove top?
    Happy Birthday!

    Aug 22, 2013 | 12:56 pm

  34. Marketman says:

    Cynthia, yes, straight onto gas flames. Thanks everyone for all those kind birthday wishes… I was kind of hoping the day would slip by quietly… :)

    Aug 22, 2013 | 4:10 pm

  35. Eva Mondragon says:

    Dear MM,

    I just found your very fine blog. Please count me as your new fan.

    I will now start reading your articles.

    Oh, and I hope you had a wonderful birthday!


    Aug 23, 2013 | 4:10 am

  36. GerryT says:

    Happy Bday MM!

    Aug 24, 2013 | 1:16 pm

  37. GerryT says:

    Aug 24, 2013 | 1:16 pm

  38. boyet says:

    happy b day MM ! i like your recipe

    Aug 24, 2013 | 5:42 pm

  39. EJ says:

    Belated happy birthday, MM!

    Aug 24, 2013 | 6:51 pm

  40. odessa says:

    Belated Happy bday MM! sori for this late greetings.. i missed ur post. been offline last week due to habagat at maring. As usual, our neighborhood was flooded but thank God it was just waist deep unlike the Habagat last year. we’re ok now. Hubby and I made additional hanging cabinets mounted on the walls of our 2nd floor so there’ll be little things as much as possible left on d 1st floor. Stay healthy and Happy MM and readers…:)

    Aug 27, 2013 | 6:15 pm

  41. udo gangl says:

    happy birthday to you 2 – even a bit late
    wished from lion to lion on nearly the same day *g


    Aug 29, 2013 | 5:19 pm


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