Chinese Clay Pot Rice Recipe



Before my Mom came to visit, she sent a care package full of foodie goodies, and instructed me to save them for when she comes to visit.

I knew exactly what that meant – Mama’s gonna cook for me! In the package were Chinese Preserved Pork Belly and Chinese Sausage.

Sure enough, Mom announced she was making “Chinese Clay Pot Rice” for dinner the day after she arrived!

Chinese Clay Pot Rice Recipe

Normally, a clay pot is used (duh! hence the name) but since I didn’t have a clay pot (broke mine during the move) – we decided to experiment with making Chinese Clay Pot Rice in the rice cooker (shortcut cheater method) and also on the stovetop in a heavy-bottomed pot (like cast iron or Le Creuset). This type of pot will ensure that the rice cooks evenly and does not burn.

There’s a a fine line between “crispy” and “burnt” rice! If you’re using a clay pot or a pot on a stove, you can get a really nice bottom crust (the best part!) that all the kids fight over.

The homemade Chinese Sweet Soy Sauce that is poured over the rice. Everything is super-easy to cook. The sauce takes 5 minutes to make. The Chinese Pork Belly and Chinese Sausage cook with the rice in the same pot.

Chinese Clay Pot Rice Recipe

The Chinese Cured Pork Belly or “Chinese Style Cured Pork Strips” by Kam Yen Jan is what we used. It’s actually a preserved and cured ingredient (kind of like Chinese version of smoked bacon!) so just like the Chinese sausage, it keeps for several months in the refrigerator (as long as you don’t open the package).

They are both found at Asian markets.


Watch the video to learn how to make Mom’s Chinese Lay Pot Rice Recipe with Sweet Soy Sauce!

Chinese Clay Pot Rice with Sweet Soy Sauce Recipe Video




Chinese Clay Pot Rice Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes
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Recipe from Mama Ruthie! There are 2 versions of this recipe below - one for cooking on the stovetop and one for cooking in the rice cooker. The rice cooker method won't give you the super-coveted crispy burnt rice on the bottom of the pot - but it is definitely much easier to make.

You can find Chinese pork belly and Chinese sausage at the Asian market - they last for a long time! Buy a couple of packages and keep in the refrigerator. The Chinese rice wine is cooking wine made from rice. Substitute with dry sherry.


2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 shallots, thinly sliced
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Chinese cooking rice wine
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 package Chinese sausage
1 package Chinese cured pork belly 
2 cups long-grain raw rice (I like jasmine rice)


1. Make the Sweet Soy Sauce:
Heat a small sauce pot over medium heat with cooking oil. When hot, add in the shallot and the ginger and fry until browned but not burnt, approximately 3-5 minutes. The shallots should be shriveled, darker brown (just not black). Remove the shallots and ginger (as much as you can). The remaining oil will now be flavorful. Don't throw away the crispy shallots! Use this as a topping for salad, fried rice, vegetables, etc. The ginger can be discarded.

To the oil, add in the sugar, soy sauce and rice wine. Bring to a simmer and then turn the heat to low. Let simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off heat and pour in the sesame oil. Let cool completely before storing in a jar. Lasts up to 4 months in refrigerator.

2. Make the Clay Pot Rice

Place the rice in the rice cooker pot. Fill pot halfway with water and use your hands to swish the rice. Carefully pour out the water. Repeat 2-3 more times until the water is just barely cloudy. Pour in water until it reaches your knuckle. Use this Chinese method to measure water. Lay in the Chinese sausage and pork belly strips. Set rice cooker to cook. When cooking complete, remove pork belly and Chinese sausage and slice thinly on the diagonal. Serve with rice Sweet Soy Sauce drizzled on top.

To the pot (preferably clay, cast iron, enameled cast iron or some kind of heavy-bottomed pot), add in the pork belly and Chinese sausage. Turn the heat to medium-high. As the pot heats up, the pork and sausage will slowly begin to release its fats (yum!). Cook for 2 minutes, then flip the pork and sausage and cook the other side. Remove the pork and sausage to a plate. You should have about a tablespoon of delicious fat in your pot! Add in your raw rice to the pot (still on medium-high heat) gently stir the raw rice in the fat for 30 seconds until coated. Pour in 3 cups of water and snuggle in the pork belly and sausage in the rice. Bring to a low boil. Turn heat to low and immediately cover. Cook for 12 minutes. When done cooking, pork belly and Chinese sausage and slice thinly on the diagonal. Serve with rice and Sweet Soy Sauce drizzled on top.


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Comments 22

  1. David

    Awesome recipe. Just curious, isn’t short grain or glutinous rice usually preferred for this dish?

  2. Christine

    My Korean housekeeper tried to teach me to cook those dishes I loved, and she always used the swish, rinse, water to the knuckle method. But I never knew exactly WHICH knuckle she meant. Never got it right, myself. So, which knuckle do YOU use?

    1. Joanne

      You measure up to the first knuckle on the index finger. So wash your rice, stick your index finger in the water, just touch the rice. The water should reach the first knuckle, otherwise it’s one inch depth of water to whatever amount of rice you use.

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  4. harrisonh

    Thanks Jaden, this was one I was dying for. Glad you and the family are getting to spend time with PoPo

  5. K.C. Chai


    Question: as you mention that your parents live in Vegas, and your mom mailed you the hard to find ingredients, and I live in Vegas, where did your mom buy the preserved pork belly? I looked a couple of days ago at 99 Ranch in Chinatown and the Philippino fish market near UNLV, and while both stores carry a variety of Chinese sausages, neither have the pork belly. I did find cured and smoked ham, Chinese style. Can you recommend the store your mom buys these products at? There is at least one other international market I know of at Tropicana and Decatur. Can you help?

  6. Betty Ann @Mango_Queen

    This was how I learned to cook rice when I was a little girl, pre-rice cookers. I can just smell the aroma from the entire combination you described. I’d love to recreate this at home. Any suggestions for good brands of cured pork belly and where to find it? Thanks for sharing this recipe, Jaden . Enjoy your mom’s visit!

  7. Jenn

    Yum! I love claypot rice but I also don’t have a claypot. I’ve made a version in the rice cooker but I miss that smoky flavour from the clay pot. I keep my (opened or closed packages of) lap cheong and cured pork belly in the freezer and just take out whatever I need – I’ve had lots of luck with storing it that way for many, many months. Thanks for the instructions on cooking it in a pot to get those crispy rice bits! Does your mom ever do a Cantonese-style version with chicken and black mushrooms? That would be an awesome future post 🙂

  8. Catherine

    Wow, that’s a lot of preserved meat for 2 cups of rice! The whole packages of both? I mean, I love lap yuk and lap cheong as much as the average Cantonese omnivore, but that really seems like a skewed ratio of meat to rice, even with veggies on the side.

  9. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan

    I burn rice too many times! Think I need a clay pot!
    This is one awesome recipe!

  10. Marilyn Jacobs

    Just tried this in rice cooker and loved it. I used jasmine rice too but wonder how it would be with short grain too. Will try it next time and post here.

    I used whole package of pork strips but just 3 or 4 sausages because it seemed like a lot.

    Enjoyed the sauce drizzled over it too.

    Thanks for sharing.

  11. Bill Ethan

    I,ve never tasted a Chinese clay pot rice before, but the pictures looks tasty and i really wish i can cook this meal myself, well the next time i visit a chinese restaurant i know what to ask for. Thanks

  12. Yinn

    Hi Jaden,
    May I know what brand and grade Soy Sauce u used? I followed your recipe for the sweet sauce and it was too salty. So I tried again and this time, I used a gourmet superior soy sauce and tweaked to 1/2 cup. Even then, the sauce was too salty and I had to adjust it with more brown sugar.

  13. Safecook

    Delicious! I prepared it in my pure clay pot and turned out exceptional good. I always use my pure clay pot for cooking almost any recipes. It cooks the food evenly and blends all the flavors and tastes soo good. I got mine from (online). I would say the best website that teaches the art of clay cooking

  14. Sharon

    I tried this recipe today. Perfect from the rice to the sweet soya sauce. Thank you for sharing.

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  15. Arisia

    You can find the sausage at the SF Supermarket (Shun Fat) on Spring Mtn Rd and Decatur (where Lucky’s used to be). Go up the refrigerator aisle, and the sausages are against the back wall.

  16. Clare Honn

    Sooo… I accidentally ate one of these sausages BEFORE cooking it. What’s the likelihood I will get sick?

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