Video: The Clay Pot Rice King of Chinatown

Editor's Note: Welcome to a new episode of 1 Minute Meal, a series of video snapshots documenting the places, people, and foods that make New York a vibrant food community.


Clay pot rice, listed on the menu as "Rice Casserole," at A-Wah in Chinatown. [Photograph: James Boo]

When Delong Chang, a longtime cook in Chinatown, opened A-Wah, he decided to focus on bo zai fan, a dish that was popular where he grew up in southern China. Preparing this comfort dish (listed on the menu as "rice casserole" and typically called "clay pot rice" in English) involves cooking rice in clay pots until the edges are slightly crusty—and in this episode of 1 Minute Meal, Chang explains how the experience of opening that lid should feel. Watch the video below and pay a visit to the restaurant, or its new second location at 48B Bowery.

Previously on 1 Minute Meal

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Doughnuts and Coffee for Past and Present »
Life of a Slice Man and Sal and Carmine »
A Different Kind of Factory at Jomart Chocolates »
Appraising the Perfect Muffin at Blue Sky Bakery »
A League of Tortas at Tortas Neza in Corona »
One More Pupusa at El Olomega in Red Hook »
Lechonera La Piraña in Mott Haven »
The Arepa Lady of Jackson Heights »
The Indonesian Food Bazaar in Astoria, Queens »
The Lemon Ice King of Corona, a Queens Classic »
A Day in the Life of The Baoery, a Pop-Up Restaurant »
Khachapuri, a Georgian Bread Baked into South Brooklyn »
David's Brisket House, the Jewish Deli Run by Muslims in Brooklyn »

About the videographer: James Boo has been a Serious Eats contributor since 2010. Working as a freelance journalist, he is also the founder of Real Cheap Eats and a documentarian. Check out his food-and-travel blog, The Eaten Path, for more journeys to the real meal.