MEH YOLO lolz So the first restaurant we tried was A-Wah in Chinatown. We found an article about it in the Taste Asia magazine the day before and the Clay Pot Rice looked absolutely un-resistible. So being adventurous as we are, we all meet up in Chinatown to give it a try. While I was waiting for my friends, I bought a drink and waited outside. Then the creepiest thing happened... This random Chinese lady came up to me and started to talk to me. She kept asking me to tutor her sister.... who asks a complete stranger to do that?!?!? O_O I have a problem saying no when I'm in a stressful situation so I ended up giving her my WeChat. Thank God Tina came right after and rescued me. As we left though, the lady kept turning to us and telling me she'll text me in 2 weeks.... I was thoroughly freaked out at that point so we just sped walked to the restaurant (and I deleted and blocked her).
The beef brisket was so good and when it came to us, it was literally still boiling hot. The sauce was extremely flavorful but wasn't overwhelming and the beef was super soft and tender. The turnip was a little funky though. I have never tasted sour turnips in a casserole before and honestly I don't know if I liked it haha. OMGAWD so I finally got to try fried mantous. Ironically even though I am Chinese, it never occurred to me to try this lmao. They were so good >_< The outside was crunchy and the inside was soft and sweet. It was heavenly after being dipped in the condensed milk nomnomonomnom. Tina tried stabbing one with a chopstick and it ended up flying at me....which gave me quite a fright -smh- lolz.
And finally we got to what we came for, the clay pot rice. We ordered the House Special cause the waitress told us it was a must try and it was. =D The waitress brought it to us piping hot right off the fire and it smelled so wholesome as we opened the lid. We poured in a bit of soy sauce and just mixed all the meat into the rice. The rice was amazing. All the juices from the 4 different types of meat covered the grains of rice for some pretty savory flavors. The only mistake we made was to leave the rice in the clay pot for a little too long. The rice left in the pot became way too charred and crispy.
Overall the food was really good. Finding the place was a bit hard though because the entrance was located inside this shady little secret alley haha. I'm glad we found it though mehehe instead of walking into some random place which we almost did.