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Singapore - A rare taste of Hainanese cooking at Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice (剪刀剪咖哩飯)


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Singapore - A rare taste of Hainanese cooking at Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice (剪刀剪咖哩飯)

klyeoh | Sep 9, 2013 11:31 AM

This gritty little stall on Jalan Besar does astoundingly bustling business - offering the hard-to-find Hainanese-style curry rice: a rich, filling plate lunch where steamed rice would be heaped with, usually Hainanese pork chop (flat pork fillets, battered and deep-fried, almost like a Chinese schnitzel), soy-braised pork belly strips, fried egg, and stewed cabbage. The whole concoction would then be slathered with gooey, slimy Hainanese-style chicken curry *and* a dark, salty-sweet, meaty soy-sauce gravy.

The server here snips the Hainanese pork schnitzel into small strips using a pair of scissors, hence giving the stall its "Scissor-cut" moniker.

My fave spot for Hainanese curry rice was the one near the now-demolished block of shophouses near Blanco Court. It also calls itself Beach Road Curry Rice - originating from the time when it operated within the old wet market on Beach Road back in the 1960s/70s. Its renditions seemed tastier, whether the curry or the soy-braised gravy.

Anyway, this Jalan Besar spot is a must-not-miss if one is looking for a taste of traditional Hainanese curry. Just queue up at the servig counter and choose from a variety of cooked items displayed there: fish cakes, curried chicken wings, 5-spiced meat rolls, fried eggs, etc.

*Everything* will be absolutely coated by generous lashings of the sticky, gooey curry sauce and soy gravy. The messy pile of food tasted much better than it looked. I also had a 5-spiced minced pork roll (wrapped in beancurd skin) and couple of crisp-battered prawn fritters to add to my order - sinfully tasty! :-D

Address details
Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice (剪刀剪咖哩飯)
229 Jalan Besar
Singapore 208905

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