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This week, our foodie friend Chef Tony Yeoh continues his guide to good eats in the Jalan Besar area with a popular Chinese-style curry rice restaurant. If you haven’t already, you must try the Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice, which as it often happens in Singapore, isn’t actually at Beach Road! Everything is done assembly-line style – you approach the food counter, peer at the shelves of mouth-watering cooked dishes and start picking whatever you want to go on top of your mountain of white rice.
What you end up with is a huge sloppy mess that doesn’t look pretty, but tastes just beautiful! So the way it goes, choose what you like to go with your rice: deep fried breaded chicken chop or pork chop, soya sauce chicken, curry chicken, kong bak (fatty pork belly stewed in soy sauce), fried egg (hor bao dan), fried fish cake, whole fried fish, the list goes on…
Once you’re done choosing your dishes, everything gets cut up into smaller pieces with scissors, stewed cabbage in soya sauce gets added on the side and then at end of the assembly line is a big pot of curry gravy, which gets ladled on top of your entire plate of food.
Everything becomes one homogenous, sloppy curry mixture. The curry is not too lemak or creamy, it’s a little starchy, with a hint of spice but not too spicy. This mild curry is far from boring though and ultimately, it really is the delicious glue that holds all dishes together on your plate.
With every bite you eat, you get a distinct taste of the curry and a little of everything else and that’s what Hainanese Curry Rice is all about. It’s quick, it’s dirty, it’s down-to-earth, local fast-food.
This place is always packed at lunch, but the great thing is, it’s open practically all day, from lunch through to late night supper! But if you want to beat the crowds, go between 2-5pm – you’ll still get plenty to choose from.
Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice (Jalan Besar)
229 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208905
Open Monday – Saturday: 11am – 3.30am