Singapore is home to a vast array of culinary works of art but one that is perhaps the least visually artistic would be Hainanese Curry Rice. Nonetheless, this is comfort food at its finest—simple rice and fried ingredients with a gooey and flavoursome curry sauce explicitly doused over top to bind everything together.
When you are looking for legendary Hainanese-style curry rice in Singapore, be it for a workday lunch or as a post-tipple snack, there is no better place to go than Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice.
It’s rustic, messy but absolutely delicious.
The longstanding restaurant is nestled in an old shophouse, and remains open air and laid back just like the good old days. The food is all placed into a cabinet at the front of the restaurant with all sorts of random fried and braised Chinese meats and vegetables all prepared and waiting to be ordered.
You begin by letting the cook know how many plates of rice you require, to which you may proceed to select your ingredients from behind a glass cabinet. Once you have made your choice, everything is placed with swiftest scissor hands you will ever see, with your ingredients cut up into bite-sized portions.
We got a plate with the classic Hainanese fried pork chop, braised pork belly, and a fried egg and another of the same but with stewed cabbage instead of braised pork belly. In total, it only cost us S$7.10 for 2 massive plates which is pretty affordable.
As soon as everything was scissored up, and messily spread over the top of our plates, a generous ladle of Hainanese curry sauce was poured sloppily over top, completely submerging the rice and everything else.
The beauty is in mixing everything together and having the various sauces intermingle. Who would have imagined that the combination of the dark braising sauce, Hainanese curry and egg yolk could work so wonderfully together?
Overall, the food here is unbeatable on so many levels. Granted that the thick sauce masked most of the taste, it was still possible for us to pick up traces of the individual flavours. The pork chop managed to remain crunchy yet tender in the middle, which was definitely a major plus.
This is real-deal rustic Hainanese fare and although it may never win a beauty contest in its lifetime, there is no doubt that fans of curry rice will keep coming back here for more.
Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice
229 Jalan Besar
Tel: +65 9826 1464
Daily: 11.30am – 3.30am
Nearest Station: Farrer Park