Talk about the best Best Hainanese Curry Rice in Singapore, and foodies would most likely direct you to Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice at Tiong Bahru or this “No Name Hainanese Curry Rice” near Bukit Ho Swee.
Opened in 1988, this nameless Hainanese Curry Rice stall is well-known to Tiong Bahru residents for its shiok curry and crispy pork.
Some call it “No Name Hainanese Curry Rice”; others say “Beo Crescent Hainanese Curry Rice”. Though discreetly located, it attracts long queues of buyers ordering cai png style.
The nameless stall is about a 10 minutes’ walk from Tiong Bahru MRT station, in a coffee shop next to Beo Crescent Food Centre.
Things get sold out by about 2pm plus.
Each serving of Curry Rice can come with three kinds of sauces: lor bak sauce, and chap chye gravy, and their signature ayam curry.
But if you like things spicy, choose the assam curry.
The sweet chap chye gravy gives a nice contrast to the savoury lor bak. Though curry is thin in consistency, it is considered full-bodied in flavour though I would think some customers may refer something richer, thicker or spicier.
For the sides, order their most popular one, Crispy Pork, usually loved at first bite. This to me is the highlight, more than all the other items here.
Marinated overnight, fatty cuts of pork are coated with batter and double-fried ‘til deep brown and extra crispy.
If you prefer a saucy pork side, get the tender Braised Pork served drenched in a dark sauce. It is a unison of salty and sweet, and herbaceous flavours.
Cereal Prawns are just as popular among regulars. An order gives you 6-7 pieces of small but well-marinated prawns. Unlike the pork batter, this one is made with cereal, coarse bread crumbs, and egg to create a formidable crunch.
Throw in some Stewed Cabbage to break the chain of fatty flavours. Cooked ‘til tender but not soggy, this well-seasoned side is good enough for two.
Feel free to add a fried egg as a topping. The soft egg yolk adds a silkiness when mixed with the rice.
I remember eating Beo Crescent often years back and there was always something appealing about it. But If you ask me to place a vote, Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice has that extra ‘oomph’ for me.
No Name Hainanese Curry Rice
Blk 40 Beo Crescent, #01-10, Ho Ping Hng Coffeeshop, Singapore 160040
Opening Hours: 7am – 3pm (Thurs – Tues), Closed Wed