I love my hawker food and appreciate that you cannot expect dining at hawker centres or kopitiams to be squeaky clean or to match service standards in a restaurant.

However, this is going to be a rant at Loo's, a popular Hainanese curry rice stall in the Tiong Bahru area.

At the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak, you would expect most stallholders to be a little more vigilant about hygiene. Not at Loo's whose "clean" utensils are placed wet in a basket for you to pick up. Not only that, the clean job was obviously not very thorough as you can find curry and soap stains on the utensils. Yes, you can clean it off using a tissue but that's not really the point.

What's more galling is that they were not very careful in their food preparation process. We found a steel ribbon sort of object in their sweet and sour pork (see circled in white). I was treated in a curt manner and they replaced the dish with a significantly smaller portion.

Yes, the food is tasty but I am going to take my business elsewhere.