My family has been patronising Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice at 229 Jalan Besar ever since I was a kid and that has been my go-to curry rice fix for as long as I can remember. Recently, Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice has been popping up all over my social media feed and I decided to check it out after reading the raving reviews online:)

We ordered pork chop, braised pork belly, curry prawns, curry sotong, chap chye (braised cabbage) and rice for 3 pax and it amounted to $38. The first thing that struck me is that the curry is definitely less gooey and spicier than the one at Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice. Loo’s curry is aromatic and it definitely packs a punch for people who are looking for a spicy kick, but personally, I prefer the curry at Scissor-Cut as there is a slight sweet undertone that balances the strong flavours of the curry.

The curry prawns are very pricey at $3 per piece, but it is my favourite dish of the day. The prawns are really big and succulent, and they go well with the savoury and spicy curry. The curry sotong is not overcooked and I like that it is soft and tender.

The pork chops are coated in biscuit crust, deep fried and drizzled in a tomato-based sauce. To be honest, I felt that the pork chops are not exceptionally crispy or tender, and are rather normal tasting. Having said that, the tomato sauce is not bad as it has just the right amount of sweetness and it does not overpower the pork chops.

The braised pork belly is not the melt-in-your-mouth kind of pork belly, but I actually enjoy the fact that it has a good bite without being tough. It also has a good meat to fat ratio and is not too oily. The chap chye (braised cabbage) is very soft and tender and goes well with the curry rice, but it pales in comparison with the one from Scissor-Cut which really brings out sweetness of the cabbage.

Overall, I think the appeal of Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice lies in its aromatic and spicy curry as well as its seafood dishes, which are usually not the focus of traditional curry rice but in this case are surprisingly well executed. Having said that, my soft spot for Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice remains as the flavours are more to my liking:)