The BF and I were on our way to City Square Mall along Kitchener Road for some Japanese food when we spotted this unassuming coffeeshop selling curry rice. I'm a fan of curry rice, so we ditched the plan to eat at Sushi Tei and decided to give our wallets a break and go cheap instead.
This is called "scissor-cut curry rice" because the dishes are cut up into bite-sized pieces with guess what, a large pair of scissors! Everything looks a gooey mess but trust me, it's lip-smackingly delicious. And ridiculously cheap. Our entire meal, including a large bowl of soup, cost only 16 bucks.
We got the must-try, Curry Chicken ($1.20 for a one person portion). This is done nonya-style, creamy, spicy and rich. Absolutely yummy.
I also loved the Stewed Cabbage ($0.60 for a one person portion), braised till soft but not soggy. The cabbage was slimy and soft, yet sweet and flavourful. This was plated together with Fried Eggs ($0.50 for each), which were drizzled with a yummy savoury brown sauce.
The Braised Pork Belly ($1 for a one person portion) was sweet, sticky, gooey and decadently rich. Very indulgent but worth every calorie of its artery-clogging fat.
We also got more greens, Fried French Beans ($0.70 for a one person portion), which were crunchy and sweet. Simple home-cooked fare.
The Prawn Roll ($0.60 for each roll) was alright, but not spectacular. I liked that it wasn't pulverised and still retained its chunky texture.
We saw a couple of customers having the Sweet Corn and Pork Rib Soup ($3), so we got one as well (a classic case of monkey see, monkey do, huh?). This was so reminiscent of my grandmother's cooking (my mom wasn't a huge fan of cooking). Clear, delicate soup with the sweetness of corn infused into the soup from the hours of simmering. We slurped up this hot soup despite the heat and humidity of the open-air coffeeshop.
All these were served with Rice that was doused in 2 types of curry and a sweet brown sauce. It's so good I could have eaten the rice and gravy on its own.
Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice
229 Jalan Besar (corner of Kitchener Road and Jalan Besar)
Open daily from 11am to 3.30am