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The Hainanese Curry Rice Challenge: Beach Road Scissors-Cut Curry Rice- Part 11 of 15
By Alfred October 4, 2009
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The Hainanese Curry Rice Challenge: Beach Road Scissors-Cut Curry Rice- Part 11 of 15
Fast Facts
The Hainanese Curry Rice Challenge
Hainanese Curry Rice
Chinese Cuisine
Coffee Shop
Price Range:
S$1 - S$5
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
Jalan Besar
Food Centre:
Recommended For:
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[This is a multi-part series looking for the best Hainanese Curry Rice around Singapore.]

See other parts:
Part 1: Loo's Hainanese Curry Rice (Tiong Bahru)
Part 2: Traditional Hainanese Curry Rice (Kallang)
Part 3: Tian Tian Hainanese Curry Rice (Bukit Merah)
Part 4: Jia Xiang Hai Nan Curry Rice (Whampoa)
Part 5: Hougang Hainanese Curry Rice (Bendemeer)
Part 6: Havelock Hainanese Curry Rice (Sims Place)
Part 7: Hainanese Curry Rice (Beo Crescent)
Part 8: Feng Kee Hainanese Curry Rice (P. Panjang)
Part 9: Chew Feng Hainanese Curry Rice (B. Keng)
Part 10: Red Hill Curry Rice (Red Hill)
Part 11: Scissors Cut Curry Rice (Jalan Besar)
Part 12: Zhong Guo Jie Jia Li Fan (Maxwell Road)
Part 13: Red Sea Curry Rice (Upper Thomson)
Part 14: Sin Chie Tok Huan (Hougang)
Part 15: Whampoa Market Curry Rice (Whampoa)
Wrap-Up: The Hainanese Curry Rice Challenge

I recently had a blast of continuous meals of Hainanese Curry Rice throughout the island and the main reason is as I’ve mentioned before, to find out how others perform as compared to my favourite one which is the Scissors Cut at Jalan Besar.

Having tasted some of the really famous ones, I think some are a slight exaggeration of the actual quality. Overall I liked some that I’ve tried for the first time, but I have to say that with respect to ‘authenticity’ to a certain extend, although some Hainanese Curry Rice stalls were raved practically non-stop by many foodies, I simply find the the function of my umami spot still asking for me to head to my favourite stall at Jalan Besar.

I think the main problem here is that, as with all food that we grew up eating, you find an attachment to that specific authenticity that you acquired and then somehow, you lose the flexibility to adapt to unfamiliar flavours that seem to be incongruous.

Scissors Cut is the Hainanese Curry Rice stall where I often go for my Hainanese Curry fix. It amazes me how after all these years, they still can put up with the laokokkok(run down) display in the kopitiam. As you all might know, there are many branches of ‘Scissors Cut’ brand Hainanese Curry Rice all over the island and I’m not exactly sure which is the best but I’m pretty sure that they all have no connection to this stall at Jalan Besar.

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The most unique thing of Scissors Cut Hainanese Curry Rice is of course the gravy. Well I’m sure most of you had already eaten here at least once, for the benefit of those who haven’t, this place serves 3 types of sauces on your rice and it all may look like something that’s plain disgusting but it seriously taste very shiok especially when eaten with items like pork chop, lor bak and cabbage.

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My meal cost me $4.50 with Lor bak, cabbage, pork chop and pork roll. The other items I like in Scissors Cut is their deep fried pork cutlet and chicken cutlet. Somehow i prefer ‘dabaoing'(take away), everything that’s been cut by scissors and jumbled up together with the rice and gravy can send me to heaven.

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So for those who haven’t tried this, die die must go and try it. The best way to eat it is to pack and go so that everything can be let soaked in the gravy and when you finally opened it up at home, it can send you straight to heaven!

Price: $4.50

Recommendation: Lor bak, pork chop, stewed cabbage, pork and chicken cutlet and many others.

Conclusion: The most authentic Hainanese Curry Rice for me. Packed home seems to taste better than eating there. A little bit expensive considering the amount isn’t generous but the shiokadodoness is unmatchable.

Likes: Gravy and pork chop.

Dislikes: Kitchen opposite toilet cubicles.

Beach Road Scissors Cut Curry Rice Overall Rating

Beach Road Scissors Cut Curry Rice
229 Jalan Besar
Open 11am to 3:30pm
Location @ junction of Kitchener Road and Jalan Besar Road.

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Readers' Comment(s) : 16
Yen says:

There is another branch at Geylang right?

Posted October 5, 2009
Steven says:

I prefer the jian dao jian near bugis junction.

Posted October 5, 2009
Alfred says:

As I mentioned, all the branches of scissors cut are not connected to this stall.

Posted October 6, 2009
Alfred says:

Where is the exact location? This stall isn’t very far off from bugis either, any chance we talking about the same stall?

Posted October 6, 2009
Mike says:

That time I eat there has free ingredients, free houseflies in my curry!

Posted October 15, 2009
Steven says:

It’s at the coffeeshop beside illuma.

Posted October 15, 2009
Steven says:

The blk is 269.

Posted October 15, 2009
Alfred says:

Is it good? I think I remember there used to have one near the MRT at the coffeeshop below the HDB….is it the same one?

Posted October 15, 2009
Alfred says:

Well if you’ve seen their kitchen…the place they fry their food is just opposite a cubicle!

Posted October 15, 2009
von says:

is it true that the shop is now close? any idea where it moved to?

Posted October 24, 2009
Alfred says:

It was closed the last time I went too..around 1 month ago. Thought it was closed for renovation…now still closeD?

Posted October 25, 2009
von says:

yup, still closed, but didn’t get off the car to see what the notice said. Not sure if it is under reno or closed. Any idea?

Posted October 28, 2009
Alfred says:

It was open when I drove past in the evening few days ago. Are we talking about the same branch?

Posted October 28, 2009
SUSHI says:

you stated the time wrongly! It should be Open 11am to 3.30am, not 3.30pm

Posted February 4, 2010
BanBan says:

First time to this site, and you actually did a whole series. Very detailed as well. Thanks for the effort! 🙂

Posted June 21, 2010
Sniper says:

The stall you mention at blk269 queen street is very dirty when they prepared the food. I’ve seen it myself.

Posted August 1, 2011
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