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The Hainanese Curry Rice Challenge: Red Hill Curry Rice – Part 10 of 15
By Alfred October 2, 2009
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The Hainanese Curry Rice Challenge: Red Hill Curry Rice – Part 10 of 15
Fast Facts
The Hainanese Curry Rice Challenge
Hainanese Curry Rice
Chinese Cuisine
Hawker Centre
Price Range:
S$1 - S$5
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
Red Hill
Food Centre:
Redhill Market
Recommended For:
Breakfast Lunch
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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’m sure many of you have been to Redhill Market to eat the curry rice. And I’m sure some of you might know that the owner of this curry rice stall is actually a Teochew and there is no “Hainanese” written on the signboard. But after having a meal there, I find that it do ‘pass’ as a Hainanese version as the flavours of the dishes do have that “Hainanese” culture. And so I thought it deserves a place in this Hainanese Curry Rice Challenge series.

Have you ever wondered why Teochew is famous for porridge but not curry rice? And why Hainanese is famous for curry rice but not porridge? Ok we all know the answers and it’s to do with past where cultures in different dialects have unique practices and curry rice just happened to have a happy marriage of tastes between the Hainanese cuisines and the Indian cuisines.

So it’s not the case of Teochews can suddenly come and say “I want curry rice as my creation” and even if they managed to win the battle, it doesn’t mean that they suddenly can become the one to produce a classic plate of curry rice right?

And in that case, no one can really blame squarely on the Hainanese being the heir to this “cross-cultural” curry rice dish though there are always temptation from others to seek that glamourous attention. At the end of the day, the onset of greatness of any food takes a long time to be emerged and it’s all fair game.

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Eventhough Red Hill Curry Rice at Redhill Food Centre did not claim their food as a Hainanese version but it’s clear that they’ve adopted certain ‘styles’ from the Hainanese Curry Rice.

One of it is the pork chop. I for one can never understand how this PORK CUTLET that’s distinct to the Hainanese Curry Rice is so famously known as Pork Chop. But yet if you go to any Hainanese Curry Rice stalls, you have to order it by shouting out “PORK CHOP” and it’s really one of those Hainanese thing. And that’s one of the reasons why I “pass” Red Hill Curry Rice as a Hainanese Curry Rice though being Teochews, they could had jolly well named themselves as a “Teochew Curry Rice”.

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The pork chop here is super ‘pang’! Ok you can’t really taste the meat in this pork chop but yet it is pork. It is seriously a piece of pork, marinated in something and deep fried right to the most crispiest texture you can savour. The best part of it is this – It has that ‘giam her’ aka salted fish smell all over the goreng. But yet it isn’t that salty, so it’s seriously unique for me. However it definitely doesn’t look like something that will be a good friend to your health, so consume it moderately ok?

The next to impress me is the fried minced pork. Now I’ve mentioned before that it’s not very often that one gets to eat “home made” fried minced pork ball in zhap chai peng stalls and this surely is one of the place to eat. The coating is quite unique and the inside still has that ‘meaty’ texture so you can be sure that you’re indeed being served meat and not some kind of flour cum meat mixture etc. This is not the best for me but more of a ‘good to have’ item on my rice.

The braised tao kee(soya bean skin) is pretty unique and has quite a bit of fish paste in the middle. If you like something deep fried and then wetted in some kind of gravy, then this is it. I always like food that has good gravy so this hit the spot for me, though I must say that the flavour of the gravy isn’t exactly fantastic, just one of those braised sauces if you know what I mean. Well, just think lor bak sauce.

The cabbage was pretty good too though I thought it could do better with that little more ‘sweetness’. The good thing is it wasn’t fried to death so you can still prey upon that bit of ‘crunchiness’.

Though it was a little expensive at $4.70 but overall it was quite a good meal for me. Definitely quite ‘Hainanese’ in some ways and I was told by friends that they have some other items that are pretty good too. Won’t be long before I come back to check out the other items.

Price: $4.70

Recommendation: Pork chop, fried minced pork and tao kee.

Conclusion: Certainly one of the better curry rice around. Quite authentic and the curry even had that bit of gooey texture. Can imaging eating the dishes with porridge as well! Though a little more ex but worth every of my penny spent.

Likes: Authentic flavours. Pork chop has that surprising giam her smell. Minced pork and tao kee is good.

Dislikes: A little salty.

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Red Hill Curry Rice
Blk 85 #01-95
Redhill Lane
Redhill Market
Off: Sunday
Tel: 96523471

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