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By Alfred October 5, 2009
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The Hainanese Curry Rice Challenge: Zhong Guo Jie Jia Li Fan – Part 12 of 15
Fast Facts
Series:
The Hainanese Curry Rice Challenge
Food:
Hainanese Curry Rice
Type:
Chinese Cuisine
Setting:
Hawker Centre
Price Range:
S$6 - S$10
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
Location:
Tanjong Pagar
Food Centre:
Maxwell Road Food Centre
Recommended For:
Dinner Lunch
Reviewed by:
Alfred
[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

For those who have been following this Hainanese Curry Rice Challenge series, I’m sure you will agree with me that the authenticity of any Hainanese Curry Rice is in the relativity of your taste acquisition and cannot be absolutized.

At the beginning, I was bemoaning the fact that I have been missing out on many fantastic Hainanese Curry Rice around the island but yet it clearly wouldn’t had made much difference even if I did find them out earlier.

In the Hainanese Curry Rice scene, most are infact doing quite well with tastes that’s pretty distinct. Many clones can be found in the market in the form of Scissors-Cut though the original Scissors-Cut are the least disturbed by these cloners booming on their small-scale success.

If you’ve noticed, there are a few stalls that are infact connected to each other like, there are 2 branches of Havelock Curry Rice, 2 branches of Tian Tian Hainanese Curry Rice and probably a few branches of Hougang Hainanese Curry Rice. All these are either family business or franchised business.

At Maxwell Market, Zhong Guo Jie Jia Li Fan is also one such stall. The guy manning this stall is the brother of the Traditional Hainanese Curry Rice at Old Airport Road Hawker Centre, hence the taste is pretty similar.


Curry on rice: 7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 

The curry here has that familiar gooey texture and has a light hint of sourness. It is quite delicious though I thought it lacks a bit of punch.


Steamed Minced Pork: 7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 

The steamed meatball is one of the ’signature’ items here. Well it is pretty authentic and has a unique flavour and taste a little sweet though it’s pretty ‘lardy’ with almost 60% of it is lard. So if you don’t like steamed pork fats, stay away from this. I personally think that this would do better if they are deep fried.


Pork Belly: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 

The lor bak here unfortunately couldn’t do it for me. Well it is soft and has a good texture but the strong smell that’s distinct to star anise was just too much for me to take. On the plate it even came with a piece of the 八角! Horror!


Hainanese Stewed Cabbage: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

The cabbage is pretty tasty with good ‘crunchiness’ and volume. Not the best compared to my favourite one at Scissors Cut but 80% there.


Hainanese Pork Chop: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

And lastly the fried porkchop is very unique and has a strong hint of that sweetness which is very ‘Hainanese’. Not exactly fantastic when eaten by itself but went very well with everything that is ‘rojak’ together.

All in all, 90% similar to the one at Traditional Hainanese Curry Rice at Old Airport Road. Queue is extremely long at lunch time and I was told that there are forever queues at this stall. My meal cost $6.70 which was seriously steep though the portion was quite generous and the meal was probably good enough for 2.

Price: $6.70

Recommendation: Pork chop, cabbage, curry sotong. Lor bak if you love 八角! Their sunny side up looks pretty good with some kind of dark sauce. Minced pork if you like lards.

Conclusion: A very satisfy meal of Hainanese Curry Rice. Queues are a permanent fixture at meals time so that tells you how authentic they are. Some of the items lacked punch for me though I must say it’s unique and tasty in it’s own style.

Likes: Have enough sweetness in the meal which is a Hainanese thing.

Dislikes: Some items a little bland and a little expensive.

Address Overall Rating

zhong6
Zhong Guo Jie Jia Li Fan
Maxwell Road Stall 68
Maxwell Food Centre


Food:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Value:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Authenticity:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Service:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Ambience:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Cleanliness:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Overall:
7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 

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Readers' Comment(s) : 7
Derrick says:

That’s my father fav curry rice. But I dn’t find it fantastic leh.

Posted October 5, 2009
Alfred says:

Not exactly fantastic for me too but good in its own way.

Posted October 6, 2009
Alan says:

My usual sunday breakfast hang out. This market used to have a very nice claypot rice, but close after renvation.

There is anther stall hainanese curry rice at the other end near the toilet. But not as good as this one.

Posted October 24, 2009
Alfred says:

You talking about the zhap chai peng stall that calls itself Scissors Cut ?

Posted October 25, 2009
Lim says:

This is my usual hangout. Queue is always long..

Posted November 7, 2009
YumYum says:

Allow me to add, this stall is actually a third generation business dating back to the time when the owner’s grandfather started the first stall at the old China Street.

His elder brother decided to set up his own stall at Kallang a few years ago. But standard and business are never as good. I think it is a matter of time that he has to close shop and go back to help his younger brother.

Posted December 15, 2009
Alfred says:

Cheaper at Kallang stall but portion also smaller. I think it still taste slightly better at Maxwell since there are long queues.

Posted December 24, 2009
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