Beo Crescent Hainanese Curry Rice @ Beo Crescent: our preference Hainanese Curry Rice is still….
Hainanese curry rice always has its charm to lure the customers for a plate of not so appealing rice that usually doused and soaked with red, orange and black thick gravy, it can be grossed at time but the curry magnetism somehow never failed to attract the formation of the perpetual queue.
It was only slightly after 11am but the queue in front of the Beo Crescent Hainanese Curry Rice already made the wait a good test of the patience. The stall is not too far from another popular curry rice outlet – Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice from Tiong Bahru, it is our top favourite so far for Hainanese curry rice and the benchmarking we used for comparison.
Beo Crescent Hainanese Curry Rice is located right in a coffeeshop next to the Beo Crescent Food Centre, there aren’t many tables around in the coffeeshop and you will be asked politely to give up your seats once you scrapped the last grain from the plate.
The usual Hainanese curry dishes are mostly available here, we ordered the Assam fish, Braised Tau pok, crispy pork chop, cabbage, Sambal satong and curry chicken, it costs $30.50 for four pax.
The rice was slathered with different types of gravy, from spicy to sweet and sour, it was a little complicated in the flavour but the odd mixture is generally acceptable and moreish.
(Rating: 3.5 / 5)
Assam fish was way overcooked and the mediocre fish was further dragged down by the monotonous flavour from the pure sourness of assam, a featureless gravy which failed to do the credit to the dish. (Rating: 1.0 / 5)
Braised Tau Pok
There are different quality of Tau Pok available in the market, usually defined by the texture from coarse to fine, unfortunately, the braised tau pok here was the coarser type and lacked the delicateness, gravy was too ordinary further dampened the overall taste of the dish. (Rating: 2.5 / 5)
Compared to Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice, the sotong from Beo Crescent Curry Rice was less meaty and tough in texture – a sign of overcooking of this invertebrate creature. Sambal curry was missing the flavour as well. (Rating: 2.0 / 5)
The cabbage was cooked to the nice soft texture with the lovely sweetness from the veggie. One of the two dishes we like it here. (Rating: 4.0 / 5)
Crispy Pork Chop
The signature crispy pork chop is the hits here, not the usual bread crumb coated thick pork chop, Beo Crescent Curry Rice has it pork chop thinly sliced, hammered, seasoned and deep fried to dark brown for a cracking biscuit-like texture, it is fragrant and addictive to the bites, my two adult kids were tempted to have second serving if not discouraged by the long long queue. (Rating: 4.5 / 5)
The curry chicken was not tendered and bland in flavour from the insipid curry gravy, a disappointing dish. (Rating: 2.0 / 5)
Beo Crescent Hainanese Curry Rice may be good with the unique crispy pork chop, however, the rest of the dishes we tried are too ordinary in the standard, it has a big gap when compared to Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice that has far superior with the quality ingredient, flavour and texture.
Where to go for good curry rice? Hmm…..we are quite sure it is Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice.
Overall Rating: 2.5 / 5.0
Beo Crescent Hainanese Curry Rice
A: Blk 40 Beo Crescent, Singapore 160040
H: Thu – Tue: 6.30am – 3pm, closed on Wednesday