Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice

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Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice has been in business for over 70 years and it looks like it’s gonna be here for a long, long time.  We first discovered Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice last year.  We just had lunch at Old Tiong Bahru Bak Kuh Teh when we saw a long line that went around the block.  They were all lining up for Loo’s. So I made a mental note to come back for dinner only to find out later that night that they only serve lunch.

Mostly locals come here.

We went back again the following day.  We made sure to be there early to avoid the lunch crowd and to be first in line.  After 30 minutes of waiting and it was nearly  lunch, it still hadn’t opened and no one seemed to be moving inside.  Then someone came out of the side door. I asked him what time they open.  Then the bad news came…they were closed for a 2 week renovation starting that day.  And we were leaving the following day!  Tough luck, right?!!

Porkchop, squid, vegetables with our curry rice.

I vowed to return hoping we could finally have lunch here.  It took us almost a year to come back and I’ve often wondered how the curry would taste and if it was really worth the hype.  We even purposely stayed at a hotel in Tiong Bahru so we wouldn’t miss it again.  And finally we made it!  For lunch!

So was it worth it?  YES!  I loved everything about our meal here.  My daughter and I are not into seafood but the owner recommended squid and it was marvelous.  Perfectly cooked, tender and the curry was truly flavorful.  The curry recipe takes 3 days to make and it really is something.  It’s not overly spicy, gravy-like in texture and perfect with rice.  The pork chop has the right thickness but is crispy. It’s lightly salted and not greasy at all.   And it was tender.  It takes a special set of skills to do that.

Lunch crowd

Would I go back here?  Definitely!  I would order the braised pork belly, tofu, luncheon meat with potatoes in tomato sauce , and the braised cabbage.

Auntie hard at work

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