Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Hainanese Pork Chop from Han's Cafe

Hainanese Pork Chop

Han's Cafe is a local chain in Singapore that I usually try to avoid, as the rare meals that I have had there usually had way too much oil and/or garlic (and pre-minced garlic at that, if my tastebuds are correct). But someone recently mentioned to me that there are a few things that Han's is particularly good at, such as the Hainanese pork chop or curry chicken.

In fact, those things were supposed to be so exclusive that they apparently only serve it when the owner is supervising its quality at one of its shops. It looks like they have since started to expand this practice, as many of the outlets now feature a Hainanese Signatures menu featuring exactly those dishes for S$6.80 (US$4.70). I stopped in to see what the fuss was about.

I didn't realize until they served my pork chop that I had this exact same dish at Yut Kee in Kuala Lumpur. I didn't care too much for that sweet sauce (were those canned pears in there??), but I suppose that fried pork is never really anything to complain about, even if it wasn't really anything that I'll go for again. I wonder how the curry chicken tastes.

1 comment:

Pete said...

Well, Yut Kee in KL is also a Hainanese joint, like Han's. Hainanese pork chop is usually a battered, deep-fried boneless piece of flattened pork chop (almost schnitzel-style), covered with a brown soy-based sauce with peas, onions and potato wedges.
The old Chin Chin (Purvis St) used to have the best version. Now, Raffles' Empire Cafe serves the best, IMHO.