Rolina: Hainanese Curry Puffs at Serangoon Garden Market

The uncle selling the traditional Hainanese style curry puffs is really nice with a genuine smile for customers. It makes me want to buy more even though they curry puffs are expensive at S$1.20 each. The stuffing as well as the dough is prepared and fried on the spot. The dough is thin which is what I like and not thick and chunky. You just need to wait a while. The puffs tend to be quite spicy so be warned if you can’t take spice.

To be utterly honest, I am now craving for my aunt’s curry puffs – and this confirms to me that she makes the best ones. To me hers beats these Makansutra endorsed ones, Chunky Curry Puffs or any commercial ones, any day. She makes mutton ones too, but just for the family, when she has time and when the mood strikes.

Yes, this Hainanese curry puff stall has history, and has been noted by Makansutra (set up by K F Seetoh, Singapore’s most famous food critic who has hobnobbed with Anthony Bourdain) for being real yummy.

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The sardine curry puffs have a red dot (food colouring) on them.

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Luckily it was cool and slightly drizzling when we were here.

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5 Responses to Rolina: Hainanese Curry Puffs at Serangoon Garden Market

  1. LL says:

    Is this what those delicious things are called? We have a couple Chinese bakeries that provide these curry puffs, but they only come in one flavor/type since they are not so popular. My parents keep calling them chicken pies and also gets them mixed up with the filipino empanadas, so I never knew their real name. I am not a fan of the filipino pies since the dough can be hard and thick.

    Also, your pictures remind me of the Top Chef episode where they went to eat open air/street food in Singapore. I’m so sad I missed out

    • bookjunkie says:

      I think curry puff is very close to empanadas in terms of look…but the ones I featured has very flaky thin dough and is deep fried…we have the baked kind too. I would love to try empanadas…never had them before…I’ll be on the lookout for them next 🙂 I learnt something new today…thanks! I have also heard a lot about Top Chef but haven’t seen the show…I must check it out on YouTube.

      • LL says:

        It might be the bakeries nearby or them being so far away from the Philippines (loss of authenticity?), but I have never had a good empanada. The inside is chicken/pork and it is always dry or tastes like pulled pork. I dislike bready food, so it might just be a preference. Thin and flaky dough is the only kind I like, and I ❤ curry. You can imagine how much I pine for curry puffs, or the closest thing to them (they are still quite a ways away from my home) 😦

      • bookjunkie says:

        I think I would miss curry puffs if I couldn’t have them for a long time.

  2. sgbuses says:

    Damn long queue when I went there today, somemore queue not moving at all. Bloody Hell! Worst thing is tat kana $30 fine! Damn It!!

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