You all know that I love my curry puffs. My favourite is the one at Marine Parade Hawker Centre. The one at East Coast Lagoon Hawker Centre is an offshoot but doesn’t serve the exact same puff. The crust was perfection, just the right combination of crisp outside and softly melting flaky inside.
Too bad I wasn’t too keen on the filling. It’s different from the Marine Parade one, it’s darker and heavily spiced with cumin seeds and curry leaf. The flavouring is more to Indian-style curry. I found it a bit too rich and heavy for the puff. If you’re into that style, then it would be a winner for you.
Lagoon Chicken Curry Puff
East Coast Lagoon Hawker Centre
It was the fourth day of Chinese New Year and lots of hawker stalls were still closed. Nonetheless, we braved it to East Coast Lagoon to get some lunch. To our relief, Cheok Kee Duck Rice was one of those open. Shockingly, there was a queue even though we got there at 2pm and the rest of the hawker centre was quite empty.
Dad and I shared a ginormous plate of braised duck, gizzard, pig’s small intestine and tau kwa. I wasn’t expecting too much because I’d eaten there lots and never thought it was that fantastic. This time, the duck impressed me. It was stewed just right, till firm tender and absorbed the flavour of the black sauce. And it tasted robustly of duck. Yummy duck. The gizzard was pretty decent too, but Dad and Mum took most of it so I didn’t get a chance to properly taste it. Intestines were decent, better than the ones from the Amoy Street kway chap stall. The tau kwa was another winner: soft, creamy and full of black sauce goodness. ($15 for the plate of stuff and two bowls of noodles.)
Check out the kway tiew dry. Enticing right? They were good, especially with the sambal chilli.
Here are Mum’s fishball noodles. They’re from the stall nearer to the beach in front of the toilets. She said they had standard. I believe her. Check these out.
I noticed that Zhen Jie from Amoy Street has a branch here, so I made sure I got my dessert fix. The peanut and black sesame cream ($2) is mighty good! The peanut part is very aromatic, you can tell they toasted the peanuts to make this. Thick and yummy. Dad liked the sesame part a lot because the sesame flavour was very strong. It’s a new favourite now that Yee Ku at Chinatown stopped making it right about 10 years ago.
The pulut hitam ($1.50) is good too. Thick, full of pulut flavour and topped with a good drizzle of coconut milk. They even ask you whether you want coconut on top. Tastes like how Mum would make it (if she bothers to).