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
I’ve been on a curry puff frenzy lately. Each time I pass by a good stall, I must grab one, even if I’d just had a big meal before. The one at Marine Parade Hawker Centre is no exception. In fact, I often go there for lunch just so I can get my curry puff fix after.
I think we all have our days. Some days the hawkers make things taste extra nice and some days we’re just more receptive to really good food. On previous visits, the curry puff was good though not mind-bogglingly so.
This time, as I bit into my curry puff I had an epiphany of sorts. The dough was soft yet extra flaky and yielding. There was a lovely fragrance to it. The filling was rich and flavourful. I don’t know how they cooked the potato, but this stuff was pretty much It. The bits of chicken gave little bursts of extra flavour. It was all very yummy, another of those died-and-gone-to-heaven moments.
By the way, there’s no egg in this version. I like it either way. Hey, you’re only paying $1 here!
Katong Chicken Curry Puff
Marine Parade Food Centre
Tanglin Curry Puff at Hong Lim Hawker Centre may well have the best curry puffs in the CBD area. The puffs are pretty huge. Flaky pastry, lots of potato, lovely chicken chunks and a slice of egg make this a worthwhile snack for only $1.20. My one grouse is that the pastry can be a tad oily, even though they claim to drain it very well, so well that they don’t provide paper to soak up the oil. Only plastic bags at this stall.
Here’s what it looks like the moment before entering the Jaws of Greed.
What sets this puff apart from the rest are the juicy chunks of chicken thigh in the filling. While there’s of course more potato than anything else in there, the chicken chunks are very moreish. I also liked the egg a lot, it’s a little treat, a diversion in the midst of the curry goodness.
They also do sardine and yam versions. I’m not keen on the sardine version because it’s very potato-y, I prefer the more traditional sardine, onion and tomato only filling. Even though I keep meaning to try the yam flavour, which is filled with sweet yam paste, I never get round to doing it. I always get too attracted to the chicken flavour!