Monday, September 24, 2007

Junk food of the week: Curry puff

It pains me to characterize the curry puff as junk food, when in fact it is the greatest snack ever invented, representing the culmination of thousands of years of snack research. But curry puffs are deep-fried, and fair is fair.

The curry puff is sold all over Singapore, in places ranging from roadside stalls to upscale bakeries. The dough can be a simple flour-and-butter crust or a fancier puff pastry. The one pictured below is a humble but especially tasty version from a food stall (the Tip Top stall at Ang Mo Kio, if you're wondering).

Inside are chunks of chicken, potato and hard-boiled egg, bound with a thick, non-leaky curry sauce. The sauce is usually not very incendiary; the emphasis is on earthier spices like cumin and cloves.

Curry puffs are substantial; one puff makes for a quick, cheap lunch. A good one is not too buttery and not too oily, and has a complex curry flavor. Luckily a chain of Singapore pufferies has opened some stalls here in Jakarta, so I don't have to take an international flight to get my fix.


Murphy said...

I loved loved LOVED these when I was in Singapore!

What a strange place. I wish i got to spend more time there.

kopisusu2 said...

Murph! I'd send you some, but I think they'd get stale ... or possibly get pilfered by hungry postal employees. Don't you think these would totally sell in Seattle? Maybe we should open an Old Chang Kee stand when I get back.

Murphy said...

you are ON sister!

I can see the combo now. Old Chang Kee and Lattes. It's gonna be big Trish.