Forget the calories: #currypuffsforever. We’re munching on these faves for a flavour-packed and naughty snack.
Call it breakfast, a quick snack or a cheat treat to satisfy that craving, curry puffs are one of our local favourites. Generously stuffed with chunks of chicken, potatoes and eggs or sardines, these semi-circle shaped snacks have evolved from the original chicken curry potato to rendang, nasi lemak, chili crab and even durian flavour.
We’re stripping it down to the basics today and going back to what makes a good ole curry puff. We think the answer to a smashing curry puff lies in the crust that’s not too oily or jelak, a chunky filling where you can actually see the chicken bits and a good filling-to-crust ratio. Here are five curry puffs we’re salivating over right now. Besides, could there be a more satisfying snack out there for under $2?
Tip Top’s curry puffs stand out for their flavour-packed spicy filling of chicken and potato pieces (though it could do with less chicken skin and more egg). The dough of the crust is on the sweeter side, which may be a hit or miss depending on your preference. $1.50 per puff.
Tip Top Curry Puff, over 10 outlets, islandwide including Raffles City and Bugis Junction
J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff
Ah, the only Michelin Bib Gourmand awardee on the list scores extra puff points thanks to its lovely layered crust, folded to perfection by hand. No skimming on the filling for this – the fragrant combo of curried potatoes and chicken is stuffed to the brim. The crust is light and crispy, with just enough crunch to complement the curry. It takes a step back for the curry to shine but we don’t mind, the filling is bomb. $1.40 per puff.
J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff, #01-21, Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069111, 8.00am-4.00pm
Mr. Teh Tarik
The next time you grab your kopi from these guys, make sure you try the curry puff. This breakfast puff go-to around the corner from Honeycombers HQ is not the best but good enough to warm you up in all the right ways – just like the OG epok epok from your favourite makcik. $1 per puff.
Mr. Teh Tarik, curry puffs available at selected outlets. We get ours at #01-01 Far East Square, 135 Amoy Street, Singapore 049964
Old Chang Kee
From Bedok to Ang Mo Kio – these babies taste the same no matter where you go. Consistent in flavour, it’s perhaps why Old Chang Kee is my go-to curry puff. OCK has the best crust in my opinion, buttery, baked to perfection and just melts in your mouth. However, after trying the other puffs, it’s sad to say that the filling is a let down and on the blander side compared to others. The filling-to-crust ratio was also a little off, with more crust overpowering the filling. $1.50 per puff.
Old Chang Kee, at various outlets including 1st Rex, Wisma Atria and Paragon
Get the tissues, this is going to be messy. The flaky pastry of Polar’s puffs is crispy and buttery (best you have it while it’s hot!). Though the filling was tasty and had the right mix of spices, we didn’t care for the chicken and potato mush. Chunky over mushy anytime. $1.50 per puff.
Polar Puffs and Cakes, at various outlets including Tanjong Pagar Mrt and Raffles Place Mrt
All these curry puffs are perfect in their own ways so we wouldn’t just pick one. In a perfect world, I’d like the filling of Tip Top’s curry puffs encased with the buttery crust from Old Chang Kee. Is it wrong to eat both at once? …
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