Na Na Homemade Curry – Spicy Marina South Curry, With Michelin Bib Gourmand
While I am typing this, I must be still feeling the burning in my tummy. The result of having Na Na Homemade Curry.
Na Na Homemade Curry is one of those few stalls dedicated to just selling the Chinese style of curries and only curries. It has also been listed in the Singapore Michelin Bib Gourmand Guide 2016, which trigged my curiosity to track the place down. (Read: 17 Michelin Bib Gourmand Hawker Stalls from Singapore)
Sometimes also known as the “Marina South Curry”, owner Mr Yap Hock Kee opened a curry-and-rice shop at the now-defunct Marina South food court inspired by his grandmother’s Peranakan style curry in 1989.
Do note: Na Na Homemade Curry was once located at Amara Shopping Centre, and moved out after the centre went through a revamping exercise. There is a curry restaurant at the current 100 AM Mall called “Na Na Curry”, but is not related to the original stall owner.
Na Na Homemade Curry current has 4 outlets in Singapore – Bedok North, Bukit Merah View, Commonwealth Crescent and Jurong East, and curry base is prepared in a central kitchen.
The offerings include Curry Fish Head (market price), Curry Chicken ($3), Curry Chicken Drum Stick ($3.50), Curry Vegetable ($3), Curry Mutton ($4) and Curry Pork Rib. Bread and rice at an additional 50 cents.
The curry arrived looking potent, with fiery colours of orangey-red, seemingly devoid of the typical coconut base. Rempah and masala is prepared in-house, not by pre-packed curries.
While I order a Curry Chicken and Curry Pork Ribs, the base seemed similar, but there was a slight difference – the Pork Ribs gravy had a fuller, very marginally to the sour side; while the Chicken Gravy tasted a tad milder.
The meats were almost fork tender, running less of a risk of pieces getting stuck within your molars.
At first, I didn’t want to order rice (wanted to cut down carbs), but ended up regretting…
SO GET IT WITH RICE. The long-grained rice was warm and went superbly well with the gravy. The sliced baguette was also toasted till suitably crisp, sliced to thin pieces for dips.
Na Na Homemade Curry
Blk 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre, Bt Merah View Singapore 151115
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 7pm Mon – Sat (Closed Sun)
31 Commonwealth Crescent Market #02-72 Singapore 149644. Opening Hours 10:30am – 7pm (Closed Sun)
Blk 303 Jurong East Street 32 Coffee Shop Singapore 600303. Opening Hours: 11am – 8:30pm (Closed Alternate Mon)
Blk 205 Bedok North Street 1 Coffee Shop Singapore 460205. Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm Daily