The ONLY curry puff in Singapore listed in the Singapore Michelin Bib Gourmand Guide 2016, 2017, and 2018. And of course we are proud to have a humble Curry Puff on that list.
Costing $1.20, could this be the cheapest Michelin Bib Gourmand food in the world?
Curry Puff can be one of Singaporean’s favourite snack, and you can see popular takeaway kiosks from Old Chang Kee, Tip Top, Polar Puffs, to 1A at different corners of the island.
They look similar to the Portuguese empanadas, with variants from Malay stalls (epok epok) and Indian bakeries, filled with ingredients such as curry potato, sardine, black-pepper chicken, yam to even durian.
He HIGHLY recommends the sardine ones, “One of the best around”, though also mentioned that the curry chicken ones were ”good, but not as good”.
Also known as J2 Crispy Curry Puff, this comes with layered flaky pastry and spicy potato, black pepper chicken, sardine and yam paste fillings.
Each at $1.20.
While I was chatting up with the friendly hawker and asked what was the *secret*, he mentioned about the fluffy skin with spirals, ”Actually have you tried 1A? We are all about the same lah.”
Wondered if that was a humble statement, or matter of fact.
The J2 puffs are freshly hand-made in the stall, deep-fried in a big wok of oil, and the aroma and sound of cracking oil made it all more tempting.
My advice: EAT IT while it is still hot.
Though when I brought some home and consumed after an hour or two, they still remained quite crisp.
In that case, still a plate to contain the flakes while eat, because the skin is so flaky and crisp they would ‘fly’ all over the plate.
The curry chicken puff’s inner filling was warm, moist, only slightly spicy with a hint of curry leaves.
A worthy snack, definitely than many mass-manufactured run-on-the-mills puffs out there.
J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff
Amoy Street Food Centre #01-21, 7 Maxwell Road Singapore 069111 (Tanjong Pagar MRT Exit G)
Opening Hours: 8am – 4pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun, PH
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