Originally named Zhujiao Centre, Tekka Centre at Little India is an iconic destination at this part of town for authentic Indian cuisine.
Among the many stalls selling Nasi Briyani in this food centre alone, Allauddin’s has earned the attention of Singapore Michelin Guide with a Michelin Plate.
It has a history of more than 40 years.
The stall has also opened outlets at Toa Payoh Lor 8 and Geylang East Food Centre, and is also available for delivery via GrabFood.
Briyani (also called “Biryani” depending on region) is a type of mixed long-grain Indian rice dish flavoured with spices such that it is rich and flavourful; with the word derived from a Persian word “birian” which means fried before cooking.
Over at Tekka, there are two Allauddin’s stalls on opposite side, with the other selling Prata, Murtabak, Mee Goreng, and Maggie Goreng.
Choose from Mutton, Chicken or Fish Briyani for $5, and customers can top up with chicken sambal ($3.50), fried chicken ($3.50), fried fish ($3.50) or mutton cutlet ($1.50).
The signature Nasi Briyani (or briyani rice) made with fluffy, long-grained high-quality basmati rice.
The guy serving would scoop rice and place meat on it in alternate layers.
When I packed it home, I would smell its heady aroma after opening from the variety of spices, plus garlic, yogurt, onions, cashew nuts, and ghee.
Compared to most other briyani I had, I noted that the yellow-orange grains were more evenly coloured, and quite gentle in terms of spice level.
It was flavourful but not as robust as I would have expected; the pro is it is not as greasy or cloying as well (that I could actually finish the packet.)
Also, some people may find the rice too wet.
The chicken drumstick was tender. Generously portioned, the briyani was supposedly accompanied with vegetable dhal and achar (pickled cucumbers) as seen in other customers’ photo, though I found none in my pack.
However, I went back for dine-in at the food centre and it came with the complete set.
There was also additional curry gravy provided different from what was layered in the rice, milder in taste and could be described as slightly sweet.
It is a not bad plate of Briyani, but perhaps better in the past?
Allauddin’s Briyani – Tekka
#01-232 Tekka Centre, Tekka Market and Food Centre, 666 Buffalo Rd, #01-232, Singapore
Tel: +65 6296 6786
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Allauddin’s Briyani – Toa Payoh Lor 8
Lor 8 Toa Payoh Hawker Centre #01-79, 210 Lor 8 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310210
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Allauddin’s Briyani – Geylang East
Geylang East Food Centre #01-67, 117 Aljunied Ave 2, Singapore 380117