Grow old with me…

This has been around for a very long time…

Old Chang Kee

We used to hop over to Singapore quite often in the past and we usually stayed at a hotel at Kramat Road for the convenience and easy access to the Orchard area via Cavenagh Road. There were two stalls by the side of the road then, beside the building that housed the Le Meridien Hotel (it seems that it is now the Concorde), facing Orchard Plaza and we would often stop by to have the soya bean milk and the tofu fua that one of them was selling. The other stall was an outlet selling these celebrated curry puffs and stuff but somehow or other, we never bought any to try, not even once.

Well, my niece, working in Singapore, was home over the weekend for her father’s birthday and she brought us a whole of things including some that she bought on her recent trip to Phuket, Thailand, thanks so much to her for going through all that trouble, and among the goodies were the curry puffs…

Curry puffs

…from this long established name that now has outlets all over the island, I hear.

Were they any good? For one thing, I am not a fan of deep-fried curry puffs – I prefer the baked ones with shortcrust pastry, no less so that would be one point not in their favour already.

Thankfully, the pastry was not oily, not like the ones I had at Sungai Petani in Kedah, but the filling…

Curry puff filling

…was all right as far as the curry taste was concerned – the Sg Petani ones were much nicer but perhaps, that was because I had those on the spot, piping hot from the wok and without doubt, that could have made a world of difference.  There were mostly potatoes inside though I did spot some chunks of chicken and a bit of egg. I would prefer beef in my curry puffs.

Two of them had two eyes…

Tom yam 1

…that with the rolled up crust at the top, made them look something like cabbage patch dolls, minus the nose and mouth. LOL!!! I actually enjoyed eating the thick crust, I must say – it was not hard at all and tasted pretty good.

I am not too sure but this one tasted like tom yam

Tom yam 2

….and inside, there were the imitation crab sticks that I am not particularly fond of. Nonetheless, I liked the filling of this one more than what was in the curry puff proper.

All in all, I do prefer the ones we have here…

Farley Bakery curry puff
*Archive photo*

– though I am not buying them anymore since the price went up from RM1.00 to RM1.10 to RM1.20 and perhaps, it has gone up even more now like most everything else since April 1st. Tsk! Tsk!

No, I have never tried the IKEA ones – nobody has ever taken me there for theirs and nobody has ever bought me any to try either (Hint! Hint!) so I am in no position to compare the two…and I don’t know how much these cost though I am quite sure they do not come cheap especially after conversion into our currency. Sobssss!!!