Unbeknownst to many, Curry Time is actually a restaurant by Old Chang Kee! It’s no wonder this restaurant touts its curry as their signature (I mean who else can beat Old Chang Kee’s curry game other than themselves, am I right?). Its restaurant brings us back to the 1960s in Singapore, where props of street stalls, tongkats, even waitresses wearing the traditional matching floral shirt and long pants!
I give their attention to detail an A for effort, making the atmosphere hospitable and nostalgic at the same time. With Old Chang Kee’s popularity, not to mention the recent news of it opening a branch in the U.K., it shouldn’t be surprising that it has its own restaurant. Though it doesn’t sell most of what Old Chang Kee is selling, it still sells everyone’s beloved curry in the form of everything else but puffs.
For example, they have Signature Curry Bun ($1.50) instead of puffs. The curry has that familiar taste that everyone knows and loves. The soft and puffy bread goes so well with the spicy curry bits. But what Curry Times is here to prove is that it’s not always about curry, it’s more than that.
New on the menu, this scrumptious plate of Nasi Lemak with Satay Chicken comes with Free Lime Juice ($11.90 ++)! This dish has got me thinking, why hasn’t anyone thought of including satay chicken into nasi lemak yet until now? It’s a brilliant idea and it just makes nasi lemak even tastier. You get a taste of both the sweet satay peanut sauce and spicy sambal, along with tasty satay chicken, and the usual ikan bilis, fish cakes, cucumbers and achar. You’ll definitely not want to miss this out in your order as it’s here for a limited time only from 5 June 2017 to 31 July 2017 or while stocks last.
If you’re coming with a group of 2-3 people, I recommend the Traditional Beef Brisket (Sharing) ($15.90). The thick beef broth tastes heavenly, and the meat tastes soft and chewy. They will give you a generous amount of beef for sharing, no worries!
This unique Salmon Otah (per piece) ($1.90) is refreshing to hear and taste. You can’t go wrong with Salmon. I was pleasantly surprised when I took my first bite of this because it tastes somewhat like otah because of the flavourings, but has a milder fishy taste. This has to be one of my favourite dishes here so far!
This Cold Tofu with Century Eggs ($7.50) tastes a little salty with that nice cold and silky texture typical of a cold tofu. Not for everyone though, but give it a try if you’re feeling adventurous, and has no idea how century egg taste like!
Their Ngo Hiang ($8.20) is simply delicious! The salty beancurd skin along with the soft and appetising filling of crunchy water chestnuts and minced meat with a five-spice mix is one of the popular dishes here at Curry Times!
This bowl of Signature Curry Chicken comes with Rice, Loaf or Plain Prata ($8.50). The curry is remarkable, as expected, and the chicken is tender and matches so well with the bread I had. You definitely can’t go wrong with this dish!
Here is a secret tip! If you’re killing time waiting for your order or your bill, go to the front of the restaurant to find these treats! These traditional sugar gem cookies would probably remind you of your childhood days, and you can get a cup of these for free!
I reluctantly tried their Coffee Chendol ($4) because it’s their signature, but I hate coffee. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of this drink. The chendol on the top of the drink tastes sweet and the bottom tastes bitter, and the mixture was just perfect. I was surprised at myself when I actually finished the entire drink, totally forgetting how much I hated coffee. Definitely a must-try!
Before you try this Coconut with Aloe Vera & Ice Jelly ($5), please note that this is a dessert, not a drink! To avoid looking like a fool, don’t try to suck up the aloe vera using the straw. Use the teaspoon to get all that sweet goodness that is aloe vera and ice jelly. Only use the straw after you have finished them to drink the excess fluids from the ice jelly and coconut!
This beloved Yam Paste with Gingko Nuts ($4) that you often eat at wedding dinners can also be found here, and it tastes oh-so-good. The texture of the yam paste is just right, smooth and paste-like.
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