Chi-PeteBesides, in Singapore, eating is more like a hobby. A very popular one, might I add. I’m proud to say that I’m one of them guilty parties. I’m forever on the look out for the best food and my poor wallet is usually empty because of the amount I spend satisfying my tummy. Oops, have I just revealed what a glutton I am?

Though I might sound like one, may I beg to differ and add that I appreciate food at its best. Call me a pig but I’d like to think of myself as a Kung foodie who seeks to unveil food that tastes good and won’t blow a hole in your pocket. Let’s see what pleasurable finds your taste buds can get to enjoy this month.

If you are a vegetarian and love spicy food, you’re in luck. You’ll be thanking your lucky stars that Brindavan Restaurant exists. I had the pleasure of dining there and boy was I treated to a fantastic spread of aromatic Indian cuisine! Best of all, it’s cheap and affordable. Fork out only $6.50 nett and you’ll be on your way to a food paradise. The all you can eat buffet features a spread of varying Indian dishes that uses mock meat in some.

The intriguing thing is, the fake tastes as good as the real Mc Coy. You should have seen the way I was poking at the meat and tearing it up, trying to figure its magic. Brindavan changes its menu daily. They usually serve a whole range of curries and different kinds of rice like the briyani. Mee goreng (fried noodle) is also included. Where are the vegetables you wonder?

Yes, it is after all a vegetarian buffet and the vegetables they serve include ladies finger, spinach, cabbage and a whole lot more. There’s also this tomato based spicy tofu and excellent dhal gravy which I adore. That’s not all; the restaurant also serves dessert! It doesn’t get any better than that. It’s a culinary experience you must not miss. I left the place filling satisfied and tummy tight.

Do check it out. The restaurant is located at 16 Madras Street next to Madras Hotel in Little India. One thing to note, the place is closed on Sunday. It’s opened from Monday to Saturday from 12 noon to 3pm for lunch and 6 to 10pm for dinner.

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Roti-prata (Indian pancake) is one of the local favourites in this country but I have to admit that it sometimes puts me off because of its greasy presentation. Usually cooked with loads of oil, you might feel a tad too uncomfortable with the grease. However there was this stall I patronised which delighted me so. R.M Nasi Padang & Prata is a small decent stall tucked in a food court in Outram and it certainly surprised me with its delectable Indian Muslim cuisine. Their roti prata is one of a kind. It’s much less greasy than those you get at other places.

The prata is crispy and smells delicious sans the thick oil. I inquired and found that the dough is made using butter and not ghee like the others. They also use less oil when cooking the prata. At $0.60 per piece for a plain prata, I dare say it’s a steal. They do sell pratas with different fillings like mashed potato with onion and eggs. Oh, and just another plus point, the fish curry they serve with the pratas is thick and flavourful. I loved the curry and drank every single drop of it.

Still hungry after the prata, I decided to have tauhu goreng, a Malay dish that uses fried tofu (Soya bean curd) and is usually served with peanut sauce. I loved the nutty texture of this dish and the subtle sweet flavour that comes through. The sauce is made up of chopped peanuts, sweet Soya sauce, vinegar, and chilli. The owner told me that they added an extra secret ingredient that makes it one of a kind. What might it be? It’s gula melaka (palm sugar) for those curious to know. At $2, I find the tauhu goreng even more appealing!

So there you have it, a great lunch that’s light on your wallets too. The stall is located at Henly Huat Drinks Food Court on the first floor of Yangtze Building at 100 Eu Tong Seng Street. It’s just a short walk from the Outram MRT station.

Fancy a healthy yet yummy dessert? Then try going down to Rochor Beancurd at 2 Short Street off Selegie Road. This shop makes the best beancurd I’ve ever tasted. Smooth and silky, their beancurds beat hundreds hands down. I don’t know how they did it, but they sure know how to work their soy.

They also serve fresh soybean milk and grass jelly drinks. You can eat your dessert there or have it take-away. I guarantee your return to this place once you’ve tried it. It’s that addictive; not to mention, cheap. A bowl costs only $0.60, and just $1 if you take away. There’s a choice of hot or cold too. So why not just start treating your tummy to some delicious treats without spending a fortune? You’ll be glad you did. Cheers!

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