Sunday, November 06, 2005
A Trip down Geylang Serai
Plenty of dates for the taking
Geylang Serai is a haven for all things malay - from food to clothes, textiles, and what not. It's a lovely place and ideal for anyone who wants to savour a bit of the Malay culture. This Thursday was Hari Raya Puasua, meaning 'day of celebration'. It's actually a festival that marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting for the muslims. During this period, Geylang Serai is transformed into a bustling market of sorts, not unlike Chinatown during CNY.
I was there last week and it was very crowded due to the probable last minute rush to get the things they need for the big day. And so I trotted down rather happily, in anticipation of savouring good Malay food and soak up the atmosphere. I did go home happy, albeit smelling very much like grilled meat and yes my hair stank too! But i'd say it was all worth it. I have plenty of photos for you to enjoy... it's a mini photo essay of sorts - of the food I came across at Geylang Serai.
Rows and rows of cookies, tarts, and goodies
check out this cute watermelon shaped cookies
my my, aren't they so innovative - look at them M&Ms, in cookie form
Putu Piring in the making
Putu Piring is actually steamed rice flour cake with a gula melaka centre
cooked putu piring... notice the brown stuff? that's the gula melaka in the middle
the sign read prata tumbuk... supposedly some indian street food
the ever so famous Ramly burgers. They're best eaten with egg and cheese. Mmmm heavenly
kebabs for the meat lovers
anyone wants chicken wings?
Look at that lovely orange hue of those wings
huge tiger prawns, and their version of the Chinese 'bak kwa', except that this is made of beef i think
love this indian snack.. it's made of chick peas, dhal etc.. best eaten with green chilli
forgot the proper name for these but i call them beef dogs. it's stuffed with some beef mixture. looks yummy doesn't it?
this has got to be the best putu piring yet!
Have I whet your appetite? I think you must be wishing you were at Geylang Serai now eh? Anyway I have to rave about this putu piring stall at S11 Geylang Serai Makan Place. It's located at Haig Road, at Geylang Serai. It's a small corner at a coffeeshop and boy oh boy.... their putu piring is superb. Served warm and at a reasonable price of 3 for $1, I just had to get some. They were featured on Makansutra before and I remember seeing them on Food Chain, the progamme hosted by Tan Kheng Hua. I do think this putu piring was better than the one I tasted whilst walking through the market.
This stall at S11 had a long queue and we all know why. So do check it out if you have a chance too. You might be a new putu piring fan like i am. Now that i've 'conquered' Geylang Serai, I feel like doing Little India too. Maybe I shall... soon enough, after my exams are over! till then..
P.S. This is my 100th post on this food blog of mine!~ can't believe i've written so much... well let's just say that I'm incomplete without food. i am passionate about a good eat and yes i love to bake and cook! i promise to keep the content coming and look out for more delicious recipes, reviews and ramblings about food. i hope to revamp this site soon but I have yet to find someone who can help ( i suck at html)... oh well we'll see...