Curry Puff Showdown

Why only one A-grade curry puff?

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Reading Curry Puff Showdown (Life, July 5) about Singapore's favourite obsession - food - stirred up another Singaporean instinct in me. The top curry puff scored 75/100 and the second scored 71/100.

If this was an examination and the participants were students, the typical response of many parents would be: "Why only 75? You barely scraped an A."

I find it amusing that there is only one A-grade curry puff. The others got either a B or lower. Why must we be so harsh on ourselves?

Teoh Pin Quan , Terence


REDISCOVERING THE TASTE OF CHILDHOOD

The selection of the No. 1 and No. 2 puffs does not reflect my preference.

My favourite curry puff shops are in Yishun. One is a confectionery store in Block 925, Yishun Central. The puffs sell out by lunch time.

The other is at Yishun Block 605. The puffs are spicy and are sold out by 8.30am.

Lai Tuck Chong


UNFAIR TO LABEL PUFFS 'WORST OF THE LOT'

While I feel honoured that Mary's Kafe's curry puffs were compared with those from the big boys, Polar Cafe and Old Chang Kee, I felt that the judges' comments were too harsh.

Have the judges considered the costs? My puffs cost 80 cents each, while most others charge more than a dollar. Moreover, curry puffs are not my core business: they are meant to cater to walk-in customers looking for an afternoon snack.

There is also a conflict of interest as some of the judges are restaurant owners. I would appreciate more sensitivity when conducting reviews as negative reviews could be detrimental to businesses.

Mary Gomes

Mary's Kafe


GOOD PUFFS NOT INCLUDED IN SHOWDOWN

As a fan of curry puffs, I wonder if the survey included Tanglin curry puff at Hong Lim Complex and A1 curry puff at Ang Mo Kio Hub, which I think deserve mention. They serve hot crispy puffs with thin or flaky pastry filled with a generous amount of potatoes, chicken and egg.

Lim Swee Kheng



CATEGORISE PUFFS ACCORDING TO PRICE

In future taste tests, I suggest categorising competitors according to price in the interest of fairness.

In the case of curry puffs, there should be two categories: under $1, and between $1 and $2.

Lau Kim Lon


Life ought to have factored in the prices of the curry puffs.

The winner, Polar Puffs & Cakes, sells its curry puffs at $1.80 to $2 each, compared with some that cost much less. Two dollars can get you a plate of economy rice with two vegetables and one meat or fish dish at the hawker centre in Toa Payoh Lorong 7 .

Ronnie A.B. Lim


BUSINESSES AFFECTED

What was the purpose of naming the bottom five curry puff sellers?

These are honest people who are making a living and your negative coverage can have a direct impact on their earnings.

I would have expected The Sunday Times to be more considerate of this fact.

Leslie Wong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 11, 2015, with the headline 'Why only one A-grade curry puff? Curry Puff Showdown'. Print Edition | Subscribe