Curry puff showdown

Five judges pick the best curry puffs from 41 brands

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The humble curry puff from Polar Puffs and Cakes flakes gently at first bite, with 81 layers of pastry giving way to the flavourful chicken curry within. This was the winning combination that wowed the judges in a taste test of 41 curry puffs.
Curry puffs from bakery chain Polar Puff & Cakes. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Golden, crisp, potato-filled curry puffs are a well-loved snack.

And most people have a go-to place for this baked or deep-fried snack, whether it is a hawker stall, bakery or famous chain.

It can be deep-fried or baked, and is generally filled with potato curry, chicken, onions and pieces of egg. The Malay version is known as epok epok and is smaller than most curry puffs. Potatoes are by no means the only filling either. Variations include sardine, tuna and beef rendang as well as more exotic flavours such as durian, custard and bird's nest.

To suss out the best ones, a panel of five judges ate their way through 41 curry puffs, shortlisted from popular brands and chef recommendations.

The judges are Life's food editor Tan Hsueh Yun and restaurant critic Wong Ah Yoke, as well as guest judges Violet Oon, food consultant and restaurateur; Devagi Sanmugam, cookbook author and cooking instructor; and Willin Low, chef-owner of Wild Rocket restaurant.

Two blind tasting sessions were carried out, with each judge awarding a maximum of 20 points to each curry puff - 10 points for the filling and 10 for the pastry.

Despite the perception that curry puffs made by hand would be better than those churned out by machines, the judges were surprised by the result.

For a full list of the other curry puffs tasted, click here.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 05, 2015, with the headline Curry puff showdown. Subscribe