Azmi Chapati, Singapore

After walking around Little India and checking out Tekka Market and Mustafa Centre (where you can buy just about anything you can think of, 24 hours a day), our friend Mandy took us to lunch at Azmi Chapati on the corner of Serangoon and Norris Roads.

We grabbed a clean but crooked table next to the street, parked our bums on plastic stools and ordered chapati for three with chicken curry, daal and mutton keema (mutton mince curry).

Chapati is an unleavened flatbread. If you’ve never tried it before, the chewy, gritty texture of a wholewheat chapati provides a different bread experience to its more famous fluffy and flaky cousin roti prata.

The Muslim Indian uncles who cook Azmi chapati to order and serve the food are stern masters of their craft. Everything is served in disposable dishes, even the curries, but you can’t complain about the price: 80 Singaporean cents per chapati, $3.20 for mutton keema, $4.00 for chicken curry and $1.20 for daal. The plate of sliced cucumber, red onion and lime was free. You get metal cutlery, but as with any bread, fingers are much better for tearing, gravy dipping, scooping and mopping up. Remember my tip to BYO napkins in Singapore? You’ll appreciate wet wipes here.

Chapati can taste bland on its own, but the curries add bold flavour, spice and heat – the mutton keema was a real firecracker.

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Chapati for three, chicken curry, dal, mutton mince, cucumber salad Chapati for three (2 pieces each), chicken curry, daal, mutton mince, cucumber salad

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DSCF6817You can get drinks from the stall at the opposite end of the shophouse. Tiger Beer for Jac, of course!

Azmi Chapati
170 Norris Road (corner of Serangoon Road) – in Little India
Singapore 218052
Open daily 8am to 8pm

Singapore series

Jac and I were in Singapore for 8 nights in July 2014. We paid for this trip ourselves and our friend Mandy was our local guide and makan kaki (eating buddy).

Personal update

I’ve been extra busy this week getting our new kitten settled in. His name is Elvis and he’s a 13-week-old cream Burmese. We’re keeping him separated from his big sisters Pixel and Truffle initially – it will take a little while for the girls to accept him. When we introduced Truffle to Pixel, it took a few weeks before they could be left unsupervised in the same room. You can get updates and see pictures of Elvis, Pixel and Truffle by following TFP cats on Facebook and/or @TFPcats on Instagram.

I’ll be returning to work next Wednesday 28 January after my 7-month break. Yep, that’ll suck. But I’ve got to pay the bills and save up for my trips and toys somehow, right?

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  • Oh I’m a big fan of chapati. My ex-colleague is South Indian, and every time I go over to her place, she makes chapati for us to have with our meal! It’s so simple as well.