AMK Curry Puff – Reliving My Childhood Memories With These Handmade Curry Puffs
Tip Top Curry Puff is one of my favourite childhood memories. Founded in 1979, their old school curry puffs was popular with the then Ang Mo Kio residents. If you lived in Ang Mo Kio about a decade ago, you will remember this scenario – four aunties seated beside the stall wrapping the curry fillings into the buttery skin on the spot. Every weekend, I will stand at the side of the table and watch them work.
When our hygiene regulations tightened, these aunties moved into an air-conditioned room beside the stall to continue their curry puff wrapping. Sadly, I didn’t have the pleasure of watching the process of the handmade curry puffs anymore. And there is no more lingering aroma of the curry potato at the shop. Even so, I would still buy a curry puff almost every weekend and pair it with soya bean milk.
Eventually, the owner and major shareholder decided to enter a joint-venture with ABR Holdings Limited and revamped and renamed Tip Top The Puff Factory. From a heartland curry puff brand, they have expanded to various shopping malls.
One of the minority shareholder started AMK Curry Puff in 2013 at Toa Payoh Central. I knew it when some foodies blogged about it but I have never visited the stall until recently. I was surprised to see one of the four curry puff making aunties there! I remembered her clearly because she would always talk to me whenever I am there since a kid.
Everything here is prepared by hand. They still use a rolling pin to roll the buttery skin before cutting it into round shape. Then, the skin is stacked into piles and placed on the table with pots of diced curry potato, hardboiled eggs and diced chicken, waiting to be wrapped by the aunty just like those good old days.
It was such a familiar sight to see her wrap the curry puffs again. The owner of AMK Curry Puff is her uncle and he is getting old so he only comes in for a few hours a day. Aunty would be there every day to make the curry puffs.
The curry filling has a good mix of chicken, potato, spices and egg. They taste just like how I remembered them to be; like the original Tip Top curry puff. The skin is moderately thin to hold the filling. Fried till crispy, it’s not greasy at all and I particularly love the tip of the curry puff where you get that buttery crunch just from the skin alone. The ready puffs are fried in batches to ensure freshness.
I was really tearing with joy when I see the aunty because she once played an important role in the original Tip Top (and my childhood). Munching on these curry puffs just just like the good old days!
AMK Curry Puff
Address: Blk 184 Toa Payoh Central #01-372, Super 28 Coffeeshop, Singapore 310184
Phone: +65 9672 6621
Opening Hours: Daily 10am - 9pm
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