Little India, Singapore


The thing to eat in Little India is obviously Indian food with both southern and northern Indian cuisines well represented here. Food in Little India is cheap, even by Singaporean standards, with portions being generous and vegetarians in particular will have a field day. Note that these are authentic Indian places and people around you will be eating the way most Indians eat, namely with their hands. Therefore, best to shed your inhibitions and dig in with your hands, although cutlery are provided on request.
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Cheap eats in Little India, Singapore

Cheap eats in Little India

One specialty of Little India is the fish head curry. It's one of the stranger sounding and admittedly stranger-looking dishes in Singapore. You don't eat the head itself but there's plenty of meat inside as the head barely fits on the plate! Cooked so long that it falls apart when poked at, so just dig in and pile up the bones on your table. Eyeballs are not eaten, but the Chinese think the connective tissue behind it is the best part of the dish. There are two types of fish head curry in Singapore, Chinese and Indian. Little India unsurprisingly serves the Indian version, which is usually spicy and hot.

A few suggested restaurants in Singapore Little India include:

Komala's Vilas
76-78 Serangoon Road
A Singaporean institution featuring purely vegetarian Indian food. Downstairs is fast food but head up for restaurant-style seating and serving. Sets start at less than SGD3 and even the largest platter of breads and dips will cost less than SGD7. Note that gourmands prefer the original outlet over the many franchised fast-food copies, and that not all dishes are available all day.

Sagar Ratna
103 Syed Alwi Rd (just across Mustafa Cafe)

Franchise of a South Indian restaurant from Delhi -
strictly vegetarian. The restaurant serves a decent fare at reasonable prices. Set meals are SGD5-7 and good value for money but ordering a la carte will cost you more. The rasam (spicy lentil soup) in particular never fails to impress.

Banana Leaf Apolo
54-58 Race Course Rd
A well-known place for all sorts of South Indian food. However, many visitors come here for the fish head curry, even the "small" size is enough for 3-4 and will cost you SGD18 plus SGD2.50 for a plate of rice, pappadams (Indian crackers) and dips.

Komala's in Little India, Singapore

Komala's in Little India

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