The three house specialties of Chicken Curry, Mutton Rib Dalcha and Mutton Chop Curry
It is not everyday in which I go to Bukit Timah to indulge in a meal, and it is not everyday in which I encounter a stall selling whopping good home made curries. Located at the prime suburban installation of the 7th Mile Coffeeshop (where there is a branch of famed roasted meats), Curry On! made its debut less than 3 weeks ago.
I was invited for a spicy tasting session by stall owner Anil, who started this quaint curry shop featuring his mom’s special recipes. Everything is done by the family, even the feisty rempah of the three dishes which is traditionally prepared from scratch. Naturally, Sugar and Spice is everything nice!
Mutton Rib Dalcha ($5.50)
For me personally, this was my first time tasting Mutton Rib Dalcha. While I have engaged in Dalcha during those little breaks of Thosai, I have never tried it Mutton style. Anil kindly elaborated to me that this particular curry is for those who enjoy Mutton itself.
I found the curry itself carrying a mild flavour of the meat’s aroma embodied within. It had a slight Assam tangy taste, zest and tasty spiciness and with the gravy itself being smooth albeit a little grainy because of the spices used. The mutton pieces itself were a little tough and chewy, great for those looking for a little jaw exercise.
All in all, this was the better curry of the three accompanying the Biryani rice.
Mutton Chop Curry ($5.50)
I found the Mutton Chop Curry to be my own favourite out of those presented. Definitely meaty with its huge chunks of meat, a little more spicier and rougher in spices than the Mutton Rib Dalcha, it was the cream of the crop. Or in this case, the rempah of the crop.
There was a delicate hint of cardamom which wafted through the spices and the best part was the tender, soft meat with its juices being sealed within and mixed thoroughly with the flavours of the curry. The thin layer of fat found on some pieces were a major kick for my tastebuds as it added that final sparkle to the dish. Now, if only all the meat pieces in the dish had that thin layer of fat. And another piece of good news? This dish is almost devoid of the strong mutton aroma.
Curry Chicken ($4.80)
Of course, for those who simply shun Mutton as though it was daylight for a vampire, there is also Chicken Curry for the soul. The dish itself appears slightly thicker for the gravy and a tad oilier. It was also savoury but much milder in spiciness as compared to the other two dishes. To sum up : A generally milder curry with a richer umami flavour.
Biryani ($1.20. Available only with purchase of a bowl of curry)
The biryani by itself is also different from those available elsewhere. Stronger in saffron, with lesser in herbs, each grain was a delight on its own. Pair the flavoured basmanti rice with the curries, and what you get is a complex myriad of taste complementing both ends in being both fluffy and fragrant.
Stars of the kitchen : Kiren, Helen (The Matriach with her recipes) and Niki
For its affordable prices, great tasting dishes and a good pair with that lovingly spiced Basmanti rice or French Baguette, I would say that Curry On! is on the right track. Now, maybe its time to get a better cut of Mutton (with that goodness of fat) to add that finality to the dish.
Ok, I think I got a little carried away with its deliciousness by ordering take away. Its that good =) Round 2 at home.
Meal compliment of Anil and Curry On!
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