Ananda Bhavan Brings Back The Putu Bola To Celebrate The Nation’s 45th Birthday


Two more days and Singapore will be 45 years old. In the midst of the celebration, one restaurant with a penchant for local history since its establishment in 1924, aims to bring back the Putu Bola to the plates of diners, as a living memory of a disappearing national heritage.

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Through the Putu Bola, Mr. Nadarajan, Managing Partner of the Ananda Bhavan restaurants, aims to revive the nostalgic times with the older generation and even spark new interest with the younger crowd.

In his welcome keynote, it was fascinating to realise that the simple humble white rice ball when eaten with brown, red sugar, and dessicated coconut was once the staple for many families in Singapore during the 1970s. As said by Mr. Nadarajan, Putu Bola was made from the remaining flour used to create the Putu Mayam  (string hoppers), and was a “poor man’s dish” with what I believe has a very rich impact on society.

The Putu Bola, Kopi-Tarik, and even a smorgasbord of Indian Vegetarian cuisine, I think its time to visit Andana Bhavan. Continue reading “Ananda Bhavan Brings Back The Putu Bola To Celebrate The Nation’s 45th Birthday”

A Warm, Tangy Rich Broth That Is Satisfying For The Soul


After the stop at Kok Kee Wanton Noodle, I ventured further down the road in the blistering heat to find out what goodies I could encounter. Being Vesak Day, the side alley leading to the temple was packed with processions, people and a vibrant atmosphere. Though amidst the bustle, there stood a food stall all on its own catering to a slightly different kind of crowd.

Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup would probably be the last thing on your mind if you were to think of invigorating, fulfilling and heart warming soup. One would probably think that Chicken Soup is the defacto requirement for the soul. But then again, lets make it Singapore style, and there you have it – Pig Organ Soup.

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Kok Kee Wanton Noodle – The Bite That Brings Back Memories


During this year’s Vesak Day, I had my plans set on visiting Victor’s Kitchen in Somerset with my friend Leroy to partake in some of their Dim Sum of which I have heard rave reviews. However, it was not meant to be when the train service was disrupted in Sembawang so we hopped on a chartered bus to Yishun. There, I randomly picked a bus that would bring us to the city and before I knew it I was off on a very long journey to Suntec City.

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