Saturday, July 28, 2007

Tekka Hawker Center - Dum Biryani

Tekka Centre, at the corner of Serangoon Road and Buffalo Road is just at the start of Little India and it is one of the best and most colorful places to shop for fresh produce. Alongside, the market is an excellent hawker center where you will find a multi-ethnic mix of food that will fill your every craving.
I went there for a biryani lunch today before heading to the hospital just to make the weekend a little more interesting. Unfortunately, the weather has been pretty bad so I didn't get a chance to photograph the colorful stalls around the area.
I chose to join the queue at Yakader, which is one of the best stalls at the Tekka Hawker Center for Dum Biryani.The Dum method of cooking stews food in a pot sealed with dough or foil to prevent the steam from escaping. The food steams slowly in its own juices, absorbing the delicate flavour of the spices and herbs which are added at the start. Dum cooking was brought to India by the Mughals from Central Asia. See the size of each of the pots of biryani.You have a choice of chicken, mutton or fish with your biriyani accompanied by archar and a bowl of curry. The biriyani rice is served on a plastic tray on top of a piece of banana leaf. Lilik and I each chose a different meat, she chose chicken and I mutton. We each had a glass of teh tarik to wash the meal down.This was the mutton on my plate, it was tender, fragrant and very well cooked, and truly satisfying. After our lunch, we walked around so that I could photograph some of the stalls but bad lighting was a problem today.
Some of the other stalls along the same row - an Indian Rojak seller and a Prata seller in a sarong and covered in sweat.

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