travel bite: Little India, Singapore

I’m seated at a slightly tired looking cafe on the corner of Campbell Lane and Kpg Kapon Road. Mirroring my orange-topped table with canary yellow formica seats, set before emerald green doors  pushed back against dusty lemon yellow walls, is a similar establishment all dressed up in blue. Here I am surrounded by Indians, whilst my opponent shelters Malays and Indonesians.

I’m observing a group of regulars on a nearby table sipping their beers and coffees, when a man places an order at the counter. I glance over in time to see him being handed a pouch.

This translucent piece of plastic, reminiscent of a sandwich bag, has a blue drawstring top. Jiggling within its casing is a creamy brown substance.

‘A curry sauce perhaps?’ crosses my mind.

And whilst I’m puzzling over the precarious nature of this receptacle, the density of its contents hard to judge, out of sight the man picks something up.

As he exits the cafe I watch as a straw is inserted into the gap that the drawstring has formed. And off the man strides across the street, takeaway coffee in hand.

sri veeramakaliamman temple, serangoon road


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