Rolina Traditional Hainanese Curry Puffs Review: Michelin-Approved Handmade Puffs Since 1958

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Rolina Traditional Hainanese Curry Puffs in Tanjong Pagar

Curry puffs are a childhood favourite for many of us. These palm-sized snacks come deep-fried with a crispy crust, encasing a spicy, savoury filling of chicken curry or sardine. One noteworthy stall is Rolina Traditional Hainanese Curry Puffs, which has been making these golden pastries since 1958.

Rolina is currently run by second-generation owner Mr Bren Tham, who took over the business around 10 years ago. What was once a humble pushcart outside Novena Church over 50 years ago is now a hawker stall in Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre.

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Food at Rolina Traditional Hainanese Curry Puffs

These golden goodies earned a Michelin Bib Gourmand award in 2018, so I had high hopes for them. Mr Tham makes everything from scratch, from the dough to the curry filling, which features a secret rempah mix consisting of many spices that he refuses to divulge.

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