Teh Tarik


A tea drink made with milk (usually condensed or evaporated milk). Traditionally the tea is tarik'ed (pulled) by successive pouring from one container/cup to another and back, however this is not always practised by all shops. Usually Malay or Indian-muslim owned, such stalls typically sell food like roti prata and nasi bryani as well. But some, called 'Sarabat' stalls, are known to sell only drinks.

Sarabat Stall (no name, opposite Kampong Glam Cafe)

Sarabat stall at Baghdad Street
The unnamed sarabat stall along Baghdad Street.
Sarabat stall at Baghdad Street
A lazy afternoon, everybody's 'chilling out' with their cup of tea. In the background is Kampong Glam Cafe - more glam than this sarabat stall for sure.

Categories: Halal-Muslim, Teh Tarik, Sarabat

Located at 21 Bussorah Street. (Along and at junction with Baghdad Street), Singapore 199439
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One of the oldest surviving milk tea (sarabat) stalls in town. This stall still sells its full glass of milk tea for 60 cents !
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A M Mohamed Haniffa Hot & Cold Drinks

Tekka Market and Food Centre
Tekka Centre comprises a market and food centre. It is located next to the busy road junction of Sungei Road and Serangoon Road, opposite the Tekka Mall shopping centre.
Tekka Market and Food Centre
Tekka Centre has a good mix of Chinese, Malay and Indian food. Walk further into the centre, and you'll find the wet market selling meats, seafood, spices and fresh vegetables

Categories: Halal-Muslim, Sarabat, Teh Tarik

Located at #01-320 Tekka Market and Food Centre, Block 665 Buffalo Road, Singapore 210665
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This is one among the many stalls that serve masala tea (chai masala) in Tekka Food Centre. I've tried a few stalls but this one is my preferred. The tea comes with a generous scoop of masala powder and isn't too sweet unlike that from stall #01-327. In total, I counted 4 drinks shops - #320, 322, 325 and #327 - all selling teh masala and ginger tea (teh halia) within the same row of stalls. This must undoubtedly be Singapore's Masala Tea Row ! The other shops in the row are all halal food stalls selling mutton soup, chicken/mutton bryani, mutton chops, tulang (mutton bone with marrow), roti prata, Indian rojak and other local Malay/Indian dishes. Just this row of hawker stalls alone makes it worth your while to visit Tekka Market & Food Centre.
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Komala Vilas Restaurant

Komala Vilas Restaurant
Komala Vilas Restaurant is located along Serangoon Road right smack in the middle of little India and near the famous Tekka market
bhattura (batura)
A bhattura (bhatura) is served puffed up with steamy hot air.
bhattura (batura) with dal
The dish comes with chickpeas or channa(chana) dal, fresh onions (really crunchy ones), green chilli and a slice of lemon.
hot milk tea
Hot milk tea served up in a stainless steel cup. You also have a choice of other teas such as masala tea and ginger tea.

Categories: Indian, Vegetarian (Indian), Roti Prata, Teh Tarik, Vadai, Thosai

Located at 76 Serangoon Road, Singapore 217981
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This is a no-frills air-conditioned shop that has been around for decades. Offers a wide variety of vegetarian Indian dishes such as chapati, poori (puri), masala thosai (dosai), parota (prata), mango lasi (yoghurt drink), bhattura (or batura) (see photo) and vadai. The shop also sells a variety of Indian sweets (mithai). On a good day, the hot tea here can be really good. It may have spawned a fast-food chain bearing the same Komala name, but this shop is the original and serves up the real thing !
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AB & ABC Restaurant

AB & ABC Restaurant
AB & ABC Restaurant is at a corner shophouse of Joo Chiat Road and Duku Road.
AB & ABC Restaurant
You can get a range of Malay-Indian food and snacks here.
masala tea
Not your usual teh tarik - try the masala tea (teh masala or masala chai) which is made with a blend of spices including cloves and cinnamon.

Categories: Halal-Muslim, Nasi Bryani, Roti Prata, Teh Tarik, 24hrs, Mutton Soup (Indian Muslim)

Located at 365 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427610
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This is a cozy Indian-Muslim tea and makan place nestled among the shophouses of Joo Chiat. One of the few roti-prata-teh joints that serve masala tea (chai) in Singapore.
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Bismillah Sarabat Stall

Changi Village Market and Food Centre
Changi Village Market & Food Centre up ahead, as seen when walking in from Changi Village Road
Changi Village Market & Food Centre
Changi Village Market and Food Centre Block 2, where most of the food stalls are located.
Bismillah Sarabat Stall
Bismillah Sarabat Stall is the only teh tarik stall open in the pre-dawn hours at Changi Village Food Centre

Categories: Halal-Muslim, Teh Tarik, Cakes and Pastries, 24hrs, Sarabat

Located at #01-68 Changi Village Market & Hawker's Centre, Block 2, Changi Village Road, Singapore 500002
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Not exactly 24 hours, but this stall opens around 4am everyday till late at night. A fishball noodle stall opposite them is one of the few other food stalls at this hawker centre that were open at 5am when I visited on a weekday.
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Suriya Curry House / Banana Leaf Restaurant

Suriya Banana Leaf Restaurant
Get your nasi brani, roti prata and teh tarik here.
Suriya Banana Leaf Restaurant
Strict house rules ! Suriya is open 24 hours daily except Friday noon-2pm for prayers
bee hoon goreng
Bee hoon goreng with egg. Slurpz !

Categories: Halal-Muslim, Teh Tarik, 24hrs, Roti Prata

Located at 536A Upper Serangoon Road., Singapore 534552
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Al-Madinathul Munawwara Restaurant

Al-Madinathul Munawwara
Al-Madinathul Munawwara at Yio Chu Kang Road - or what I call YAPP (yet another prata place)

Categories: Halal-Muslim, Teh Tarik, 24hrs, Roti Prata

Located at 176-178 Yio Chu Kang Road., Singapore 545626
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This spacious 24hr prata/teh-tarik place is located at a stretch of Yio Chu Kang Road near the junction with Serangoon Garden Way. This one has a corner stall that sells satay and halal bbq seafood. You'll be spoilt for choice in this area as there are at least 3 other round-the-clock prata/Indian food eateries beside this one. The main grouse here is that there aren't much proper parking lots (double-yellow) at this stretch, although the TP tends to leave this relatively quiet place alone.
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Al-Ameen Eating House

Cheong Chin Nam Road
Cheong Chin Nam Road - definitely the most popular food street this side of Upper Bukit Timah
Al-Ameen Eating House
Al-Ameen Eating House is near the junction with Chun Tin Road not far from the big public carpark
Al-ameen menu1
Al-ameen's Thai Muslim seafood menu
Al-ameen menu2
Al-ameen's Thai Muslim seafood menu 2
tehcino bing
Tehcino bing (cappucino-style iced tea with milk)

Categories: Halal-Muslim, Teh Tarik, 24hrs, Zhi Char, Seafood, Roti Prata

Located at 2 Cheong Chin Nam Road., Singapore 599727
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Situated along Upper Bukit Timah Road, opposite Beauty World Plaza, this popular 24-hour prata and teh tarik place also serves Thai-style Muslim halal seafood dishes as well as Chinese-style zhi-char dishes. There is an in-door air-conditioned room but it's usually stuffy when fully seated. This chain has expanded to a few other places but I'm not sure if they're still operating at those locations.

Food quality is generally decent and above average - although I admit I've not even covered 10% of what they offer in the menu. The range is quite amazing and impressive, though I wonder how the kitchen keeps up stock and quality given such a wide range. But lest we forget, they ARE the *biggest* eatery on this road.
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Thasevi Food

Thasevi Jalan Kayu Roti Prata
Thasevi Food Original Roti Prata - still looks a lot like it used to over the years.

Categories: Halal-Muslim, Teh Tarik, 24hrs, Rojak (Indian), Roti Prata

Located at 237-239 Jalan Kayu., Singapore 799461
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I've not been frequenting this prata place since a few years back (~2005) because I somehow started liking the others at Casuarina Road (Shibly's my fav btw). Boy was I shocked when I came on a Sunday evening (~10pm) in March 2007. First thing that surprised me was the lack of a crowd. Only when I proceeded to order did I realize the teh tarik here is selling for $1 ! And that was before the GST increase in July'07 ! Another gripe is that you have to queue up to order and pre-pay at the counter - don't complain folks, no service charge here ! Stay tuned for my next update on this shop, maybe next year (2008) or 2009.
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Thohirah Restaurant

Thohirah Restaurant Jalan Kayu Prata
Thohirah Restaurant, the other Jalan Kayu prata place.
roti prata egg
Roti prata kosong and roti prata egg with the usual teh tarik

Categories: Halal-Muslim, Teh Tarik, 24hrs, Nasi Bryani, Roti Prata

Located at 258 Jalan Kayu., Singapore 799487
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This is the other major prata shop at Jalan Kayu. A decent place for a decent piece of prata, but not exactly one that I'll go out of the way for (and it IS out of the way unless you live nearby in Jalan Kayu, Yio Chu Kang Road or the recently populated Sengkang East / Fernvale HDB estates. There's an LRT station (Fernvale) nearby, probably 10 minutes' walk or more away. And it seems a future one (Thanggam) will be even closer. Go figure.
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