So today’s episode is very special. In celebration of Deepavali, we are actually going around Singapore to try some Indian buffets, but my food knowledge on Indian cuisine is very limited, So let me bring someone along with me. My neighbour!! Rusty, you want to come eat with us? Is that a no? That’s a no. Hi guys, welcome to another episode of Eatbook vlogs, I am Chiara and today we have Kabir and I am Chiara’s neighbour. So I am Punjabi and I absolutely love Indian food, So tell me what you know about Indian food? Well I know prata, I know butter chicken, I know naan, I know… More prata, strawberry prata, chocolate prata, coin prata, all the assortments right? Ya, I only eat them, I don’t know anything about them. Lucky for you I am going to bring you to some Indian buffets today and I am going to teach you a few stuff. So should we go and whack those buffets? Let’s go! Okay, we are now at the first stop, where are we? We are at Riverwalk Tandoor Not tan-door meh? No, you think open door meh? Is turn-doo Omg I always call tandoori chicken, tan-doori chicken. Okay, so we have a very big spread of food here, We got butter chicken, black pepper mutton, and for the vegetarian dishes, we got dum paneer. Omg everything sounds so good, what should we start off with? If you are asking me right, my personal favourite will be the butter chicken, and the garlic naan, which is free-flow by the way. Hot damn, free-flow! So we got plain, buttered, garlic naan free-flow as well as tandoori roti Okay first of all, your plate damn small eh Huh why? You need a bigger plate lah You want to eat Indian food you need to eat a lot you know Okay, we got our bigger plate. Now I am ready! Sure not? Yes, I am ready! Are you sure you can finish everything? No I cannot You have to you know. Otherwise it’s bad luck. Huh! No, I am just kidding. Okay, how do you usually eat it? I eat with my hands Should I try? Yes! So you take your rings off. Oh shucks, it smells so good already! I teach you okay, I teach you, You take a bit of curry and the chicken right, Then you take the naan Break into how much you can fit into your mouth, That’s the whole thing what You can fit the whole naan into your mouth ah No la, cannot And then you grab whatever you can Cheers Skipping breakfast for this is worth it already It doesn’t get any better than this, trust me. I don’t think this is spicy, I guess butter and the cream kind of cancel out on the spice. But it’s so fragrant and so smooth and so rich! There are actually a lot of spices in this but because it’s tomato base with cream, so it kind of balances it out? So you know the chicken they used inside the butter chicken right, is also made in the tandoor. So they don’t spice it up too much Otherwise it will overpower the curry. And then they cook the chicken in the sauce as well so the flavour kind of infuses into the curry. You can taste a hint of smokiness in the sauce. Because in the tandoor, we cook it with charcoal. So anyone who is a beginner with Indian food right, go for butter chicken. Wa I don’t want to move on, I still have half a naan left. I share my naan with you Cos mine is all soaked with butter The naan damn fluffy right, Ya and I really like that there are actually real garlic bits on the naan The moment it comes out right, They slap on that generous layer of butter and garlic The garlic naan is not only a good carrier of the butter chicken, it’s amazing on its own. It’s like you can taste the char, you can taste the fragrance of the garlic. If naan wasn’t so fattening, you will see me sleeping and then wake up (munching). Okay, okay, we take the tandoori chicken. Cheers! Yay, I am so happy, he’s the only one who likes to cheers with me at every spoonful, every chunk. It’s still as tender as the butter chicken, but this one, it feels like it got a dry rub instead of a sauce. The spice of the tandoori chicken also sneaks in at the very end. Eh, a bit like mala! Really ah? I never eat mala before! *shock* Maybe next series, Indian friend tries mala! So this is dum paneer. Dum paneer is similar to how butter chicken is made. So butter chicken is masala, tomato base and cream, This one is just your masala and cream. So it’s going to be pretty good. So just now I was picking it out from the buffet, it smells damn good! Entering your nostrils like EAT ME! Ya, I saw you! He scooped and then he did this *sniffs sniffs*. It’s on the sweeter side. Sorry if I look like a mess, but it’s so good! The burst of flavours right? When I pinched the paneer right, I realised the centre is still white So that’s why when you eat this dish, you can still taste the cheesiness. Like the spices do not overpower the cheesiness of it. It’s slightly milky, texture is similar to feta cheese. It’s slightly spongier but not salty at all. Do they have a chicken paneer? That’s why I am combining both together! Oh ya, okay, that’s smart! Great minds think alike right? So now, we just lick our fingers off. So how’s the whole experience eating with your hands? More flavourful right? Can I just say I feel more at home? Yes, that’s the whole point! Okay, after all this food now right, I am actually craving something sweet. I see it looking at us and we are looking at them. It’s calling out right, with the glorious *ahh* Can you tell me more about this thing? The golden balls Gulab jamun. The easiest way to explain to people, it’s like a mini fried milk donut. Even though it smells really good already, it gets even better. It’s soaked in sugar syrup that has been infused with cardamom. And I see a lot of almonds on it. I already know this is going to be good This is really as what you said a milk donut! It’s slightly chewier than a typical sugar-glazed donut. A bit more dense also. I am a bit embarrassed to say but I am flawed by how good the food is because usually I only eat prata, naan, butter chicken, I mean you can count with one hand what kinds of Indian food I have eaten. I really like the butter chicken here, I like the paneer, I love the butter chicken and paneer, You are learning well, can be half-Indian already! They actually have a promo that’s going on until the end of the year, So on Monday to Friday, the lunch buffet is $15.90++ and weekends is back to $18.90++. I’d definitely come back again, we stay together right? Come, let’s come here again together! Come with your sister also! Now we are here at the second location and it is called Sitara Restaurant, Right… Not opposite but very close to Mustafa Very close to City Square Mall as well. I thought that all Indian Buffets would be offering the same spread, Butter chicken, paneer and etc. But the spreads are really different actually We’ve got our palak paneer, butter chicken again your favourite. We’ve got dal makhani, lentils in a creamy sauce so they cook together And also we’ve got vegetable pakora This is something they didn’t have at Riverwalk so you want to try that out first? Both of us took a sip of water It’s a tad bit dry A little bit dry But I love that it is a little bit crispy on the outside And you don’t really taste the vegetables Okay, the thing about this pakora right, they always use quick-cook vegetables You know potatoes, they take very long to cook right So the kind of vegetables they put in are like peas and stuff like that They cook very easily So when you fry it with the heat It kinds of softens into that whole dough itself that’s why you don’t really taste the vegetables and it is very very flavourful. Correct, very heavy on the spice. Oh! There’s a little bit of heat at the back of the throat. Next up, next up, Palak paneer. Palak… Palak paneer. We had paneer just now right? That one that we had just now is more of a tomato, creamy base. This one is in spinach, So we call it saag. Saag means like a spinach dish so it’s cooked until it’s really soft and it kind of disintegrates. Also, do you want to have your naan or do you want to have chapati today? Oh ya, I want to try the chapati. Okay, let’s try the chapati. Because there is a pool of butter in the middle and I love butter Okay, let me serve you some palak paneer. Thank you! You can really tell that it is wheat based, like the colour itself is a bit more brown right. Ya, its got a different distinct smell I think my mum would like this kind of chapati Because wheat is it? C: Healthier… Correct!
K: Because every time eat wheat bread at home My mom also Get forced to eat wheat bread Cheers! I must say the chapati really tastes a bit more healthy you can really taste the wheat component For this dish right, not as creamy as the one from Riverwalk. so the cheesiness of the paneer really stands out. I think it is very light on the spices as well. So that’s why you get the earthiness, the pure earthiness from the spinach And I feel the Paneer is slightly different from when it was at Riverwalk The texture is about the same But the flavour-wise, this one is slightly milkier. Okay fun fact, just now I took all my rings out at Riverwalk right, I don’t have it with me now. You left them there. All four rings! We’ve got goan fish curry. Oooo! Something that the other restaurant didn’t have right, fish curry. Yes, correct! I feel like the fish is really really flavourful like along with the masala right, it’s so good and the naan is really really fluffy. You can really taste the butter from the naan as well, and that just adds on a whole different taste profile. Do y’all use coconut milk for your curries? Not very often. I think it is more into South Indian dishes where they use a lot of coconut milk Whereas for North Indian dishes, we use a lot of cream. For this dish, it tastes very different from all the curries I’ve tried today. And I love it. I mean I love both But this one I love it in a different coconut way Because there is a different variation I guess, that’s what you mean? Along with the butter naan, Eh the butter naan is good! It’s really chewy as compared to the chapati. I think that is the main difference between these two. They also have butter chicken here which we both love. Any Indian buffet with free-flow butter chicken is a good buffet. But the difference is that this one is not boneless. I think we don’t need to sell butter chicken to our audience, because they will auto grab butter chicken. I am really excited for the desserts. So over here, what do they have, what is this? So this white glorious stuff over here is called kheer, K-H-E-E-R, sweet rice pudding. So what they do is, they cook the rice in milk and sugar and a little bit of spices, maybe like cardamom and a tad bit of rose water as well. So I don’t know if you saw when you picked out the kheer earlier on You see sprinkles of pistachio nuts and rose petals over it right, Say no more. Let’s go for it, I don’t have spoon. It’s very very creamy and milky and the rice is so soft, it just melts in your mouth. I would say that the rice is interesting though it adds a very grainy texture compared to the gulab jamun that we had just now at Riverwalk which is a hot dessert, this is a cold dessert, so it’s a nice turn to things where after hot and spicy food you get a really nice cold and creamy dish to soothe everything down. You know what this really reminds me of? Let me guess, can I guess? Okay, you guess you guess, That Wang Wang the drink is it? OMG YES! Wang Zai Milk, yes, that’s it! OMG, it’s the same colour Ya it’s the same colour and it tastes exactly the same as well! Okay, not exactly the same, a little bit different. I think for sure I will come back for the goan fish curry and their paneer. The dishes here go on rotation and I am actually surprised that there are only 2 non-vegetarian dishes! Actually for North Indian food right, the main focus is mostly on the vegetarian dishes because we got a huge spread of different dishes It’s not very important for restaurants to have a big spread of non-vegetarian dishes. The lunch buffet goes for $17+, dude that’s under $20. It’s definitely worth it. So ya, how was your experience today with all the food? Wow I would say that you are a really good educator and I have been educated. Like last time I thought that North Indian cuisine would be naan, butter chicken, vegetarian food, but now I know that it’s more than that. It’s a play of textures, a whole wealth of spices, flavour, I am mind-blown today man! What do you think about the buffets today? I feel like both different places have their own unique spread of food, so they both had really really good food! I am very very happy and very full, I think I don’t need to eat dinner already. Same. You know, I am shocked, price point wise, both buffets were very value-for-money! Like everything is under $20 I feel like if you are more of a cream kind of person, you will prefer Riverwalk Tandoor. And then if you like your spices, your veggies, a really strong kick in your masala and curries, that will be Sitara. So comment in the comment section down below what other food you want use to try next. Thank you for watching this episode of Eatbook vlogs, if you like this video, you can catch more over there, don’t forget to like, share and subscribe! HAPPY DEEPAVALI! Let’s go look for Deepavali clothes!