The Banana Leaf Apollo – Song Of India

Picture taken in Little India. Photo courtesy of Chi Sao.

Picture taken in Little India.
Photo courtesy of Chi Sao.

Besides Chinese food, my next love is Indian cuisine be it from the southern or northern parts. As I am in a hurry to post this (I’m heading into Malaysia in 30 minutes), I’m doing a pictorial post with information taken from Wikipedia for my dinner from last night. Hope you will enjoy them (feasting on virtual food) as much as I did (the real food). 😉

The Banana Leaf Apolo Restaurant was founded about 40 years ago.

The Banana Leaf Apolo Restaurant was founded about 40 years ago.

The official "plate" in a banana leaf restaurant is of course the Banana Leaf.

The official “plate” in a banana leaf restaurant is of course the Banana Leaf.

Papadam, is a thin, crisp disc-shaped Indian food typically based on a seasoned dough made from black gram, fried or cooked with dry heat. Flours made from other sources such as lentils, chickpeas, rice, or potato, can be used. Info: Wikipedia

Papadam, is a thin, crisp disc-shaped Indian food typically based on a seasoned dough made from black gram, fried or cooked with dry heat. Flours made from other sources such as lentils, chickpeas, rice, or potato, can be used.
Info: Wikipedia

When dining in any banana leaf restaurant in Singapore, vegetables comes free when you order rice. There's no sharing of rice (refillable) as they charge by per head count. Here I had cabbage and one more vegetable with plain rice for S$3 per pax.

When dining in any banana leaf restaurant in Singapore, vegetables comes free when you order rice. There’s no sharing of rice (refillable) as they charge by per head count.
Here I had cabbage and one more vegetable with plain rice for S$3 per pax.

 Plain rice with vegetables (usually 2 types) for S$3 per pax. According to the server, this is wintermelon.

Plain rice with vegetables (usually 2 types) for S$3 per pax. According to the server, this is wintermelon.

Rasam or Saaru is a South Indian soup, traditionally prepared using tamarind juice as a base, with the addition of tomato, and chili pepper, pepper, cumin and other spices as seasonings. Info: Wikipedia

Rasam or Saaru is a South Indian soup, traditionally prepared using tamarind juice as a base, with the addition of tomato, and chili pepper, pepper, cumin and other spices as seasonings.
Info: Wikipedia

The origins of yogurt are unknown but in ancient Indian records, the combination of yogurt and honey is called "the food of the gods". Info: Wikipedia Indian yoghurt S$1

The origins of yogurt are unknown but in ancient Indian records, the combination of yogurt and honey is called “the food of the gods”.
Info: Wikipedia
Indian yoghurt S$1

You can choose to eat with your hands which I normally would but because I have a dinner coming up later in the week, I did not want to have tumeric stained fingernails.

You can choose to eat with your hands which I normally would but because I have a dinner coming up later in the week, I did not want to have tumeric stained fingernails.

Fish Head Curry - Iconic Singapore dish, invented by Indians (specifically one Mr. Marian Jacob Gomez, from Kerala) for the Chinese palate which values textures. Not found in India. Info: Wikipedia Fish Head Curry small S$22

Fish Head Curry – Iconic Singapore dish, invented by Indians (specifically one Mr. Marian Jacob Gomez, from Kerala) for the Chinese palate which values textures. Not found in India.
Info: Wikipedia
Fish Head Curry small S$22

My din din is served!

My din din is served!
Curried Squid S$9

Naan, a leavened, oven-baked flatbread, is a general term for various flatbreads from different parts of the world and originally stems from (new) Persian, itself from Sanskrit nayan; being a generic word for bread. The bread is usually served with curry dishes. Info: Wikipedia. Here, I have 2 orders of Garlic Naan. S$3 each

Naan, a leavened, oven-baked flatbread, is a general term for various flatbreads from different parts of the world and originally stems from (new) Persian, itself from Sanskrit nayan; being a generic word for bread. The bread is usually served with curry dishes.
Info: Wikipedia.
Here, I have 2 orders of Garlic Naan. S$3 each

Dal Makhani is a staple food originating from the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent. Dal Makhani’s popularity is due in part to its versatility and the rich vegetarian dish can be served as a main meal, included in a buffet (thali) or as an accompaniment to a principal meal. In India, soups and curries with a red or yellow lentil base are an important staple; however, due to dal makhani's rich texture and lengthy preparation process, many Indians only consume the dish on days of significance, such as birthdays, national holidays, weddings and religious observances. Info: Wikpedia I ate the naan with this.  S$7

Dal Makhani is a staple food originating from the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent. Dal Makhani’s popularity is due in part to its versatility and the rich vegetarian dish can be served as a main meal, included in a buffet (thali) or as an accompaniment to a principal meal. In India, soups and curries with a red or yellow lentil base are an important staple; however, due to dal makhani’s rich texture and lengthy preparation process, many Indians only consume the dish on days of significance, such as birthdays, national holidays, weddings and religious observances.
Info: Wikpedia
I ate the naan with this. S$7

Haha, the Naan and Dal Makhani was so good I had to close my eyes and savour them.

Haha, the Naan and Dal Makhani was so good I had to close my eyes and savour them.

Paneer is a fresh cheese common in South Asian cuisine. In eastern parts of Indian Subcontinent, it is generally called Chhena. It is an unaged, acid-set, non-melting farmer cheese or curd cheese made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice, vinegar, or any other food acids. Info: Wikipedia

Paneer is a fresh cheese common in South Asian cuisine. In eastern parts of Indian Subcontinent, it is generally called Chhena. It is an unaged, acid-set, non-melting farmer cheese or curd cheese made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice, vinegar, or any other food acids.
Info: Wikipedia

My side dish of Palak Paneer (Spinach Paneer) S$10

My side dish of Palak Paneer (Spinach Paneer) S$10

Tandoori chicken is a popular Indian dish consisting of roasted chicken prepared with yogurt and spice mixture tandoori masala. The name comes from the type of cylindrical clay oven, a tandoor, in which the dish is traditionally prepared. Info: Wikipedia Half a bird cost S$12. Served with Mint dipping sauce.

Tandoori chicken is a popular Indian dish consisting of roasted chicken prepared with yogurt and spice mixture tandoori masala. The name comes from the type of cylindrical clay oven, a tandoor, in which the dish is traditionally prepared.
Info: Wikipedia
Half a bird cost S$12. Served with Mint dipping sauce.

The tandoori chicken at Moti Mahal so impressed the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, that he made it a regular at official banquets. Visiting dignitaries who enjoyed tandoori chicken included American Presidents Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy, Soviet leaders Nikolai Bulganin and Nikita Khrushchev, the King of Nepal, and the Shah of Iran. The fame of tandoori chicken led to many derivatives, such as chicken tikka (and eventually the Indian dish popularized in Britain, chicken tikka masala), commonly found in menus in Indian restaurants all over the world. Info: Wikipedia

The tandoori chicken at Moti Mahal so impressed the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, that he made it a regular at official banquets. Visiting dignitaries who enjoyed tandoori chicken included American Presidents Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy, Soviet leaders Nikolai Bulganin and Nikita Khrushchev, the King of Nepal, and the Shah of Iran.
The fame of tandoori chicken led to many derivatives, such as chicken tikka (and eventually the Indian dish popularized in Britain, chicken tikka masala), commonly found in menus in Indian restaurants all over the world.
Info: Wikipedia

மகிழ்ந்து உண்ணுங்கள் (magizhnthu unnungal) means பான் ஆப்பீட் (pāṉ āppīṭ) or "bon appetit": French » Tamil. Am I correct? Have a good meal :D

மகிழ்ந்து உண்ணுங்கள் (magizhnthu unnungal) means பான் ஆப்பீட் (pāṉ āppīṭ) or “bon appetit”: French » Tamil. Am I correct?
Have a good meal 😀

I have tried quite a number of Indian especially southern cuisine in Singapore...

I have tried quite a number of Indian especially southern cuisine in Singapore…

The Banana Leaf Apolo is still my favourite.

The Banana Leaf Apolo is still my favourite.

The Banana Leaf Apolo Restaurant
Address: 54 Race Course Rd, Singapore 218564
Phone:6293 8682
Hours: 10:30 am–10:30 pm

Happy eating 🙂

Info credit: Wikipedia

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14 Responses to “The Banana Leaf Apollo – Song Of India”
  1. Sofia says:

    Hi Sam, I love Indian food it looks great, and you look so fantastic in that sari!!

    • Sam Han says:

      Thanks babe 😀 The outdoor fan was blowing onto my hair and it was a mess but the food was good and I think I ate too much! Hahaha… It would be nice to share the food with you 😀

  2. Kevin says:

    Hurry for a curry??

  3. Janet Rörschåch says:

    Ah, one of my foods of love. Enjoy Malaysia!

    • Sam Han says:

      Just got back after a tiring day! I wanted to visit a pastry shop but did not read properly that they are closed on Tuesdays. What a downer but getting away from Singapore even for a short while is a treat 😀

  4. You even dress as indian princessSam,
    preety damn authentic indian meals,
    but it’s a shame that u enjoying the fish head without hands,
    this make me gratitude even more as a male…hehehe
    no need to bother about finger nails……

  5. sgfoodonfoot says:

    I love their curry fish head. Shit am craving for it now.

  6. Jessica says:

    You look good in a sari! I love Indian food, too, although not when it’s too spicy… Great post!

    • Sam Han says:

      Glad you like it Jessica 😀 I used to love very spicy foods but lately my body cannot stomach them. I had bad gastric and indigestion the following day. Oh well…

  7. you are very brave to have your picture taken eating. If it was me, the camera and the photographer would have been splashed with food. I suspect my parents found me at the age of 8 in a den of wolves, and I never fully mastered this fork and knife business.

    • Sam Han says:

      Well, I’m not brave (closed eyes like ostrich) but I want to live as freely as is possible for now. No one knows what tomorrow will bring but when it comes I’d know I did it my way. Fork and knife, what’s that? I love eating with my hands, I find food taste especially good 😉

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