Culinary Event |Recipe … The Singapore TakeOut {SPICE} & Recipe for Lacy Pancakes!

“1 mobile kitchen, 9 cities, 10 chefs and 15 food brands on a 365-day gastronomic journey.”
Singapore TakeOut

Singapore Take Out, New Delhi New Delhi marks the seventh stop for the Singapore Takeout on its nine-city world tour.  It has already delighted diners in London, Paris, Moscow, New York, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. I was glad to be part of this novel concept, a fun afternoon with live cooking and delicious food, made even more interesting with a good bunch of food bloggers from Delhi. In the picture below – Apeksha, Rituparna Chef Benjamin Seck, me, Parul, Rekha. Also met up with talented fun non-food bloggers like Purba and Prateik.

Photo courtesy Prateik @ Snow Leapards BlogPhoto courtesy Prateik @ Snow Leapards Blog

The event was an exclusive preview and luncheon for the media to a taste of sensational Singapore-inspired food from the Singapore Takeout, a mobile pop-up kitchen concept that unfoldsor should we say, transforms, from what looks like an ordinary shipping container.Singapore Take Out, New Delhi In each city, Singapore’s most innovative and internationally celebrated chefs work side-by-side a talent from each respective destination, whipping up dishes that are so unique, so special, and so incredibly delicious, you’ll be left speechless and wanting more! … Just what happened to me!Singapore Take Out, New Delhi From word go, from the time the container literally popped open with a state of the art kitchen fitted inside, it was a unique culinary experience, one that tantalised the palatte and left us wanting for more. It was an afternoon of inspired food, showcasing the best of Singapore celebrity Chef Benjamin Secks gastronomic expertise. He teamed up with two top chefs from ITC Hotels, Chef Manisha Bhasin and Chef Rajkamal Chopra, to serve up a mouth-watering selection of Singapore-inspired dishes. The result – delightful  renditions of Indian cuisine taken to delicious heights … fusion cooking at its best!Singapore Take Out, New DelhiChef Benjamin’s best-selling dish of Nyonya Prawn Curry with Roti Jalal (lacy pancakes) and his vegan rendition of Popiah Goreng (deep fried spring rolls) filled with cabbage and carrot, were excellent and left us longing for more. The sweet red chilli dip served alongside complimenting the spring rolls beautifully! The spiced prawn curry with the tender lacy pancakes were excellent, full of subtle flavours and spices. We were lucky to see a live demo of the pancakes, and I am happy to share the recipe below. Both dishes reflected the chefs Peranakan heritage and of the diverse cultures in Singapore.

Scampi and Lemongrass Ceviche & Chicken Tikka with NaanPhoto courtesy Prateik @ Snow Leapards Blog

Chef Manisha showcased Duet of Asian Inspired Antipasti, a dish featuring Scampi and Lemongrass Ceviche presented in a traditional methi dhania papdi shell. Accompanying it was ITC Maurya’s specialty Chicken Tikka marinated with Laksa paste to give it a Singapore twist and finished on a charcoal grill. Our tastebuds were screaming for more. The duet fabulous, one cold, one hot, the cold served with a piquant tamarind sauce while the warm tikka tender and moist; they made for a handsome bite indeed. The delicately flavoured tikka was served over a basil naan, the anitpasti plated by the chef herself with expertise that reflected her talent and passion. Laksa Pulao and Vegan Spring Rolls, Singapore take Out, New DelhiAs a flavourful finale, Chef Rajkamal recreated a vegetarian Laksa Pulao, which he showcased during the Singapore Takeout launch in Singapore in April 2011. I finished that bowl of pulao in a heartbeat. Even though I consider myself a small eater, I could have had another serving, it was that good. Each grain of rice separate, flavourful and in harmony with French beans tossed in a laksa curry paste. The touch of a seasoned chef came through in every bite, the spices light and endearing. The pulao was topped with a garlic raita and caramelised onions … a mouthwatering symphony of textures and flavours! Singapore Take Out, New Delhi

The Singapore Takeout is part of the Singapore International Culinary Exchange (SPICE) – an initiative helmed jointly by the International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, Singapore Tourism Board (STB), and SPRING Singapore which champions Singapore’s cuisine, culinary talent and food products globally. “Singapore has come a long way in its culinary journey. The country is fast becoming a must-visit destination for all food lovers, providing inspiration for culinary talent and an environment which encourages fast and furious food innovation,” says Aw Kah Peng, Chief Executive of Singapore Tourism Board, “SPICE will spur this growth on through initiatives like the Singapore Takeout, where our local food and beverage talent will collaborate, exchange ideas, and network with their overseas counterparts.

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[print_this]Recipe: Roti Jalal / Lacy Pancakes

Summary: Savoury Light lacy pancakes made from a flour and coconut milk batter. Serve with a prawn/chicken curry. A Nyonya cuisine recipe from Chef Benjamin Seck

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1 drop yellow food colouring
  • 1 tbs rice flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 eggs, beaten lightly
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Oil for frying


  1. Stir flour, rice flour and salt
  2. Beat eggs, water and coconut milk together.
  3. Incorporate the flour mixture before stirring in the egg yellow colouring. Allow the batter to rest for five minutes.
  4. Heat a flat based frying pan, brush some oil, and when hot pour the batter through a container with holes at the bottom, moving in circles to make a lacy pattern. {A tin can with holes works well here}
  5. Fold the pancakes into quarters and pile them one on top of the other


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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  • 4 years ago

    It was a delightful experience wasn’t it? And the taste of that scrumptious Nyonya Prawn still lingers in my mouth.

  • 4 years ago

    Looks like a wonderful experience. I love Singaporian and Malay cuisine and I am sure you guys must have loved the food.
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  • 4 years ago

    What a fantastic experience Deeba. If only they could travel to the West Coast.
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  • 4 years ago

    That chef is rocking a great ‘tache!

  • 4 years ago

    Wow – you get to go to the coolest things! This event looks fabulous and the food….WOW!! Yum! Wonderful photos. Urgh another reason for us to move to India…. xoxo
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  • 4 years ago

    I can only dream of this kind of food experience in Tucson! But I will definitely make the Roti Jalal soon with some curry.

  • katrina79
    4 years ago

    Wow! The presentations are great! My mouth is watering seeing these yummy dishes! Thank you for sharing this Lacy Pancakes recipe. I will surely love to do this.
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  • 4 years ago

    This sounds like the kind of fun I can have non stop! Prawn curry with Roti Jalal is making me hungry and thanks for sharing his recipe on Roti Jalal . can’t wait to try it!
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  • jessica
    4 years ago

    How I wish to travel in this place to try the food of this chef..I am sure this kind of food is really delicious..

  • Anna
    4 years ago

    I absolutely love these pictures! This is exactly how they should be, a good food picture should make your mouth water :). I bet you have had great time!

  • jessietaylor92
    4 years ago

    I really amazed with our very talented chief! And I’m looking forward to be one of them.
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  • RougeBaguette
    4 years ago

    Hi Deeba, just discovered your blog and it’s simply fabulous! Just to clarify on this post: the correct spelling should be Roti Jala (not Jalal). Roti means bread while jala means net (due to the net-like appearance of the crepes). It’s a Singaporean favourite! :)

    • 4 years ago

      Hi there R. Thank you for the sweet words. Mean a lot to me. I thought the spelling should be Roti Jala too, but the printed card from Chef Benjamin spelt it this way {ie Jalal}. Jala here in India means lace as well.
      On another note, it’s wonderful to meet you!

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