Rolina has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a roadside stall set up by founder, Uncle Tham, in 1958 in Singapore outside Novena Church.
Story of Rolina
Uncle Tham, who has no education, got to learnt how to make curry puffs from a Hainanese sailor when he was just 19.He started selling curry puffs outside Novena Church to get a decent living for himself.When he started to earn some money, he bought a motobike with a sidecar to sell his Curry Puffs just outside Sputnik Cafe in Serangoon Gardens together with his current Mrs Tham.It took them 9 years of selling curry puffs before they saved up enough to get married!The couple has been making the traditional Hainanese Curry Puffs and moved to a small stall in Ang Mo Kio and eventually open a bakery in 1976 to sell other traditional goodies and foodstuff.Finally now they have two outlets,Serangoon Gardens Way Food Centre,Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre.
Rolina is named from a twist to its original name “Novena" by the customer.
Each curry puff - golden, crisp, melt-in-your-mouth - is prepared by hand. From spices to ingredients, to the crimps in the crust.
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