When anyone visualizes the Arab quarter of Singapore, they think of flowing robes, Persian/Turkish carpets, kebabs and veiled women. But, the irony is that its favorite evening snack has nothing to do with the Middle East. In fact, it is a drink originally from India (but given a Malaysian flavor) and a bite that belongs to South India.
The drink is called The Aliyah (Strong Ginger Tea with condensed milk) and Masala Vadai (Deep fried lentil pancake with spices). And this is offered at a small shop run by two very elderly Malaysia gentlemen. The place is so popular with the locals that one needs to wait in a long queue to get their evening drinks and snacks. The icing on the cake is that the snack is very cheap when compared to Singapore prices.