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Afghanistan Family Restaurant's Nasi Biryani
By Alfred June 13, 2009
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Afghanistan Family Restaurant's Nasi Biryani
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Indian Cuisine
Coffee Shop
Price Range:
S$1 - S$5
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
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To find a Nasi Biryani stall is a fairly easy thing to do. Just about every corner in Tampines area I can spot an Indian or Muslim kopitiam and there are bound to have a stall inside selling Biryani. However, as is with every other food, not every stall can produce a plate of Nasi Biryani where you can eventually shout “Si Bei Tok Kong!”

Now often when we are deciding what food to eat, we will take a look at the stall’s display and see whether the food is apetizing or not, right? Nasi Biryani is the kind of food where you can hardly spot anything because most of the time, the meat curries are all in some kind of pot and all covered up. So how?

Luckily for me, there is another way to judge a Nasi Biryani stall without looking into the pot. Ok my method is simple – just look at the size of the pot. Usually if the rice or curries pot is big, then it means that they are cooking a lot and it’s usually because they need to serve a large number of customers, that’s pretty straight forward right? I don’t usually like to see those just slightly bigger than home use kind of pot. I want those large in-your-face kind of pots that seems to be shouting out “NASI BIRYANI”.


This Nasi Biryani stall at the Afghanistan Family Restaurant in Tampines Blk 201 is really quite something. For as long as I remembered, they’ve served Nasi Biryani from gigantic pots and there would be queues forming at meal times.

They got so busy until they decided that the stall helpers would do nothing but prepare your order and you will have to make your payment at the drinks counter where they have a cashier collecting money. Assuming that the stall helpers would save some time in serving customers under that system, it fathoms me as to why the queue still seems to be as long as before.

While I’m not totally new to this Nasi Biryani stall, this was the first time I tried their Mutton Biryani. The previous times I always had Chicken Biryani which was so good that whenever I came to this kopitiam, I must have a plate. The Chicken Curry is quite unique in that they deep fried all their chicken pieces before they dump it all into the curries. The end result is quite extraordinary. You have the deep fried ‘pang pang’ chicken skin coated with delicious south indian curries. Well I could practically lick the whole piece of chicken up until there were no more meat or juices left.

The Mutton Biryani was surprisingly good too. Full of the mutton flavour and the meat was a good cut in that it had those little tendons sticking out at the sides. The Achar that came with it was quite good too and provided some distraction from the meat and rice.

Price: $4

Recommendation: Chicken Biryani

Conclusion: TClearly this is an outstanding place of Nasi Biryani for me. I may tend to be a little biased here since I’ve been eating this since young. And though there are many stalls out there that are better, for $4 I should regard this Nasi Biryani as something that is wonderfully simplistic but yet extremely addictive.

Likes: Curry is nice.

Dislikes: Mutton is quite small.

Address Overall Rating

Afghanistan Family Restaurant
#01-56, Blk 201E Tampines Street 23 S(527201)
Tel: 6783 7746

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7.25/10 ★★★★★★★¼☆☆ 

Readers' Comment(s) : 6
Boon Tiong says:

Sometimes I prefer mutton to chicken biryani because its is boneless.
I ever eaten chicken biryani where they served just a pathetic small drum stick and the meat is all gone just after 3 spoonful of biryani rice.

most of the biryani i tried are not spicy enough. is this one spicy hot?

Posted June 16, 2009
Alfred says:

Yes very small at some places……just like chinese chicken rice..just a few pieces…as compared to Malay’s chicken rice which has like 1/4 of the chicken

Posted June 16, 2009
YumYum says:

I stay near the place and it is one of the lousiest biryani I ever eaten. Both chicken and mutton not fresh and rice bordering tasteless. Never near to the likes of my favourites at Yishun North Point and Tekka Market. Sorry if I am frank.

Posted December 15, 2009
Alfred says:

The rice is not basmatic but the curry can do for me. Used to be $3 so was great value but think now it cost $4 or $4.50.

Posted December 24, 2009
Lin says:

Try the Biryani at Chinatown Complex hawker center (#02-85) Sahas Kitchen. A little pricey, but really authentic Hyderabadi style. If you truly love your Briyani, you’ll know from the invidual rice grains this is for real.

Posted January 11, 2010
GY says:

This is one of the best briyanis around. I wonder how can any of you complain about it. The rice IS basmati and dry and fluffy and very flavourful, the chicken is great as mentioned by the editor, all in all a very outstanding rendition. Perhaps a few of you went at the wrong time when the food wasn’t hot or fresh.

Posted December 27, 2010
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