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The Original Vadai @ 82 Joo Chiat Rd

82 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427379

8501 8501

$5 · Halal Certified · Takeaway · Singaporean · Seafood · Vegetarian · Indian · Asian

Monday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM Thursday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM Friday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM Saturday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM Sunday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

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D R Taylor

Rated 3.0/5.0 a year ago

The stall at Joo Chiat. We ordered onion, ikan bilis, prawn of cos, chicken liver and chicken boneless meat. Sadly the bishop's nose and gizzard were not yet available. I like it that they offered Shopee Pay. 👍 Somehow I still prefer the stall at Amoy Street Food Center. Probably cos the last time I ordered, everything was just freshly done. Deep fried food just had to be eaten immediately right after they are just done. It seems the street along Joo Chiat has many Halal restaurants and eateries. That's something we could explore another day. In the meantime, enjoy your Vadai!

Samantha Tan

Rated 5.0/5.0 a year ago

Fantastic! We love vadai and have tried many many vadai stalls from all over Singapore and I have to say, this is the best vadai we have ever had! The batter is light and airy and the prawn is fresh. Besides prawn vadai, they have ikan bilis vadai as well. But apart from the vadai, they also offer chicken wings, chicken skin, bishop nose, boneless chicken, chicken gizzard and chicken liver. I bought a stick each of gizzard and liver for $2.30 each and 4 prawn vadai at $1.20 each. There’s always a line formed to buy and usually the order is for their prawn vadai. So to keep up with orders, they are constantly frying their vadai so it’s always fresh and hot. Walking back home 10 mins later, the vadai is still warm. It was gobbled up before I could take any pics of the vadai so I could only show an empty bag. My mom enjoyed the gizzard and liver while we finished the vadai … two thumbs up for the prawn vadai!

Crosby Ong

Rated 5.0/5.0 a year ago

Arguably the best vadai in Singapore. Love their oily aromatic light crispy dough especially the ones with prawns or onions. Some batches of their green chilli can be chilli-padi quality (ie very spicy) like the ones given today! Boom! Have tasted also their Golden Mile Food Centre outlet. Quite consistent quality. Friendly service. Highly recommended.

若久 春生

Rated 4.0/5.0 a year ago

Was in Joo chiat area on a Friday lunch time. There's no queue or crowd at this timing. The very first time I ever tried Vadai was middle last year. We chanced upon this shop on the way to dinner. A friend bought 3 for me to try. Frankly I am not a fan of deep fried oily stuff these days. But these are one of the most delicious sinful food that I had ever tasted that when ever I passed by a stall selling vadai, I would buy a few to sample. The vadai here are sold piping hot and crispy. The outside are deep fried to a greasy crispy exterior whereas the interior dough are fluffy soft. Vadai are best eaten with a bite of the bun and then a bite of the small green chilli. When the friend told me this is how it's usually eaten, I did not believe him. I thought he was pranking me. I have never eaten or bite into any raw green chilli before. The crunchy green chilli gives the bun a extra spicy kick and elevates the vadai to another level. And a few minutes later the tongue starts to burn. The combo of green chilli and vadai complement each other perfectly. Best to have a nice glass of cold milk or soya milk after that to sooth the spiciness after effects of the chillies. Those who cannot take spicy should maybe take a tiny nibble at the chilli then a bite of the bun. Those who love spicy should ask for more green chillies cos they are just never enough. Vadai are extremely sinful and unhealthy. Best not to eat too regularly. I also ordered the deep fried chicken skin to try. Not a fan of fried chicken skin till kfc started selling them. The skins here are very thin, crunchy and crispy. Not very salty though and I think would have tasted nicer with more savory seasoning. An hour or two after buying them, the skins are surprisingly crispy still. The service staff is good. I remembered on my last visit last year, the staff asked if we could wait another 10 mins as the vadais at the counter are cold and not fresh and they are frying a new batch. There was a long queue then. Must try are the Prawn and ikan bilis vadai.

Case Woo

Rated 5.0/5.0 a year ago

Still one of the best vadai. The soft chewy texture, light crisp and unique spicy taste of the dough is awesome. If you pack home, make sure you air fry for 3-5min at 80-120degC for ultimate enjoyment. Damn shiok.

The Shepherd Boy

Rated 1.0/5.0 in the last week

All along buying their vadai at least 10 in Beach Road hawker. The chilli get lesser and lesser. Now 1 vadai 1 chilli ONLY! Kudos to your way doing business. Deserve you now no more queues. And may all your chills rot before they are sold.


Rated 5.0/5.0 2 years ago

I finally get to try Vadai as I happened to be at Joo Chiat area and that the queue was short. Texture is soft, crunchy and hot as it was freshly prepared. Size is perfect; its thickness and circumference. Oily? Yes because it's deep fried as it's cooked this way. (I've not come across Vadai that's 'baked') Taste is a little salty but manageable. I recommend cold drinks with lots of ice especially for the after taste of chilli padi and on a hot humid scorching afternoon.

Kwokmun Lee

Rated 4.0/5.0 7 months ago

Excellent prawn vadai with a light crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. I could easily eat a few of these in one sitting. I would like to return to try other varieties.

Rin A

Rated 4.0/5.0 9 months ago

Just walked around Geylang Serai and passed by the shop seeing few people was queuing and that was my first time trying vadai. Ordered prawn vadai and chili one. The taste is quiet nice because i like savory food. (I have never try original vadai from India so I cannot compare the taste). Texture is crispy and soft inside. There is no different taste between the prawn and chili because chili tasted not spicy but for me as Indonesian, this snack is quiet comfortable. + they gave you chili padi (raw, uncut) - service was slow. but nevermind I will go there again because I like the taste.

Nur Aini

Rated 3.0/5.0 a year ago

I have always loved their vadai. Since covid, and their humble beginnings it was really good, consistent size and quality. However since multiple rapid expansions and pasar malam or night bazaar, i bought from different outlets and always get inconsistent sizes and it was unsatisfactory. Prices inflate i do not have an issue,but buying a product which costs me $1.30 with varying results and sizes do matter. I have some super small 3-4cm width (woman) palm size product crunchy but no soft doughy texture which i know and love. As the crunch felt like i was eating crispy bread. Even their green chilli comes black rotten. I bought 10pcs normally and maybe 40% are the super crispy(non doughy) types. These normally happens if you buy from bazaars/pasar malams/night markets. I can attest to this, as i bought from tampines pasar malam, geylang (from 3 different stalls). However it tells a different story if they are selling at physical stores, more consistency and better quality which matches up to price point. What i love is that the price of vadai is the same across stores and night markets. Except the Jewel outlet abit pricier( it is Jewel afterall) I do wish there is better quality control for the products sold. Maybe the rapid expansion in multiple succession causes drop in quality? I do hope the owners see this review. Been meaning and trying to get my msg across however do not know how. CONCLUSION, buy from physical stores and not night markets. You'll fare better there. Note: TheOriginalVadai team has reached out and responded via PM and they have graciously mentioned that they will look into the quality of their vadai at night markets and the quality of their green chillis. I hope to see improvements too :). Thank you for reaching out!


Rated 5.0/5.0 in the last week

Highly recommended! The customer service helped resolved an issue professionally . Ordered 3 boxes of 20 prawn vadai for a Sunday Easter gathering. Unfortunately it was delivered a day early. Called up to inform them that it had arrived one day too soon ! Ena immediately resolved it with no fuss. I appreciate that it was a miscommunication and a very over efficient staff person who thought it was for Sat. We have always loved this Vadai and buy it often. Thank you Ena for fixing it. Will tell all my friends to order from you 👍👍👍

SeungJun Kim

Rated 4.0/5.0 2 weeks ago

First time trying Vadai and it tasted great. It is personally my kind of favourite finger food. Would definitely buy again, affordable prices and crunchy textures to the fried food I would have bought a lot to eat if they were healthy for consumption, but they're deep fried so I had to control myself and only eat a few