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Singas Pizza, Route 9, Parlin NJ

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An Indian friend who knows that I like a taste of the exotic recommended that I try Indian-style Pizza. Now before somebody suggests that it is a ridiculous idea to have Indian pizza rather than Italian, I should point out that nearly every country that has adopted pizza has their own touches for making it. The Scots seem to like ham and pineapple pizza, though you rarely find it in the US. You do find it at Singas. I think the Greeks have a teardrop shaped pizza. By the way the Baltic Republics have excellent herring pizza. I like things exotic.

I asked my friend what made Indian pizza different from, say, American pizza. He was sort of at a loss to put it into words, making me all the more anxious to try it. Well, based on three pies (I will explain why three later on) I would say that it is not a lot different. The toppings are not particularly exotic sounding. But at least at Singas is piles a lot of toppings on a pizza. Back when I was first ordering pizza I seem to remember that American pizza was made with a lot of toppings, but then pizza parlors started playing the same game that the auto companies did. They make a basic model that is very basic and then they over-charge for lots of options or in this case toppings. Singas loaded the lots of toppings on. They did that a little more for their vegetarian pizzas than for the pepperoni and mushroom, but it wasn't bad.

Then there are the condiments. There is the grated Parmesan and the pepper flakes. They are also just like the US. But they also had bottles of Start Hot Curry Sauce. (Did I mention I like exotic flavors?) Good stuff and it does lend an Indian flavor to the pizza. In Parlin of you like the Start sauce you can find it just a few feet away at Patel Grocery. The North Brunswick Singas is also right next to an Indian grocery, I think.

Singas is a chain, and they there are several in New Jersey. A large pizza will serve people, but they have a deal that if you buy two large pizzas you get a free smaller pizza. That means that I will be eating pizza for breakfast for a long time to come.

Side note: the best way to reheat pizza is not in an oven but in a covered fry pan at medium heat. No oil. Check it every two or three minutes to see when the cheese gets soft. The lower crust gets crispy. The toppings rejuvenate just fine. The result rivals fresh pizza.

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