シンガポールのリトルインディアのフィッシュヘッドカリーの有名な通り、Race Course Rd.に私の好きなインド料理屋、スパイスジャンクション（Spice Junction）がある。こちらはシンガポールのインド料理とは違い、ケララ州とゴアの料理を中心に提供してくれるお店だ。有名なバナナリーフアポロやムートゥはどちからというと
Whenever I visit Singapore, I always have some nice Kerala / Goan cuisine at Spice Junction at the notorious Race Course Rd. General Manager, Mr. Deep is always nice to us. This time, I ordered a Goan dish known as Prawn Balchao. The word Balchao is not Konkani but Portuguese? My conclusion is that the word balchao, written balchão in portuguese, pronounced balchan is neither Konkani, Hindi nor Portuguese. This is a corruption of the word belacan -I hypothesize. According to a Goan guide (www.indiamarks.com/guide/goan-cuisine), "balchão originated in Macao, where it is called balichão.....The traditional Balchão uses paste made from dried shrimp known as 'galmbo' in Konkani spices. .....But many people leave out the dried shrimp paste as this lends a fairly strong fishy flavour to the dish." So I searched balichão (pronounced balichun) and indeed, it is a condiment originally brought over from Malacca by the Portuguese! So should it be not, belacan? Prawn Balchao at Spice Junction has no belacan flavor of course. It sort of reminded me of Mexindian dish -with cumin, garlic powder, cinnamon, and tomatoes. Above foto is a replication and below is the one I ate at Spice Junction.