Singapore top 10 food: 30 Famous Local Foods To Eat In Singapore Before You Die

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Singapore Food: 35 of the Best-Tasting Dishes

Pound for pound, Singapore has to be one of the world’s best countries for food. It’s little more than half the size of Hong Kong but it’s home to one of the most delicious and diverse cuisines we’ve experienced anywhere in the world.

Food is an obsession in Singapore. It forms an important part of their national identity and is viewed as a unifying cultural thread. As you can probably tell from the plethora of hawker centres and Singapore food blogs, eating is a national pastime and a frequent topic of conversation among Singaporeans.

Being from the Philippines, Singapore is a frequent destination for us and much of that has to do with delicious Singaporean dishes like laksa, nasi lemak, char kway teow, kaya toast, and bak kut teh. And let’s not forget about chilli crab and Hainanese chicken rice, Singapore’s national dishes!

Simply put, this island is overflowing with amazing food. If you’re visiting Singapore and looking for the best dishes to eat, then I hope this Singapore food guide leads you to many shiok meals in the city.

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WHAT IS SINGAPOREAN FOOD?

Singaporean cuisine is characterized by its diversity. It’s a multiracial and multicultural country with a population consisting mainly of ethnic Chinese, Malays, and ethnic Indians.

Singapore’s geographic location – between the Pacific and Indian oceans – and its history as a former British colony helped lead to this confluence of cultures.

When Stamford Raffles sought to convert the island into a trading post for the British Empire in 1819, immigrants from China, the Malay Peninsula, India, Indonesia, Europe, the United States, and the Middle East flocked to Singapore. With them came their cultures and culinary traditions which led to Singapore’s food becoming the mixed cultural cuisine that it is today.

This culinary diversity is no better exemplified than at the many hawker centres and food courts found throughout Singapore. Walk into any of these hawker centres and it isn’t uncommon to find a food stall selling Chinese Singaporean food next to a stall selling Malaysian food next to a stall selling Indian food next to a stall selling Indonesian food.

This melting pot aspect of Singaporean cuisine is what I love most about this country. It truly is a food lover’s paradise.

MUST-TRY DISHES IN SINGAPORE

To help organize this Singapore food guide, I’ve broken the dishes down by category. Some dishes can fall under more than one category but I’ve done my best to make it as organized and easy to read as possible. Click on a link to jump to any section.

SINGAPOREAN BREAKFAST

1. Kaya Toast

Kaya toast refers to a traditional Singaporean breakfast dish. It consists of two slices of toast or charcoal-grilled bread spread over with butter and kaya, which is a jam made with coconut, eggs, and sugar.

Kaya toast is believed to have been invented by Hainanese immigrants as a kope tiam dish. Kope tiam refers to traditional coffee shops in Singapore. It’s served with either coffee or tea and two soft-boiled eggs drizzled with dark soy sauce and white pepper. To eat, the soft-boiled eggs are stirred into a sludge and used as a dip for the kaya toast.

Like nasi lemak, kaya toast is commonly eaten for breakfast though it’s often enjoyed as an afternoon snack as well. Available at many coffee shops throughout Singapore, it’s best eaten immediately upon serving when the toast is still warm and the butter cold.

2. Tau Huay

Tau huay refers to a soft tofu dish popular in many Asian countries. It’s a dish of Chinese origin also referred to as douhua, tofu pudding, or bean curd.

Depending on where it’s from, it exists in varying forms though the Singaporean dish is usually served with a clear sweet syrup with or without toppings like gingko nuts or red beans. It can be served hot or cold with different syrups and varying levels of sweetness.

Bean curd is a popular Singaporean breakfast dish that’s often enjoyed with Portuguese egg tarts and/or youtiao (fried dough sticks).

3. Roti Prata

Roti prata is an Indian-influenced flatbread dish found in many Southeast Asian countries. A common street food dish, it’s known as roti canai in Malaysia or parotta in South India.

To make roti prata, a wheat-flour-based dough is flipped and stretched into a large thin layer on a flat grilling pan. The edges are folded inwards to create multiple layers. The roti prata is cooked for about 3-5 minutes until it becomes lightly browned and crispy.

Roti prata can be eaten on its own though it’s often served with a vegetable- or meat-based curry dipping sauce. It can also be cooked with various ingredients like cheese, onions, chocolate, mushrooms, and eggs.

Common at hawker centres, roti prata is a popular breakfast food in Singapore though it can be enjoyed as a snack at any time of the day.

4. Murtabak

Murtabak is basically a stuffed version of roti prata. Commonly sold at hawker stalls and as street food, it’s popular in Southeast Asia and the Arabian Peninsula and can be filled with any number of sweet or savory ingredients.

In Singapore, murtabak is typically filled with spiced beef, chicken, or mutton and served with either a curry sauce, sweet pickled onions, or cucumbers in ketchup. A version filled with mozzarella cheese is also popular.

5. Appam

Appam or hoppers refers to a South Indian pancake dish that’s also widely consumed in Singapore. It’s made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk and can be served in both sweet and savory varieties.

Appam is a popular breakfast dish though it’s commonly enjoyed for dessert as well. It can be served plain or with various ingredients added as a topping. The plain appam I enjoyed below was served with a side of orange sugar and a cup of coconut milk.

If you try appam for breakfast, then you may want to have it with egg. A whole egg is cracked into the center of the pancake while it cooks so you’ll have a beautiful sunny-side up egg in the middle.

6. Congee

Congee refers to a rice porridge dish that’s popular in many Asian countries. Like nasi lemak, it’s a common breakfast food in Singapore though it’s the type of comforting dish that can be enjoyed at other times of the day as well.

Teochew or Singapore-style congee is typically served plain with a slew of Singapore side dishes like lor bak, steamed fish, salted egg, tofu, omelette, and vegetables.

7. Chwee Kueh

Chwee kueh refers to a type of steamed rice cake topped with preserved radish. Like Singapore-style porridge, it’s a Teochew dish that’s popular in China and in other parts of Asia.

To prepare, a rice flour mixture is poured into small, saucer-like aluminum cups and then steamed. The rice cakes take the form of the cups when cooked and are served with diced preserved radish and a side of chilli sauce.

If you like strong Asian flavors, then you’re going to love chwee kueh. The steamed rice cake itself is mild in flavor but the preserved radish is what really makes this dish. It has a strong sweet/savory flavor that’s loaded with umami.

A popular hawker centre dish, chwee kueh is commonly eaten for breakfast in Singapore though personally, I prefer to enjoy it as a midday snack. It’s super tasty but I find its flavors to be too potent for breakfast.

SINGAPOREAN SNACKS / SMALL MEALS

8. Curry Puffs

The curry puff refers to a small pie stuffed with various fillings in a deep-fried or baked pastry shell. It’s believed to be a snack of Malayan origin that was invented during the colonization area, mainly due to its similarities to pastries like the British Cornish pasty, the Portuguese empanada, and the Indian samosa.

A popular street food, they’re enjoyed in various forms but in Singapore, the most common types are made with a thick or flaky English-style crust with a variety of Chinese- and Indian-style fillings.

More traditional fillings include chicken curry, sardine, and tuna but more modern puffs can be filled with less conventional ingredients like durian, yam, corn, and red bean. Pictured below is a classic chicken curry puff with egg.

9. Popiah

Popiah refers to a Fujianese/Teochew-style fresh spring roll. It’s a dish of Chinese origin that’s become a popular street food dish in Taiwan and in many parts of Asia.

Popiah is made with a thin, pancake-like wrapper smeared with a sweet bean sauce and filled with a variety of ingredients like finely grated turnip, jicama, bean sprouts, and lettuce leaves. Depending on the individual vendor, it can be filled with other ingredients as well like fried tofu, crushed peanuts, shredded omelette, minced pork, shrimp, and crab.

10. Rojak

Rojak is an Indonesian dish that’s become a popular food in Singapore and Malaysia. It’s basically a salad made with fresh fruits and vegetables.

To prepare, various ingredients like fresh cucumber, pineapple, and unripe mango and green apple are placed in a bowl and mixed with a thick brown sauce made with shrimp paste, tamarind, sugar, chili, and crushed peanuts.

It doesn’t look all that appetizing but it’s a refreshing and surprisingly delicious dish. It’s sweet, sour, savory, juicy, and crunchy with a good punch of umami from the shrimp paste.

Some westerners may find the combination of tangy unripe fruit and shrimp paste to be odd and off-putting but it’s actually a classic pairing in many Asian countries. It’s definitely one of the most interesting things you’ll eat in Singapore.

11. Satay

Satay or sate refers to a popular dish of seasoned and skewered grilled meat served with peanut sauce. Different types of meat like chicken, pork, mutton, or beef are skewered on bamboo sticks and grilled over a charcoal or wood fire.

Depending on the vendor, satay can be served with different sauces though the most common variety is made with soy and peanut sauce. In Singapore, peanut sauce is most common.

Satay is believed to have originated in Indonesia where it’s considered a national dish. Because of its popularity and universal appeal, it can be found pretty much anywhere from street food carts to hawker centers to proper sit-down restaurants in Singapore.

12. Orh Jian (Oyster Omelette)

Orh jian is a popular dish that you’ll find at many hawker centers in Singapore. It refers to an oyster omelette dish made with fresh raw oysters, tapioca starch, and eggs.

Oyster omelette is originaly a Hokkien or Teochew dish that’s become common in many parts of Asia. Often sold at hawker centres and street food carts, orh jian is known by many names like oh chien, or luak, or o-a-tsian.

To make oyster omelette, starch (typically sweet potato starch) is mixed into the egg batter to give the omelette a thicker, gooier texture. It’s fried till crispy and served with a side of chilli sauce.

13. Chai Tow Kway (Carrot Cake)

Chai tow kway or “carrot cake” refers to another popular dish sold at many hawker centers in Singapore. It’s a dish of Teochew origin that’s made with radish cake stir-fried with eggs, preserved radish, and seasonings.

Oddly enough, chai tow kway is commonly known as carrot cake even though it isn’t made with any carrots. It doesn’t have any connection to western carrot cake either. Instead, it’s referred to as carrot cake because the words “chai tow” can mean either “radish” or “carrot”.

Chai tow kway is prepared in different ways but in Singapore, it’s typically cut into pieces and stir fried with eggs, garlic, and spring onion. It comes in white or black versions.

The black version gets its color from a sweet dark soy sauce. The white version isn’t made with this sauce so it tastes saltier and is cooked more like an omelette.

14. Yong Tau Foo

Yong tau foo is a Hakka dish popular in Singapore and in other Asian countries with large Hakka, Teochew and Hokkien populations.

Traditionally, it consists primarily of tofu filled with a ground meat mixture or fish paste. It can be eaten dry with a sauce or served as a soup dish.

But in Singapore, it refers to a dish that can contain any number of ingredients like stuffed tofu, fish balls, fish cake, bitter melon, okra, cuttlefish, and other types of vegetables, meat, and seafood.

After cooking the ingredients briefly in broth, they can be served in a soup or offered dry with the broth served in a separate bowl. It can be eaten on its own or enjoyed with a bowl of steamed rice, noodles, or rice vermicelli.

SINGAPOREAN MEAT / SEAFOOD DISHES

15. Bak Kut Teh

Bak kut teh refers to a Teochew pork rib soup cooked in a complex broth of different herbs and spices. Pork rib soup is a signature dish in Singapore that’s also popular in Malaysia and in parts of Indonesia and southern Thailand.

The name bak kut teh literally translates to “meat bone tea” though no tea is actually used to make this dish. The name is in reference to a strong oolong Chinese tea that’s usually served with the soup to help dissolve the fat from the pork ribs.

To make bak kut teh, meaty pork ribs are simmered for hours in a broth of herbs and spices that include garlic, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, dang gui (Chinese angelica root), and fennel seeds. Depending on the cook, other ingredients may be added to the bak kut teh like offal, mushroom, Chinese cabbage, and tofu.

Available at almost any hawker food centre, bak kut teh is usually eaten for breakfast or lunch with a bowl of steamed rice or youtiao and a dark soy sauce dip with chopped red chilis.

16. Sup Tulang

Sup tulang refers to a devilishly delicious dish made with mutton or beef bones stewed in tomato paste, chili, and spices. It’s considered a true Singaporean dish, created and popularized by an Indian Muslim food stall along Jalan Sultan in the 1950s.

In spite of its appearance, sup tulang isn’t very spicy at all. It’s more savory-sweet than spicy and is served with soft bread to mop up the sauce. The bread with the sauce is heavenly.

Just be warned, this dish is incredibly delicious but it’s also incredibly messy. It’s impossible to slice off the meat and tendon with utensils so you’ll need to hold the bones in your hands and gnaw at them with your teeth.

Be sure to have a fresh packet of napkins ready cause you’ll need them to wipe the tomato sauce off your hands, face, hair, shirt, pants, and shoelaces. It’s one of the messiest and tastiest dishes you’ll eat in Singapore.

As you can probably tell from the picture above, there isn’t much meat on the bones. The real star of this Singaporean dish is the marrow which you’re meant to suck out of the bones with straws. My god was this good.

17. Chili Crab

If you were to eat just one dish in Singapore, then it should probably be chilli crab. It’s a vital part of the local food culture and considered by many to be the single most important dish in Singaporean cuisine.

Chilli crab is prepared by stir-frying crabs — commonly mud crabs — in a thick, tomato- and chili-based sauce. Egg is often added to make the sauce thicker and richer.

In spite of its name, chili crabs aren’t very spicy at all. They taste sweet and tangy with just a hint of spiciness.

Chilli crab is best eaten with fried mantou bread to mop up the sauce. The fluffiness of the mantou with the sweet tanginess of the chilli sauce is a perfect match. The sauce is flavorful and nuanced so be sure to try it with some steamed rice as well.

Singaporeans are extremely proud of their chili crab. Like Hainanese chicken rice, it’s widely considered to be a national dish. In 2011, CNN Go included chili crab in their list of the “world’s 50 most delicious foods”.

If you’re looking for a special local meal in Singapore, one that goes beyond your average food centre dish, then it should definitely be chili crab. It’s a fabulous dish and one of the best things you’ll eat in Singapore.

18. Fish Head Curry

As its name suggests, fish head curry refers to a dish made with a whole fish head – typically red snapper – stewed in a Kerala-style curry with assorted vegetables like eggplant and okra and over a dozen spices. It has mixed South Indian and Chinese origins and is a popular dish in Indonesian, Malaysian, and Singaporean cuisines.

The gravy has a sour-sweet flavor that goes very well with rice and/or naan bread. The entire fish head was excellent but the best parts for me, are the eyeballs (pictured below), jaw, and tongue.

We enjoyed this fish head curry at the legendary Banana Leaf Apolo along Race Course Road. As their name suggests, you’ll eat your curry on a large banana leaf instead of plates. Banana Leaf Apolo is considered by many to be one of the best restaurants in Singapore for fish head curry.

19. Sambal Stingray

Sambal stingray refers to a Malaysian/Singaporean dish of barbecued stingray served with a spicy sambal paste. It’s a popular hawker food in Singapore that’s cooked and wrapped in banana leaves.

Stingray has a firm, meaty texture that’s different from other fish. To cook, a sambal paste made up of various spices, Indian walnuts, and shallots is spread over the stingray before it’s wrapped in banana leaves and then charcoal-grilled.

Personally, stingray with sambal is one of my favorite dishes to eat with beer. It’s spicy and delicious.

20.

Peranakan Cuisine

Peranakan cuisine or Nyonya cuisine refers to the food of the Peranakans. The Peranakans are an ethnic group comprised of the descendants of early Chinese migrants who settled in Penang, Malacca, Singapore, and Indonesia between the 15th and 17th centuries. They inter-married with local Malays and produced a fusion of cultures that manifested itself in many ways, including their food.

Chinese ingredients were used with local spices and cooking techniques to create Peranakan interpretations of Malay food that’s known to be tangy, aromatic, spicy, and herbal. If you enjoy food with bold flavors, then you’re going to love Peranakan cuisine.

For the best example of Peranakan food in Singapore, I suggest trying it at Candlenut. From what I understand, it’s the only Peranakan restaurant in the world that’s been awarded a Michelin Star. Definitely not your average food centre meal.

SINGAPOREAN NOODLE DISHES

21. Laksa

Laksa is one of my favorite dishes in Singapore. It’s a spicy Peranakan noodle soup consisting of thick wheat noodles or rice vermicelli made with chicken, prawn, or fish.

Available at almost any food centre, laksa is hugely popular in Singapore and in other parts of Asia. It exists in three basic types – curry, asam, and a combination of the two. Curry laksa is made with a rich and savory coconut milk base while asam laksa is made with a sour, tamarind-based (or gelugur) soup.

Depending on the ingredients, there are many sub-types of laksa but katong laksa is the type you’ll typically find in Singapore. It’s a type of curry laksa known for its gravy thickened with ground dried shrimp.

22. Bak Chor Mee

Bak chor mee is a popular hawker food in Singapore. It’s made with noodles tossed in vinegar and a myriad of ingredients like minced meat, pork slices, liver, mushrooms, meatballs, and bits of deep-fried lard.

Bak chor mee can come in soup or dry versions. Pictured below is the dry version from Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, one of two Singapore hawker stalls awarded a Michelin Star in 2016. It’s absolutely delicious and something you need to eat in Singapore.

23. Prawn Mee / Hokkien Mee

Prawn mee refers to a popular soup made with egg noodles, rice noodles, prawn, and pork slices. From what I understand, it can come in a dry version as well known as hokkien mee.

I often saw the terms prawn mee and hokkien mee referring to what seemed like the same dish so I asked a Singaporean blogger to clarify. She told me that prawn mee is a soup dish while hokkien mee is a dry noodle dish. Unless I’m mistaken, I believe the ingredients for both are similar.

Pictured below is prawn mee. It’s known for its dark and spicy broth flavored with prawn heads, dried shrimp, white pepper, garlic, and other spices. It’s topped with fried shallots and spring onions and typically served with chopped red chilis in a light soy sauce with lime.

We haven’t tried it but hokkien mee is made by sir-frying the rice noodles with egg, slices of pork, prawn, and squid. It’s garnished with vegetables, bits of chicken lard, sambal, and lime.

24. Char Kway Teow

Char kway teow is one of the most popular dishes to eat in Singapore. It refers to a stir-fried noodle dish made with flat rice noodles cooked over high heat.

To make char kway teow, flat rice noodles are stir-fried in pork fat with light and dark soy sauce, chili, and a slew of other ingredients like belachan (shrimp paste), prawn, blood cockles, Chinese sausage, sliced fish cake, and bean sprouts.

Like nasi lemak, char kway teow is a cheap and delicious dish that’s often eaten for breakfast and sold at many hawker centres in Singapore. Blood cockles and prawns are standard ingredients while more expensive versions can be made with other types of seafood like cuttlefish, squid, and lobster.

As irresistible as char kway teow is, this stir-fried noodle dish has a reputation for being unhealthy due to its high saturated fat content so it’s best to stop after one plate. Or two.

25. Crab Bee Hoon

Like chii crab, crab bee hoon is considered a true Singaporean invention. It refers to a dish made with whole mud crab and bee hoon (rice vermicelli).

Crab bee hoon is available in soup or dry versions. The soup version is served with a milky broth in a claypot while the dry version (pictured below) is prepared by stir-frying the noodles in a wok before braising it in broth.

The crab is usually the star but in this dish, it’s the bee hoon. Vermicelli noodles do an excellent job in soaking up all that sweet and seafood-y crab flavor.

26. Mee Rebus

Mee rebus means “boiled noodles” and refers to a noodle soup dish popular in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It consists of egg noodles served in a spicy and slightly sweet curry-like gravy.

The brown gravy is made with a slew of ingredients like shrimp or tauchu (preserved fermented yellow soybeans) broth, shallots, lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaf, and corn starch as its thickening agent.

Mee rebus is typically garnished with a hard boiled egg, dried shrimp, boiled potato, fried shallots, bean sprouts, and other ingredients.

SINGAPOREAN RICE DISHES

27. Nasi Lemak

Nasi lemak refers to a beloved Malay rice dish consisting of fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf. It’s a popular breakfast food in Singapore and in other countries like Malaysia where it’s considered a national dish.

Like kaya toast, nasi lemak is typically eaten for breakfast though it can be enjoyed at any time of the day. It’s served with a spicy sambal and a variety of garnishes like fresh cucumber slices, ikan bilis (small fried anchovies), roasted peanuts, and hard-boiled or fried egg.

When eaten for lunch or dinner, nasi lemak is usually accompanied by heavier proteins like ayam goreng (fried chicken), sambal sotong (cuttlefish in chili), or small fried fish.

Depending on where it’s from, nasi lemak can exist in varying forms but in Singapore, it’s commonly found in two variations – the Singaporean Malay and Singaporean Chinese versions.

The Singaporean Malay version of nasi lemak is made with a sweeter, less spicy sambal and served with ikan bilis, peanuts, and an omelette or fried egg. Singaporean Chinese nasi lemak on the other hand, is served with a wider variety of sides like deep-fried drumstick, fried chicken franks, sliced fish cake, curried vegetables, and tongsan luncheon meat.

Like laksa and chicken rice, nasi lemak is one of my favorite dishes so the version doesn’t really matter for me. It’s delicious any which way and definitely one of my favorite things to eat in Singapore.

28. Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese chicken rice is one of the most important Singaporean foods and considered by many to be a national dish. It refers to a rice dish of poached chicken and seasoned rice served with sliced cucumber and chilli sauce.

After their British employers were forced out of Singapore during the Japanese occupation, Hainanese servant-class immigrants created chicken rice as an alternate source of income. They opened the first chicken rice restaurants in the early 1940s and the dish has since become one of the most popular hawker center foods in Singapore.

To make Hainanese chicken rice, whole chickens are poached at sub-boiling temperatures. The resulting chicken stock is skimmed off while some of the fat and liquid, along with ginger and garlic, are used to cook the rice. The result is an oily, flavorful rice sometimes referred to as “oily rice”.

Hainanese chicken rice looks colorless and bland but it’s actually very tasty. It’s usually served with a trio of dipping sauces that include chili sauce, kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), and pureed ginger.

Personally, Hainanese chicken rice is one of my absolute favorite dishes and something I need to have on every return trip to Singapore.

29. Claypot Rice

Claypot rice refers to a traditional southern Chinese rice dish that’s become a popular food in Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.

To prepare, rice is pre-soaked and sometimes par-cooked before being finished in a claypot with a mix of ingredients that help impart flavor to the rice. It can be made with any number of ingredients with some of the most common being chicken, salted fish, Chinese sausage, and vegetables.

Slow-cooked over a charcoal stove, the rice develops a scorched rice crust similar to socarrat in Spanish paella or Korean dolsot bibimbap.

30. Duck Rice

As its name suggests, duck rice is a dish made with roasted or braised duck served with steamed rice. It’s popular at hawker stalls in Singapore and in other parts of Asia.

The braised duck is usually cooked with yam and shrimp and served with a heavy dark sauce over rice. It can be served on its own or with other ingredients like braised hard-boiled eggs, preserved salted vegetables, and hard beancurd.

SINGAPOREAN DESSERTS / DRINKS

31. Durian

Durian is a fruit that many people love to hate. They can’t get past the smell which is a shame because it’s absolutely delicious. For me, it’s one of the best and most unique-tasting fruits in the world.

Known as the “king of fruits”, durian is popular in Singapore and in many parts of Asia. It’s known for its strong odor and spiny, thorn-covered rind. Because of its odor, durian is a polarizing fruit that elicits a range of reactions from deep fondness to intense disgust.

People who can’t stand the odor describe it as being similar to the smell of raw sewage or dirty gym socks. I happen to love durian so I don’t mind its smell. It does have a strong and unusual odor but in my opinion, it’s a small price to pay for a creamy and custardy fruit that tastes similar to almonds.

Because of its strong and lingering odor, durian is banned in many public places in Singapore, including the MRT.

Also know that not all durian are created equal. Some are more prized (and thus pricier) than others with some of the most sought after brands being Mao Shan Wang, D24, and Red Prawn. Check out this article for a list of the best durian in Singapore.

32. Kueh

Kueh refers to a family of bite-sized snacks or desserts popular throughout the region. It’s a broad term used to describe a wide spectrum of food products like cakes, dumplings, pudding, or pastries usually made with rice or glutinous rice. Most are sweet but some, like chwee kueh, can be savory.

Pictured below is kueh lopis, a type of kueh made with glutinous rice, gula melaka, and shredded coconut.

If I remember correctly, the green and white kueh below is kueh salat while the other one is kueh bingka jagung. Kueh salat is made with pandan and tapioca while kueh bingka jagung is made with corn pudding and palm sugar.

33. Cendol

Cendol refers to a shaved iced dessert made with strands of green rice flour jelly mixed with coconut milk and palm sugar syrup. It’s a popular dessert in Singapore and in many parts of Southeast Asia.

Depending on where it’s from, other ingredients can also be added like red azuki bean, diced jackfruit, glutinous rice, sweet corn, and durian. In Singapore, cendol is typically made with sweetended red bean with the palm sugar poured over as a syrup.

34. Ice Cream Sandwich

To many westerners, this may be the oddest entry in this Singapore food guide. Ice cream wrapped in a slice of white bread may be weird to some people but in some countries like Singapore and the Philippines, it’s an iconic snack.

You can have your choice of flavor like strawberry, vanilla, or durian wrapped in bread (either white or rainbow-colored) or between wafers. For the truest Singapore food experience, I suggest going with the bread.

35. Teh Tarik

Teh tarik refers to a hot milk tea beverage popular in Singapore and in other Southeast Asian countries. Its name literally means “pulled tea” and is in reference to the way the tea is poured back and forth from a distance.

As you can see below, teh tarik vendors have mastered the art of “pulling” the tea without spilling a drop. They do this to aerate and mix the drink, as well as to cool it and improve its flavor.

Teh tarik is a sweet and rich milk tea drink that’s great to have after a heavy meal in Singapore.

SINGAPORE FOOD TOURS

No one knows the food in Singapore better than a local. Singaporeans are some of the most food-obsessed people in the world so what better way to experience Singapore’s food culture than by going on a food tour? I went on a food tour in Singapore and learned about a few interesting Singaporean dishes I had never heard of before.

It’s fun visiting hawker centres on your own but if you’re pressed for time, then going on a Singapore food tour with a knowledgeable local is one of the best and easiest ways of experiencing the cuisine. Check out Get Your Guide for list of food tours in Singapore.

SINGAPORE COOKING CLASSES

We haven’t done it in Singapore but taking cooking classes is one of our favorite things to do on trips. The way I see it, it’s one of the best ways to learn about an unfamiliar cuisine. It’s like looking under the cuisine’s hood. If you’d like a more in-depth look at Singaporean cuisine when you visit, then check out Cookly for a list of cooking classes in Singapore.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON SINGAPOREAN CUISINE

It’s funny, the more I explore a country’s cuisine, the more I understand how much more there is to learn. We’ve been to Singapore many times but every visit always leaves me wanting for more.

As fond as we are of Singaporean cuisine, we’ll definitely be back to refine and build upon this Singapore food guide. Like Japan and Vietnam, Singapore is one of our favorite countries for food and a place we will never grow tired of. It never ceases to amaze how much good local food there is to be had in a country as small as Singapore.

If you love Singaporean food and have recommendations on which dishes to try and which hawker centres to visit on our next trip to Singapore, then please let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading and we hope this Singapore food guide leads you to many shiok meals in the Lion City!

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Top 10 Food To Try In Singapore – Updated 2021

1. Nasi Padang

Nasi Padang is a steamed rice dish served with a banquet of pre-cooked dishes that originated from Padang, Indonesia. It is typically served with various choices of vegetables, fish, meats, curries and spicy sambal chili. From fried pomfret to eggplant to fatty beef bits in gravy to potato patties and fried beancurd, there is something delicious for everyone! Head over to any of Singapore’s delightful hawker centers, and you will definitely find a nasi padang store. This dish is a crowd favorite amongst the Malay and Indonesian community, and widely available. Be sure to eat like the Indonesians, add on a lot of sambal chili to your food!

Nasi Padang (Alexandra Village Food Centre)

Address: #01-65 Alexandra Village Food Centre, 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, 150120

Opening hours: Mon – Sun 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Average price for two people: Above 8 USD

2.

Bak chor mee

Bak chor mee (minced meat noodles) is a traditional Chinese noodle dish. Noodles, vinegar, pork slices, minced pork, mushrooms, pork liver, deep-fried lard, and meatballs are its main ingredients. In preparation of bak chor mee, you can opt for mee pok (flat egg noodles) or mee kia (thin egg noodles). You will also decide whether you prefer the dry version or the soup version. Most hawkers like it spicy so they add chili sauce to it but that is totally optional. If you want to try bak chor mee, you can head over the hawkers center and look for the Meng’s Kitchen, they have bak chor mee in their menu along with other restaurants in the area.

Meng’s Kitchen

Address: 246B Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574370

Opening hours: Mon – Sun 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Website: Meng’s Kitchen

3. Nasi lemak

Chong Pang Nasi Lemak

Address: 447 Sembawang Rd, Singapore 758404

Opening hours: Mon – Sun 5:00 pm – 7:00 am

Average price for two people: Under 20USD

Website: Chong Pang Nasi Lemak

4.

Laksa

A laksa is a noodle dish which has a spicy and creamy coconut flavoring to it. There are various recipes for laksa, but traditionally, Singaporean laksa tastes like curry with a seafood flavor. Its broth has a spicy and creamy taste. Prawns and fishcakes often go with it. It is a popular dish to Singaporeans, especially during the rainy season. If you want to try a laksa, you should head over to the nearest Katong Laksa from your location. They serve very affordable and flavorful Laksa dishes, and they have a number of outlets throughout Singapore.

328 Katong Laksa

Address: 51 East Coast Road, Singapore 428770

Opening hours: Mon – Sun 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Average price for two people: Above 10USD

Website: 328 Katong Laksa

5. Hainanese Chicken

Hainanese Chicken’s recipe is a signature dish of the people of the Hainan Province in China. It features a chicken dish with a specially seasoned rice. It is usually garnished with a number of flavorful ingredients from cucumber and tomatoes to chili sauce and garlic sauce. Hainan Chicken is famous in Southeast Asia and it is considered one of Singapore’s unofficial national food. Therefore, a lot of restaurants in Singapore, from affordable ones to high-end ones, have Hainanese chicken on their menu. One of the oldest restaurants serving Hainanese chicken in Singapore is Chin chin Eating House. So if you want to experience the savory taste of this delectable dish, head over to their restaurant and give yourself a treat.

Chin chin Eating House

Address: 19 Purvis St, Singapore 188598

Opening hours: Mon – Thurs 11:00 am – 9:00 pm / Fri – Sun 11:30 am – 9:00 pm

Average price for two people: Under 22USD

Website: Chin chin Eating House

6. Hokkien mee

Kim’s Famous Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee

Address: 62B Jln Eunos, Singapore 419510

Opening hours: Mon – Sun 11:00 am – 1:00 am

Average price for two people: Under 30USD

Website: Kim’s Famous Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee

7. Otak-Otak

Otak-Otak is a popular food in Southeast Asia especially in Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia. It is made from grilled fish cake seasoned with starch and spices and wrapped in a banana leaf. It is usually eaten as a cold served snack. Some people like it with rice. Otak originally means brains in Malaysian and Indonesian language and the food is called otak-otak because as hilarious as the idea is, it resembles the appearance of a brain, according to them. It is usually reddish in color in Singapore because of the chili coloring, turmeric, and curry powder. A lot of restaurants and food stalls in Singapore offer otak-otak, one of them is Bijan Restaurant. Head over there for a taste of fresh otak-otak.

Bijan Restaurant

Address: 511 Guillemard Rd, #B1-02, Singapore 399849

Opening hours: Mon – Sun 12:00 nn – 9:00 pm

Average price for two people: 22USD – 60USD

Website: Bijan Restaurant

8. Char Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow (stir-fried rice cake strips), considered one of Singapore’s unofficial national dishes, Char Kway Teow is also popular in Southeast Asia especially in Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia. It is a noodle dish made from flat noodles, stir-fried in special flavorful seasoning. It is also garnished with Chinese sausages, whole prawns, bean sprouts, fish cakes and a lot more. If you are monitoring your blood pressure, Char Kway Teow will not do you any good because of its high saturated fat content. One of the best Char Kway Teow in Singapore can be tasted in Hill Street Char Kway Teow.

Hill Street Char Kway Teow

Address: 16 Bedok S Rd, #01-41, Singapore 460016

Opening hours: Tues – Sat 11:30 am – 4:45 pm

Average price for two people: Under 22USD

Website: Hill Street Char Kway Teow

9. Bak Kut Teh

Bak Kut Teh (meat bone tea) is a Singaporean soup made of pork ribs and a special broth of herbs and spices. Few of its ingredients are varieties of mushrooms, offal, fried tofu puffs and dried tofu, and more. Although it has the word tea in its name, there is actually no tea mixed in the broth itself but the dish is usually accompanied with an oolong tea that helps for digestion when enjoying this flavorful soup. Founder Bak Kut Teh in New Orchid Hotel serves one of the best bak kuh tehs in Singapore. Head over there and enjoy a flavourful bowl of this authentic Singaporean dish.

Founder Bak Kut Teh

Address: 355 Balestier Rd, Goodwill Mansion, Singapore 329782

Opening hours: Wed – Mon 12:00 nn – 3:30 pm / 6:00 pm – 2:00 am

Average price for two people: Under 30USD

Website: Founder Bak Kut Teh

10. Chili Crab

Chili Crab is an original Singaporean dish, cooked with mud crabs boiled gently and sauteed in a sweet and spicy tomato paste. It is popular among Singaporeans, and almost every restaurant in the city offers this signature Singaporean dish. Although it has “chili” in its name, it doesn’t have to be super spicy. In fact, most restaurants cook this dish with just a moderate spicy flavor. Traditionally, Singaporeans eat this dish with bare hands to savor the flavor and juiciness. No need to worry about getting all messy because restaurants provide towels and a washing bowl for cleansing your hands after the meal. If you want to try this unofficial Singaporean national dish, you should visit a Long Beach Seafood restaurant outlet. They have a number of branches throughout Singapore, and they serve chili crab with different levels of spiciness.

Long Beach @ Dempsey

Address: 25 Dempsey Road, Left turn to Dempsey via Holland Rd (before Peirce Rd) Singapore 249670

Opening hours: Mon – Sun 11:00 am – 3:00 pm / 5:00 pm – 1:00 am

Average price for two people: Above 68USD

Website: Long Beach @ Dempsey

Hello Singapore

Singapore is unquestionably not just a country with a rich economy and diverse culture but a land of great food as well. There are so many flavorful and delicious local dishes that tourists must try in Singapore. So, check out our list of authentic Singaporean dishes and make it your food guide for your next trip to this amazing country.

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Top 10 foods to try in Singapore

Singapore is a foodie’s paradise. While you will find restaurants from all over the world here, trying some of the island nation’s local dishes is a must. Singapore cuisine is an exciting blend of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Southeast Asian influences.

Best of all, most of Singapore’s best-loved local dishes are available very affordably at the ubiquitous hawker centre, many of which are conveniently located within walking distance of MRT stations. In addition, there are many well-regarded hawker centres in the city core. So grab an Ez-Link card, hop on the next MRT and get ready to feast.

Here are ten quintessential Singaporean dishes to try.

 

1) Chicken rice

Hainanese chicken rice is Singapore’s unofficial national dish. This deceptively simple-looking dish wows diners with the fragrance of its rice, cooked in chicken broth and coupled with perfectly poached chicken and sweet chilli sauce. Chicken rice is available at most hawker centres and food courts in Singapore, with the most popular stalls selling out by lunchtime.

Where to try it: Boon Tong Kee – 425 River Valley Road Singapore 248324

 

2) Kaya toast and Soft boiled eggs

Ask any local for an example of a typical Singaporean breakfast, and he or she will invariably cite kaya toast and soft boiled eggs. Kaya is a jam made of coconut milk, pandan and eggs, and is served with butter on crisp slices of toast. This is typically accompanied by soft boiled eggs, broken in a bowl and mixed with white pepper and a few drops of dark soy sauce.

Where to try it: Ya Kun Kaya Toast – 13 Orchard Road #01-32/33/34 [email protected] Singapore 238895

 

3) Nasi lemak

Nasi lemak is one of the most ubiquitous Malay dishes in Singapore, and is commonly but not only enjoyed at breakfast. This dish consists of rice infused with pandan and coconut milk, and accompanied by a variety of garnishes including roasted peanuts, egg and anchovies. Don’t forget to mix in a dollop of sambal, a sweet chilli paste that is unique to the region.

Where to try it: Mizzy Corner – 2 Changi Village Road #01-26, Changi Village Market and Food Centre Singapore 500002

4) Roti prata

Roti prata is one of Singaporeans’ favourite late-night snacks, thanks to the wide availability of prata stalls that operate late into the night. Roti prata is a flatbread of South Indian origin served with curry. It can be sweet or savoury and typically comes in several flavours, with popular iterations including cheese prata, egg prata and banana prata.

Where to try it: Mr Prata – 26 Evans Road Singapore 259367

 

5) Nasi Biryani

This aromatic dish consists of rice and chicken or mutton cooked in ghee and an intoxicating mix of spices. The Singapore version differs from its Indian counterpart due to its Malay influences. It is one of the more filling local dishes available, and the heady mix of turmeric, fennel, coriander and pandan really pack a punch.

Where to try it: The Banana Leaf Apollo – 54 Race Course Road Singapore 218564

 

6) Chilli crab

This is one of the few dishes on this list that you might not find at a typical hawker centre, but the chance to savour chilli crab is well worth the trip to a seafood restaurant. This delicacy comes in several flavours, popular ones being classic chilli crab, black pepper crab and salted egg crab. Chilli crab is best shared with friends at a round table, as you crack open the shell to reveal the tender white meat beneath.

Where to try it: Melben Seafood – 1 Pasir Ris Close (S)519599

 

7) Satay

This classic Malay dish consists of skewered meats served with rice cakes and dipped in a sweet peanut sauce. Lau Pa Sat, a hawker centre located in the heart of the central business district, is one of the most atmospheric places to try satay, as a part of the road nearby gets closed off so that diners can enjoy their meal under the stars.

Where to try it: Lau Pa Sat Festival Market – 18 Raffles Quay 048582

 

8) Rojak

This spicy salad is a riot of flavours thanks to the intensity of the peanut sauce, which frequently contains chilli paste, sweet potato, soy sauce and more. Some of the ingredients you might find in your rojak include tofu, eggs, potatoes, turnip and chilli.

Where to try it: Toa Payoh Rojak – 51 Old Airport Road #01-108 Old Airport Road Food Centre Singapore 390051

 

9) Laksa

This spicy curry noodle soup is one of Singapore’s most popular Peranakan dishes, and it is easy to see why. The fiery-looking orange soup is made with a delicious combination of coconut milk, shrimp paste and spices, and topped with shrimp, egg, cockles and fish cake.

Where to try it: 328 Katong Laksa – 302 Tiong Bahru Rd, #02-111A, Singapore 168732

 

10) Bak Kut Teh

Bak Kut Teh consists of pork ribs stewed for hours in a herbal broth made of star anise, cloves, cinnamon, garlic and more. The result is a peppery soup that is as comforting as it is nourishing. It is best enjoyed with a bowl of rice and a saucer of soy sauce in which to dip your meat.

Where to try it: Song Fa Ba Kut Teh – 133 New Bridge Road #01-04 Chinatown Point Singapore 059413

 

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The 10 Best Restaurants In Singapore For 2021

Are you considering Singapore as your next go-to destination once things go back to normal? Dive into this handpicked list of restaurants we’ve put together for you. We think they’re awesome, and reckon you will too.


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Top Restaurants And Places To Eat In Singapore For 2021

Singapore, a melting pot of diverse cultures, has all the gluttony goodness you can stomach in one location. There’s plenty for everyone’s taste and budget, from “street food” to fine dining, from UNESCO-recognized hawker delights to Michelin-starred cuisines brought in by famous chefs. You will certainly have plenty of options to choose from during your trip to Singapore.

When it comes to savouring new food and new atmospheres, nothing is absolute. Only visiting these places and relishing every ingredient that goes into preparing each and every dish can do them justice. So, without further ado, let’s have a look at some of these restaurants in Singapore.

Prawnaholic

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$ | Asian | Indoor Seating

In Singapore, street food doesn’t refer to food stalls set up on the streets. The majority of what is considered street food here is similar to Prawnaholic, where they are in the form of a hawker stall along with many other vendors serving different foods at hawker centres around the island.

Prawnaholic’s Special Prawn Noodle is my go-to; after all, classic can never go wrong. However, there’s a twist here, a layer of richness in the flavour that regular prawn noodles don’t have. Regular prawn noodles also lack the extra meat, so the addition of the torched Kurobuta pork certainly lends a touch of modernity to the classic dish.

Address: 110 Pasir Ris Central, #02-12, Singapore 519614

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday | 11:30 am – 8:30 pm | Closed on Monday

126 Dim Sum Wen Dao Shi

Photo Thanks to 126 Dim Sum Wen Dao Shi

$ | Asian | Indoor Seating

Stepping into a dim sum restaurant reminds me of when I was in Hong Kong on vacation (I miss traveling!). This restaurant has two locations: the original in Geylang and an extension in Boon Keng, so if you’re looking for a variety, you may arrange your stay around their locations.

From sweet to savoury, dim sum is a tasty alternative to rice or noodles. If you want something less carb-heavy and varied in one sitting, I’d recommend this as a brunch place or late-night supper (don’t forget to get some tea to cleanse your palette while you try different dishes).

Address: 126 Sims Avenue, Singapore 387449

Hours: Daily | Open 24 hours

328 Katong Laksa

Photo Thanks to 328 Katong Laksa

$ | Peranakan | Indoor Seating

Laksa is a well-known dish in the category of ‘Peranakan’ cuisine, and 328 Katong Laksa serves one of the best. It was visited by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay during Singtel’s Hawker Heroes Challenge in 2013. He mentioned how tough it was to master the various ingredients that go into one bowl of laksa.

Why not make this a go-to when you’re planning your trip? For first-timers, neither chopsticks nor forks are provided; instead, a spoon is enough since the vermicelli is chopped into shorter strands for a smoother eating experience. This is definitely my top pick as the best restaurants in Singapore for lunch.

Address: 51 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428770

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday | 10 am – 10 pm

Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice

Photo Thanks to Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice (Changi City Point)

$$ | Asian | Indoor Seating

When my distant cousins visit Singapore, I usually take them to Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice. Most importantly, it is really easy to find. It’s just one train station away from the airport, how convenient is that?

It’s an iconic, well-known and flavourful Hainanese dish that practically no one ever misses when they’re here. Aside from its trademark chicken rice, the restaurant also serves a variety of other Asian cuisines. Hawker centres also sell much more affordable chicken rice, but if you want the full chicken rice experience, try this restaurant.

Address: 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, Singapore 486038

Hours: Daily | 10 am – 10 pm

Eat 3 Bowls

Photo Thanks to Eat 3 Bowls

$$ | Asian | Indoor & Outdoor Seating

As someone who dislikes queuing, I did it for this one (pre-COVID of course). I guess it’s because it’s authentic Taiwanese food, and I’ve never been there, so I can only eat it here (thank goodness they brought it over!) 

There’s a reason why this classroom-themed restaurant is called Eat 3 bowls. You should try their popular Braised Pork Rice, Oyster Intestine Mee Sua, and Chicken Rice combo. Even if the portion is small for a light eater, it’s worth a try. This is definitely my top pick as the best restaurants in Singapore for dinner.

Address: 462 Crawford Ln, #01-61, Singapore 190462

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday | 11 am – 9 pm | Closed on Monday

Wheeler’s Estate

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$$ – $$$ | Western | Indoor & Outdoor Seating

The atmosphere at Wheeler’s Estate appeals to me (the food as well no doubt). If you’re the adventurous sort and don’t mind traveling out to the outskirts of Singapore, this might be one of the places you’d like to visit for some Instaworthy shots too.

If you want to dine with a view, this is the place to go, in my opinion. After all, a decent quality lunch set combined with a great ambience is just pure bliss.  This is my favourite day/nighttime restaurant, whether for a get-together with friends or a getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Address: 2 Park Lane Singapore 798386 Park Ln, Singapore 798386

Hours: Weekdays 11:30 am – 11 pm | Weekends 9 am – 11 pm

Red Eye Smokehouse

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$$ – $$$ | Western | Indoor Seating

Barbeque is often associated with meat spread on a grill in Singapore, but not in this restaurant. This restaurant specializes in smoked meats of all kinds. You won’t want to miss their opening hours because they only smoke a set amount of meat every day and once it’s sold out, they’ll be closed for the day. 

Though I’m not a huge fan of barbeque, the meat I’ve tried was indeed delicious. This is definitely my top pick as the best restaurants in Singapore for quality, juicy, and tender American-style barbeque.

Address: 1 Cavan Rd, Singapore 209842

Hours: Monday – Sunday | Lunch 12 pm – 3 pm | Dinner 5 pm – 10 pm

Kafe Utu

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$$$ | African | Indoor & Outdoor Seating

As Singapore’s first African-themed restaurant, it was a breath of fresh air in terms of both food and atmosphere. I was blown away by the variety of foods I was exposed to without having to travel there just yet. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first because it was something new to me.

It was recommended to me by close friends who had previously visited the place and had nothing but positive things to say about it, though we concluded that it was on the more expensive side. I particularly enjoyed the Liberian Peanut Chicken Stew because of the addition of the peanut flavouring, which elevated the entire dish to a new level. This is definitely my top pick as the best restaurants in Singapore for my date night.

Address: 12 Jiak Chuan Rd, Singapore 089265

Hours: Wednesday – Friday | Lunch 10 am – 5 pm | Dinner 6 pm – 10:30 pm

Saturday – Sunday | Lunch 9 am – 5 pm | Dinner 6 pm – 10:30 pm

Closed on Monday, Tuesday

Guzman y Gomez

Photo Thanks to Guzman y Gomez (Guoco Tower)

$$ $$$ | Mexican | Indoor Seating

Guzman y Gomez is a great place to get some Mexican food. They have several locations in the Central Business District, including one in Guoco Tower. As a result, getting around would be fairly easy, as they are located in areas with close access to the train station.

Something about the sauce they use in their tacos, quesadillas, and other dishes makes you want to come back for more. This is definitely my top pick as the best restaurants in Singapore for lunch or dinner.

Address: #B2-14, 1 Wallich St Guoco Tower, 078881

Hours: Daily | 8 am – 9:30 pm

Odette

Photo Thanks to Odette

$$$ | French Contemporary | Indoor Seating

This restaurant is comfortably located within the National Gallery Singapore, making it a convenient location for tourists to visit and dine. Chef Julien Royer earned his Michelin star and I’d say, apart from his tasty dishes inspired by his grandmother Odette, the eye-catching interior design spoke to me. For one thing, the design was both contemporary and minimalist in colours, a great ambience for fine dining. 

With such inspiration guiding whatever Chef Julien creates, it is unquestionably a dining destination worth going for a special occasion! If you plan on visiting this restaurant, smart casual is needed.

Address: 1 St Andrew’s Rd, #01-04 National Gallery, Singapore 178957

Hours: Monday – Sunday | 11 am – 8 pm

That’s our list and remember to have it bookmarked! You’ll never know when you’ll need it once traveling is back to normal.

5 Best Hawker Centres in Singapore 2021: Best Cheap Local Food

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February 28, 2021

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Where can travelers have good local foods at reasonable prices in Singapore? The answer is simple – hawker centres (also known as food courts). Those down-to-earth culinary destinations are where you can find a wide variety of local dishes, from Chicken Rice, Fried Kway Teow, Hokkien Mee, Bak Kut Teh, Satay, Laksa, and Chilli Crab to the healthy Yong Tau Fu dish.

Despite the cheap prices (from S$2.50 to S$5.00), the quality of food is good. A lot of food connoisseurs in Singapore frequently visit the best food courts in town for their favorite indulgence. Who can resist the lure of the delicious satay at Chomp Chomp Food Centre or the tasty chicken rice at Maxwell Road Hawker Centre?

There are hundreds of food courts with thousands of food stalls in Singapore that you shouldn’t miss. We have picked the 5 worth trying eating places for you to eat like a local while staying in our city.

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Highlights

  • You can find all the must-try local foods here: Being the largest hawker centre in Singapore with over 260 food stalls, Chinatown Complex Food Centre offers foodies a full range of local dishes from chilli crab, black pepper crab, BBQ stingray, BBQ chicken wings, satay, carrot cake, char kway teow, Hokkien mee, chicken rice, bak kut teh, frog porridge, dim sum, lor mee, prawn noodles to kway chap and pork intestine as well as popular desserts like ice kachang, chendol, tau suan, and soya beancurd.
  • Foods are offered at the cheapest prices: Food prices at Chinatown Complex Hawker Centre are very reasonable and competitive because there are many stalls selling similar foods. Diners can enjoy a plate of chicken rice or a bowl of laksa at prices from S$2.50 to S$3.00.

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Highlights

  • Singapore iconic hawker centre: Old Airport Road Food Centre, one of the oldest and largest food courts in the island city, serves authentic yummy local food to many generations of Singaporeans. Absolutely, you will find all the popular Singaporean dishes there.
  • Offering the best soya beancurd in Singapore: The food court is home to some of the best soya beancurd stalls including the renowned Lao Ban Soya Beancurd and 51 Soya Beancurd. You will always see long queues in front of these two stores. The beancurd is offered at S$1.50 per bowl for original flavour and S$2.00 per bowl for almond flavour.

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Highlights

  • There are many famous food stalls at Maxwell Road Hawker Centre: One of them is the well-known Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice stall (#01-10), serving the best chicken rice in Singapore. Other popular stores are Zhen Zhen Porridge (#01-54), China Street Fritters (#01-64), Marina South Delicious Food (#01-35), and Hoe Kee Porridge (#01-45).
  • Great location in Chinatown: Strategically located in Chinatown and opposite the beautiful Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, this hawker centre is an ideal place for visitors to have a rest and enjoy tasty local food while exploring Chinatown.

Image: Choo Yut Shing

Highlights

  • A clean and spacious hawker centre: Renovated recently, Tiong Bahru Market Hawker Centre is now one of the cleanest and most spacious hawker centres in Singapore. This food centre is equipped with the latest mechanical exhaust system for each of its stalls and smartly utilized the open-air, so you will definitely enjoy the airy, comfortable and relaxing atmosphere there.
  • Located right above one of the best wet markets in Singapore: The hawker centre is situated on the second floor, while you will find the famous Tiong Bahru Wet Market on the first floor with fresh produce. Therefore you can at once enjoy mouth-watering Singaporean foods and experience the original feature of a typical Singapore wet market during your visit.
  • Stall #02-05 offers the best chwee kueh in Singapore: If you are a fan of chwee kueh or simply want to taste a delicious version of chwee kueh, join the long queue at food stall Jian Bo Chwee Kueh at #02-05.

Highlights

  • A hawker centre catering for late-night diners: Unlike other food centres opening from morning to evening, Chomp Chomp Food Centre starts from 18:00 until late every day. So if you are hungry and want to have good hawker food at late hours, head to Chomp Chomp Food Centre.
  • Serving some of the best satay in Singapore: To many Singaporean foodies, Chomp Chomp Food Centre is a satay mecca. Pork, beef, chicken, and mutton satay are all available.
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Top 10 Mouth Watering Street Food Dishes of Singapore That One Should Not Miss (2020)

When it comes to experiencing culinary delight, you cannot go wrong with the Singaporean cuisine which is the perfect amalgamation of three countries – China, India, and Malaysia. Singaporean cuisine is not just a burst of flavors on your tasting buds but is also extremely visually appealing. Though fine dining in Singapore is something worth experiencing, there is no way one can miss out on gorging on some mouth watering street food dishes in Singapore. The street food in Singapore is not just affordable, it is also termed as a food lover’s paradise. Known broadly as hawker fare, you can get your hands on some of the amazing Singaporean street foods at various hawker centers. Here are 10 of the must-taste street food dishes if you are heading to Singapore.

Top 10 Mouth Watering Street Food Dishes of Singapore That One Should Not Miss

1. Hainanese Chicken Rice

Topping our list of must-taste street food in Singapore is the Hainanese Chicken Rice which is also considered as the national dish of Singapore. This combination of chicken and rice is considered to be one of the tastiest dishes in the world. The chicken is first poached in hot stock and then cold water is used to blanch it which ensures that the chicken remains juicy and succulent. It is served with delicious rice which is cooked in chicken fat, ginger, garlic, chicken stock, and pandan leaf. You will also get a well-balanced chili dip and a ginger dip as accompaniments.

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2. Char Kway Teow

Next on our list is Char Kway Teow which is another immensely popular street food of Singapore. The dish consists of Kway Teow which is flat rice noodles and Char means stir fried. The dish comes together in a wok and includes other ingredients such as bean sprouts, Chinese sausage slices, dark soya sauce, and blood cockles. In some places, you may also find the dish topped with some crispy, deep-fried lard.

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3. Sambal Stingray

Though stingray may not be the preferred choice of many, if you are in Singapore, then you just cannot miss out on sampling the Sambal Stingray. Popular in the street food community, this lip-smacking dish is prepared by grilling slices of the fish in a banana leaf. Once done, sambal which is a delightful and carefully balanced mixture of chili pepper, shrimp paste, spices, and shallots is spread over the grilled fish. The perfect Sambal stingray will have a crispy outer layer and soft, moist flesh inside.Image Source

4. Laksa

It is said that if you have time to taste just one street food in Singapore, it has to be the Laksa! A highlight of the Peranakan cuisine, this dish consists of rice noodles dipped in a creamy coconut sauce and fried bean curd. Other variations include the dish with some spiced herbs, fish cake, prawns, bean sprouts, and cockles. All the variations include diced onions, chili, cucumber, pineapple, a Vietnamese mint, and torch ginger for enhancing the taste of the dish. Do try this dish at 328 Katong Laksa, which is a street food stall.Image Source

5. Fish Head Curry

This street food may sound a little odd for Westerners; however, it is quite common among the Southeast Asian community. Though mostly preferred by the Indian community staying in Singapore, this delicious bowl of warmth has become a local favorite as well. As the name suggests, the dish consists of primary fish heads which have been cooked in a spicy sauce and served with crispy vegetables such as brinjal and okra. To try a sweeter version of the dish, head to any of the Chinese street food stalls and if you prefer the spicier version, the Indian street food stalls is a better option. 

6. Kaya Toast

For an ideal Singaporean street food experience, one should definitely try out the Kaya Toast which can be either had for breakfast or with your afternoon tea. This dish is a combination of thin slices of toasted bread which is covered in Kaya and half-boiled eggs which has a black sauce drizzled over it with some butter as an accompaniment. Kaya is basically a kind of jam which is made up of coconut, sugar, and egg. In some of the food stalls, you can also buy kaya to take it back home. Wash down your delicious breakfast with a hot cup of coffee or kopi as it is known locally in Singapore.Image Source

7. Nasi Lemak

This street food ahs been inspired from the Malay cuisine and is one of the most typical dish eaten for breakfast or lunch in Singapore. It is basically a rice dish which is cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf. It is a simple fare served with simple accompaniments such as an omelet, some fresh cucumbers, deep-fried anchovies, and a sambal paste. At some places, you can get a more refined version of this dish where they include deep-fried chicken or some fried kuning fish dusted in turmeric. 

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8. Roti Prata

Another common breakfast item that one should definitely try in Singapore is the Roti Prata. This is considered as the staple breakfast dish in Singapore and has its origin from South India. The dish consists of couple of flat breads which are fried on a gridle with some clarified butter. This flaky and crispy flat bread is served mostly with either fish curry or mutton curry and in some places, they also serve dal which is a curry made of yellow lentils. Some food stalls also have the option of ordering this dish with a side of egg. 

9. Tze Char

Tze Char translates to stir fry which is one of the most common ways of preparing street food dishes in Singapore. This is a great dish to try out as a group as they are often served in a communal-style. The dish mostly consist of wok-fried sweet and sour pork, with a plate of bean curd and sambal kang kong – all this with a plate of hot steaming plain rice. This is a great option to try out if you want to give the chili crab and other expensive seafood items a miss. 

10. Tau Hua

Singapore street food is not just about spicy and delicious food items. If you are in Singapore, then you cannot miss out on trying their delicious dessert Tau Hua which is a localized version of a Chinese dessert called donhua. The dessert contains a grainy bean curd tofu which is covered with a sweet syrup infused with pandan leaves and some gingko seeds on top. This dessert can be enjoyed either as a hot dessert or a cold one.

Though fine dining is recommended, the true culinary essence of any place can be experienced only by sampling its street food items. The wide variety of Singaporean street food dishes listed here will truly help you to soak in the culture of Singapore and leave you wanting for more with their mouth-watering street food dishes.

A Local’s Guide to the Best Singapore Dishes – WildJunket

While travel isn’t an option now, we can still bring our tastebuds on a journey. Here is a local’s guide to the best Singapore dishes so you can enjoy some Singapore food at home!

Born and raised in Singapore, I am proud to be Singaporean. Despite living abroad for the past 17 years, I will always consider Singapore home. And regardless of where I travel, Singapore food always holds a special place in my heart.

Singapore food is a vibrant melting pot of flavors from different ethnic groups: a reflection of how multi-cultural we are. And no matter where in the city, there are always plenty of choices when it comes to Singapore food: from traditional hawker food to gourmet heritage restaurants serving authentic Singapore dishes.

To share some of my heritage with you, I’m bringing you on a culinary journey into the world of Singapore cuisine. For those wondering what to eat in Singapore, here are some of the best food in Singapore and the best places to eat in Singapore!

Singapore Food Guide

What is Singapore Food?

Thanks to its geographical location, Singapore is at the cultural crossroads of Asia. Singapore’s population is made up of mainly ethnic Chinese, Malay, and Indian. (I’m ethnically Chinese if you’re wondering.)

In the 1800s, our ancestors came from neighboring China, Malaysia and India, and brought along their culinary cultures. As a result, Singapore food is a beautiful blend of influences from Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines. Some interesting cultural fusion have also emerged, such as Peranakan/Nyonya food (marriage of Chinese and Malay food).

We share many similarities with Malaysia, and so our food are rightfully similar. Malaysia and Singapore have always fought over which dishes are uniquely ours and theirs, but I think we should stop arguing and just keep eating!

Singapore Food Culture

In Singapore, eating is our national pastime and obsession. Singaporeans literally eat around the clock: we eat 5-6 meals a day! You will often find Singapore’s hawker centres full of people even after midnight. 

Food is a popular talking point in Singapore. We are always arguing about which chicken rice stall is the best or which restaurant serves the best chilli crabs. Also, Singaporeans will travel from one end of the island to the other, or wait in line for an hour just to get the perfect plate of noodles.

As a multi-cultural nation, Singaporeans from different ethnic groups often eat together. Muslims do not eat pork and Hindus do not eat beef, but we are respectful of each other’s culture. In every hawker centre, you will always find Singapore dishes of various ethnicities under one roof.

Where to Eat in Singapore

The best places to eat in Singapore are in hawker centres: open-concept food courts but an institution of their own. They serve what you would call Singapore street food, with each hawker stall specializing in one dish.  

Hawker centres are where you will get the cheapest and best food in Singapore. They are where you go to experience the real Singapore and taste authentic Singapore dishes. Prices are really affordable: A plate of noodles costs around S$3 (or US$2), while a full seafood meal sets you back less than S$30 (US$21) per person. 

You can find these hawker centres in every neighborhood and residential area. They are clean and organized, and vendors have to adhere to certain hygiene levels by law. If you’re traveling Singapore with kids, don’t worry about food hygiene here.  There’s a lot of debate of which are the best hawker centres in Singapore; these are my personal favorites.

Best Hawker Centres in Singapore

Best Food in Singapore

There are SO many Singapore dishes that it’s difficult for me to narrow them down. But I have chosen the 30 best food in Singapore to share with you. I have also included the best places to try each of these Singapore dishes. Time to eat!

Singapore Breakfast Dishes

Kaya Toast and Soft-Boiled Eggs

The most traditional Singaporean breakfast dish is kaya toast and soft-boiled eggs, served with coffee or tea. You will find it in almost every hawker centre and food court (usually at the drinks stall). This is a must eat in Singapore, especially if you are a morning person.

Basically, it is lightly toasted white bread lathered with kaya, a a sweet creamy spread made from coconut milk. The toast is accompanied with soft-boiled eggs. Most hawkers use big XL eggs and they serve the eggs with soya sauce and pepper. 

Where to find the best kaya toast and eggs

Chwee Kueh 

Chwee Kueh is my personal favorite Singapore food for breakfast. This traditional Singapore dish is made up of steamed white-flour rice cakes topped with fried pickles. We usually have 6-8 of them in one serving. 

They are served on a brown food paper, with a wallop of red sambal chilli. For many, chwee kueh seems too oily for a breakfast dish. My Spanish husband cannot understand my love for chwee kueh. Too bad for him!

 

Where  to find the best chwee kueh

  • Jian Bo Shui Kueh in Tiong Bahru is the OG of chwee kueh stalls. 
  • Bedok Chwee Kueh is one of the most famous chwee kueh stalls in Singapore with several branches around the island.
  • Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh has been making chwee kueh by hand for more than 50 years.

Roti Prata

Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, roti prata is one of the best food in Singapore to have for both breakfast and supper. I have fond memories of going for roti prata after a night of partying with friends.

Roti means ‘bread’, and prata means ‘flat’ in Hindi. Roti prata is a South Indian flat bread made by frying stretched dough flavored with ghee(Indian clarified butter). It is usually served with fish or mutton curry.

While the classic versions are served with curry, there are now many modern variations such as cheese, chocolate and ice cream (awesome for those traveling Singapore with kids!).

Where to find the best roti prata

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Fried Carrot Cake 

Singapore’s version of the carrot cake is nothing like its British or American counterparts. The Singapore carrot cake, also known as Chai Tou Kway, is a salty fried dish made from steamed radish cakes. It is fried to crispy perfection, and sprinkled with spring onions.

There are two versions: black or white carrot cake. The black carrot cake is sweeter and made with black sweet sauce, while the white version is crispy and oily. This authentic Singapore dish has become so popular that it is eaten not just for breakfast, but throughout the day.

Where to find the best carrot cake

     


Singapore Noodle Dishes

Bak Chor Mee 

This is my absolute favorite Singapore dish. It is what I crave for when I’m away! Growing up in Singapore, we ate out a lot and I would have bak chor mee at least twice a week.

The origins of this dish can be traced back to early immigrants from the province of Teochew in China. Bak chor mee is as uniquely Singaporean as it gets since it is not readily available anywhere else in the world, unlike chicken rice or wanton noodles.

In Hokkien, Bak chor mee means minced meat noodles. It is a simple dish of minced pork broth served with mee pok (flat egg noodles) or mee kia (thin egg noodles). The “dry” version is more popular these days. The boiled noodles are tossed in vinegar, pork lard, and chilli, then topped with minced meat, Chinese mushrooms and meatballs. 

Where to find the best bak chor mee

Singapore Laksa 

Famous throughout Southeast Asia, Laksa is one of the most popular Singapore dishes. It is a spicy noodle soup dish with a creamy coconut milk curry broth. It is the perfect comfort food for rainy days, and is bound to both fill your belly and tickle your tastebuds.

There are actually various types of laksa in Singapore, but none is more famous than our home-grown Katong laksa. This traditional Singapore food is inspired by the Peranakans who live in the Katong area.

Katong laksa has a spicy soup stock the color of a flaming sunset, flavored with coconut milk and dried shrimp, and topped with cockles, prawns and fishcake. Its defining characteristic is the noodles: thick vermicelli cut into shorter pieces that can be easily slurped up with a spoon.

Where to find the best laksa

  • Sungei Road Laksa is a pioneer in Singapore’s hawker scene. It is one of the most famous hawker stalls in Singapore.
  • 328 Katong Laksa is another icon in Singapore food industry. Expect long lines and loyal fans!
  • 928 Yishun Laksa is a must eat in Singapore, serving extra thick broth and low prices.

Fried Kway Teow

Colloquially known as char kway teow in Singapore, this wok-fried noodle dish has been a popular Singaporean hawker staple for decades.

This Singapore traditional food is essentially flat rice noodles stir-fried with eggs, cockles, lap cheong (Chinese sausages), bean sprouts, and Chinese chives. The most sinful part about this dish is that is cooked in lard, giving it fragrance and texture. 

A good plate of char kway teow is one that possess wok hei (which literally means ‘the breath of the wok’). As late as the 1950s, the dish was prepared over firewood instead of gas stoves. 

Where to find the best fried kway teow

Hokkien Mee 

Originally from China’s Fujian province, Hokkien Mee has slowly evolved over the years to become a uniquely Singaporean platter. 

Hokkien Mee is now one of the best hawker foods in Singapore and can be found in almost every food centre. It is basically a mixture of rice noodles and yellow egg noodles, fried in a wok with egg, seafood and slices of pork belly.

If you are going to travel Malaysia, you will notice that Hokkien Mee in Malaysia is very different from ours. The Malaysian Hokkien Mee is cooked in a sweet black sauce and the noodles are really fat and thick.

Where to find the best hokkien mee

Wanton Mee

Originally from Canton (Guangzhou) in China, Wanton noodles is a Cantonese noodle dish popular in many parts of Asia. Wanton noodles are essentially springy egg noodles drenched in a black savory sauce and topped with char siew (roast pork), leafy vegetables and wanton (Chinese dumpling).

There are different versions of Wanton noodles: from Malaysian Pontian style to Hong Kong version and Thai style. Singapore has given it its own spin by adding green chilli (and sometimes the bright red balachan chilli sauce) to create this authentic Singapore dish.

Where to find the best wanton noodles
  • Dunman Road Char Siew Wanton Mee is my personal favorite wanton noodle stall in Singapore. The dark sauce is exceptional!
  • Fei Fei Wanton Mee is the OG of wanton mee stall and has island-wide fame. This one is said to be the original (lots of counterfeits out there).
  • Master Tang Wanton Mee  has springy noodles and outstanding wanton. Mr Tang was a former head chef at Crystal Jade kitchens. 

Prawn Noodles

The humble prawn noodle, also known as “hae mee” in Hokkien, is a noodle dish that is both savory and flavorful. Giant shrimps are served with slurpy rice noodles in a rich and flavorful broth.

It is all about the broth: the soup needs to be cooked for hours with a combination of pork bones, prawn heads and a whole myriad of condiments. A good broth should be brimming with seafood-goodness and a tinge of sweetness.

Where to find the best prawn noodle

Yong Tau Foo

A traditional Hakka Chinese dish, yong tau food is a comfort food for many. My mum is Hakka (an ethnic group from China) and this dish ties in with her cultural identity.

Yong tau food is actually more of a tofu dish than a noodle dish. The main ingredient is tofu stuffed with ground meat mixture or fish paste. Variation of this food include vegetables and mushrooms stuffed with ground meat or surimi. In Singapore though, Yong tau foo can be ordered with rice noodles, soup or with a red sweet gravy. 

Where to find the best yong tau food

Beef Hor Fun

This is my husband Alberto’s favorite Singapore dish and we always make sure to have this when we’re in Singapore! Beef hor fun is not quite as commonly found in Singapore as the other dishes on this list. You’ll find it in many hawker centers but only few hawker stalls give it justice. 

Braised with tender beef slices, this savory dish of flat rice noodles is drenched in a thick, flavorful black gravy. The gravy is made of black beans, oyster sauce, chilli and Chinese herbs. You can easily tell that the gravy is made from hours of cooking, using only the best parts of the cow. 

Where  to find the best beef hor fun


Singapore Rice Dishes

Chicken Rice

A ubiquitous sight in hawker centres across the country, chicken rice is one of Singapore’s national dishes. Chicken rice is a simple dish of tender braised chicken, served on a bed of fragrant rice cooked in stock. We eat it with a ginger paste and a special chilli.

The traditional dish originated from Hainan Island, off the southern coast of China. Today, it is still cooked in the Hainanese way, by blanching the chicken in boiling water till it is fully cooked. In a local twist, the chicken can also be roasted or braised in soya sauce for a different flavor. A must eat in Singapore!

Where to find the best chicken rice

Braised Duck Rice

This is another traditional Singapore dish that is more popular among locals than foreigners. As its name implies, it is a dish of thinly sliced duck meat over a bed of brown rice and drenched in a thick herbal braising sauce.

What makes this dish special is the uniquely Singaporean flavor of star anise, galangal and molasses-like soy sauce that the duck is cooked in. As a result, the braising sauce has a subtle herb flavor that I love. Combine this with some steamed peanuts, tofu and braised egg (plus a homemade ikan bilis chilli sauce), and you get the perfect duck rice. 

Where to find the best braised duck rice
  • Yu Kee House of Braised Duck is a household name in Singapore. I’m a fan of their homemade chilli sauce — unlike no other!
  • Sia Kee Duck Rice has also garnered a loyal following in Singapore, with its old-school style of herbal duck rice.
  • Tong Kee Traditional Braised Duck at Haig Road Food Centre has been serving braised duck for 50 years.

Nasi Lemak

Nasi lemak is an ethnic Malay dish featuring fragrant rich cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf. It is usually accompanied by ikan bilis (anchovies), otah (grilled fish paste), roasted peanuts, fried egg and cucumber slices.

Singaporeans have given it a local twist by adding more side dishes to the nasi lemak. You can get anything from crispy fried chicken drumsticks to luncheon meat and an assortment of vegetables with your nasi lemak.

It is not just the ingredients that make a good nasi lemak. Pandan leaves and coconut milk play a huge role in enhancing the fragrance and richness of the rice, complemented by the spicy sambal chilli sauce that you can’t miss out on. 

Where to find the best nasi lemak
  • Mizzy’s Corner is Singapore’s most famous nasi lemak stall. Many come all the way to Changi Village for the nasi lemak.
  • Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak is lauded by man to have Singapore best nasi lemak. I personally love their homemade chilli sauce and crunchy chicken.
  • Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak  always has a long line of customers waiting, which goes to show how popular they are.

Nasi Biryani

Hugely popular in Singapore, Nasi Briyani is a traditional Muslim-Indian rice dish mixed with meat, vegetables and a gravy or curry. The long grain basmati rice is cooked with garlic, yogurt, aromatic spices, onions and sometimes with ghee or butter.

The word ‘biryani’ is derived from a Persian word, birian, which means fried before cooking. In Singapore, the are local take of the dish comes with tender mutton or lamb. Head to Little India for the best nasi biryani in Singapore!

Where to find the best nasi biryani


Singapore Seafood Dishes

Chilli Crabs

Another one of Singapore’s national dishes, chilli crabs are spicy, tangy and finger licking good. Nothing else represents my country better than this spicy, flavorful and traditional Singapore dish. 

Seafood restaurants usually use fresh Sri Lankan crabs for this dish and cook them to a bright red color before dousing a rich, piquant chilli gravy over them. It is usually served with man tou (deep fried buns) to dip in this flavorful gravy.

This is a must-eat in Singapore, and one of Singapore’s famous foods. It’s not cheap of course, but it’s something we eat for celebrations or special occasions like Chinese New Year. If you are not a fan of spicy food, there are other options like pepper crab, crabs in salted egg cream, or crab vermicelli soup.

Where to find the best chill crabs

  • No Signboard Seafood Restaurant serves the best chilli crabs in my opinion. The original branch is at Geylang Road, though it has opened up several restaurants in Singapore.
  • Jumbo Seafood is another popular option especially for foreigners. Its seafront location at East Coast Park definitely adds to the atmosphere.
  • Long Beach UDMC is also located at East Coast Park and has a whole array of other Singapore traditional dishes besides crabs.

Sambal Stingray

Commonly found in most hawker centers in Singapore, sambal stingray is a popular dish served in tze char stalls. Tze char is a type of food stall that offers a wide array of Chinese dishes from kongpao chicken to fish head curry. 

This dish is prepared by grilling a slab of stingray on a banana leaf, then drizzling some raw onions and an abundance of sizzling sambal chilli over it. It is always served with chinchalok (a pink murky sauce with fermented shrimps, onions and lime juice given as a dip for your stingray.

Some of you might find the idea of eating stingray appalling. I understand it is a rare marine animal in other parts of the world, but here in Singapore it is bred in farms and commonly eaten as a local dish.

Where to find the best sambal stingray

Sambal Lala

Typically found in hawker centres, the sambal lala (clams) is a spicy and tangy dish cooked with chilli, spices and a pungent shrimp paste. You will find this dish at seafood stalls that also sell chilli crabs and stingray.

The ingredient that can make or break this dish is of course, the sambal belacan chilli sauce. A popular condiment in Singaporean and Malaysian food, sambal belacan is made from toasted shrimp paste, chillies, sugar and kalamansi lime.

Where to find the best sambal lala
  • Whampoa BBQ Seafood is a place my family would travel to just to have their sambal lala.
  • Chomp Chomp BBQ is also popular among seafood lovers and their sambal lala is one of the best I’ve had!
  • Newton BBQ Seafood has excellent seafood dishes and is a popular spot for tourists.

Oyster Omelette

Another hawker food you need to try in Singapore is the oyster omelette, known among Singaporeans as orh jian. It is one of my favorite food in Singapore: the crunchy bits of the omelette combined with the fresh oysters from Korea are to die for.

What makes Oyster Omelette so special is the batter that is used. Starch is mixed into the egg batter while whipping up the omelette, hence giving it a thick consistency. Dip all that into a sour chilli vinegar sauce for the best experience!

Where to find the best oyster omelette


Singapore Meat Dishes

Bak Kut Teh

Bak Kut Teh literally translates to Pork Bone Tea (in Hokkien) and is a Singapore traditional soup dish believed to be introduced into Southeast Asia in the 19th century by Chinese workers. It was traditionally served for breakfast, but has since evolved to become a main meal. 

With a slightly medicinal taste, the broth is infused with Chinese herbs and spices like cinnamon and star anise. The pork ribs used to cook the soup is the star of the show, but the soup is also loaded with dried shiitake mushrooms, tofu puffs, and garlic. 

Roast Meat

Every hawker centre in Singapore will have a stall or two selling Cantonese roast meat. This refers to the holy trinity of roast meat – Char Siew (barbecued pork marinated with a sweet sauce), Siew Yoke (roast pork belly), and Siew Ngap  (roast duck with a crispy skin).

Even though the roast meat traces its roots back to the Canton region of China, it has evolved into this local version in Singapore. Really good char siew should be char grilled to perfection, while siew yoke should have a crunchy skin. Roast meat is always served with a savory braised sauce and white rice, and a small bowl of broth on the side.

Where to find the best roast meat

Satay

Of all the food in Singapore, satay is probably the most popular in Singapore among all ethnicities. Originally from Indonesia, satay actually developed from the Indian kebab brought by the Muslim traders. Beautifully grilled and charred skewers of tender marinate meat are dipped in sweet peanut curry sauce and eaten with steamed rice cakes wrapped in pandan leaves.

What makes the Singapore satay different from its counterparts in Malaysia and Indonesia is that it is much fattier. Our satay also features smaller pieces of meat on the skewer, so they are almost always juicy and tender.

It’s a must eat in Singapore, not just for the flavors but also for the atmosphere you’ll often find at satay stalls. Because satay is grilled on open charcoal, it is usually found in open-air food centres and street markets (like Lau Pat Sat).

Where  to find the best satay


Singapore Snacks and Appetizers

Rojak

Rojak literally translates to mean “mix” in colloquial Malay, and the dish sure lives up to its name. The traditional Singapore dish reflects the cultural diversity of Singapore, including both Chinese and Malay ingredients in one dish.

It is essentially a salad of mixed vegetables, fruits, and dough fritters covered in a sticky black sauce. Then it’s garnished with chopped peanuts and finely-cut fragrant ginger flowers for a piquant taste.

The mark of a good rojak is its sauce, made up of fermented prawn paste, sugar, lime and chilli paste. It must be an appetizing mix of sweet, sour and spicy.

Where to find the best rojak
  • Clementi Brothers Rojak has been in the business for decades, and they’re still known to serve the best rojak in Singapore.
  • Toa Payoh Rojak has won awards for their rojak, famed for having dried cuttlefish.
  • Soon Heng Rojak has a particularly sweet sauce that always makes me come back for more!

Murtabak

If you are planning to visit Arab Street (Singapore’s Muslim quarters), you’ve got to try murtabak. Originally an Arab dish, murtabak has become a popular street food in Singapore.

Murtabak is made by stuffing thin sheets of dough with minced meat, eggs, and vegetables. The dough is then wrapped up and fried in oil until it is crispy on the outside. The lamb meat is often marinated in a myriad of spices, giving murtabak an explosion of flavors.

Where to find the best murtabak
  • Zam Zam has been serving timeless Indian-Muslim dishes for over 100 years, but murtabak is its specialty.
  • Adam Road Food Centre has my favorite murtabak, that packs in big chunks of mutton.
  • Majid Murtabak Cheese is popular among the youngsters and famous for its cheesy rendition of the murtabak.

Putu Piring

In the Netflix special “Street Food”, putu piring was the lead story in their episode on Singapore. Many Singaporeans argued that putu piring isn’t a reflection of Singapore food at all. I loved it as a kid and still have fond memories of eating this snack from streetside stands.

Putu piring (or some of us may know it as kueh tutu) is a steamed rice cake filled with melted palm sugar and topped with shredded coconut. Making it by hand is hard work, so there are not too many stalls selling handmade putu piring these days. 

Where to find the best putu piring
  • Haig Road Putu Piring was featured on the Netflix show and rightfully so, for their soft and silky handmade putu piring.
  • Salaz Putu Piring is another stall that sells traditional, handmade putu piring with extra sweet sauce.
  • Lau Tan Tutu Delight is a small stand that sells ready-packed Chinese style putu piring.

Singapore Fruit & Dessert

Durian

Without a doubt, this fruit is the pride of the nation. Durian is known as the King for Fruit, unique for its strong aroma and unmistakable flavor. Commonly found all over South East Asia, it is extremely popular here among Singaporeans. The D24 species is the most sought after durian species. The brightly-lit stalls along Geylang Road have a wide selection to choose from.

Ice Kachang

Ice kacang translates to mean “bean ice” in Malay. It is basically iced shaving topped with all kinds of colorful ingredients like red bean, jelly, syrup, sweet corn, condensed milk, and gula melaka (palm sugar). Originally from Malaysia, the dessert has gone through many changes over the years. Traditionally, an ice shaving machine is used to churn out the shaved ice by a hand cranking system. 

Chendol

Chendol is popular all over Southeast Asia and feature different ingredients depending on where you are. In Singapore, we like our Chendol with red beans or kidney beans, gula melaka (palm sugar), coconut milk and shaved ice. Chendol actually refers to the green jelly “worms” made of rice flour. You can find this is almost any dessert stall in hawker centres and food courts.

Soya Beancurd

Soya beancurd, or known locally as tau huay, is the most ubiquitous dessert in Singapore. There are even soya beancurd chains like Mr Bean and Lao Ban all over Singapore.

Soya beancurd is basically made by boiling soya bean milk with sugar and a coagulant. When it’s cooled, it forms a smooth silky pudding that resembles custard. You can have hot or cold. Traditionally we have it with dough fritters for breakfast, but these days it’s more common as a dessert.

Do you think these are the best Singapore dishes? Did I miss out any Singapore food that you love? Leave a comment below to let me know!


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90,000 Singapore street food to try

A visit to a national cuisine restaurant is considered a must when traveling. Many people rightly believe that gastronomy is one of the available ways to get acquainted with the culture of the country. This statement is also true for Singapore, whose colonial past, desire for technological progress and economic prosperity became the basis for the formation of a special mentality. Do you want to meet him? Take an evening stroll through Singapore, as hundreds of mobile cafes pop up on the sidewalks with outlandish food and small restaurants exude seductive aromas.Here are 10 Singapore street food dishes worth checking out.

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What to try from street food in Singapore

Bak Chor Mi

Bak Chor Mi is one of the most popular dishes in Singapore, for which there is a whole line at the end of a working day. Both directors and ordinary employees are patiently waiting for their portion.

Bak Chor Mi is a spicy noodles served with pieces of pork, liver, balls of pork or minced fish and even dumplings.Traditionally, the eater is presented with a choice of 2 types of noodles: Pi Pokh (wide) and Mi Kia (thin). The treat is served with a little broth, soy or hot sauce.

Crab in Chili Sauce

Crab in Tomato Sauce, generously seasoned with cayenne pepper, is the national dish of Singapore that Singaporeans are proud of. It is prepared in 2 stages: first, the arthropod is boiled in boiling water, and then simmered in a pan with tomatoes and spices, and poured with lime juice before serving.It turns out to be extremely tasty, the meat is easily separated from the shell. You won’t be able to eat this delicacy neatly. The sight of a man up to his elbows in something red has not raised questions from street gourmets for a long time.

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Crab in white pepper

Crab is cooked in a wok with the addition of wine, Vietnamese white pepper, corn, fish and oyster broths, and a little sesame oil. Sprinkle the finished dish with green onions or cilantro. The secret ingredient is the street spirit of Singapore.It is he who determines the taste.

Bobiach

Sometimes this delicacy is called Popiach or Teochu. The concept came from Indonesia and was adapted in Chinatown, so there are several names for this dish. It is a thin wheat cake wrapped in chopped sausages or minced meat, soy sprouts and boiled carrots. Pour over the ingredients with sweet and sour Hoisin sauce.

Laxa

This dish belongs to the Peranakan cuisine, which was invented by the descendants of Chinese immigrants who inhabited the Malacca Peninsula and the Sunda Archipelago.

On the street they sell 2 types of this delicacy – lemak (with curry) and assam (with tamarind). Rice noodles or noodles are used as a base.

Curry laxa is made from chicken broth with coconut milk, chicken fillet, shrimp, soy sprouts, tofu, lemongrass, chili and curry.

Assam laksa is based on fish broth with coconut milk, pieces of fish, seafood, galangal and tamarind.

Every self-respecting chef has his own version of laksa, which may differ from the standard.

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Thalang

This Singaporean street food has Indian roots. Thalang soup is especially popular with taxi drivers. Nourishing and rich, it perfectly restores strength after a hard shift. Thalang is cooked in a huge cauldron. A thick broth of lamb bones, veins and meat with the addition of spices and tomato paste boils over low heat. The soup is poured into bowls, slices of bread are placed in them and slowly eaten.

Mi Kua

The dish is served in a banana leaf folded in the shape of a boat.Mi Kua is a thick hot sauce with egg noodles, lamb or shrimp pieces, vegetables, eggs and beans. This delicacy cannot be eaten neatly, so table manners can be neglected.

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Che Cha Duck Fillet Rolls

This dish comes from Chinese cuisine but has been adapted with Singaporean finesse. Shrimps, pre-cooked salted egg yolk, minced pork seasoned with coriander and mushrooms are wrapped in duck fillets. All this splendor is fried in tempura with a lot of vegetable oil.

Ice Kachang

This dessert is a real salvation from the heat. The ice is crushed on a grater, then mixed with sweet red beans. Colored jelly, condensed milk, corn grains, palm seeds and any other ingredients at the request of the buyer are added to the resulting base.

Tau Huai

This is a delicate tofu dessert with sweet syrup. The treat is eaten both hot and cold. Tapioca, mango or melon are added to it to diversify the taste. The delicacy is perishable, therefore, when buying it on the street, you should be extremely careful.

90,000 Top 10 Michelin Star Meals Under $ 5 in Singapore – Travel

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Singapore may be the most expensive city in the world, but it is also the only country in the world where you can enjoy great Michelin-starred food for less than S $ 5 (US $ 3.5).

In fact, the cheapest Michelin dish on earth can be found right here – for just two dollars a dish! Here you can eat like a king at great prices.

Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa

Food Kiosk, Asian

Not true to its name, 18-year-old Trishaw Laksa on Famous Sungei Road was not always famous from the start. Michelin’s glorious status has not come easily, and owner Daniel Su recalls the hard times he had to get rid of unsold laxa. But hard work and perseverance paid off – Trishaw Lax on Famous Sungei Road is one of Singapore’s top hawkers today. Asian Delight Laksa ($ 4) includes copious amounts of seafood like crayfish, shellfish and shrimp served in an incredibly tasty broth simmered with coconut milk, spices and dried shrimp.

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85 Bedok North Fried Oyster

Food Stall, Asian

Long before the Michelin guide arrived in sunny Singapore, 85 Bedok North Fried Oyster was already a household name among Singaporeans thanks to its orluak. Their signature Teochew omelet is fried until golden brown for the perfect crisp on the outside and a lovely starchy texture on the inside. Served with salty and plump oysters, it really is a steal at just three dollars for a small serving.The hawker counter is located in the center of Fengshan and is open until 3 am daily.

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Briyani Allauddin

Food Stall, Indian

Begin your Little India journey with authentic Indian food at Allauddin’s Briyani Restaurant. The Michelin-listed Muslim Tray located in the vibrant Tekka Center is proof that award-winning food in Singapore can be affordable. Watch in awe as the chefs dump aromatic curries from giant metal pots onto your orange basmati rice.While you can choose from chicken, fish or lamb, it was the chicken biryani that won the hearts of the locals. The soft chicken meat falls off the bone easily and looks incredibly tasty.

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Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck

Food Stall, China

Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck is a new entrant to the 2018 Michelin Bib Gourmand Selection in Singapore, but he is no stranger to the street vendor market. Don’t be discouraged by the long line at this popular duck stall, because the line is actually moving pretty fast.Enjoy a variety of duck dishes here: duck rice, duck noodles, and duck porridge for just three dollars a meal. Duck rice attracted attention with its tender stew topped with a viscous dark sweet sauce. A strong herbal soup is served with it.

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Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Laxa Clay Pot

Food Stall, Asian

Word of Depot Road Ren Shan Mei Laxa’s highly sought after hot laxa and silky noodles finally caught the attention of the Michelin guide inspectors (and deservedly so).Thanks to the added praise, the lines during the lunch break now take at least half an hour (despite being in an obscure location in the Alexandra Village food center). Their fiery hot sauce is a rich blend of blue ginger, chili padi, coconut milk, lemongrass, shrimp paste, turmeric and other herbs. The end result is a savory taste with each bite!

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Liao Fan Hong Kong soy sauce, chicken, rice, noodles

Food stand, Chinese

No one expected this, but Liao Fan Hawker Chan came into the limelight in 2016 when he was named the world’s cheapest Michelin starred dish.For just two dollars a plate of chicken rice with soy sauce, Liao Fan Hawker Chan is a foodie’s dream. Everyone is obsessed with juicy chicken and its thin, shiny skin, which has piqued the curiosity of gourmets from all over the world. Unsurprisingly, expansion plans soon followed, and the domestic brand currently has four stores throughout Singapore (and several additional ones in other metropolitan areas such as Bangkok, London and Melbourne).

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Na Na Curry

Food Stall, Asian

Located at Bukit Merah View Market & Food Center, Michelin-starred Na Na Curry is where you can sample a hot bowl of Peranakan-style curry.Don’t underestimate the vendor’s famous chicken drumstick curry ($ 3.50) – it’s very potent, and those with a low tolerance for spices should proceed with caution. However, a treat awaits patrons who can overcome the spiciness of the dish. A tender drumstick with a fork and a thick hot curry together make a divine combination.

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Outram Park Fried Kway Teow

Food Kiosk, Asia

Despite the lack of air conditioning in the Hong Lim market and food center, there is a merciless line at Outram Park Fried Kway Teow every day.Regular players don’t hesitate to wait at least an hour to fix their coals. The flat rice noodles are expertly sautéed over high heat in a spicy dark sauce with bean sprouts and beaten egg for a smoky flavor. Outram Park Fried Kway Teow is by far the best of its kind in Singapore and prices start at just four dollars a plate.

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Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice

Food Kiosk, Chinese

When the founder of Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice at Margaret Drive Food Center passed away, Singaporeans thought they had lost their favorite chicken rice forever.But that was not goodbye. His sons continued the tradition and re-opened Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice on Holland Drive. The chicken is boiled to perfection; the skin is shiny, and the flesh has retained an amazing juiciness. Brothers’ Rice Chicken, served with puffed white rice and thinly sliced ​​cucumber, is as excellent as his father’s.

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Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Mi Shrimp

Food Stall, Asian, Chinese

Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee Restaurant is located in a humble location in ABC Food Center, but you can easily recognize it from afar with a long line.Wearing glasses, 69-year-old Toh Seng Wan deftly whips delicious Hokkien shrimp in his sturdy wok – wet yellow noodles and bee hun are doused with fragrant shrimp broth made from scratch. Then the dish is complemented by homemade chili sambal and the freshest shrimp. The legend of the gray-haired merchant has been making this heavenly dish at ABC since 1993. Unfortunately, he has no successors, and no one knows when this will be his last plate.

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  • 90,000 The best breakfast spots in Singapore

    Singapore has a large number of cafes where you can have breakfast.We have selected ten of the best cafes for you, distinguished by delicious food and a cozy atmosphere.

    If in the morning you find yourself in the Kensington Park area (an hour’s drive from the city center), we recommend visiting Arbite – a cafe whose owner is sure that preparing a good and nutritious meal takes a lot of time and effort. This cafe, although modest, is located in a beautiful place. The main distinguishing feature is delicious pancakes and French toast.In total, visitors are offered 6 breakfast options, including an Italian breakfast, such as an omelet with bacon, asparagus, mushrooms, potatoes, tomatoes and olives. In addition, it is worth noting ciabatta bread with almond or chocolate filling with candied fruit. Address – 66A Serangoon Garden Way, phone – 6287 0430, website.

    Cedele is a network of cafes that focus on fresh ingredients in preparing breakfast: homemade bread, fresh pancake dough, etc. Among the breakfast dishes, visitors will find mushrooms, pork sausages, bacon, egg dishes, potatoes and fruit dishes.We recommend paying attention to delicious desserts that will not leave anyone indifferent. Address # 03-14 Wheelock Place, phone – 6732 8520, website.

    Common Man Coffee Roasters offers café visitors more than 10 breakfast options. Part of the 40 Hands Café Group, renowned for the finest coffee in Singapore. Here you can taste such types of drinks as:

    • CMCR Espresso is a medium-strength coffee drink with a juicy taste and aroma, with floral, sweet citrus notes, as well as notes of cherry and dark cocoa.
    • 22 Martin – dark chocolate with molasses with a pronounced aroma and a pleasant long aftertaste.
    • Lucky Basterd is a drink with a juicy aroma and fruity taste, in particular plum and red grapes.
    • Harvest – Medium sweet maple syrup with a long dark chocolate aftertaste.

    Address – 22 Martin Road, # 01-00, phone +65 6836 4695

    If you find yourself in the Changi Business Park area in the morning, we recommend visiting Eggs & Berries – a cafe with a beautiful and cheerful design.Delicious eggs benedict, various salads, pancakes, pancakes and much more are served here. The bright design of the dishes is pleasing to the eye, and the taste is indescribable. There is a special breakfast option served from 8 am to 9 am and includes pancakes, bacon, nipples, salad, etc. Address – # 01-37 / 38 Changi City Point, 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, phone – 6636 4212

    Food for Thought @ Singapore Botanic Gardens Café for up to 300 people. There is no need to waste time waiting for the table to be vacated.In addition, there is a spacious dance floor. Visitors can choose from 8 breakfast dishes, including scrambled eggs, bacon and eggs, fried eggs, fluffy croissants, pancakes and more. It also serves black coffee, tea or iced tea. Address 1 Cluny Rd, Tanglin Gate B1, phone – 6338 4848

    Group Therapy cafe, open not only during the day, but also at night. Located away from the bustle of the city. In this cafe, visitors are offered an extensive menu, including familiar dishes (eggs and waffles), as well as extraordinary breakfast dishes (crab burgers, pasta and salads).Also recently opened is a new block of cafes offering desserts with homemade ice cream and pastries. Address – 49 Duxton Road, # 02-01, phone +65 6222 2554

    Maison Ikkoku is famous in Singapore for its delicious and unique cocktails, but few people know that this establishment is a cafe offering visitors a variety of breakfast options. Due to its location, Maison Ikkouku is the ideal place to enjoy breakfast in a quiet and relaxing environment while sampling delicious, aromatic dishes.Address – 20 Kandahar Street, phone +65 6294 0078

    Ronin a cafe that is “hidden” from passers-by, but rated 5+ by people who visited it. For breakfast, there is a great selection of sandwiches with homemade bread, meat, cheese and vegetables and fluffy scrambled eggs. A small number of visitors will allow you to have breakfast in peace and quiet, which is so important before the start of the working day . Address – 17 Hong Kong Street

    Cafe Selfish Gene is divided into 2 parts: the cafe itself and a pastry shop.A cozy and warm café atmosphere with a varied menu including a variety of savory sandwiches, salads, refreshments, home cooking, rolls, eggs, mushrooms and much more. An inventive chef can change one of the dishes to please visitors. Address – 40 Craig Road , phone +65 6423 1324

    Wild Honey A place where you can have breakfast in a beautiful and peaceful place, choosing one of the 10 offered breakfast options.They serve huge bacon and eggs, pork sausages, fried mushrooms, baked beans and other dishes. In addition, there is a wide selection of desserts. The menu also includes dishes for vegetarians – omelet with tofu, peppers and herbs, mushrooms on charcoal and more. Address # 03-01 Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, Gallery, 333A Orchard Road # 03-02, phone – 6636 1816.

    90,000 ★ Top 10 Things to Do in Singapore ★

    Singapore is a cosmopolitan city-state in southern Malaysia, a global financial Mecca with a diverse culture and tropical climate.From futuristic Supertree’s to traditional shophouses, Singapore is a contrasting melting pot of old and new. Colonial landmarks are adjacent to modern skyscrapers, while traditional Chinese and Indian food stalls are nestled among Michelin-starred restaurants. Singapore is a fragrant mixture of cultures, where visitors will find this Garden City as an unexpected oasis for the senses. Discover one of the most popular holiday destinations in Singapore – one of the most popular holiday destinations in Southeast Asia.

    Miracle in the Supertree Grove

    Supertree Grove

    Miracle in the Supertree Grove

    Science fiction meets nature, Singapore’s main attraction is the spectacular and sustainable supertrees that surround the Bay’s expansive gardens. Twelve Supertree Towers in the Supertree Grove, 16 stories high, consisting of a reinforced concrete core and a street frame trunk, with over 160,000 species of flora and fauna planted on the outside. Visitors can explore an adventurous aerial platform called the OCBC Skyway, while the enchanting light show offers an exhilarating show as it dances to coordinated music at night.

    Explore the Magical Cloud Forest

    The Cloud Forest

    Explore the Magical Cloud Forest

    The Cloud Forest, one of Singapore’s most impressive landmarks, is an otherworldly glass dome like a greenhouse with remarkable displays of mountain ecosystems. A climate with stunning architecture, spiral paths and the world’s largest indoor waterfall, this natural attraction is memorable to say the least. Here visitors will find tropical flowers, plants and other natural treasures.However, the main attraction for nature lovers, photographers and visitors of all ages is the tree walk, where you can walk along the rainforest floor.

    Visit the Temple and Museum of the Relic of the Teeth of Buddha

    The Temple and Museum of the Relic of the Teeth of Buddha

    Visit the Temple and Museum of the Relic of the Teeth of Buddha

    An imposing four-story Buddhist temple with the architectural style of the Tang Dynasty, the Buddhist Temple and the Museum of the Buddha’s Tooth Relic.Located inside a monolithic golden stupa in an elegantly decorated room, this religious relic is of historical significance to Buddhists. Here you will find richly decorated interiors and exhibits covering centuries of Buddhist art and history, as well as many interesting relics and artifacts. Visitors can also explore the museum’s tranquil rooftop garden and massive prayer wheel.

    Take in the views of the Singapore Botanic Garden

    National Orchid Garden

    Take in the views of the Singapore Botanic Garden

    In the heart of Singapore is the Singapore Botanic Garden, a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site that has consistently ranked among the country’s top attractions.The gardens’ main attraction is the lush National Orchid Garden, home to over 1,000 species of orchids, as well as the park’s lush rainforest and tranquil waterfall. Ideal for nature lovers, the Singapore Botanic Garden has become an important center for conservation and education. Blooming splendor with a kaleidoscope of flowers, this 60-acre treasure is well worth a visit.

    Fly high above Singapore Flyer

    Singapore Flyer

    Fly high above Singapore Flyer

    You can’t get much better than panoramic views of the Singapore Flyer, where visitors can soar over the city skyline.The landscapes are said to stretch all the way to Malaysia and Indonesia at the highest moment of a good day, but the highlight of the 30-minute ride is views of the CBD, Marina Bay and the colonial region of Singapore. Captivating and memorable, this is the perfect attraction for photography enthusiasts. Whether you are soaking in sunny skyscrapers during the daytime or admiring the sparkling views of the city lights, the air-conditioned pods are an attractive attraction at any time of the day.

    Visit the famous Marina Bay Sands

    Marina Bay Sands

    Visit the famous Marina Bay Sands

    Marina Bay Sands, a five-star resort in Singapore, is one of the most iconic landmarks in the country. The hotel is so big it has Las Vegas quality, casinos, live shows and a huge shopping mall. The most popular feature, however, is the breathtaking infinity pool, which spans 57 boat-shaped floors towering over three tall skyscrapers above the city.It’s so popular that travelers put a visit to the pool on their bucket list, mesmerized by the unrivaled bird’s eye view from above. Non-hotel travelers can find similar views at the observation deck or at one of the two upscale restaurants.

    Join the Singapore Zoo overnight safari

    Singapore Zoo

    Join the Singapore Zoo overnight safari

    One of the best in the world, the Singapore Zoo is home to over 3600 mammals, birds and reptiles in an area that encompasses 70 acres …Visitors can observe creatures in their natural habitat on this award-winning night safari ride to discover an abundance of elusive nocturnal animals. Spacious and interactive visitors can get up close and personal with orangutans over breakfast in the jungle, or watch the free-roaming Malaysian flying foxes, ringed lemurs and sloths hugging trees.

    Find delicious food in Chinatown

    Chinatown

    Find delicious food in Chinatown

    Chinatown Singapore is steeped in history, a lively mix of old and new with traditional shops and markets nestled among trendy shops and cafes …While retaining its original charm, the area embraces traditional Chinese life, although it is in close proximity to Singapore’s modern Central Business District. Explore temples, see markets, and sample delicious food at cozy eateries along the way. Built in the 1830s, China Food Street, Night Market and Club Street Chinatown are some of the area’s most popular attractions.

    Visit the National Museum of Singapore

    National Museum of Singapore

    Visit the National Museum of Singapore

    The oldest museum at Singapore , The National Museum of Singapore is a must for anyone interested in the area’s rich history.Composed of two main galleries, which include the Singapore Historical Gallery and the Singapore Live Galleries, visitors can view exhibits that detail the history of Singapore from the beginning in the 14th century to the present, and highlight themes such as food, film, fashion and photography. … Browse audio stories, archival photographs, historical clothing, and an impressive Chinese puppet show that dates back to the 1930s.

    Gaze at Tian Hock Keng Temple

    Tian Hock Keng Temple

    Gaze at Tian Hock Keng Temple

    The beautifully restored Tian Hock Keng Temple is one of the oldest and most important Chinese temples in Singapore.This temple, which is also one of the city’s most photogenic landmarks, was made from of the best artisans of the 1840s. Designated as a national monument in 1973, it is dedicated to Mazu, the goddess of the sea. Visitors will find serenity in peaceful symbolic features such as stone lions, phoenixes, and peonies.

    90,000 Key Facts About The Biggest Food Festival

    The Singapore Food Festival (SFF) is one of the most anticipated events on every foodie’s calendar and the only festival in Singapore dedicated to local cuisine and culinary talents.At the festival, you can taste dishes from the best world-renowned chefs, and not only try. The Singapore Festival is a series of culinary master classes, workshops, educational sessions and even thematic exhibitions. SFF has been running under the slogan “Enjoy Singapore in every bite” for almost three decades.

    This year, over three weekends from August 27 to September 12, 2021, more than 50 gastronomic events are planned on the festival’s hybrid platform with the participation of both eminent and young chefs, wine experts and mixologists.Among the participants, Bjorn Shen is the chef of Artichoke restaurant, included in the list of 20 Best Chefs according to the World Gourmet Summit; Thitid Tassanakajohn – famous Michelin-starred Thai restaurant Le Du; Douglas Ng, owner and chef of the traditional Fishball Story diner – holder of the Michelin Bib Gourmand label; Jeremy Gillon, chef of another Michelin-starred restaurant JAG and many others.

    Visitors will be able to learn more about the properties of aromatic spices, about the history and traditions of brewing, as well as about the secrets of roasting technology from one of the oldest mine suppliers (as coffee is called in Singapore).The festival will not ignore the vegans – they will be waiting for intriguing recipes from the leading vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Singapore, as well as panel discussions with local and international experts.

    Those who cannot attend the festival in person this year can join online events on the SFF 2021 Facebook page, take virtual tours, download recipe videos or sign up for interactive sessions with renowned chefs.

    The full list of festival events can be found on the website www.singaporefoodfestival.sg

    90,000 Singapore, Hong Kong and Philippines New Year

    Swimming with whale sharks
    Panglao and Bohol islands
    Chocolate hills
    Tarsier Sanctuary
    Desert island beaches
    Diving and snorkeling

    In the morning we sail by ferry to the island of Cebu, to the town of Oslob (1 hour on the way).We will go swimming with unique animals – whale sharks in the open sea. The whale shark can reach 8 meters in length. Therefore, approaching her at first can be intimidating. But it feeds only on plankton, and is not dangerous to humans. On the contrary, the person is dangerous to her! Careless contact with shark skin can cause burns and scratches. Therefore, while watching the sea monsters floating around you, avoid too close contact!

    After recovering from the exciting sensations, we sail to the Panglao island (about 2 hours on the way), where we settle in houses on the Alona Beach.We go across the bridge to the neighboring island of Bohol to watch the legendary Chocolate Hills – one of the most famous natural wonders in the Philippines. From the observation deck on one of the hills, an entertaining picture will open up to us – there are more than one and a half thousand such hills on an area of ​​tens of square kilometers! A very unusual sight, and the locals have their own version of its origin. Nothing to do with chocolate!

    Nearby there is another unique place – the reserve of tarsiers (tarsiers).They are one of the smallest primates in the world with huge eyes. When you see these sleepy tiny creatures hugging tree trunks with their paws, it seems that they are toys. The slightest noise – and daytime sleepers open bottomless green eyes! After seeing all the sights of Bohol, we return to Panglao for excursions to the nearby islands, enjoy the sunsets at sea, swim and eat fresh seafood every night.

    On our last day in Panglao, we drive to the airport and fly to Manila to catch a flight back to Hong Kong.We check into the same Chongqing Menshin, and in the morning we fly back home. Our author’s tour to Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines is over. Thank you for traveling with us!

    Culinary Trends

    In the land of plenty

    Singapore is a huge cauldron where many cultures are brewed, and these cultures leave their mark on cityscapes, the way of life of the townspeople and, above all, contribute to the local cuisine.The city has an incredible number of restaurants where you can find good food.

    Danny Lee wears rubber boots and a faded red apron. He looks like a gardener, but this impression is deceiving. Danny Lee is one of Singapore’s elite chefs. Every taxi driver knows where to find him in the Malaysian region of Geylang, which is home to small buildings and eateries decorated with neon lights. His diner has a dozen fireproof plastic tables with plastic chairs; The Sin Huat Dining Room looks just like the rest of the eateries in the area.

    However, the fish cuisine of this dining room is very special: uncut red snapper with a delicious garlic aroma, small scallops among fermented hyacinth beans and fried shrimp in a kettle served with black pepper. The most popular dish “Crab Bi Hoon” is a giant crab with lots of meat, served on a pad of rice noodles with chives, ginger and chilli. To eat it, you need to try.
    And the survivors will happily sit at a table that looks like a battlefield.Such a dish costs between 30 and 50 euros for two – quite expensive for an eatery on the street. Nonetheless, Chef Denny’s “Crab” is the best in town, with crabs going crazy and Epicureans lining up in front of his restaurant.

    Singapore is considered a land of plenty, whether you sit down for a snack on a sidewalk table or book a table at a gourmet restaurant. True, the number of the latter has increased significantly.
    In the two new gambling and entertainment resorts Marina Bay Sands and Resort World Sentosa, a total of almost 90 food outlets have been opened, including establishments with the names of such world-famous chefs as Joel Robuchon, Guy Savoy, Santi Santamaria, Wolfgang Puck and Justin Kueck.

    Basically, you can spend a few days in one of the impressive five-star hotels, try different culinary delights and play baccarat there. However, that would be very unwise, as there are many exotic experiences to be had in the city.

    All you have to do is go to Tekka Market in Little India and you get a good impression of the culinary experience of the subcontinent. There are fresh mangoes, Indian spices and crabs from Sri Lanka, as well as stalls selling spicy curries with fresh roti on banana leaves.The covered market was renovated a few years ago and now has air conditioning. The level of hygiene is now quite high, as elsewhere in Singapore. You can go shopping nearby – even at two in the morning. The multi-storey Mustafa Center is open around the clock: in addition to a huge amount of Asian food, here you can find cameras, pots and suitcases.

    Singapore is home to the Chinese, Indians and Malays, and each of these nations cooks their own meals, but the young, ambitious chefs know how to combine traditional dishes with modern technology and cooking methods.Benjamin Seck is one of the stars of the new generation. He cooks in a beautiful, old shop house and modernizes the Peranakan recipes given to him by his mother and grandmother, which use special, carefully ground spices.
    Peranakans are a Singaporean community with a rich tradition. These people came here almost 200 years ago from Malaysia, the descendants of Chinese migrant workers who married local women in the 15th century. For example, True Blue are deep-fried strips of eggplant served with fresh capsicum paste and sweet soy sauce.Or the classic Ayam Buah Keluak – fried chicken pieces with lemongrass, galangal and turmeric in a creamy black nut sauce.

    Willin Lo also claims that his recipes are based on the Hokkien cuisine of his ancestors. The menu of the Wild Rocket restaurant includes, among other dishes, laksa noodles with sauce and king prawns. This dish looks like italian pasta with pesto sauce, but it tastes completely different. The base of the soup is lax leaves, which with its aroma resembles mint, pepper and coriander.Also worth a try are the crispy fried tofu cubes (a treat served on a cream of “centenary duck egg” yolk) and leg of veal (cooked like an Indonesian rendang).

    And nearby there is a place where you can have a drink before bed on a warm evening – the cozy Wild Oats bar, which belongs to the restaurant. Tables and chairs there sit between plants and works of art in the courtyard of a beautiful villa of colonial architecture. The “Singapore sling” served at this bar is considered one of the best cocktails in town.

    Text: Patricia Engelhorn

    Addresses

    Hotels
    Fullerton
    is a luxury hotel in a former post office. It offers a pool and views of the Singapore River, 1 Fullerton Square, tel. + 65-67 33 83 88, www.fullerton.com
    The Club Hotel is a luxury fashion hotel in a beautiful colonial building in the heart of Chinatown, 28 Ann Siang Road, tel. + 65-68 08 21 88, www.theclub.com.sg/
    Wanderlust Cooles Design, witzige Zimmer, schöne Lage in Little India, 2 Dickson Road, Singapur 209494, Tel. + 65 – 63 96 33 22, www.wanderlusthote.com

    Restaurants
    Sin Huat Eating House
    , 659/661 Geylang Rd., Lorong 35, Tel. + 65-67 44 97 55
    True Blue , 47/49 Armenian Street, tel.

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