Singaporean cuisine is well-known for its diversity, mixing Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, Indian and Western influences and over the years it became a major attraction for tourists visiting the country. Food holds an important place in Singapore’s culture and the locals’ love affair with food reflects in every aspect of their life.
When visiting Singapore, trying the traditional dishes should be high on your to-do list.
Bak Kut Teh (meaning pork bone tea) is a simple but delicious soup made from pork ribs boiled in a herbal broth. It’s a very popular dish in Singapore and Malaysia as well and it’s usually served with Chinese tea. One of the best places to try this dish is Founder Bak Kut Teh, a famous traditional restaurant.
Chilli Crab, one of Singapore’s national dishes, can be cooked with a spicy tomato sauce or with black pepper sauce. Either way, you cannot skip this iconic food and some of the places where you could eat it include Long Beach Seafood and Crab Party.
Kaya Toast with Kopi, the traditional Singaporean breakfast, might not seem like much at first sight, but when in Rome… You will be surprised at how tasty this toast can be, spread with kaya, a jam made from coconut milk, eggs, sugar and pandant leaves. Of course, it’s even better when served with kopi (coffee) at Ya Kun Kaya Toast or Chin Mee Chin Confectionery.
Roti Prata, a dish with Indian origins, is basically a pancake flatbread, usually served with fish or chicken curry. Prata stalls like The Roti Prata House or Singapore Zam Zam are great choices.
Chicken Rice is another popular dish you’ll stumble upon in almost every restaurant in Singapore. The juicy chicken on a bed of aromatic rice tastes better than you can imagine. Tian Tian Chicken Rice or Ming Kee Chicken Rice & Porridge are some of the places you can go to if you want to try this famous dish.
Fried Carrot Cake is far from the carrot cake Westerners know. It doesn’t even contain carrots, being made with radish, rice flour and eggs and is great as a snack. Try it at Fu Ming Carrot Cake or He Zhong Carrot Cake.
Hokkien Mee has to be on your list because there’s always room for some noodles. The combination of stir-fried noodles cooked in a prawn stock and pieces of pork, prawns and squid couldn’t be more delicious. Enjoy the dish at Ah Hock Fried Hokkien Noodles or Chia Keng Fried Hokkien Mee.
Ice Kacang is a colourful icy dessert that tastes as good as it looks. The finely shaved ice in a bowl filled with jelly, red beans or other optional ingredients is then topped with condensed milk and coloured syrups. Mei Heong Yuen or Annie’s Peanut Ice Kacang serve some great kacangs.
If food is your passion, then Singapore is the place of your dreams. Your taste buds will be overwhelmed by the variety of dishes and flavours you can experience in this amazing country.