Singapore Food and Cuisine
First-time tourists and regular visitors to Singapore alike would know that the country has always been known for its heritage of mouth-watering cuisines that will appeal to every discriminating palate.
Singaporean cuisine is a cross of Chinese, Malaysia, Indian, and Indonesian cooking influences. And if you’re worried that you’ll have to spend a fortune to get a taste of what the country has to offer, then you’ll be glad to know that the best Singaporean dishes can be had from easily accessible and very affordable Hawker centres scattered across the country. Of course, if you want to splurge a bit on your holiday, Singapore also offers a number of restaurants that will cater to every price point.
If you’re curious as to what are the top Singaporean dishes you should try, then we’ve come up with a list just for you:
Curry Laksa. No Singapore visit is complete without a steaming bowl of Curry Laksa. A coconut-milk based broth that typically includes slices of fish, shrimps, cockle (shells), vermicelli, and beancurd puffs — it’s a delicious start to any full meal. Aside from vermicelli noodles, Curry Laksa can also come in a wide variety of noodles, so it can serve as a full meal or snack in itself. It is considered as one of the top offerings in a number of Singaporean restaurants, mall food courts, and Hawker places.
Pork Ribs Soup. Popularly known as Bak Kuh Teh, this dish is made of lean and bony pork ribs mixed with herbs, spices, and seasonings including soy sauce, star anise, powdered pepper, and simmered for a few hours before serving. Chicken is used as a substituted for a Halal version of the dish to cater to Muslim diners. Perfectly partnered with a bowl of rice and a cup of tea to wash out the fat.
Chili Crabs. Made of steamed crabs cooked in a partially thick tomato-based gravy, chili crabs is another must-try dish in the country. The cooking process includes boiling and frying the crab so that the crab meat would not stick to its shell. While the sauce comes in two flavours: sweet and spicy and black pepper sauce. Eggs are also typically added to the sauce to make for a more palatable soup mixture. Best served and eaten with fried buns dipped in the sauce.
Fish Curry. This dish is composed of a huge fish head or half a fish simmered in curry and mixed with assorted vegetables, spices, and other seasonings. Tamarind is also added to give the dish a bit of sour taste. Best served with a bowl of rice and a glass of calamansi juice.
Oyster Omelet. This dish is made of oysters mixed with egg and potato starch for a thicker and more sumptuous omelet mixture. Herbs and chili vinegar further boost the omelet’s taste. This dish is popular in hawker centres and night markets.
Hokkien Mee. Also known as Hokkien Prawn Mee, this is prepared initially with a mixture of pre-cooked fried eggs, prawn, pork cubes, squid, fish flakes with egg, rice noodles, and prawn stock. All these are then simmered to make the delicious and palatable dish.
Biryani. This dish is made of Basmati rice with meat cubes or slices of either chicken, mutton, beef, or fish. A pinch of saffron gives the dish that distinct yellow-orange colour. Spices and curry are also part of this dish’s ingredients. This is usually served hot and spicy.
Wanton Mee. This chili wanton noodle dish along with wanton dumplings may be deep fried or soupy, and eaten with saucy pork slices.
Fried Carrot Cake. The black or crispy versions are basically made from eggs and radish flour cake baked into cubes. The black version is served with sweet sauce while the crispy version features a beaten egg with fried cake topping.
Curry Fish Head. This dish features a big fish head stewed in curry, with assorted vegetables and seasonings. Typically served hot and spicy to the satisfaction of diners.