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Geylang Area – Alhambra Satay
- Address: Blk 1 Geylang Serai #02-145, Geylang Serai Food Centre, Singapore
- Price: $6.50 SGD / 10 skewers
8. Bak Kut Teh
This is a pork rib soup brought by Chinese immigrants to Singapore’s cuisine. Bak Kut Teh is a very common dish among the locals in Singapore and Malaysia.
The Bak Kut Teh pork rib soup is stewed with various different herbs and spices. The taste of Bak Kut Teh is also really frugal, definitely a nutritious food for health. Bak Kut Teh pork rib soup often appears in the meals of local families, simply served with rice or Chinese cruller together with stir-fried or boiled vegetables to complete a nutritious and fussy-free meal.
You can easily find Bak Kut Teh at hawkers and food courts in Singapore.
9. Must eat food in Singapore: Char Kway Teow
Char Kway Teow is a famous stir-fried noodle dish of the Singaporeans. The origin of this food comes from the poor blue-collar workers, who use leftover ingredients to make food.
Char Kway Teow is relatively similar to Vietnamese stir-fried noodles or Pad Thai. However, a special feature of Char Kway Teow is that it is made from flattened rice noodles so the strip is rather large and the texture is soft and chewy, creating an enjoyable eating experience. The noodles are stir-fried with a variety of ingredients such as shrimp or beef and bean sprouts with seasonings to produce a bold taste and deep colored noodles.
Char Kway Teow is quite oily; thus, a lot of vegetables are added to create a balanced and healthy meal.
10. Must try food in Singapore: Wanton Mee
Simply put, Wanton Mee is the typical wonton noodle. This dish is so popular that you can find it at any hawker.
Wanton Mee consists of fresh egg noodles stir-fried with char siu meat, adding wonton and vegetables. It sounds simple but the savor of ingredients like wonton and egg noodles are combined nicely. Since it is easy to eat, the locals have always selected Wanton Mee as a daily dish. As mentioned, this is something you can find at every hawker, but there is a well-known Singapore noodle place called Guangzhou Mian Shi Wanton Noodle located in Tanglin Halt Food Centre.
Tanglin Halt Food Centre
- Address: 48A Tanglin Halt Road, Stall 01-04 (Commonwealth MRT Station)
- Opening hours: 5:30 P.M. – 3 A.M. from Tuesday to Saturday, except Sunday and Monday.
- Price: $3 SGD
11. Dim sum
Not only in Singapore, but dim sum has also gradually prevailed in Vietnam. This is a dish derived from the Chinese community in Singapore. In a long term, dim sum becomes a traditional dish of Singaporeans. Weekend breakfasts of a lot of Singaporean families cannot lack dim sum.
Dim sum is a common name for a variety of foods including dumplings, shumai, fengzhao (steamed chicken feet with soy sauce), Chinese bun with salted egg filling, and meat and shrimp rice noodle rolls etc. These are often nutritious steamed dishes.
Dim sum in Singapore is served diversely from luxurious to affordable segments. Deluxe Chinese restaurants famous for dim sum include Royal China (Raffles Hotel), Asia Grand, Yan Ting, Crystal Jade and Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine.
In case you would like to enjoy dim sum at hawkers just like the locals do, refer to the following places: Swee Choon, Wen Dao Shi, Tak Po and Yi Dian Xin Hong Kong Dim Sum.
- Address: 191 Jalan Besar
- Opening hours: 6 P.M. – 6 A.M. closed on Wednesday
- Price: $14 SGD
Wen Dao Shi
- Address: 26 Sims Avenue, Singapore 387407
- Opening hours: 24/7
- Price: $14 SGD
- Address: 42 Smith Street, Singapore 058954
- Opening hours: 7:00 A.M. – 10:30 P.M.
- Price: $15 SGD
Yi Dian Xin Hong Kong Dim Sum
- Address: 1012 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534752
- Opening hours: 7:00 A.M. – 6 P.M. closed on Tuesday
- Price: $11 SGD
12. Must eat in Singapore: Chili Crab
There is a saying: If you have never tried chili crab, you have not come to Singapore. It is true because the Singaporeans are really proud of their traditional chili crab.
This giant crab dish is prepared in a lot of different ways such as cooked with hot chili sauce or pepper sauce. I bet you will be overwhelmed as you encounter with the giant crab dipped in hot chili sauce in a large frying pan. Eye-catching, right?
You cannot “experience” the giant spicy crab alone by yourself in Singapore since it is more suitable for family and group meetings. Local Singaporeans often have the crab with buns (small dumplings), and the spicy sauce is great to be served with steamy white rice.
Because this is a specialty dish in Singapore, it is impossible to list all the names of the restaurants that offer spicy crab. Tourists often get to know this dish at Jumbo Seafood Restaurant but the locals usually go to places far from the downtown where the price is lower while the quality still remains the same. Most of the time, the best seafood restaurants are located around East Coast such as Red House Seafood, which is ideal for people who would love to enjoy the beach view while eating. Apart from Jumbo Seafood and Red House Seafood, there are also No Signboard Seafood (Geylang), Mellben, Keng Eng Kee, Eng Keng and so on.
13. Kaya Toast
Keya Toast, coffee and soft-boiled eggs are the favorite breakfast of Singaporeans. Although it doesn’t sound like they have anything to do with one another, the combination of these three will mesmerize you for its uniqueness.
The toast is spread with special jam made of butter, sugar, coconut milk and coconut leaves, which will melt immediately in your mouth. You can also dip it in the egg yolk with some soy sauce. What a strange but smooth combination. Finally, take a sip of coffee to complete your breakfast perfectly. You must try this specialty when visiting Singapore. Disclaimer: You will be craving for it when returning home.
A popular Kaya Toast brand that has a lot of franchises across Singapore is Ya Kun Kaya Toast. The Ya Kun Kaya Toast chain is available everywhere in Singapore: Marina Bay Sands, ION Orchard, Parkson Paragon Orchard, [email protected] and Bugis Junction etc. almost all the major shopping centers, so you can easily get a Kaya Toast for breakfast, dessert or at anytime you are craving for it.
14. Carrot Cake (Chai Tow Kway)
Here is another popular dish that you can find at any hawker throughout Singapore. When hearing the name carrot cake, anyone would imagine a bright orange colored cake. Nonetheless, the fried carrot cake is made from steamed white radish wrapped in rice flour and then deep-fried, which can be served with soy sauce. The fried carrot dish is pretty simple so it is often considered as fast food or eaten for breakfast.
Although it is a snack, its rather strange and unusual taste has made it listed as one of the specialty foods of Singapore that must be tried. You can stop by at one of the most famous locations serving stir-fried carrot cake at:
Bedok Interchange Food Centre
- Address: #01-18, Song Zhou Lou Bo Gao, Bedok Interchange Food Centre, 207 New Upper Changi Road
- Opening hours: 6:30 A.M. – 8 P.M. except Sunday
- Price: $3 SGD / plate
As you can see, Singapore has an exquisite culinary culture despite its small geographical size. The cuisine of this island nation is a fusion and harmony of different cultures and ethnic groups. If we try to name all the specialty foods of Singapore, there are still so many of them that we haven’t mentioned yet. I hope you have a chance to taste all the dishes that the Singaporeans cannot live without. Sure enough, Singapore will make visitors come back again and again to fully discover its unique and excellent cuisine.
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