Singapore is a tiny dot on the world map. But when it comes to food, this tiny dot can take the world by a food storm. It’s truly the gastronomical capital of the world.
Singapore boasts of multicultural cuisines. The country is home to people from different cultures such as Chinese, Malay and Indian who form part of its population. Then there are people such as Thai, Filipino, European, etc., who have brought their own cultural ingredients and added a dash of salt and pepper to Singapore’s food. You can rightly call it a melting pot of different cuisines. While a lot of cuisines have melted and blended to bring out a unique Singaporean taste, you will also realize that it’s a salad bowl of different cuisines with each of them displaying its unique flavors.
I bring you a list of dishes that one should try out when in Singapore. So, if you want a real taste of Singaporean cuisine, visit one of the hundreds and thousands of food courts strewn across the country. Personally, I feel they are not only easy on the pocket; they are great on your taste buds too.
Raise a toast
Begin your day with a sumptuous breakfast. What can be better than the staple breakfast fare in Singapore – kaya toast with soft boil eggs and a cup of piping hot teh or kopi. Yes, Singaporeans call their tea – teh and coffee – kopi. Kaya is a bread spread made of coconut milk, eggs, sugar and is flavored by pandan leaves (a flavoring leaf that adds a green color). While most food courts offer kaya toast breakfast, Ya Kun Kaya Toast sells the best kaya toast in town. It is a popular coffee stall, which started as a small shop selling kaya toast. Today, it is a successful chain across the island country. There are many preset kaya toast breakfast options that you can opt for. It would roughly cost about SGD 4-5 per person. For more details visit Ya Kun Kaya Toast official site. It’s highly recommended, and once you have had kaya toast here, you will definitely come back for more. That’s my bet!
For lunch one can opt for a variety of non-vegetarian fare. Here are some of the dishes you should try –
Laksa – is a spicy noodle soup containing coconut gravy, rice vermicelli, fish sticks, cockles and shrimps. Some stalls also sell chicken laksa. Eat Laksa and you will definitely feel contented – it’s a soul nourishing dish. Some of the restaurants selling Laksa are Qiji and Prime Taste Kitchen. You can also try out laksa in any of the food courts in Singapore. They are equally good and don’t cost a pretty penny. Spicemeter – medium.
Nasi Lemak is rice based dish, originally from Malaysia. In Singapore you will get the Singaporean version. It typically consists of fragrant rice, deep fried drumstick, chicken franks, fish cake, curried vegetables and luncheon meat. Try Nasi Lemak in Nasi Lemak Centre, Kovan in the Upper Serangoon Road. This place is open 24/7. It’s another must have. Spicemeter – medium.
Prata is the Singaporean variation of the Indian parantha or more typically the South Indian variation. It is made of maida (refined flour) and stuffed with fried eggs or onions or both. This is typically found in the Indian outlets (found mostly in all food courts in Singapore). It is served with some gravy or sambhar (lentil gravy). Spicemeter – medium.
Murtabak is nothing but stuffed bread made of refined flour. You can choose your meat of choice – beef, chicken or mutton. The layered stuffing also contains onion, garlic and fried eggs. It is served with gravy. This dish is originally from Saudi Arabia and Yemen, but it’s very popular in Singapore too. It is somewhat similar to mughlai parantha – an Indian variation of stuffed bread with mutton / chicken. It’s high on calorie, but it’s worth a try. Spicemeter – medium.
Chicken Rice is the most popular dish in Singapore and also considered by many as the national dish. It’s a light dish served with rice cooked in chicken stock, roasted chicken, salad and a bowl of chicken stock soup. Some places also serve the chicken cooked with soya sauce. It’s easy on your tummy. Team it up with a glass of Iced Lemon tea and your supper is done. Spicemeter – non-spicy.
Mee Goreng is a noodle dish. It’s made of yellow noodles fried in oil and cooked with soya sauce, chicken / prawns / beef, onions, garlic, tomatoes, chilies and cabbage. It’s a high on the spice meter. If you really like spicy and oily food, you will definitely love mee goreng. Spicemeter – very spicy.
Ayam Panggang is an Indonesian BBQ dish also called the Indonesian grilled chicken. It is served with rice and a grilled chicken piece laden with a black sauce. Typically, you will also get an omelet along with it. You can ask for the gravy, which is typically coconut based or a generous amount of the black sauce over the rice. It’s another favorite among many locals and expats in Singapore. The best place to eat this sumptuous dish is at Riverside Indonesia BBQ, Kopitiam (Food Court), Plaza Singapura, Orchard Road. Spicemeter – medium.
They say when you are in Singapore, you cannot go hungry. I have realized I am always in the vicinity of food in Singapore. I bet you will definitely find food within a radius of about 100-200 meters. So, next time you are in Singapore, try out at least one these dishes and eat to your heart’s content.
Well, these are only the appetizers on the mouth watering Singaporean food menu. Keep visiting my blog as I will be back with more Singaporean delicacies that are a must try.
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