Here’s a list of Singapore’s star attractions and the best places to eat them at:
Bak Kut Teh
A Chinese dish made of pork ribs and a variety of herbs – including five spices, star anise, cinnamon, fennel seeds and garlic, among others – Bak Kut Teh is served with rice, fried dough and salted vegetables. A popular accompaniment is Chinese tea, which many believe helps to break down the fat in the dish. Bak Kut Teh is best savoured at Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup Eating House, Founder Bak Kut Teh Restaurant and Song Fa Bak Kut Teh.
Char Kway Teow
A savoury and sweet noodle recipe, Char Kway Teow is topped with pork lard, sweet and dark sauces, bean sprouts, Chinese sausages and eggs. Singapore’s best Char Kway Teow is served at Hill Street Fried Kway Teow on Bedok S Road.
This dish featuring tender crabs cooked in a thick tomato and chilli gravy is best eaten with fried buns. Many seafood restaurants in Singapore serve Chilli Crab.
Hainanese Chicken Rice
Originally created by the residents of Hainan Island in China, this dish has since become a Singapore staple. The rice is cooked with garlic, scallion and ginger, and can be found at several hawker centres, coffee shops and restaurants.
Kaya Toast Breakfast
A quintessential Singapore breakfast, this includes kaya spread made from pandan leaves, toasted bread, soft-boiled eggs and your choice of tea or coffee. Many food courts, food centres and cafes offer this traditional breakfast.
Fried Carrot Cake
Made with flour, radish, turnips, dark and sweet sauce and spring onions, Fried Carrot Cake is a hot local favourite. This treat is best served at Song Zhou Luo Bo Gao at the Bedok Interchange Food Centre and in Clementi Food Centre.
A salad that is commonly found in hawker centres and cafes, Rojak is a palate-teasing combination of fruit, fried dough, turnips, bean sprouts and cucumber, topped with toasted sesame seeds.
Rooted in South India, Roti Prata is an Indian pancake that is served with a variety of fillings – eggs, cheese, bananas, onions, meat, sugar and ice-cream all find their place in the folds of the Roti Prata. Adam Road Food Centre is well known for its Roti Prata and other Indian delicacies.
Bite-sized chicken, mutton, pork and beef served on skewers with a spicy peanut sauce and cucumber and onion slices, Satay is one of Singapore’s most distinctive dishes.
Most of Singapore’s food can be found at its numerous hawker centres and food courts. Eating here is relatively cheap, with a plate of noodles costing you anywhere between USD 3 – 4. Western-style sandwiches, pizza and pasta can be found in Singapore’s many cafes, while global fast food behemoths such as McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Burger King have gained considerable popularity. For a truly authentic experience, try to stick to local vendors and chefs – the flavours and the experience will surely be worth the while.