This post was actually inspired by my earlier post 10 Beijing Foods We Can’t Live Without (shame that the pictures were invalid because the hyperlink got removed somehow). This April, I finally managed to do some traveling as my previous easter holidays were all spent either at my hometown.
As me and my travel buddy Vincent quickly figured that there was not much sightseeing to do in Singapore, we planned our short get-away in Singapore almost solely based on the signature food in this amazing Southeast Asia city.
Here comes, in my opinion, the 10 Singapore food we can’t live without.
1. Kaya Toast served with 2 poached eggs. (oops, forgot to take picture of the Kaya toast)
The restaurant we went to is one of the most popular fast food chains in Singapore: Ya Kun.
Locate one of them in the city on their official website.
2. Curry Fish Head in Muthu’s Curry in Little India
Verdict: Better than any indian dishes that I’ve ever had in Hong Kong, or elsewhere.
Contributing Factor: Flavorful spices, and the size of the bowl?
We had it in a random food center. Didn’t taste any less legit.
4. Char Kway Teow
I had no idea what to expect before the dish came out, because Char Kway Teow doesn’t mean anything to me literally. It turned out to be extremely similar to fried rice noodles, as what commonly found in any of the Cha Chaan Tengs, or tea restaurants, in Hong Kong.
Wikipedia defines Char Kway Teow:
Char kway teow, literally “stir-fried ricecake strips”, is a popular noodle dish in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia. The dish is considered a national favourite in Malaysia and Singapore.
It is made from flat rice noodles (河粉 hé fěn in Chinese) of approximately 1 cm or (in the north of Malaysia) about 0.5 cm in width, stir-fried over very high heat with light and dark soy sauce, chilli, a small quantity of belachan, whole prawns, deshelled cockles, bean sprouts and chopped Chinese chives.
5. Hainanese Chicken Rice
This is another one of my all-time favorite dishes in Singapore. This dish is sometimes referred to as the national dish of Singapore. From the humble street stalls, food courts, to the most luxurious restaurants in the city, you will almost never fail to spot Chicken Rice on their menu.
The place we went to is a stall called Tiantian Hainanese Chicken Rice in Maxewell food court. The queue could easily go as long as 10 meters at lunch hours.
They serve not only the boiled/steamed chicken, but also the chick claws and even more delicious, chicken spare parts:
6. Chili Crab
Chili Crab is another frequently-mentioned dish when people talk about Singapore dishes. However I felt that this one is a bit overrated. The restaurant that we went to (a restaurant in Geylang ran by Chinese) had really mediocre service and the dishes were not that impressive.
7. Bak Kut Teh
Not that special. It was a super meaty afternoon tea and we felt that the soup was quite heavily spiced. But it’s worth a visit definitely! Location of the store could be found at their website.
8. Nasi Lemak
It literally means rice cooked in coconut milk and it’s often considered the national dish of Malaysia. On the last morning of our short stay, Wilson brought us to this place that serves quite legit Malaysia food right next to NUS.
CNNTravel has a post titled 40 Singapore Foods We Can’t List Without, if you want a more comprehensive list of mouth-watering dishes that you could get in Singapore.