5 dishes you must taste in Singapore

 

When wandering among the neighborhoods of Singapore, you’ll find yourself among different cultures, all with their own unique color, character and taste. From Chinatown to the Arab Quarter, from Little India to the Malay neighborhood and from there to the Hawker Stalls, this amazing island state is home to people from all over the world, all cooking in different ways and ready to wow you with dishes with a long heritage, but also influenced by multicultural Singapore.

So, which are the 5 dishes you shouldn’t leave Singapore without trying at least once?

1. Seafood: crabs

There are tens of ways crabs are cooked in this city:  Chilli Crabs, Sri Lankan Crabs, the King Crab, the Dungeness Crab, the Blue Swimmer, the Alaskan King Crab, Black Pepper Crabs, the Crab Bee Hoon, Salted Egg Crabs are the most famous, with the last three being the locals’ favorites. Just head to a seafood restaurant or better yet a hawker and enjoy!

Chilly crab Singapore

2. Indian: roti prata

Definitely better than it sounds. I actually tasted roti prata in Little India, only to find out later that it is indeed an indian dish, but with a malay name! It’s actually dough cooked with an ingredient of your choice inside, from minced meat to chocolate. Roti Prata is a delicious and filling take-away food you can enjoy while sightseeing.

Roti prata Singapore

3. Malay: nasi lemak

A coconut rice dish traditional in the Malay culture, nasi lemak is rice served with anchovies, eggs, sambal, peanuts and, in some variations, with fried chicken and/or sotong balls, usually in banana leaf. And it is as exotic and satisfying as it sounds! Enjoy it in Kampong Glam, the historic Malay neighborhood for a glimpse of old Singapore!

Nasi lemak Singapore

4. Middle Eastern: mezza platter

And while you’re there, discover the Arab Quarter and its own culinary treasures. The taste here is far more familiar to a Westerner’s palate than any Asian food. We’ve all tried kebab, basturma, fattoush, hummus, labneh… and the trendy yet traditional Arab Quarter offers the perfect hideaway from all the hustle and bustle from the modern and busy city, to enjoy a mezza platter made with love and spices.

Mezza platter Singapore

5. Chinese: laksa

A popular dish in Europe, laksa is basically rice noodles in a spicy coconut-curry soup with shrimp, fish, egg and chicken. It’s actually a combination of Chinese and Malay cuisine, and any laksa dish you’ll try in Singapore has gotten some local flair too. Best enjoy it in Chinatown, from a stall, created in front of you with extra care!

Laksa Singapore

On your next visit in Singapore, skip the malls and the shopping centres and head to a stall, a hawker or a top notch restaurant and have the meal of your life!

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  1. Prianka says:

    I love eating chili crab! My favourite place to go is Glutton’s Bay – yep, I’ve been here for a year and still eat it at the most touristy place! Let me know if you have any less touristy recommendations!

  2. Terrence says:

    For authentic Singaporean fare I veer towards the little restaurants & hawkers’ centers where they have good roast chicken / pigeon, roast pork . Chinatown & little India are good choices. Cz zar at world city mall has the best duck egg fried crabs & crispy pork trotters I tried. another great area for authentic local fare is geylang.

  3. I’ve always been fascinated by the beautiful country of Singapore and its lip-smacking delicacies. All thanks to your informative article, now I know about the mouth-watering dishes that I should treat my taste buds with on my next trip to the scenic country.

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