Singapore, located right in the heart of Southeast Asia, is home to a melting pot of cultures and international influences.
Despite this city-state as being one of the most expensive destinations in the world to live, Singapore is a very popular tourist destination.
Travelers flock to Singapore not only for the amazing attractions and shopping markets, but also for the FOOD!
The Singapore food scene is sometimes overlooked in Asia with trendy cuisines such as Korean and Thai food.
But that shouldn’t be the case because Singaporean food maintains so many different flavors from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and India.
In this article, we will reveal the Top 10 Singapore food dishes that will have your mouth watering by the time you finish reading.
Laksa is a very popular dish that you can find throughout Southeast Asia and especially in Singapore.
A spicy soup that consists of rice noodles, or rice vermicelli noodles, Laksa is often accompanied with chicken, fish, or shrimp.
The star of this Singapore food dish however, is the broth! There are many different versions of Laksa, but the most popular one in Singapore is made with curry and coconut milk.
You cannot not eat Laksa when you’re in Singapore!
2. Hainanese Chicken Rice / Roasted Duck Rice
There’s no better comfort food in Singapore than a simple plate of rice, meat, and sauce to go with it.
One of the most well known dishes of the Singapore food culture is Hainanese Chicken Rice, which maintains heavy Chinese influences.
This dish only has a few ingredients including boiled chicken, oily flavorful rice and a sauce (typically made with dark soy sauce, chilis, garlic, and ginger).
Another favorite rice dish to eat when in Singapore is Roasted Duck Rice. The duck meat is seasoned with various Chinese spices and roasted until the skin is golden brown.
To enhance the flavor of the duck, a Chinese 5 spice sauce is doused over the meat and rice. A truly comforting Singapore food to eat!
3. Char Kway Teow
Noodles are widely known as being one of the staple foods in the Asian culture.
There are many different variations of noodles, but one of the ultimate Singapore food dishes is Char Kway Teow. Char Kway Teow is a stir fried noodle dish that is typically cooked with eggs, dark soy sauce, and chilis.
Sometimes the dish is eaten with prawns or even blood cockles. The noodles are cooked on a very high heat, which gives it that dark roasted color.
Char Kway Teow should be one of the first Singapore foods you should order!
4. Chili Crab
Generally refereed to as one of the national dishes of Singapore, Chili Crab is a favorite amongst the locals, and one of the must eat dishes for tourists visiting The Lion City.
As delicious as the crab meat is, the co-star of this Singapore food favorite is the sauce!
This savory sauce is made from a blend of tomatoes, chili paste, and beaten eggs to give it that thick consistency.
Sometimes eaten along with Chili Crab is mantou, a bun (steamed or deep fried) that you can dip into that amazing sauce!
5. Sambal Stingray
A popular dish to eat at food stalls and hawker centers throughout Singapore, Sambal Stingray is a must try dish with it’s Malaysian influences.
The stingray meat is marinated in a sambal paste before cooking which consists of calamansi juice, shallots, chilis, tamarind, and sugar cane.
After being marinated, the stingray is wrapped in a banana leaf and then traditionally grilled over charcoal.
Don’t miss Sambal Stingray during your Singapore food adventure!
6. Bak Kut Teh
The actual translation of Bak Kut Teh means “pork bone tea.” You may be thinking that the pork is cooked in tea, however that’s not the case.
Traditionally Chinese tea is drank after eating this dish to cleanse your system of the fatty pork juices in the soup.
Bak Kut Teh uses pork ribs as the protein ingredient which is cooked in a broth of it’s own juices, Chinese spices, white pepper, garlic, and salt.
The meat is cooked until it’s fall off the bone tender. MOUTH WATERING!
7. Carrot Cake (Chai Tow Kway)
This isn’t your typical carrot cake that you can find on a dessert menu.
Singaporean Carrot Cake, also called Chai Tow Kway, is a savory dish as opposed to something sweet.
There’s actually not even any carrots in this Singapore food dish, but the star of the show is daikon radishes.
This carrot cake is wok-fried with rice flour cakes, radishes, eggs, and seasonings.
Don’t forget that Carrot Cake in Singapore is not a dessert.
8. Wanton Mee
One of the most famous dishes originating from Cantonese cuisine is Wanton Mee.
It’s so famous, you can probably find Wanton Mee noodles at every food court and hawker center in Singapore.
Wanton Mee is made with yellow egg noodles, red barbecue pork, wanton dumplings, and leafy green vegetables.
This classic Cantonese dish has made it’s way into the Singapore food culture and is always a great choice to eat for lunch or dinner.
A must eat dish when you’re in Singapore, Rojak is a fruit and vegetable salad that is very popular amongst the locals.
The word rojak literally means “mixture,” and the name of this Singapore food dish comes from the mixture of fruits, vegetables and spices.
The cocktail of spicy, sweet and salty flavors come from ground chili peppers, palm sugar and peanuts.
Some typical fruits and vegetable you can find in Rojak are pineapples, mangos, apples, cucumbers, bean sprouts, deep fried tofu and Chinese style fritters.
10. Fish Bee Hoon
Another popular noodle dish amongst the Singaporean locals is Fish Bee Hoon.
Also with Chinese influences, Fish Bee Hoon is made with rice vermicelli noodles and cooked in a milk based broth, which acts as a thickening component.
The broth gets it’s flavors from the fish and other ingredients such as chilis, shallots, salt/pepper, and sometimes Chinese wine.
Catherine Ling from CNN says Fish Bee Hoon as “one of the 40 Singapore foods we can’t live without."
A Singapore Food Adventure Awaits You
All 10 of these dishes have influences from various countries across Asia, which make this a truly incredible cuisine.
Keep in mind that Singapore offers so much more to eat outside of this Top 10 list.
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