Pack your bags and get ready for that Asia travel you always wanted!
The fact that Singapore is a multi-cultural country signifies that it does not lack anything when it comes to their dishes. From Little India’s spiced meal like the biryani and chana masala to Chinatown’s famed Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, not only the country’s food scene is delish and diverse, it is also creative and smart.
Discover Asian food culture in a variety of spots in Singapore. It will surely offer tourists the satisfaction of their palettes when offered an extensive number of local and top cuisines which might have you mouth-watering from the time you finish checking out the menu. You have choices with Indonesian influence, Lebanese influence, and many other cultural influences. There is also a combination of different cultures. This gives the visitors a dramatic new twist to please their curiosity of diverse cuisine.
Food stalls you must visit
In 2016, 29 food establishments in Singapore received awards with the prominent Michelin stars. It was history in the making when two hawker stalls garnered a Michelin star each for themselves. This leads us to say that Singapore’s vibrant local food scene is glorious.
When you’re around the country, don’t forget to stop by these stalls and have a taste of their wares.
Geylang Serai Food Centre
At Geylang Serai, you can find tons of hawker stalls on the second floor. It’s best to go there early for breakfast and lunch. Here’s what you can find at the food center.
1. Nasi Rames.
A rice dish with a portion of other food like beef, chicken, shrimp, vegetables, peanuts, egg, and bean curd. This dish is also known as “mixed rice." It is mildly sweet because the dish gets caramelized with coconut. It’s not that spicy either that could make you run for the hills. It has an excellent combination of sweet and spicy flavorings jam-packed with other eats. For S$5, we recommend you guys to grab one.
2. Dendeng Balado.
It’s like your beef jerky added with chili peppers. Some variations have caramelized coconut too. We like ours salty and spicy. It’s available for S$3. You can either take it as a snack or meal.
3. Cheng Tng.
This is a tasty dessert that uses lots of dates, barley, nuts, sago, candied coconut and more. They serve it in a bowl and is a great treat for summer months. For costs of $2 in Geylang Serai, you should definitely try this treat!
Old Aiport Food Centre and Shopping Mall
Where to start? The list, lines, and stalls were endless, and all were scrumptious. This is a perfect place for you to discover Asia food culture as the center offers various local, international and mixed dishes for you to choose from.
4. Lor mee noodles.
It has so many toppings, but it will make you want more servings. You have your meat, pork and egg swimming around in thick starch-based gravy, which is something people rave about. It may be thick, but it’s not dry and neither it is gooey nor strong. It balances the spice, salt, and sweetness of all the food elements in the bowl. If you want to know what we mean by that, go to Singapore and order Lor Mee at the Old Airport for S$4.
Another good snack for the road! These cute little puffs were done right on the spot with a fryer. You can choose various filling types like yam, fish, chicken or potato. It’s great to have these while exploring other parts of Singapore. At the moment you’ll get hungry, just take one and have a chow. Each puff cost S$1.30.
6. Fishball noodles.
Light and yummy, fishball noodles at Old Airport are cooked fresh daily. Though fishball itself alone is already a favored snack in Asian countries, this dish comes along with noodles “woked" with soy sauce. Fishball noodles are one of those comfort foods you’ll have when you have that Asia travel you always wanted. And it will only cost you $3.
Chomp Chomp Food Centre
The area is a bit smaller than the other hawker areas, but its name Chomp Chomp will make sure that you won’t go out without a big stomach. The ambiance is relaxing and quite chill. People can just hang out and absent-mindedly stuff their mouth with food while basking in the sun. Mind you, it’s an open space, and it would be best for you to go there earlier.
Chillax with some Singaporean satay. Technically, it’s their BBQ. They have pork, mutton, and chicken available there for S$0.50 each. BBQ is technically the perfect food when you want to wind up on a lazy day. So, chomp, chomp for some of this get-to-go food!
8. Drink juice.
Singapore has this sweet sugarcane juice for S$1.50 to S$3. You can opt to top it with jellies, aloe vera gels, sago or plums for an additional cost of S$0.70. It’s what you call a cool drink, in a cool place. It suits the ambience of Chomp Chomp.
9. All seafood.
The center is purportedly famous for its seafood. Here are our takes: Go forth and buy oyster cakes for S$4 each! Their sushi costs the same as well, and you can order various toppings like fish and eel. Shrimp noodles and cake will cost you S$3 to S$5. We saw some stingray that is priced starting at S$10.
Chinatown Food Complex
Your food journey wouldn’t be complete without setting your foot here in Chinatown. Try your guts to line up in the long queues just to get your food!
10. Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodles.
We really meant this one. This is the least expensive Michelin-starred meal in the world. The other hawker stall to be conferred with the award is Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles at Crawford Lane. At S$2, you can already have your chicken rice with beans. We recommend the Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle and the Oyster Sauce Vegetable for S$2.50 and S$3 respectively. Oh, and if it’s alright with you, try waiting 45 minutes to an hour for your meal. The food is worth the wait by the way.
11. Yong Tau Fu.
A fresh fish ball is available here. Another thing to look out for is its fried Ikan Bilis. All in all, it’s quite a delicious dish. What’s different from among the stalls that serve Yong Tau Fu in Singapore is that only here in Chinatown’s Food Complex that doesn’t serve sweet chili sauce that is thick or gooey. You will find yourself dipping your fried Ikan Bilis in chili vinegar. The dish costs S$3, and you have to go through a long line of customers. If you want, you can come here by 8 AM to see fewer customers.
It’s a nice hot, spicy noodle, with toppings of chicken, fish or shrimps on a coconut-based soup or a sourly based tamarind broth. It is aptly named as laksa because it has a grainy texture in it. However, this dish is great on a chilly day. It’s one of those comfort foods you get to find during inclement weathers. Starting at $2.50, try finding this dish if you go to Singapore on a rainy day in Chinatown.
Chong Pang Food Centre
We’re here for the snacks and desserts, but you’ll be surprised to find healthy meals there. Munch your way to a couple of veggie delights, sweet treats and refreshing desserts.
13. Gingko brown porridge.
This is one healthy dish that does away with animal meat. It makes use of brown rice which is rich with fiber and gingko nuts that are full of omega fatty acids. The food has dates and other vegetables as well. It’s a good meal for vegetarians out there and quite an introduction to the world of vegetables for meat lovers. It costs $2 for a bowl.
14. Douhua, tau hua or taho.
We’ve been to many of our Asia travels to be familiar with this treat’s name in any language or country. Tau Hua is your tofu pudding and served with sugary syrup. In Singapore, we’ve found their version of tau hua with ginkgo seeds or pandan jelly. We prefer ours with the plain one and with the original flavor. This snack costs only S$1.50.
15. Ais Kacang or ABC.
In the Philippines, they call it Halo-halo. Now Singapore has their own version of this refreshing dessert. The dish includes crushed ice, beans, corn kernels, corn cereal, jelly, and nata de coco. It’s poured with milk and topped with ice cream. Some stalls offer other toppings on their Ais Kacang, such as chocolate and durian. Get this dessert for $2!
So, there you have it – our list of the local food you can find in Singapore. How were we able to muster up this list, you ask? We stayed there for four days and we planned our food galore long before we stepped our foot in the country. We are hoping to be in the country once more for their annual Food Festival.
If you want, we can make you our food itinerary in Singapore, but that would be best to discuss it on another time. Unless you ask us for it, then we’ll gladly oblige. Send us a message, and let’s hold talks about our walks.