Singapore is a food lover’s paradise and this is because this country has a diverse mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian people which has resulted in some very delicious food! There are so many different types of street food that you can enjoy and in this article, we will be covering some of the more popular dishes and where you can find them.
The first street food we will look at is Hainanese chicken rice. This is considered Singapore’s national dish and in order to make it, chicken is blanched in boiling water and then ice cold water. After, it is sliced and placed in a dish. The rice is then cooked in the chicken fat, chicken stock, garlic, ginger and other spices. It is served with a chili sauce, ginger dip etc. You can get this delicious dish at Wee Nam Kee on Thompson Road, United Square. You can order a side of vegetables, shallots and other sides to go with this chicken and rice dish.
Next, another well loved dish is Char Kway Teow which is basically a noodle dish. In order to make it, flat rice noodles are stir fried in a wok with bean sprouts, blood cockles, soy sauce and Chinese sausage slices. This dish is sometimes topped with cubes of deep fried lard. You can get this dish at Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee which is located in the Hong Lim food centre.
Thirdly, we will look at Bak Chor Mee which are minced pork noodles. This is made by blanching egg noodles which are then tossed in a mixture of black vinegar, chili paste and oil. Then, it is served with pork balls, pork slices, minced pork and also crispy pork lard. Sometimes, it is served with pieces of umami dried sole fish. You can get this dish at Tai Wah Pork Noodle in the Hong Lim food centre as well.
A popular dish that is eaten for breakfast or even afternoon tea is Kaya Toast. It is made by toasting and slicing thin pieces of bread and slathering them with kaya. This is a jam made from sugar, egg and coconut. Then, the toast is served with half boiled eggs drizzled with a black sauce and served with coffee. There are many stalls that sell the kaya spread in a jar so you can take it home and make the dish yourself if you desire. You can sample this lovely dish at Tong Ah Eating House which is on Keong Saik road.
Next, we will look at Char Siew Fan and Siew Yoke Fan. You can find a variety of roasted meats at typical hawker stalls, especially barbecue pork (char siew) and roasted pork belly (siew yoke). However, the Char Siew Fan and Siew Yoke Fan is a combination of the two where the meat has a tender bite and a balanced amount of fat. This is typically ordered on its own or on a bed of rice. You can eat this delicious meal at Foong Kee Coffee Shop which is on Keong Saik road.
Lastly, if you want something lighter, then you should sample the Roti Prata. This is known as the Asian croissant and is an Indian flatbread. It is made to be flaky, crisp and buttery and you can eat it with various sides of fish, meat or even just vegetables. One of the best places to eat this in Singapore is at Mr. & Mrs. Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata at the Poh Ho Eatery.
In closing, we have just covered some of the best local foods in Singapore. So, be sure to sample all the dishes mentioned above to get a full experience of this country’s amazing cuisine.