8 Singaporean Foods You Need to Try

The best part of Singapore is its endless and diverse food options.

Back in 2010, I stayed in the tiny country for an entire month. During that time, I discovered the heaven that are hawker centres (open complexes of inexpensive food stalls) and fell in love with Singaporean cuisine. 

What's unique about the food here is that it's a fusion of multiple flavours from various countries. Singapore takes the best dishes from it's Asian neighbours and makes it their own. 

I recently returned to this tasty nation but only had a short stopover. I made sure to devote my precious time to eating all the food I missed so dearly. 

Here are eight of my favourites I recommend. Make sure to try them all when in Singapore!

Hainanese chicken rice 



Considered the national dish of Singapore, Hainanese chicken rice is a staple loved by locals and tourists, myself included. I go absolutely crazy over this stuff. The chicken is either steamed or boiled in rich chicken and pork bone stock. The rice isn't your ordinary plain white rice either. Cooked in savoury oils and seasonings, the tasty rice compliments the chicken perfectly. It is served with slices of fresh cucumber and a hearty bowl of chicken soup. Also, don't forget the dipping sauces! Your choices include a sweet, sticky soy sauce, pounded ginger or chilli garlic.

Char kway teow



Char kway teow can put all noodles to shame. These thick rice noodles are stir-fried in a wok and mixed with soy sauce, chillies, pork lard, Chinese sausage, bean spouts, green onions, eggs and prawns. The product is a greasy plate of paradise bursting with different flavours.

Laksa


If you want to try soup noodles with a kick, order a bowl of laksa. Both spicy and creamy in taste, this dish consists of vermicelli noodles smothered in a rich, chilli coconut broth. It's also usually served with an egg and some form of seafood.

Teh tarik 



Once you have a cup of teh tarik, you'll never go back to regular tea! Teh tarik is a sweet milk tea beverage with pizzazz. Indian baristas pour steaming black tea and evaporated milk between two far away cups. This process mixes the ingredients up and produces a foamy beverage which can be enjoyed either hot or cold. 

Roti prata



Originally from India, roti prata is an oily flour-based pancake cooked over a griddle. Enjoy the crispy flatbread with a side of vegetable or meat curry. Have fun tearing apart the warm prata and dunking it in the mouth-watering curry sauce.

Goreng pisang 



Coated with batter and deep fried to perfection, goreng pisang (also known as banana fritters) make the ultimate snack or dessert. Eat them on their own or serve with a scoop of ice cream.  

Satay


Nothing beats grilled meat on a stick. Choose from chicken, pork or beef and watch your satay skewers barbecue in front of your eyes. Marinated in various spices and served with divine peanut sauce, this classic Southeast Asian dish is sure to satisfy any carnivore out there.  

Singapore sling 



In 1915, the Singapore Sling was created at the iconic Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Back in the day, it was frowned upon for women to drink in public. As a result, Hainanese bartender, Mr. Ngiam Tong Boon, concocted the world famous Singapore Sling. He used grenadine as the main component so the cocktail looked like an innocent fruit punch. The drink is mixed with gin, Cointreau, cherry heering, benedictine, bitters, pineapple and lime juice and garnished with a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry.
  


What other Singaporean foods are you crazy about? Leave me a comment below and let me know! 

Melissa Li

I’m a Canadian girl on a quest to step foot in every continent before I’m 30. You’ll most likely find me chowing down on Japanese ramen, partying at a music festival, hiking to the top of a scenic lookout, cuddling with cats, or chilling out at the beach. I’ve visited over 60 countries so far and hope to inspire you to do the same.

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