Singapore is considered a melting pot of culture. The lifestyle and culture of the people in Singapore are influenced by Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian culture. It is difficult to define it point-blank.
However, there is a surefire way to make sense of Singapore. Like any other culture, one way to get to know Singapore is through its food. A visit in the city-state will be incomplete if you fail to try the variety of delicacies offered in the country. Let’s take a look at some of Singapore’s best food offers that you must try if you visit the city-state.
1. The Hainanese Chicken Rice – The Hainanese Chicken Rice is often regarded as the “National Dish of Singapore.” Why not? This dish is found almost everywhere around the city-state. From Hawker stalls, food courts to luxurious hotels and establishments, the Hainanese Chicken Rice is here to stay.
Believed to be from the early Chinese immigrants from the Hainan province in Southern China, the Hainanese Chinese Rice is steamed or boiled chicken served atop fragrant oily rice with side token vegetable. There are other variants available in different restaurants such as roasted chicken and soy sauce chicken. They are also served with various dipping sauces.
2. Char Kway Teow – Flat rice noodles stir-fried with lard, dark and light soy sauce, chilli and other spices, with sliced vegetable — this is the Singaporean delicacy Char Kway Teow. This is a popular dish among people who love hawker food. Sometimes they are offered with boiled eggs and shrimps.
3. Indian cuisine – If you are a fan of Indian food and would want to have a bite while you are in Singapore, there are various restaurants in the city-state which offer various Indian food. Curries are staple dishes when we talk about Indian food. One of the best curry dishes are found in Ananda Bhavan Restaurant which is located in the entrance of “Little India.” It was established in 1924 and is considered to be one of the oldest vegetarian eatery in Singapore. They also offer Thosai sets which are dipped in sumptuous curry sauces.
4. Rojak – If you have dietary considerations and is visiting Singapore, Rojak is the best fit for you. The term “Rojak” is derived from Malay and literally translates to the word “mixture.” Traditionally, Rojak is a fruit and vegetable salad dish which is quite popular in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. The Indian version of Rojak is tossed in peanut sauce with other red flavouring for added spice.
5. Italian cuisine – Italian food are also offered in Singapore. Aside from the authentic taste of Italian food, most restaurants offering Italian food have chic and beautiful interior design, mimicking food places in Europe for a total italian food experience. In Alkaff Mansion Ristorante, for instance, they offer pastas with fresh noodles. Their spicy pastas are hit with Singaporeans who prefer chilli dishes. Further, a view in Marina bay while dining at Forlino might be the best italian restaurant in Singapore for you.