1. Singapore Breakfast:Kaya Toast,Kopi And Watery Egg
Start your day with the typical Singaporean way of getting energy for the humid day, lying ahead. (Complete Guide To Singapore’s Breakfast Culture)
A set of two half toast with Kaya (a traditional Coconut jam) and Butter, served with sweet Coffee (Kopi) and my all time favorite, watery eggs. Which are literally eggs cooked for seconds, cracked opened, put into a bowl, and mixed with Soy sauce and pepper…either you hate it or you love it!
2. Chili Or Black Pepper Crab
You have heard about it by now, even if you only just arrived at the airport, but the famous and locally invented “Chili Crab” dish is everywhere. It’s like a local VIP in form of food.
It is in the end the one local dish that earns the most of fame and without question is itself part of that not really existing Singaporean culture, the Chili Crab.
A whole crab is usually served in a fantastic creamy, chili sauce , with juicy meat and little buns, so called “mantou”, to dip into the sauce. Epic. Win.
3. Popiah NOT Papaya
I wildly confused my friends when we sat at a local hawker center and told them i would get 3 or 4 “Papaya”…
When they asked me if one wouldn’t be enough, I laughed and asked them how we should divide that up for the group of us.
Then I came back with 4 pieces of “Popiah” and they were the once that laughed about me. Those little rolls are stuffed with veggies, peanuts and crab meat, and are perfect as the healthy snack in between.
4. Chicken Rice
Another very famous (and cheap) local dish is the “Chicken Rice”. Usually a plate or bowl with rice, topped with cucumber and chicken pieces.
However, the famous thing in this case is actually the rice that gets cooked in chicken stock and is very flavorful. (10 Unique Things To Do In Singapore In 24 Hours)
You can get a whole meal from 2$ onwards!
It’s so sinful! At my former place I had a very famous Murtabak stall just downstairs, and the value of meat and food you get against the relatively cheap price is just too tempting to get ignored.
The so called “Indian Pizza” is a mix of minced Chicken or other meat with onions, chilli sauce and vegetables packed into a fold over of dough. very tempting, very unhealthy!
If you cry the first time you have Laksa don’t worry, it’s supposed to be spicy, very spicy (for Ang Mohs) and once you reach the bottom, it’s not over yet.
Laksa is a very spicy, but tasteful soup, sweet-sour with ingredients of seafood and local veggies.
Take it slow, so you can enjoy it before your taste buds get burned!
7. BBQ Stingray
Together with Laksa, BBQ Stingray is probably on the same level of “spiciness”. Mostly served in seafood hawker centers, with my favorite being the one at East Coast Park (The Top 5 Singapore Hawker Centers), the flat stingray, gives a lovely flavor for the fish lover.
Very spicy with a special chili sauce and topped with lime or lemon its a great dish for a cozy dinner along the ocean.
Whats Your favorite Local Dish?
I’m sure there are many more great dishes in Singapore that didn’t make it on my list, whats better then Chili Crab, whats more spicy then Laksa soup?
Please let us know and write down your thoughts on Singapore’s local food culture in the comments below!