Complete Guide To Singapore’s Breakfast Culture

The breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day. In Singapore every meal is considered the most important meal of the day. So no wonder we find not mere bread, with jam and a bowl of cereals on the breakfast table, but a big range of “interesting” other varieties. The wide range of different cultures gives you literally every option to chose from, English breakfast with beans and fries, typical western with a plane sandwich or rice and vegetables with pork soup.

Just having arrived in Singapore i remember how confused i was about people “having lunch” for breakfast, but no, noodles or rice is a normal thing to have, and the egg in front of you is supposed to be like that, its called “half boiled” egg.
For everyone who wants to know how the real Singapore breakfast looks like, here a list of the most common dishes, please try!

Half Boiled Eggs And Kaya Toast

My girlfriends hates me for loving this, and its like with every unusual thing, you have to get used to it. So when i first went to breakfast with my colleague and he ordered us the above…i complained that my egg wasn’t done properly, but in fact it was. And now, theres nothing better then sipping the glibbery soup (eggs+pepper+soy sauce) together with a sweet Kaya toast, which is a normal toast with jam made out of Coconut on top, and some Kopi, coffee with condense milk.
Breakfast fried Noodles SingaporePhoto by Preetamrai

Fried Noodles / Mee Goreng

Creating a basis for the upcoming 10 meals during the rest of the day, theres nothing better to have a bowl of fried noodles or mee goreng (the spicier Malay version) with vegetables, ham, fishcake, tofu or just egg. Its a very common thing to have as breakfast here and you can usually “create” your own dish by mixing all the sides together you want.

Nasi Lemak

Considered as the national Malay dish, this is translated by its name “Rice In Cream“, and its literally rice soaked in coconut cream and then steamed, flavored with the local herbs like ginger or lemon grass. It usually comes with a variety of side dishes like cucumber slices, small dried anchovies , roasted peanuts, hard boiled egg, pickled vegetables (achar), chicken, cuttlefish, cockle, beef curry (beef stewed in coconut milk and spices) or paru (beef lungs). But be careful, the Malay dishes have a natural spiciness in them which someone might not be able to take for breakfast on an empty stomach.
Breakfast Prata SingaporePhoto by Preetamrai

Rothi Parata

Paratas are another Singapore breakfast favorite. They are fluffy yet crispy pancake-like pastries that are served with spicy curry dipping sauces. They can be prepared on a griddle or deep-fried. They’re an especially popular choice when buying breakfast from stalls and street vendors. Most restaurants stop serving roti parathas at noon which make these pastries unique in an Asian culture where most breakfast dishes are readily available as other meals.

To Go, Curry puffs, Kueh-Kueh or Sandwiches

All of the above (yes, including the half boiled egg) are of course available for take away as well, although im sometimes surprised that people have the time to cue 30 minutes for a single coffee, because its 10 Cent cheaper at this outlet then the next one.
Other “to go” options include Curry Puffs (you literally get them everywhere), Kueh Kuehs (which is the general Malay term for bite sized food, like “Tapas” in spain) or the normal western sandwich (filled with ham and cheese or tuna).

How Much? The Price Range

You wont have to spend a fortune on a typical local breakfast, if can spare the bagel from Starbucks and the Peppermint Flavored Iced Mocca Latte, you wont have to spend more then 3-4$.
The range is from (Prices around Raffles Place)

  • 0.90$ – Curry Puff
  • 1.00$ – Single Kaya Toast
  • 2.50$ – Breakfast Set (Kaya Toast, Half Boiled Egg, Kopi)
  • 2.50$ – Rice With Vegetables
  • 3.50$ – Mee Goreng
  • 5.00$ – StarBucks Single Cappuccino

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4 Comments

admin

ah, then why not coming back? Guess there are a lot of people leaving Singapore now, there should be enough space, and rents are going down as well :)

Frances Bayer

Hello! I am a researcher from the Philippines doing a feasibility study on exporting hotcake and cake mixes to Singapore. Would like to ask for your opinion… Hotcakes are often eaten as breakfast in most countries especially those in the west. What are the eating preferences/habits of Singaporeans when it comes to hotcakes/pancakes or easy-to-cook cakes? your opinion would be helpful in my study. thank you. – Frances

Shashi

Hi … Nice to see this page and all infrmation too!! Im goin to visit ur Country on 31 this month… wish u all the very BEST.

with due regards

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