Best 10 Dishes To Eat In Singapore

by Ohbin Kwon

Singapore is an ethnic food lovers paradise. Offering tasty Asian and fusion fare, there's something for everyone to eat in Singapore. The population is predominantly made up of four ethnic groups: English, Malay, Chinese, and Tamil. This melting pot of cultures results in great culinary diversity. One never has to worry about deciding what to eat as Singapore is filled with “Hawker Centres” or food courts with a plethora of various foods to choose from.

Enjoy the wide variety of unique dishes while working in Singapore.
Enjoy the wide variety of unique dishes while working in Singapore. Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Miers.

1. Chicken Rice (Hainanese)

Known as the national dish of Singapore, Hainanese is a simple dish with a rather sophisticated flavor. Traditionally served with rice, vegetables, and boiled chicken, with broth on the side, many add hot sauce and garlic to their liking.

2. Chili Crabs

This dish is a must try when in Singapore. Hard to find outside of the country, crab lovers many not typically be able to enjoy this savory dish. Served in a spicy chili-tomato gravy, chili crabs hook visitors from the first bite.

3. Singaporean Breakfast

A typical breakfast consists of kaya toast with a unique jam made of coconut sauce. It is also served with a cup of kopi (coffee) and two soft-boiled eggs.

4. Nasi Lemak

Another breakfast dish that Singaporeans relish is rice cooked in coconut juice with spicy sambal, fried anchovies, and a chicken wing or two. This common, yet simple dish is quite surprisingly fragrant.

5. Bak kut teh

A common pork dish, Bak kut teh is served in pork broth and also goes by the name “pork rib 

tea.” It is cooked in garlic, pepper, spices, and medicinal herbs and is thought to be beneficial to one's health.

6. Fried Hokkien Mee

The American version of Hokkien Mee would be a seafood pasta, which doesn't quite do the dish justice. It is composed of yellow egg noodles with rice vermicelli, mixed with prawn, squid, and small strips of pork belly.

7. Katong Laksa

A Chinese influenced dish of rice noodles served in spicy coconut broth, which is perfect for eating on a cold rainy day.

8. Yong Tau Foo

The healthiest dish in Singapore, individuals choose what suits their fancy by adding favorites to either anchovy or soybean broth and boiling it. Typically added ingredients include noodles, vegetables, tofu, and chilies for spice.

9. Curry Puff

Eaten as a meal or a snack, curry puffs are deep fried samosas filled with curry potatoes, chicken, and a slice of egg. 

10. Roti Prata

This is the Singaporean version of a quesadilla, modified from its Mexican origin. With a crispy, flakey outside the dough is deep fried and kept very thin. This tasty treat is eaten alone or with sugar and curry.