We ended off last week with the quintessential Singaporean dessert named Muah Chee and now we are moving forward to Part 2 of our guide, which features more great local eats that you can find in Singapore!

 

Here’s Part 1 if you missed it!

 

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Chilli Crab

 

 

There is no way that we would leave this popular crab dish out of our list. The superstar of local food and representative of Singapore, Chilli Crab has been an all time favourite ever since its humble beginnings.

Did you know that the first variation of Chilli Crab had no chilli in the sauce at all? What! The first attempt of the stir fried dish was fried in a tomato ketchup sauce, but chilli was eventually added for the additional wow factor.

Over the years the ingredients of the sauce evolved to sambal, tomato paste and eggs which then eventually became the most popular variation of the dish.

A trip in Singapore wouldn’t be complete if you missed out on Chilli Crab, be sure to try the dish!

(Don’t know where to find the best chilli crab? Don’t worry follow us on our Food Tours and you’ll have a taste of the best Chilli Crab in Singapore!)

Peranakan Kueh

Peranakans are Straits born Chinese who are the descendents of the Chinese immigrants that settled in British colonies.

A fusion between Malay and Chinese flavours, Peranakan Kueh has always been a popular amongst Singaporeans and are always consumed during Hari Raya or Chinese New Year. Most of the time these Kuehs come in a form of a sweet dessert that is made of glutinous rice dough and filled with ingredients such as pandan, coconut and gula melaka. Don’t have a sweet tooth? Don’t worry, there are also some Kuehs that are savoury as well.

Satay

 

Satay is our version of a Kebab, whereby pieces of chicken, mutton or beef are skewered onto sticks (conveniently known as satay sticks). The pieces of meat are generously marinated with a variety of herbs and spices before being barbecued over charcoal. It is then served with a special peanut sauce, alongside Ketupat (steamed rice wrapped in Pandan leaves), onions and cucumbers.

Satay is a well-known all over Southeast-Asia and it remains as one of Singapore’s most popular dishes to date. Be it huge gatherings or a simple dinner at the kopitiam, Satay can be enjoyed anyone and everyone!

Bak Chor Mee

 

If you would like to try a classic Singaporean dish, Bak Chor Mee is the way to go for you. Many of us grew up having Bak Chor Mee as a food staple and I’m pretty sure that every Singaporean would have their own personal favourite Bak Chor Mee store that they would often frequent.

The springy noodles are mixed together with a sauce that is slightly tangy, slightly sweet and slightly spicy, accompanied with a variety of ingredients like fishballs, vegetables, mushroom and minced meat. The dish may be simple, but it represents home for many of us.

Nasi Lemak

 

Nasi Lemak is a dish of malay origin. Nasi means rice whilst Lemak means rich. The dish got its name because the rice is cooked in a thick coconut cream, the dish then becomes so rich in flavour, hence the name.

It is traditionally served with a side of fried eggs, ikan bilis and peanuts, cucumbers and chicken wings. You can choose to add more ingredients like fried fish or luncheon meat, but what’s iconic about this dish the sambal chilli that comes along with it. Nasi Lemak is nothing without the chilli but I do suggest trying it without the chilli at first to get a taste of the fragrant coconut rice!

 

Chwee Kueh

The literal translation of Chwee Kueh means ‘Water Cake’ and is a popular breakfast choice amongst Singaporeans. The ‘Kueh’ is made from just tapioca flour, rice flour and water. But what makes the dish is the generous toppings of ‘chai po’ on top of the little kuehs. Chai poh is preserved radish that is cooked till lightly browned with a pleasant aromatic smell.

A good chwee kueh would not be too soft or too springy, with a perfect ratio of chai po topped over it. Try this traditional breakfast whilst having your stay in Singapore!

 

Ice Kachang

 

Singapore is known for our insane heat and humidity, but we also have many ways to combat the heat wave – one of which is Ice Kachang.

Ice Kachang is finely shaved ice on top of a treasure chest of jellies, red beans, green beans and corn. Colourful syrups and sometimes condensed milk is drizzled over the shaved ice, which makes it a big hit amongst children as well as adults!

You can find many locals enjoying a bowl of Ice Kachang to have a snack and cool down at the same time.

 

And there you have it! The Top 14 Singaporean Food that you should definitely try whilst you’re here!

Growing up in Singapore, life has always been sweet because of all the amazing food that I get to eat everyday and we you to experience the Singapore then we truly love with all our hearts.

Because the best way to eat, is the always the local way!

All week long, we’ve been revealing the best types of Food that you must try in Singapore on our Instagram and FaceBook. Introducing our Singapore Food Guide for 2018, here are the seven of the stars that made it onto our list! We will be releasing the next 7 this coming week so be sure to follow us Instagram (@chiaklocal) if you would like to chope a seat to see what made it onto our list!

Laksa

The coconut-based curry broth, is what gives Laksa its smooth and creamy texture. Served with Fish, Prawn or Meat, and topped with Taupok, Beansprouts and an egg. What makes a good bowl of Laksa is it’s broth – which has to be a perfect balance of spice and coconut milk.

Kaya Toast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the quintessential Singaporean breakfast is usually Kaya Toast, Kopi and Half-Boiled Eggs. Kaya Toast is served with butter on two slices of toasted bread. You can eat it on its own or dip it in the Kopi or half-boiled eggs that usually accompanies the toast.

Kopi is the Singaporean version of coffee, which is vastly different from the usual espresso and cappuccino. Join our food tour and we tell you how kopi is made and how to order best coffee.

Carrot Cake

I know I said cake, but why do the pictures depict something that far beyond what a cake looks like?

Unlike the far more popularised version of the cinnamon and carrot infused cake that is taken as a dessert, in our carrot cake, you can hardly see any of the above.

That’s because the carrots used in this dish are white carrots (Radish). The white carrots are incorporated into rice flour and then fried together with garlic and eggs, then garnished chai poh (preserved radish).

Depending on your preference, you can opt for the ‘black’ version, in which sweet dark soy is added to give the dish a sweeter aftertaste. However, if your preference is something that is more savoury, you can try the white version!

Chicken Rice

Chicken Rice can be considered Singapore’s National Dish. It has dominated all corners of Singapore, from hawkers to even hotels. Served with a fragrant rice that is usually cooked in chicken stock infused with Ginger and Pandan leaves, the chicken can be served boiled, roasted or braised in soy sauce. What makes the dish is the chilli sauce that is served along with it, tangy and spicy is what you’re looking for to compliment your chicken rice.

Fishball Noodles

This is another dish that you can find in many hawker centres. If you’re looking for a simple yet flavourful meal, Fishball Noodles in the dish for you. Fishballs are made from a finely minced fish paste and that has been beaten to a light bouncy texture. Be it soup or dry, you can enjoy Fishball Noodles.

Prata

Be it Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or Supper, Prata is something that you can eat (and crave) anywhere and at any time. A well-loved Indian dish, Roti means Bread and Prata means flat. It is made by stretching dough that is infused with ghee (Indian Butter) and then fried and served with fish, mutton or chicken curry. What you want to look out for is crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

Muah Chee

If you have a sweet tooth and love peanuts, then this little snack is for you!

Made from glutinous rice, the sticky dough is steamed and then covered with finely crushed peanuts or sesame and sugar. The dough is then cut up into small pieces and served! It’s so simple yet so satisfying!

Similar to mochi from Japan, this tasty little snack is the childhood of many different Singaporeans. It is hard to find such snacks in Singapore, so when you do chance upon it, be sure to get a packet to try!

And that concludes Part 1 of our Chiak Local Ultimate Food Guide!

Want to try all these delicious food? Join us on our Chiak Local Tours and we will definitely bring you to try out all the scrumptious dishes that Singapore has to offer! Exploring areas like Joo Chiat and Chinatown,

Chiak Local promises to give you the most authentic local experience because we believe that the best way to eat, is the local way!