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!
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!
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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 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 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!
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!
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!