A foodie's guide to Singapore

The little island of Singapore is packed with some of the worlds best man-made wonders, striking skyscrapers, its thriving financial hub, diverse culture and not to miss the paradise for foodies. Eating out is often described as the country’s pastime and is very much innate to its culture. Blessed with a multicultural population, Singapore homes an endless variety of cuisines including Singaporean, Malay, Thai, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japenese and not only this sometimes a fusion of cuisines taste much better than the original dish. So, on your trip to Singapore, you can either choose to stick to the routine and safe Indian food or explore the platter that the city has to offer!So, get ready to satisfy your taste buds with some of the best meals in Singapore, frequently regarded as “the food paradise of the East”.Chinese delicaciesIf you have never tried Chinese food, Singapore is a great place to begin and if you are a fan already, you will undoubtedly find one of the most loved Chinese diners and dishes here. Located in the Food market at 16 Bedok South Road – Hill Street Char Kway Teow makes one of the best Char Kway Teow, a famous noodle bowl and serves a variety of authentic Chinese pan-fried noodles with traditional Chinese sausage, Lap Cheong. Another signature dish that can be found at many Singaporean restaurants is the Chilli Crab, the most popular being the Jumbo Restaurant. Try the scrumptious “Laksa” at Katong Laska on the East Coast Road which is a tasty noodle soup served with fish. This recipe is a Peranakan one which is a fusion of Malay and Chinese cuisine.The Essences of Southeast AsiaSoutheast Asian cuisine is always flavoursome and made with traditional species and tropical elements like turmeric, chillies, coconut and ginger, lend a rich flavour to every bite. Served with the choicest seafood like crabs, fish. and the plain rice, one can relish a vast variety of Malay, Thai and Indonesian meals in Singapore. Satay, Gado Gado (mixed greens with peanut gravy) and Chicken rice are few of the must-try dishes in Singapore which fit excellently with Teh Tarik (strained tea), the traditional Singaporean drink including other drinks too. One can find great restaurants in the food courts across the country and also a few on the in and around the Changi Airport area of Singapore.   The Soul Indian foodIf you are a vegetarian and moreover an Indian, you will be surprised by the number of restaurants that can make you feel just like home. Pay a visit to the streets of Little India and you will be proud of the rich and authentic Indian culture and heritage there. Not only will you find piping hot Idli sambhar, Masala dosa, Kadhai Paneer and Naan but there are a lot many vegetarian options that you can choose from. Original Sin at 62 Jalan Merah Saga, is a vegetarian establishment that is known for its Mediterranean cuisine. Be innovative and taste some unique Chinese vegetarian meals at LingZhi restaurant on Orchard Road. Some other favourite joints for vegetarians are Vegetarian Villas and Caffe Pralet. Worry not, vegetarians have a plethora of delicious options to choose from.For The Street food LoversSingapore tops the list when it comes to great street food at pocket-friendly prices. You will be tempted to try the whole range of delicacies offers by the street hawkers of Singapore. The joy of egg noodles popularly known as fried Hokkien mee and the pan-fried dumplings all fresh, hygienic and nutritious is a must-try when in Singapore. Take a day off from all the shopping, adventures and sightseeing tours and spend an evening at the  Maxwell Road Hawker Centre in Chinatown where you’ll find over 100 stalls selling cheap quick bites from around the world. Also, do try the Kaya Toast in Singapore though it is tricky to fit this one into a section, nevertheless, it’s a must-try! Kaya is a spread made of coconut milk and eggs and is usually sugary, fluffy and undoubtedly does wonders to your palette. So, enjoy a healthy portion of Kaya toast with coffee at Ya Kun Kaya Toast in the Chinatown while hogging through some great street food. Although there are numerous reasons to fly to Singapore, for the foodies this should be the sole reason where you can relish an explore as much as you want to across the variety that Singapore has to offer. To explore the food scene of Singapore with an expert, you can also add a few food tours to your Singapore tour package and experience a whole new side of Singapore. However, the cheery on the cake would be visiting Singapore between June and July so that you can take part in the great  Singapore Food Festival and other festivals which can make your trip super memorable. So check up your calendars and book right away. Happy hogging!



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