Chicken rice, chilli crab, kaya toast... the real taste of Singapore lies beyond the usual suspects, and in innovative dishes found everywhere from hawker centres to upscale restaurants. Here are 50 dishes to whet your appetite
29 July 2014 11:16 AM
| Updated 13 Apr 2016
By Celine Asril, Priyanka Chand Agarwal, Tris Marlis, Victoria Lim, Debbie Ng
Image 1 of 56 | Image credits: Julia Khoo
There is plenty to eat in food-obsessed Singapore. Beyond the usual suspects of chicken rice, chilli crab and char kway teow, the taste of Singapore can be found in everything from sinfully good hawker fare to upscale restaurants serving modern interpretations of recipes handed down over generations.
Try well-known favourites or venture off to sample more unique finds such as burnt bee hoon and fruit juice mee siam, these 50 dishes represent the unique flavours that make up the taste of Singapore.
Image 2 of 56 | Image credits: Gregory Leow
ICE-CREAM BREAD | Orchard Road, Clarke Quay or at void decks of public housing blocks | Americans have their ice-cream truck, and we have our local ice-cream-cart man. He pops by at odd hours and rings his bell to alert children and adults of his presence. A few are even permanently stationed along Orchard Road (in front of Ngee Ann City) or on Read Bridge at Clarke Quay. Choose from up to nine different flavours: chocolate, strawberry, peppermint choco-chip, blueberry, mango or even durian. The ice-cream is wrapped in a slice of "rainbow" bread or sandwiched within a wafer biscuit. We like how the bread soaks up every bit of melting ice-cream. At $1 ($1.20 in more touristy areas), this is one of life’s simple pleasures.
Celine Asril is guilty of taking pictures before tucking in to all her meals; it’s a (good) hazard of the job – this editor of HungryGoWhere never sits down to two of the same meals in a week.
Priyanka has worked in PR and marketing for start-ups of all sizes before trading in the corporate ladder for writing about food and fashion. When not battling with HTML, she can be found furiously stirring a pot of curry in her tiny kitchen, shopping online or looking for the next ‘hot new restaurant’. She also runs a fashion label that makes the occasional appearance at trunk shows. Priyanka would like to have her own blog/website someday but every time she clicks opens a browser, something is on sale at an online store somewhere.
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