5 Foods to look for while you are in Singapore
Singapore is home to a multicultural population and which makes it a destination of spicy cuisines famous all over the world. Singapore inherits a rich heritage of dishes comprising of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian, Thai and Indonesian influence. As a tourist, we tend to find heritage even in the cuisines served at that place. Though they might seem to be exquisite, their price tags will simply impress you. As tourists with an appetite, you need to taste these dishes while you are in Singapore –
Bak Kut Teh (Meat bone tea/Pork Ribs Soup)
The story of the invention of the Bak Kut Teh dish goes back to a beggar who came by to a roadside pork noodle store to beg for food. The store owner, though poor, wanted to give something to the beggar and so, he boiled some of his leftover pork bones and added whatever cheap spices he had to flavor the soup including Star Anise and pepper which gave the standard color of tea to the soup. And thus, Bak Kut Teh was invented. This dish can be found at any other corner is termed often as Singapore’s humble dish. The other variant in this dish could be Klang Bak Kut Teh, a dark and highly flavored herbal soup having the origin in Malaysia.
You can find the best Bak Kut Teh at the following stalls:
- Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh: 7 Keppel Road, #01-05/07, PSA Tanjong Pagar Complex, Singapore 089053 (closed on Mon)
- Song Fa Bak Kut Teh: 11 New Bridge Road #01-01, Singapore 059383
- Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup: 208 Rangoon Road, Hong Building Singapore 218453 (closed on Mon)
- Leong Kee (Klang) Bak Kut Teh: 321 Beach Road, Singapore 199557 (closed on Wed)
Dim Sum can be termed as a dish properly inherited from the Hong Kong and Shang Hai cuisine. It is also available by the name of ‘Dian Xin’. It can be described as a set of dishes to be served in a group –a typical Chinese dining sharing custom. The popular dim sum dishes include the BBQ Pork bun, Xia Long Bao, Siew Mai, Chee Chong Fun and others.
You can find the Dim Sum at the following places:
- Swee Choon Tim Sum: 191 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208882 (closed on Tues)
- Tim Ho Wan: 450 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, #02-02, ERA Centre, Singapore 319394
- Wen Dao Shi: 126 Sims Ave, Singapore 387449
Bak Chor Mee (Minced Meat Noodle)
This is one of the most famous dishes to have been found in Singapore. Colloquially termed as Bak Chor Mee, this is a noodle dish minced with pork, liver, meat and fish balls with a vinegar braised sauce. Noodle choices include either Mee Pok or Mee Kia.
The best Bak Chor Mee can be found at:
- Tai Hwa Pork Noodle: Blk 466 Crawford Lane #01-12, Singapore 190465 (closed on 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month)
- 58 Minced Meat Mee: 3 Yung Sheng Road, #03-150, Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre, Singapore 618495
Satay can be termed as a dish made up of Skewered, Turmeric marinated meat which is grilled on an open fire. Its origin can be traced back to Indonesia but has become very common in Singapore over the years. Typical meat includes Chicken, beef, mutton and even pork sold by Chinese hawker.
Some Satay stalls in Singapore are:
- Kwong Satay: 549 Lorong 29 Geylang Road, Sing Lian Eating House, Singapore 389504 (closed alt. Wed)
- Haron Satay: 1220 East Coast Parkway, East Coast Lagoon Food Village, Singapore 468960
Chwee Kway (Water Rice cake)
Chwee Kway is a breakfast dish very common in Singapore. Most of the stalls become functional in the morning hours and close by afternoon. Rice cake is made by mixing rice with water and the is put into little saucers and steamed to produce the typical Chwee Kway bowl-like shape.
You can find the best Chwee Kway at the following places:
- Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh: 20 Ghim Moh Road #01-31, Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre, Singapore 270020
- Bedok Chwee Kueh: blk 207 New Upper Changi Road #01-53 Singapore 460207
Source: Seth Lui