30 Famous Local Foods To Eat In Singapore Before You Die

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Singapore is a hot pot of cuisines to eat, incorporating a rich heritage of food dishes consisting of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Indonesian influences. If you are a local Singaporean, you would have seen these dishes in the hawker centres below your void deck, in the food courts of shopping centres and in the quaint shop-houses decades old.

These are the real dishes you need to eat in Singapore before you die. I know there are still dozens of dishes in Singapore that are true to our heritage, but if I were to cover them all, this list would take you 2 years to finish reading.

As a Singaporean, there is no excuse to not trying these time-tested foods we all grew up with. As a tourist, this is a good check-list of authentic local cuisine in Singapore. These are the foods to eat in Singapore when you visit.

Many others have tried to cover Singapore’s food and although I appreciate Chef Anthony Bourdain for his wonderful exploration of Singapore food in his travel journals, I feel only a local can truly express the adequate love for our unique cuisine.

1. Bak Kut Teh (肉骨茶 lit. Meat bone tea/ Pork Ribs soup)

best singapore food bak kut teh

One of the many stories of Bak Kut Teh’s invention was that during the olden days of Singapore, a poor, starving beggar came by a road side pork noodle store to beg for food. The stall owner was in poverty, but wanted to help him. He boiled some of his left over pork bones and added whatever cheap spices he had to flavour the soup, including star anise and pepper which created a soup resembling tea in colour. Thus pork bone tea was born. Another canon states that this was a tonic invented to ‘reinvigorate’ the Chinese coolies that worked in the Clark Quay area.

Bak Kut Teh has been in Singapore since we were still a developing country and deserves its recognition as a simple, humble dish. Most of the Bak Kut Teh here are the pepper variety with mild use of herbs like Star Anise. Choose pork ribs meat in your soup for a more tender bite. The other variant would be the Klang Bak Kut Teh, a dark and highly flavoured herbal soup originating from Malaysia.

Best Bak Kut Teh 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)

2. Wanton Mee (云吞面)

Foods to Eat in Singapore Wanton mee

The Singapore Wanton noodles was probably influenced by Hong Kong cuisine, but has become entrenched in our culture over the years. The Singapore version is typically eaten ‘dry’, drenched with some light sweet sauce, slices of pork char siew and wanton dumplings filled with pork, with a small bowl of soup on the side. Auntie will also ask if you want spicy or not. The spicy type sees chilli being mixed into the noodles, while the non-spicy kids version will have tomato sauce mixed in. Wanton dumplings may be either deep fried or come in soup dumplings.

The Malaysian variant is a darker colored sauce, sweeter tasting mee.

Best Wanton Mee stalls:

Fei Fei Wanton Mee: 62 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427785

Kok Kee Wanton Mee:  380 Jalan Besar, Lavender Food Square, #01-06, Singapore 209000  (closed every 3 weeks Wed & Thur)

Parklane Zha Yun Tun Mee House: 91 Bencoolen Street, #01-53, Sunshine Plaza, Singapore 189652

3. Fried Carrot cake (菜头粿)

best singapore food carrot cake

No, this isn’t the American Dessert. This is far from it. The Singapore Fried Carrot cake is made with eggs, preserved radish (chai poh) and white radish flour cake, which resembles a ‘white carrot’ and how the name comes about.

This is a teochew dish popular both in Singapore and Malaysia. Variants include the ‘black’ version, which is with sweet sauce (molasses) added, or a crispy version with the cake fried on top of a beaten egg to create a crust and chunks of cake. Most commonly seen in Singapore though is the chopped up version with individual radish cake cubes.

Best Fried Carrot Cake Stalls:

Carrot Cake 菜頭粿 (that’s the literal name of the store): 20 Kensington Park Road, Chomp Chomp Food Centre, Singapore 557269  (closed on alternate Tues)

Fu Ming Carrot Cake: Blk 85 Redhill Lane, Redhill Food Centre, Singapore 150085

Hai Sheng Carrot CakeBlk 724 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, Market and Food Centre, #01-09Singapore 560724

He Zhong Carrot Cake: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre, Singapore 588172

4. Dim sum (点心)

Foods to Eat in Singapore Swee Choon Xiao long bao

Another Hong Kong/ Shang Hai inspired type of dishes available in Singapore is the Dim Sum or ‘Dian xin’. This is not exactly 1 dish, but a set of small dishes to be savoured in a group- a typical Chinese dining sharing custom. Popular dim sum dishes include the BBQ Pork Bun, Xiao Long Bao, Siew Mai, Chee Chong Fun and many more.

Best Dim Sum Stalls:

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 (搵到食):  126 Sims Ave, Singapore 387449

Related Guide: Best Dim Sums in Singapore History: The Ultimate Guide

5. Kaya Toast and Soft-boiled Eggs

Foods to Eat in Singapore Kaya Toast and eggs
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The one and only traditional Singaporean breakfast- Kaya toast with soft-boiled eggs. The traditional bread is an old school rectangular white loaf, toasted with a bread grill, lathered with coconut or egg kaya then slapped with a thick slice of SCS butter to slowly melt within 2 slices of warm bread. This is the classic kaya toast. Variations include using thinly sliced brown bread, round buns or ‘Jiam Tao Loh Tee’ like a French baguette.

For the eggs, it’s usually put in a large hot water metal pot and covered with a plate. Then you time it and take out the egg when it’s ready (about 7-10 minutes depending on how well you like your egg). Trying not to scream like a little girl, crack open the eggs with your bare hands onto 1 of the 2 plates given and throw the shells on the remaining plate. Season with pepper and dark/light soya sauce.

Best Kaya Toast stalls:

Killiney Kopitiam: 67 Killiney Road, Singapore 239525

Chin Mee Chin Confectionery: 204 East Coast Road, Singapore 428903 (closed on Mon)

Good Morning Nanyang Cafe: 20 Upper Pickering Street, Hong Lim Green Community Centre, Singapore 058284

Ya Kun Kaya Toast: 18 China Street #01-01, Far East Square,  Singapore 049560 (there are like over 30 outlets of Ya Kun in Singapore now)

6. Crabs (Chilli or Pepper)

Foods to Eat in Singapore Black Pepper Crab Red House

The 2 most famous styles of crab cooking in Singapore are with a sweet, spicy tomatoish chilli sauce, or with black pepper sauce. Chilli crabs are usually eaten along with fried mantous (buns), which are dipped in the luscious chilli sauce. Well prepared crabs go through a 2 step cooking process, boiled first then fried so that the meat doesn’t stick to the shell. Recently, many popular styles of cooking have surfaced as well, like salted-egg crabs or crab bee hoon.

Best Singapore Crab stalls:

Red House Seafood Restaurant: 68 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188661

No Signboard Seafood: 414 Geylang Singapore 389392

Long Beach Seafood: Blk 1018 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449877

Crab Party: 98 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 545576

Ban Leong Wah Hoe Seafood: 122 Casuarina Road, Singapore 579510

7. Laksa

famous singapore food laksa

Laksa is a dish merged from Chinese and Malay elements otherwise known as Peranakan culture. There are 2 main types of laksa- curry laksa and asam laksa. Curry laksa is more predominant in Singapore, while assam laksa is found more in Malaysian regions like Penang Laksa. In fact there loads of variants of Laksas differing in fish type, broth and even noodles.

Traditional Singapore Curry Laksa uses vermicelli, coconut milk, tau pok (beancurd puffs), fish slices, shrimp and cockles (hum). Due to cost cutting or taste preference, some stalls might opt out of shrimp and cockles. A unique Singapore variant known as Katong Laksa has it’s vermicelli cut into short ends and is eaten only with a spoon. There is much debate on who is the original Katong Laksa.

Best Laksa Stalls:

328 Katong Laksa: 51/53 East Coast Road, Singapore 428770

Sungei Road Laksa: Blk 27 Jalan Berseh, #01-100 Singapore 200027

Janggut Laksa: 1 Queensway, Queensway Shopping Centre, #01-59, Singapore 149053

8. Curry Fish Head

Foods to Eat in Singapore Ocean Curry Fish Head

Is it Chinese, Indian or Malay? This is another ambiguous dish with probably a South Indian origin, but heavily influenced by the various ethnicities in Singapore. What I do know, is that it’s delicious. Either half a head or the whole head of a Red snapper is stewed in curry with assorted vegetables like Lady’s Finger (okra) and brinjal. The Indian style of curry has heavier spices and flavours, while the Chinese styles are lighter and sweeter.Variants include the Assam style fish head curry, which adds in a tinge of sourness with Tamarind fruit (assam).

Best Curry Fish head stalls:

Gu Ma Jia (assam style):  45 Tai Thong Crescent, Singapore 347866

Bao Ma Curry Fish Head (Chinese style): #B1-01/07, 505 Beach Road, Golden Mile Food Centre, Singapore 199583

Zai Shun Curry Fish Head (Chinese style): Blk 253 Jurong East St 24, First Cooked Food Point, #01-205, Singapore 600253 (closed wed)

Karu’s Indian Banana Leaf Restaurant (Indian style): 808/810, Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 678145

Samy’s Curry (Indian style): 25 Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249670

9. Bak Chor Mee (肉脞面 lit. Minced Meat Noodle)

famous singapore food bak chor mee

Colloquially known as ‘Bak Chor Mee’ 肉脞面, this is a noodle dish with minced pork, liver, meat balls/ fish balls, fish cake slices and a signature vinegar braised sauce that adds some wetness.

Typically, the dish is ordered ‘dry’ to savour full flavours of the sauce and you can choose between chilli or ketchup, and the type of noodle to use. Noodle choices are normally either Mee Pok (a flat noodle) or Mee Kia (thin noodle), while some stalls offer bee hoon, mee sua or mee tai mak as well. Variants include an exclusively soup version with home-made noodles famous at Bedok Blk 85.

Best Bak Chor mee stalls:

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

Seng Hiang Food Stall (soup variant): Blk 85 Bedok North Street 4, Fengshan Market & FoodCentre, Singapore 460085

Seng Kee Mushroom Minced Pork Noodles: 49A Serangoon Garden Way, Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre, Singapore 555945

10. Oyster Omelette (Orh Lua)

Foods to Eat in Singapore Oyster Omelette
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A dish popular in Singapore Hawkers as well as Taiwan Night markets, this is a dish many foreigners and locals love. Stalls that sell carrot cake typically also sell Oyster omelettes as it’s a similar cooking process as well as utilizing a common ingredient: Eggs. Potato starch is usually mixed into frying the egg and gives a thicker, fuller taste. Variants include a version without the starch, which is priced slightly higher due to more eggs needed instead. A special vinegar chilli is also paired exclusively with oyster omelettes in Singapore.

Best Oyster Omelette stalls:

Simon Road Oyster Omelette: 965 Upper Serangoon Road, Mee Sek Coffeeshop, Singapore 534721 (closed Tue)

Ang Sa Lee Oyster Omelette: 20 Kensington Park Road, Chomp Chomp, Singapore 557269 (closed alt. Wed)

Bedok 85 Fried Oyster OmeletteBlk 85 Bedok North Street 4, Fengshan Market & FoodCentre, Singapore 460085

Ah Hock Fried Oyster Hougang: Blk 90 Whampoa Dr, #01-54, Whampoa Hawker Centre, Singapore 320090 (closed Weds)

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11. Hokkien Prawn Mee

famous singapore food hokkien prawn mee

The Singapore Hokkien Mee fries a combination of egg noodles and rice noodles in a rich prawn stock with cubes of fried pork fat, prawns, fish cake and squid. Some vendors add pork strips as well to add more flavour. This dish was a product of post-war Hokkien noodle factory workers who would gather along Rochor road and fry any excess noodles they had. Another version easily confused by the same name is called the Hokkien Char mee, which is covered in a signature thick dark sauce and uses only 1 type of egg noodle.

Best Hokkien Prawn Mee stalls:

Eng Ho Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee: 409 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, #01-34, Teck Ghee Square Food Centre, Singapore 560409

Ah Hock Fried Hokkien Noodles: 20 Kensington Park Road, Chomp Chomp, Singapore 557269 (closed once every fortnight)

Chia Keng Fried Hokkien Mee: 20 Kensington Park Road, Chomp Chomp, Singapore 557269

Original Serangoon Fried Hokkien Mee: 556 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218175

12. Satay

Foods to Eat in SingaporeSatay

 

Satay is a dish of skewered, Turmeric marinated meat that is grilled on an open fire. It originates from Indonesia but has become a common hawker fare in Singapore. Stalls are not restricted to any race and may be operated by Chinese, Malays or Indians. Typical meats include chicken, beef, mutton and even pork which is sold by the Chinese stall owners. Ketupat (rice cake), onions and cucumbers usually accompanies Satay. A spicy peanut dip is also provided for the Satay and sides as well.

Best Satay Stalls:

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

Chuan Kee Satay: Block 51 Old Airport Road, #01-85, Old Airport Road Food Centre  Singapore 390051 (closed Mon, Thur)

13. BBQ Sambal Sting Ray

Singapore BBQ sambal Stingray
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In the past, having a fridge/freezer was as rare as winning Toto; Barbecuing or frying fishes to musk the fishy odour after being left out in the open for days was a popular cooking choice.

Also known as Ikan Bakar (barbequed fish), Stingray used to be unpopular but has risen in price since Singaporean Malays figured out that Sambal on top of Sting Ray = delicious. It is traditionally wrapped in banana leaf and barbecued, then a sambal paste made with belachan, spices, shallots and Indian walnuts is smothered generously all over the top. Lime is usually squeezed in right before eating as well.

Best BBQ Stingray stalls:

Star Yong Kwang B.B.Q. Seafood: Blk 127 Bukit Merah Lane 1, Alexandra Village Food Centre, #01-230, Singapore 150127

Chomp Chomp Hai Wei Yuan Seafood Barbecue: 20 Kensington Park Road, Chomp Chomp, Singapore 557269

B.B.Q. Seafood: 3 Yung Sheng Road, Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre, #03-178, Singapore 618499 (closed alt. Thur)

14. Tau Huay (Dou Hua 豆花)

best singapore local food tau huay

Tau Huay is a Chinese dessert made with beancurd tofu that is sweetened with sugar syrup. The traditional type is very soft, slightly grainy and soaks in syrup to be eaten together. This Tau Huay can be eaten hot or cold, sometimes with Tang Yuan, grass jelly or Soya bean milk added as well.

In recent times, a popular more gelatine, jelly-like version of Tau Huay has surfaced and for a period, drove Singaporeans to queue like ants to sugar. This version is smoother and can incorporate pretty much any flavour like mango, melon or sesame. The texture is distinctively different from the traditional types and some camps advocate against it due to unnatural stabilizers used. This is eaten cold as heat would break the structure.

Best Tau Huay stalls:

Rochor Original Beancurd: 2 Short Street, Singapore 188211

Lao Ban Soya Beancurd (gelatine type): #01-127 and #01-107 Old Airport Road Hawker Centre, 51 Old Airport Road (closed Mon)

Selegie Soya Bean: 990 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534734 

15. Ice Kacang (lit. ice beans)

Foods to Eat in Singapore Ice Kachang

A grinding machine is used to produce the shaved ice mountain on top of a bowl of assorted ingredients like red bean, attap chee (palm seed), agar agar jelly, chendol, grass jelly or any other filling desired. Evaporated or condensed milk is then drizzled on the top along with red rose syrup and sarsi syrup to produce the multi-coloured effect. Variations may include drizzling with gula melaka, adding ice-cream or other novelty toppings like Durian or chocolate syrup.

Best Ice Kacang stalls:

Annie’s Peanut Ice Kacang: 20 Ghim Moh Road, #01-35, Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre Singapore 270020

Mei Heong Yuen: 65-67 Temple Street, Singapore 058610

An Ji Xiang Hua Ice Jelly: Blk 335 Smith Street, #02-183, Chinatown Complex Market, Singapore 050335

16. Chwee Kway (水粿 lit. Water Rice Cake )

Chwee kueh Singapore
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Another breakfast dish seen regularly in Singapore and Johor, most stalls only open in the morning and close by lunch. Rice flour and water are mixed together to form the rice cake, then put into little saucers and steamed to produce the typical Chwee Kway bowl-like shape. It is topped with chai poh (preserved radish) and chilli. Chwee kway is a dying trade that the young generation does not want to carry on, so try it before its gone forever.

Best Chwee Kueh stalls:

Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh20 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

Jian Bo Shui Kueh: 30 Seng Poh Road, #02-05, Tiong Bahru Market and Food CentreS(168898)

17. Durian

Singapore best local foods durian
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Widely regarded by many as the ‘king of fruits’ in Southeast Asia and the national fruit of Singapore, Singapore even has a building modeled after one (Esplanade). Most foreigners are turned off by the strong ‘pungent’ smell, while locals adore the flesh so much they turn it into desserts, cakes, tarts and even shakes.

Many expensive and popular strains of Durian have surfaced like D24 or the Mao Shan Wang (猫山王), which are even stronger in fragrance. There is a taste preference for either the more bitter variety or sweeter flesh. Whether you love it or hate it, you can always smell it when it’s in the room, leading to bans in many public areas like the train or bus.

Best Durian stalls:

Wonderful Fruit Enterprise: 147 Sims Avenue, Singapore 387469

Ah Seng Durian: Blk 20 Ghim Moh Road, #01-197, Singapore 270020

Hoe Seng Heng Durian Centre: 49 Sims Ave, Singapore 387413

18. Biryani

Singapore chicken biryani
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Biryani is a fried rice dish of Indian Muslim influence made using distinctive long grain rice, usually with Basmati rice. Meats can be added to make it a Chicken, beef or fish Biryani. Spices used are also heavy in flavour like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and bay leaves. The resulting rice grains is usually very dry and can be accompanied by curry or chutney.

Best Biryani stalls:

Bismillah Biryani Restaurant: 50 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209379 

Taj Authentic Indian Cuisine: 214 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058763 (closed Sun)

Ali Nachia Briyani Dam: 5 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #02-04, Singapore 081005 (closed Sun) 

Koothurar: Block 17, Beach Road, Singapore 190017 (closed alt Tues)

19. Nasi Lemak (lit. coconut rice)

Singapore breakfast places - nasi lemak

Nasi Lemak is a very versatile dish and what was once a breakfast item, is now eaten during lunch and dinner too. Traditionally wrapped in banana leaves, Nasi Lemak is a deeply rooted Malay coconut rice dish. The rice is steamed with coconut cream to give it a sweet fragrance. The typical Nasi Lemak set comes with Ikan Bilis (anchovies), peanuts, egg and sambal. A good sambal is arguably the mark of a good Nasi Lemak.

Nasi Lemak is so popular in Singapore, the other races have adopted Nasi Lemak in their own variations of the dish and offer a wide selection of ingredients like fried chicken drumsticks, luncheon meat and sotong balls.

Best Nasi Lemak Stalls: 

Ponggol Nasi Lemak: 965 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534721 (closed Thur)

Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak: 2 Adam Road, Adam Food Centre Singapore 289876

Chong Pang Nasi Lemak: 447 Sembawang Road, Singapore 758404

Mizzy’s Corner: 2 Changi Village road, #01-55, Changi Village market and food centre, Singapore 500002

Boon Lay Power Nasi LemakBlk 221B Boon Lay Place, Boon Lay Place Market and Food Centre, #01-06, Singapore 642221

20. Mee Siam

Foods to Eat in Singapore Mee Siam

Popular among the Muslim community as well as Chinese, Mee Siam has been absorbed into Singapore’s Nonya culture. Mee Siam means “Siamese noodles” and is vermicelli soaked in a sweet and spicy gravy flavoured by Tamarind (assam), dried shrimp and Tau Cheo (fermented bean paste).  It usually comes with a boiled egg, bean sprouts, tau pok (beancurd puff) and is garnished with chives.

Best Mee Siam stalls:

Dju Dju Indonesian Food: Blk 304 Serangoon Ave 2, #01-14, Singapore 550304 (closed Mon)

Robert Mee Siam Lontong: Blk 91 Whampoa Drive #01-43 Makan Place, Singapore 320091

Wak Limah Stall:  320 Shunfu Road, #02-15, Shunfu Food Centre Singapore 570320

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21. Mee Rebus

Singapore Mee Rebus
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In the past, mobile hawkers would sell Mee Rebus on the road using a pole hanging 2 baskets- 1 basket would hold the ingredients, 1 with the stove and boiling hot water. Mee Rebus is a noodle dish using egg yellow noodles like the type in Hokkien prawn mee, with a brown, sweet curry gravy. Compared to Mee Siam, the Mee Rebus gravy is much thicker and viscous, lacking in the sour assam taste. The gravy is made from potatoes (starch makes it thicker), curry powder, peanuts, dried shrimp and salted soy beans.

Best Mee Rebus stalls:

Afandi Hawa & Family Mee Rebus: Blk 14 Haig Road,  #01-21, Haig Road Food Centre Singapore 430014 (closed Wed, Thur)

Inspirasi stall: Blk 207 New Upper Changi Road, #01-11, Bedok Town Centre Market and Food Centre, Singapore 460207 (closed Thur)

Selera Kita: Blk 58 New Upper Changi Road, #01-182, Block 58 Market adn Food Centre  Singapore 461058

22. Roti Prata

Singapore breakfast places - prata

Yet another cross cultural food that has been popularly adopted by Singaporeans is the Roti Prata. Roti Prata is of Indian origin, has a Malay name, and is eaten by the Chinese! That’s what Singapore racial harmony is all about.

A fried flour-based pancake, Roti Prata popular variants include adding cheese, eggs, mushroom, onions or even chocolates inside the batter. The dough is flipped multiple times into a large thin layer before folding the edges in. Some outlets also flip the dough so thin it turns crispy when fried on the metal pan. These are called ‘paper’ or ’tissue’ prata. Prata is served with fish or chicken curry while some people like myself like to sprinkle sugar with it.

Best Prata Stalls:

Thasevi Famous Jalan Kayu Prata Restaurant: 237 & 239 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799461

Casuarina Curry Restaurant: 138 Casuarina Rd, Singapore 579526

The Roti Prata House: 246M Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574370

ENAQ Restaurant: Block 303 Jurong East Street 32, Singapore 600303

23. Fish Head/fish slice Bee Hoon

Jin Hua Fish head Bee Hoon
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What originally started as fish head bee hoon in the 1920s has slowly advanced to using fish slice or fish meats in this age of abundance. In the past, meat was scarce and food sellers had to maximise every part of the fish including the head. The fish head was fried to musk the fishy odour after a few days, as back then refrigeration wasn’t as accessible. With fresher stocks, boiled fish slices are now an available option.

Fish soup bee hoon’s broth is made from fish or pork bones boiled for several hours, and some stalls might add evaporated milk for a fuller taste. Variants include adding XO cognac or brandy.

Best Fish Soup Bee Hoon Stalls:

Holland Village XO Fish Head Bee Hoon Restaurant: Blk 19A Dover Crescent #01-05, Dover Coffee Hub, Singapore 131019

Bao Gong XO Fish Head Bee Hoon: Block 713 Clementi West Street 2 #01-115, S(120713)

Jin Hua Fish Head Bee Hoon: 1 Kadayanallur St, Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, Singapore 069184 (closed Thur)

24. Rojak (lit. mixture)

Foods to Eat in Singapore Rojak

Singapore Chinese/Malay Rojak is a mixture of of You tiao (dough fritters), bean sprouts, tau pok (beancurd puffs), radish, pineapple, cucumber and roast peanuts. It is then all mixed together with a black, fermented prawn paste sauce. Chilli is optional. The ingredients in Chinese/malay rojak is quite standard.

The other distinctive variant is the Indian version. Indian Rojak allows you to pick what ingredients to be added and usually doens’t include you tiao. Red gravy made with potato and spices is used in Indian Rojak. It is also tossed in peanut sauce.

Best Rojak stalls:

Al Mahboob Indian Rojak: Blk 506, Tampines Ave 4, #01-361, Singapore 520506 (closed alt. Wed)

Toa Payoh Rojak: Blk 51 Old Airport Road, #01-108, Old Airport Road Food Centre, Singapore 390051 (closed Sun)

Hoover Rojak: 90 Whampoa Drive, #01-06 Whampoa Food Centre S320090

25. Chicken rice

Foods to Eat in Singapore Chicken Rice

More accurately known as Hainanese Chicken rice, this is one of Singapore’s most well-known and celebrated dish. No coffee shop in Singapore is complete without a chicken rice stall. The whole chicken is steeped in sub-boiling pork and chicken bone stock to absorb the flavours and cook. Some shops will also dip the bird in ice after cooking to create a jelly-like finish on the chicken’s skin. Variations also include roasting the chicken which is called ‘black chicken’, in contrast to the ‘white chicken’. The stores with better service will de-bone the chicken for you.

The rice used in chicken rice is cooked with chicken stock, ginger, garlic and occasionally pandan leaves for added fragrance. Chilli sauce made with garlic and red chilli is served with chicken rice, as well as being topped with dark sauce and heaping spoons of chopped ginger.

Best Chicken Rice stalls:

Boon Tong Kee: 401 Balestier Road, Singapore 329801

Ming Kee Chicken Rice & Porridge: 511 Bishan Street 13, Singapore 570511 (closed alt. Tues)

Tian Tian Chicken Rice: 1 Kadayanallur St, #01-10, Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, Singapore 069184 (closed Mon)

Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice Restaurant: 101 Thomson Road ,#01-08, United Square, Singapore 307591

26. Duck Rice

Singapore duck rice
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Sometimes chicken rice stalls will sell duck rice as well, but the real good ducks are in specialized duck rice only shops. The common version of duck rice, influenced by roast meats in Hong Kong, uses plain white rice with ruby red roasted duck, and is drizzled with braised sauce. The other Teochew version uses braised yam rice and braised duck meat, along with some tau pok, eggs and peanuts on the side. Teochews just love braised sauce. Both are equally yummy  and have distinctively different taste profiles.

Best Duck Rice stalls:

Lian Kee Braised Duck: 49 Sims Place, Sims Vista Market and Food Centre, Singapore 380049

Sia Kee Duck Rice: 659 Geylang Rd, Lorong 35 , Singapore 389589

Hua Fong Kee Roasted Duck : Blk 116, Lorong 2 Toa Payoh #01-62, Singapore 310116

27. Char Kway Teow (lit. fried rice cake strips)

Singapore Char Kway Teow
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Char Kway Teow is another signature Singapore noodle dish made with flat rice noodles (河粉) with sweet dark sauce. Stir-fried with egg, pork lard, Chinese sausages and fish cake, Char Kway Teow was intentionally made to be loaded in fats because labourers in the past needed a cheap source of energy, and what better way than to get it from fats. Cockles are also usually added in, as there was plenty of it in Singapore’s port island. A Penang Char Kway Teow variation exists as well, using chives and prawns and lacks the sweetness that is distinctive of Singapore style Char Kway Teow.

Best Char Kway Teow stalls:

Hill Street Char Kway Teow: Blk 16 Bedok South Road, #01-187, Bedok South Road Market & Food Centre, Singapore 460016 

Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee: Blk 531A Upper Cross Street, #02-17, Hong Lim Food Centre, Singapore 510531

No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow: 70 Zion Road, Zion Riverside Food Centre, , #01-17, Singapore 247792 (closed alt. Mon)

Guan Kee Fried Kway Teow: Blk 20 Ghim Moh Road, #01-12, Ghim Moh Market And Food Centre, Singapore 270020

28. Curry Puff

Best Curry puffs Singapore
Photo credits: http://cookingcrave.blogspot.sg/

Curry puff is a small baked pie enclosed with either short crust or puff pastry, the former being more traditional in Singapore. A common snack locally, the filling is usually made with curry gravy, chicken, potato and egg. Other variants include fillings with yam, sardines, otak or even durian filling.

Best Curry Puff stalls:

Tip Top Curry Puff : Blk 722 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, #01-2843, Singapore 560722

1A Curry Puff: 391 Orchard Road #B2-07-3-3, Takashimaya S.C, Singapore 238873 (they have 5 outlets locally)

Amk Curry Puff:  Blk 184 Toa Payoh Central #01-372, Inside Super 28 Coffeeshop, Singapore 310184

Rolina Traditional Hainanese Curry Puff: 49A Serangoon Gardens Way, Serangoon Garden Market, Singapore 555945 (closed mon)

29. Fish Head Steamboat

Singapore Fish Head Steamboat
Photo credits: www.misstamchiak.com

Being an island port, Singapore used to have many fishermen who would bring their fresh unsold catch to be sold as dishes instead. Teochew Fish Head Steamboat is another such result of our geographic situation. The soup typically contains a controlled mix of fried yam, sour plums, fried fish bones and vegetables which add flavour to the soup. Raw fish slices are added in later. Grouper, red snapper or promfert are the usual choices available in Fish Head Steamboat.

Old school steamboat still uses hot charcoal as it’s heat source, which apparently adds more flavour as compared to just using a electric or fire stove. Be warned, good and popular fish head steamboats in Singapore have fervent customers queuing for more than an hour regardless of how nonchalant the restaurant service is.

Best Fish Head Steamboat Stalls:

Nam Hwa Chong (Ah Chew) Fishhead Steamboat: 808/812/814/816 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198779

Tian Wai Tian Fish Head Steamboat: 1383 Serangoon Road, Singapore 328254

Whampoa Keng Fishhead Steamboat: 556 Balestier Road, Singapore 97694451

30.  Popiah

Singapore Popiah
Photo credits: www.biginsingapore.com

And finally, our last food to eat in Singapore before you die, is Popiah. The Teochew call it 薄餅仔 (thin wafer) or 薄餅 in Mandarin, which in the Teochew dialect reads as ‘Bo-BEE-ah’, thus resulting in the English name Popiah. The round Popiah skin is a thin paper-like wheat crepe that rolls up all the ingredients. A sweet sauce called hoisin is lathered on the laid out flat skin thereupon fillings are added. Ingredients within a Popiah typically include small prawns, boiled eggs, Chinese sausage, lettuce, bean sprouts and majority filled with cooked carrot and turnip strips.

Best Popiah Stalls:

Glory Catering: 139 East Coast Road, Singapore 428829 (closed Sun)

Jit It Thai San Popiah 日益太山薄饼: Blk 449 Clementi Avenue 3, Singapore 120449

Qi Ji: 109 North Bridge Road, #01-17, Funan IT Mall Singapore 1799097

Miow Sin Popiah & Carrot Cake380 Jalan Besar #01-04, Lavender Food Square, Singapore 209000 (closed alt. Wed)

Ann Chin Popiah: Blk 335, Chinatown Complex Market, Smith Street #02-112, Singapore 050335 (Closed on Thurs)

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Editor’s end notes

Think your stall should be here instead? Contact me.

Now you know where to eat in Singapore! This is in no way an exhaustive list of classic Singapore dishes. This article has generated a lot of passionate comments from Singaporeans, with their own take on who is the ‘best’ or the history of our dishes. The ‘best’ listed here is my personal bests, and definitely you are entitled to your own opinions as I am to mine. Any factual correction will be taken into consideration if you can provide a formal citation or reference to the information, instead of quoting it from your grandma. My grandma disagrees with your grandma.

Many of the Singapore dishes were invented out of poverty and whatever ingredient was available at the time. The high number of immigrants from predominantly China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Indonesia also shaped how our food culture mingled and interacted to create many of these dishes. Some people disagree that certain dishes listed here are not Singaporean, but as mentioned, Singapore takes dishes from overseas and assimilates it into our culture. We’re shameless like that.

The hawker trade is a greying population with low interest from the more industrial driven Singapore youths today, so do support our hawker heritage before it slowly fades away.

No matter if you are a local or a tourist, I hope this guide I’ve compiled serves you a better, authentic picture of what is local Singapore food.

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Jessica says:

Great post! Love all the food mentioned here! And I agree that these are the food we grew up with and these are the classic food!

david says:

What about prawn noodles.

Gus says:

Thanks very much!! Going to Singapore in 2 days and I am so excited to eat these dishes. This is a great list

Charlie says:

I have already posted my comments. Why does my name and email address keep appearing in the ‘post a comment’ column.

Charlie says:

Well I agree to the list of Singapore foods mentioned. What about
Chendol both Indian and Chinese versions?

Albert Ng says:

Thanks. You have a good list of hawker foods but still need to add a few more, such as Bak Kut Teh, Fish Ball Noodle, Satay Beehoon, Nasi Pandang, Indian Rojak, Fried Carrot Cake, Char siew & sio Bak Rice, Fried Oyster, Clay Pot Rice, Tim sum shop ( Da Pao….etc). Thank you.

Aw says:

Hi,

Thanks for sharing where to get the best local delights in Singapore. Btw, on a side note I think it’s worth sharing that the popiah at Singapore flyer food trail is good too. You should try it and if it’s good. Include and share with everyone. :)

Ken says:

Great list! I like SG’s version of fish head bee hoon and fish steamboat, flavorful broth and the texture of the fish is often better than the ones we are getting here in Penang :x

mikki says:

Great article it was sure interesting and I had fun crossing out which food I ate even though I’m a true blue singaporean. Seriously, I’ve not eaten fish head steamboat in my entire life. (I blame my grandpa for being a fisherman who spoils my mom with loads of fishes when she was young so she doesn’t eat fish now). It was also very insightful where u injected history facts and legends wherever possible because I didn’t even know them! Hope that all travellers out there will read this article and not to be cheated by the I-S magazine!

Oh and ignore those foodies out there who keeps criticisng ur food choices or best stores. Not that I fully agree with your choice but hey! Freedom of speech man. Chill lah! Not happy go write your own article!

sethlui says:

freedom of speech! Yup totally agree with you, no one will ever agree with all my preferences, but its a suggestion.

Lily says:

This article made me hungry! I agree with your list, but 30 is just not enough hehe. It must be quite a challenge to choose 30 among the many Singaporean dishes; kudos for the great descriptions that invoked wonderful memories of such tastes.

Allakazoo says:

Sugar cane. Seriously? However, thanks for taking the time to compile the list! Do try to add other local favs like mee goreng, indian rojak, mee hun kway, prawn mee, etc.

George says:

Loved the article but please Guys, be careful with the use of the slang word “pissed”. In most of the English speaking world it means “very drunk”. Only in the USA is it used to mean “annoyed”.

mikki says:

In Singapore, our pissed means annoyed as well! So there!

George says:

That’s perfectly OK as long as you don’t mind being misunderstood by the majority of the English speaking world!

joseph says:

it is stated in the article ’50 things you eat before you die’ that hawker food is not included. so please don’t be pissed.

Desmond Khoh says:

Awesome list. You may wish to add Nasi Lemak at Boon Lay Drive Hawker Centre, Ah Tong Coffee at Keong Saik St, Eng Seng Black Pepper Crab at Still Road.

Allen Goh NZ says:

I notice that the Indian Rojak has been left out. Don’t know if the one at the Waterloo food court near BB Mrt is one of the original Rojak stalls
from the Waterloo St section between Stamford Road and BBasah Road. That’s where your parents may have enjoyed the whole row
of Indian Rojak stalls to choose from up to about the early 70s.
Those were the days. By the way….Bak Kut Teh….should it not be more appropriately termed Pork Spare Ribs Tea less the Non Singaporean mistake it for Tiger, musang or Rodent tea !

Allen Goh says:

Hi Ya. Seeing this article with all the yummy food in colour photos
makes me want to get on the first flight to Singapore and head to any of the stalls you mentioned. One problem….are these stall holders only
manned by PRC who only speak Mandarin ? I’m one of many Singapore expats who drifts over to a stall where the hawker speaks a local dialect. Yes I support OUR own people not aliens
invited by PAP “gahmen” ! Thanks for article. Have to get a print out before my next trip to my former “Island in the Sun”.

Dorothy says:

You missed out beef noodles. Try this shop at 12 Canal Road

Meredith says:

Great review, very local! Love it!

Michael Y says:

It would have been ideal if you have indicated prices for all items. Still very informative. Thanks a lot!

Ken Kwan says:

He who dares to claim that he is a Singapore Food critic
must indeed be very brave! With the variety of local
food available here it is my humble opinion that a critic
should first define his own taste bud. Take char kway
teow as an example. Some prefer the sweeter variety
( more black sauce ) another less spicy than the standard
order ,another would prefer less or no bean sprout and yet
another their bean sprout should be lightly fried so that
it should be crispy hence long queue at char kway teow
stall in dfferent Hawker Centre have their own following
and each stall their own defining taste. Many a time I
posed the question to connoisseur of hawkers food as
to the best char kway teow in town and each one will come
out with a different stall. One went as far as to claim that
the one I like best( nothing personal) is rubbish compares to the stall he likes and so it goes……….

sethlui says:

Hi Ken, yes I agree it is all down to personal taste and anyone who tells you your favourite stall is rubbish, is talking out of his ass and doesn’t understand food. If you read my detailed reviews I do explain what my tastes/preferences are like, and of course we can agree to disagree. however I firmly believe technicals of cooking are mostly objective and not subjective.

If food is burnt, overcooked, not fresh, that becomes fact, not opinion. Some places do have off days though, just one unfortunate accident to feed to the critic, and the best way to judge is to go back at least twice to ascertain consistency.

However, only bigger more resourceful critics like Zagat or Michelin guide can afford such luxuries, while the rest of us have to depend on our one experience for most of the stalls.

Dennis Tan says:

Well said Seth, with regards to how our food culture evolved in the decades to become pretty much uniquely Singapore. Even though these days, it is disputable as to where exactly some delicacies originated. It is, sadly indeed, that hawkers heritage are entering a diminishing trend. But hey, even Michelin Chef Gordon Ramsay has said these food are unique! The flame gets small, but I believe it will never extinguish, because there’ll always be people like you and those alike, who reminds all where the true Singaporean Food really lies, in the hawker centres, with its poor yet multi-cultural roots.

Edna says:

Super hungry now. Thanks for the photo credit!

sethlui says:

no problem, great shot!

Ng Ke Han says:

Hello Seth, I found your page really informative and agree to all of the suggestions. So I’m here to recommend this fish head/sliced fish soup stall located at Blk 353 Clementi Ave 2 #01-71. They are opened everyday except for Monday from 10am – 3pm! I have been patronising this stall since i was young and it never disappoints me every single time i have been there! Hope that you’ll check it out soon! :) Thank you!

sethlui says:

will check it out some day!

Terence says:

Great article. I too was pissed at the article you mentioned, which has absolutely nothing to do with local, unique Singaporean food. You’ve just made me very hungry; the fact that I was smiling and nodding when I saw all 30 foods listed is a sign in itself.

sethlui says:

thanks Terence, very encouraging words! Real Singapore food boleh!

Critic says:

Beach Road Scissiors Cut Curry Rice also not in? Located at Jalan Besar

Critic says:

You dont know good food. You miss out Founder Bak Kut Teh @ Balestier. Its a disrespect to them with so many celebrities visiting and they are not in the list.. OMG ahaha

Daphne Tan says:

i am peranakan (ie 100% full blooded – father, mother, all grandparents, we speak malay but no chinese dialects. too many say they are peranakans when only one grandparent is and they don’t even understand or speak melayu tsk tsk)
anyway, i am always a little ‘taken aback’ by fellow singaporeans who hv never heard of buah keluak or other peranakan dishes, much less taste it. or when they get confused over the kuehs at bengawan solo. i grew up eating peranakan food. buah keluak is more familiar to me than wanton or bak chor mee. ditto the kuehs. i think at least 1 peranakan dish needs to make it to your list BUT its your list, not mine (:

sethlui says:

yea will consider! Peranakan is definitely qualified under Singapore foods, but it is not as commonplace in hawkers which is why I prioritized the others over it.

Kelvin says:

Yes i do agree that some of the dishes presented here are predominantly Singapore, but a few edits will make it more reasonable.
1) Bak kut teh is predominantly local context developed by a sinseh using herbs to helped chinese migrant long time ago. It was created to allow the laborers to heal faster from their day to day job. Notice that there are less chinese migrant in construction site? Cause the body structure and the diet is not designed to work in a tough environment. Where else for the pepper version, it is for celebratory purposes and the rest of the accompanying dishes is to compliment the peppery and savory of the soup.
2) Briyani was again developed for energy based food. Note that it is expensive in where they came from but it was created as well for laborers. Not that briyani in our body system takes a longer time to break down because of the complex sugar system. That why again it was again designed for laborers. Note that laborers today are still within the migrants and they consumed at least 3bowls of briyani each meal for energy purposes. They eat more rice than side dishes because they need the energy.
3) BBQ dishes popular among the malays such as satay and sting ray because long time ago, there is no such as refrigerator, so what they need to do to remove smells from food, is to burn it. Hence that explains. Why sambal, also because to reduce the fishy smells. And satay was develop because during ‘kenduri’ it is cheaper to give in sticks than giving a whole bunch of meat.
Anyway there few inaccuracy there.. But it was really a good effort! Kudos to you!

sethlui says:

hmm as always, there are different stories from different backgrounds, but definitely I would like the most accurate one. What is your citation or research link to this information?

Kelvin says:

As usual, there is no factual data that we can harvest from anywhere because clearly it was not documented for why and how our local food dishes was developed, but if you can dig some old books from some granny/ah gong, then you should be able to look for the story of the dishes. Because every dishes created, it was created with a meaning.

Kelvin says:

Btw, the ice kacang here, literally no kacang. Kacang means peanut in malay, mean to be least expensive dessert to combat the hot weather, but overtime it sees rainbow ice topping instead of typical peanut toppings on ice with gula melaka for the sweet tooth. This is a typical peranakan dessert.

joyce says:

hi seth, thank you so much for this post. i so agree that the “50 food to eat in singapore” was a rubbish article. three cheers for singapore food! :D

sethlui says:

thanks for the cheers!

Michael says:

A pretty comprehensive list and makes me miss home so much that I have the urge to buy a ticket and fly back immediately to eat over the weekend before coming back to Cambodia!

I would suggest 10 more dishes to add on to the 30:

1) Yong Tau Foo (as I’m Hakka and insist that this dish must be in! Hahahahahaha!)

2) Kway chup (You mentioned about Teochews loving their braised sauce but missed out this ‘King’ of braised sauced food?!)

3) Kueh Pie Tee

4) Cheng Tng

5) Beef Noodle (Dry type with thick black sauce)

6) Tau Hu Goreng

7) Soup Kambing

8) Tulang (Malay style mutton bone marrow)

9) Bak kwa

10) Yu Sheng or Yu Sung (in Cantonese)

Let’s see if we can expand it to 50 and show I-S what are the REAL 50 Singapore food to eat before you die!

Cheers!

sethlui says:

great suggestions!

Audrey says:

All of those prata places mentioned aren’t good at all. :( Esp the Jalan Kayu one. Try The Prata Place at Upper Thomson! At 1 Thong Soon Ave! Really crispy and good!

Oh and Imperial Treasure Nan Bei has really good dim sum!

Thong Soon Ave also have good duck rice!

Hehe sorry, i’m a foodie, so i’d like to share all of these w you!

Eric.Smith says:

Question for the author, is it fair to say that the listed stores are the best in Singapore? The human taste buds are different from each other. Thus by saying it is the best might not do justify for it. I agree that most of these stores are amazing, but to put an absolute statement may not be the right way to go.

sethlui says:

This is MY best list. There is no definite way to ever have a universal best agreement. But if you disagree I would like to see you try? More than happy to see your ‘best’ that everyone in Singapore would agree.

eater says:

Why is 剪刀剪 not included?

bobear says:

The prata outlets that you have listed aint tt gd anymore. In fact ur list of food isnt very helpful. U dunno wat gd fd is boy

Wong says:

I agree. The prata at the Prata House at Upper Thomson is the worst prata that I have eaten. Just because the newspapers said it was good does’nt mean it is good!

sethlui says:

you must be an expert in food then. I’m looking forward to seeing YOUR list of best foods in Singapore to show me some pointers!

clare says:

Great list and yes that list on I-S was way beyond pretentious. I don’t quite care about the stalls or locations you listed, I just miss the food so much and it makes me want to go home! In the meantime, I will just make do with substitutes or cook the food myself.

Y.K says:

Great list! Im pleasantly surprised that you included the good stalls in Taman Jurong food centre, they’re supposed to be a West side secret! :P

sethlui says:

lol i did intensive research.

edison says:

hey what about lor mee?!!!! that’s my favourite!!!

karl says:

I just want to say xiao long bao is not a dim sum. It is not a Cantonese cuisine. It is from the north of China, belongs to the la mian group of ppl. So don’t put xiao long bao imagr under the dim sum section.

sethlui says:

if most Singapore dim sum restaurants like my favourite Swee Choon, Victor’s Kitchen, Wen Dou Sek or even Paradise Dynasty lists XIAO LONG BAO under DIM SUM, then it’s a dim sum to me. Singapore assimilates dishes into its culture to turn it uniquely ours.

karl says:

Now I know why Singapore claims Yu Sheng and ‘meat bone tea’ originated from Singapore.

sy says:

You poor guy.

Some of the animosity here is just laughable. “clearly…you’re not a westie” “you kinda pissed me off” Yes because this article is the ONLY one that exists on the internet about singaporean food and it is THE absolute comprehensive list. Geez, chill out la.

I do like your motivation in writing this article :)

Pinnacle says:

Meat Bone tea? Try Herbal Pork Ribs?
Water Rice Cake? How about Steamed Rice Cakes?
Rojak is Mixture? How about calling it Singapore salad?
Char Kway Teow (lit. fried rice cake strips) LOL… Seriously? Kway Teoh is broad rice noodles.
Agree with most of the comments, taste where food is concern is subjective. One Man’s favourite may be another Man’s disdain.

C says:

While your translations do make more sense and are more ‘proper’ and cohesive, I believe the author was trying to say the LITERAL translations of the chinese/dialect names. Rou gu cha = (direct and literal translation) Meat Bone Tea.

mary yeo says:

lol. the best translations are not literal but gives the true meaning. we don’t say “eat full no?” but “have you eaten.”
i agree that chomp-chomp is over-rated. but reading the piece made me miss singapore.

Joys says:

Wrong. The best hokkien mee is from Kim’s at kembangan !

Tuan says:

I think you’ve missed out clementi’s satay

Chin says:

Chicken rice uses pandan leaves… not panda… Don’t take away the poor panda’s leaves.

TosH says:

Thanks for such a comprehensive list. The details on the ingredients, cooking methods, and even different variants are simply fantastic. Every food on that list deserves to be there, and I can easily identify with at least one stall under each food. Really well done!

sher says:

Too many Chomp Chomp mentions – the food center might be pretty famous and the food is really pretty decent , but I honestly don’t think some of those deserve the title of being the best of its kind in Sg!

Bernard says:

The minute I saw the chomp chomp stall listing under carrot cake, it hit home for me. Making me miss food from home, here in nyc.

Looking forward to your extended best-food list!

julian says:

Its a good list but the term best is subjected to ones tastebuds, say ermdidnt see any cheng tng places like the one in toa payoh and fish noodle @ whampoa market

chelle says:

Clearly you havent tried the hokkien mee at toa payoh lor 1! Tian tian lai had a super long history and is very very good. Best in singapore imo. You shld try it if you havent.

And another really popular popiah place you didnt include is coronation plaza.

Also, for nasi lemak you didnt include boon lay power nasi lemak.

Clearly, you’re not a Westie. And this piece of article is very biased. Maybe you could do a list but without listing stall names and addresses? That’d be more useful for tourists. Alot of these stalls are not necessarily fantastic, just famous, but way overpriced.

Just my own honest opinions.

jim says:

Where’s Kway Chap?

Chris Ong says:

Your address for Wee Nam Kee chicken rice is wrong. They’ve already moved to new premises at United Square.

sethlui says:

Oh? Thanks chris! I’ll fix it

raytoei says:

Thanks, especially on the history behind some of the foods. This is a great guide to pass to visiting friends from overseas for inexpensive down to earth authentic singaporean food. Can I request that you add the following to the list too:

* fish ball noodles, aka mee pok
* char siu and roasted meat rice
* cheng teng dessert

Thanks much.

sethlui says:

Hi Ray, thanks for the suggestion! Perhaps I will extend the list to 40 foods in the near future :)

Pork Chop Boys says:

Good effort, and a really good lists of places to eat. Many are our favourites too! But you forgot about Prawn Mee Soup!

sethlui says:

Thanks for the encouragement, too much Singapore food already! Maybe need to extend to 50 foods :p

ilovesgfood says:

Hey no hard feelings, but you kinda pissed me off by not including Geylang swee guan hokkien mee and old airport food centre nam sing hokkien mee, if you hadn’t tried it, please have that leap of faith!

ilovesgfood says:

Hey and also, Eng’s wanton mee at tanjong katong. This sounds subjective but I thought I need to let you know of these, just your passionate SGfoodlover.

v says:

haha is this really something to get ‘pissed off’ over…. everyone has their own opinion. (and tastebuds, for that matter)

ahlian says:

MEE HOON KUAY!

truebluesinkie says:

why is tim ho wan included when it originates from hong kong?!?! is that even counted. and i dun agree that mee hoon kuay / ban mian are local food..they come from china during recent migration trend.